Buddhist Church of Sacramento Buddhist Church of Sacramento 
A Jodo Shinshu Temple


Each Sunday, beginning at 9:30 AM, a Family Service is held for all ages to attend.

Following the service, the Dharma School (Sunday School) classes are held for students to learn more about the Dharma.

On the first and third Sunday of each month following the Family Service, Adult Dharma Sessions are held.  These sessions are informal and anyone interested in learning more about Buddhism is welcome to attend.


Printer friendly version of the "Guide" to our typical Dharma Service

Special Services

Special services, held to recognize or commemorate significant events for Buddhists, often feature guest ministers from other churches.  The dates are normally on the Sunday closest to the actual date.  Please call the temple office for date and time.

January 1 - New Year's Day (Shusho-e)

In the Buddhist tradition each moment is a new beginning.  The calendar year is an attempt to measure time that is infinite.  However, New Year's Day is celebrated to renew our resolution to live with Nembutsu gratitude.

February 13 - Nirvana Day (Nehan-e)

The passing of the historical Sakyamuni Buddha into Nirvana is observed.

March/September - Higan

Higan, meaning Other Shore, is a service conducted in the spring and fall, on or about the vernal and autumnal equinox.  the practice of the Six Paramita is emphasized on these occasions.

April 10 - Buddha's Birthday (Hanamatsuri)

This service is held to commemorate the birth of Prince Siddhartha, who later became the historical Sakyamuni Buddha.

May 15 - Shinran Shonin's Birthday (Gotan-e)

The birthday of our founder, Shinran Shonin, is commemorated.  Our church conducts a musical service with nine-year-old boys and girls participating in the chigo procession.

July - Obon

A Buddhist Memorial Service during which those who have died in the past year are especially memorialized.  Also, a bon dance is held to express joy of enlightenment assured by Amida Buddha.

October - Perpetual Memorial Service (Eitaikyo)

This service is held in memory of church members who have passed away.

November 20 - Shinran Shonin Memorial Service (Hoonko)

Hoonko, meaning a gathering to repay the debt of gratitude, is a service in memory of our founder Shinran Shonin.

December 4 - Bodhi Day (Jodo-e)

On this day, 566 BC, Siddhartha Gautama, as he meditated under the Bodhi Tree, attained Enlightenment and became the Sakyamuni Buddha.

December 31 - New Year's Eve Service (Joya-e)

This service is held to express gratitude for the countless blessings received throughout the year.

Greeter Schedule / Safety Assignments 2014

2014 AREAS 1 & 2
courtyard-Reiko's Kitchen
Floors 1 & 2
September 7 Alan W. Gordon Robbie
September 14 Denis Robbie Gordon
September 21 Kathy Allan H. Carol
September 28 Gary Steve Ita. Roger It.
October 5 Mark A. Brian Sherman
October 12 Ted David Denis
October 19 Roger Ik. Carol MaryAnn
October 26 Shirley Maynard Ken
November 2 Stephen It. Richard Wayne
November 9 Maynard Roger Ik. Marty
November 16 Sandy Mark U. Glen
November 23 Allan H. Richard Kathy
November 30 Mark A. Gary Roger It.
December 7 Sherman Steve Ita. Brian
December 14 David Carol Ted
December 21 No Services    
December 28 No Services    
December 31
Stephen It. MaryAnn Shirley


2015 AREAS 1 & 2
courtyard-Reiko's Kitchen
Floors 1 & 2
January 1 (Shusho-E)      
January 4      
January 11      
January 18      
January 25      
February 1      
February 8      
February 15      
February 22      
March 1      
March 8      
March 15      
March 22      
March 29      
April 5      
April 12 (Hanamatsuri)      
April 19      
April 26  
May 3      
May 10      
May 17 (Gotan-E)      
May 24      
May 31      
June 7 No Dharma Class:  JACL Picnic
June 14 No Dharma Class:  Dharma School Picnic
July 12 (Obon)      


If you cannot greet or be a safety monitor on your assigned date,
please find your own replacement and notify Tech Committee of switch.