The Dharma School term runs from September through June during the regular school year. Over 400 children from pre-school to high school attend the weekly Sunday services at 9:30 am. Dharma School classes immediately follow the Sunday Family Services. The curriculum includes basic teachings of Buddhism, Shin Buddhism and stress fellowship using themes such as kindness, giving and compassion. Each year the Dharma School presents an annual Hanamatsuri program, usually a play that revolves around a Buddhist theme or historical event. In addition, the celebration of significant Buddhist dates, Open House and annual picnic are annual events.
The Buddhist Church of Sacramento Dharma School is an integral part of the mission of the Betsuin to propagate the teachings of Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. A large cadre of volunteer teachers and student teaching assistants lead age appropriate classes through unique and innovative curricula. The major aim of the Dharma School program is that students be given the opportunities to develop self-awareness and integrate basic Buddhist concepts into their lives. With an understanding of the Buddha Dharma, students will be able to view life’s ups and downs through “Dharma Eyes” unclouded by the Three Poisons of Greed, Anger, and Ignorance.
A typical Sunday morning during the Dharma School term consists of Dharma School Service in the Hondo (Amida Hall) at (9:30 a.m.) followed by class instruction and activities which conclude at 11:00 am. The school term usually spans from the Sunday after Labor Day until the annual picnic service in early-June. Special services are held for specific Jodo Shinshu observations/holidays, and a two week break is observed during the Winter Holidays to coincide with school breaks. The Dharma School is open to any interested family, not just church members, and we encourage any interested families to visit during the term. We also encourage adults to consider joining one of our teaching teams, it is fun and educational! If you are interested, just leave contact information at the church office and we will be glad to contact you.