San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
Generations II Campaign
The San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin was founded in 1902 by the Issei Pioneer generation. It was built to provide a safe haven to hear the Buddha Dharma (teachings), and through time, the Betsuin has become a place to honor our Japanese founding heritage. Though they endured hardships and prejudice, the founding families built a safe place where their children, grandchildren and now great and great-great grandchildren can learn the teaching of Pure Land Buddhism.
Located in San Jose’s Japantown, we continue to honor our Japanese founding heritage while welcoming all to listen to the Dharma. We encourage everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, age or religious background to come as you are, to join us as we walk the path to enlightenment.
Please join us for Sunday services: Dharma School: 9:30am, Family Service: 10:10am. Currently our services are held virtually due to Covid 19 restrictions. Please visit our website to attend.
Our Nikkei Matsuri Connection
The Betsuin has been a strong supporter of Nikkei Matsuri since the first festival in 1977. Organizations have been welcome to use the facilities for food preparation, and during the festival, the annex has housed the cultural exhibits and performances.
The Betsuin recently took over the tempura booth from The Kendo Club. The funds from tempura sales goes directly to Phase II of The Generations Campaign which focuses on rebuilding the Education Building that currently houses Lotus Preschool, Dharma School, Japanese Language School, and our Scouting program. This important project will benefit current and future generations.
The Betsuin is so grateful to all the volunteers who come out to help with this fundraiser. Although we are unable to have the festival this year, we look forward to Nikkei Matsuri 2022