After a two year hiatus because of the pandemic, we will be holding a Mochitsuki at the temple.  A litte history, eating mochi rice cakes is a Japanese New Year’s tradition.  On December 11th, Berkeley Ohtani basketball, Berkeley Higashi Honganji Adult Buddhist Association and Jr. YBA, will make mochi the old-fashioned way by steaming sweet rice, kneading and pounding it, then shaping it by hand.

To order this freshly made mochi, please use the form be that can be found in the November issue of the Bombu newsletter (under the Content tab) and mail it by November 27 to the address below. You may also order online


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With the pandemic situation improving, we are now getting together at the temple to see friends and play mahjong. Do you like playing mahjong or are interested in learning? Please join a fun group at our temple to play and have a good time. We meet every Thursday, 1 to 4 pm.  All are welcome.  Newcomers will be coached by the seasoned veterans. It's a great way to reconnect. We hope you will join us. If you have any questions, please contact Eiko Iwata, phone : 510-222-0919.

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Welcome to the website of the Berkeley Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple. Our temple belongs to the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism, Higashi Honganji branch.

For nine decades and across several generations, our temple has served as a crossroads for families, friends, and spiritual teachers of the Buddha Dharma.

By growing together, we seek to better understand our lives and live fully with the Dharma as our guide. Faced with the great problems of life--birth, sickness, old age, and death--the Buddha teaches us that through this suffering, we may awaken to great wisdom. Let us follow this path together as “fellow travelers.”

The Berkeley Higashi Honganji Temple, located in Berkeley, California, is affiliated with Shinshu Otani-ha, also called Higashi Honganji Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, or “True Pure Land Buddhism,” sprang from the teachings of Shinran Shonin about 800 years ago. Jodo Shinshu is the largest sect of Buddhism in Japan and its first temples in the United States were established more than 100 years ago. In 2016, we celebrated the 90th year of our temple's founding.

We welcome all who are interested to join us.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we could not have in-person services. However, we are happy to announce that beginning on May 1st, we have been offering in-person/hybrid Sunday services. Please see the information below. 

Please continue to check the temple’s newsletter for further announcements regarding temple activities and events.

Our services started on May 1st.  No RSVPs are needed. Masks are required.
It will be a hybrid service through Zoom (not Facebook Live).
Please request a link to Zoom using the link to join us at 10 a.m. Sundays!

Sunday, November 13th, Shotsuki, Family Service and Dharma School
Sunday, November 27th, No Service (Thanksgiving holiday)

Sunday Services

If you would like to follow along with sutra chanting, we have made a Shoshinge PDF available for member's personal chanting only:


We ask that if possible, you consider making a donation to the temple. This can be done at our temple website:


We appreciate your support in these difficult times, and we hope you and yours are staying safe.

Shin Buddhism class on Mondays at 4 pm (English).
Shin Buddhism class on Thursdays at 4 pm (Japanese) 

Anyone who is interested in Shin Buddhism is welcome to attend.
If you are interested, please contact me.

Reverend Ryoko Osa
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Berkeley Higashi Honganji
1524 Oregon Street
Berkeley, CA 94703