Eating mochi rice cakes is a Japanese New Year’s tradition.  Again this year,
we will be holding our annual Mochitsuki at the temple. On Dec. 10,
Berkeley Ohtani basketball, Berkeley Higashi Honganji Adult Buddhist
Association and Jr. YBA, will make mochi the old-fashioned way. Sweet rice
will be steamed, kneaded, pounded, and then shaped by hand.
To order this freshly made mochi, click this link to access the order form and
mail it by Saturday, December 2nd to the address below:
Berkeley Higashi Honganji Temple
1524 Oregon St.Berkeley, CA 94703
You can also order online by clicking on this link:

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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 we are 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, 2022.  No RSVPs are needed. Masks are required.
It will be a hybrid service through Zoom (not Facebook Live).
Please join us at 10 a.m. Sundays by clicking on the Sunday Services link below! 


Sunday, November 26th, Thanksgiving Weekend, No Sunday  Service
Sunday, December 3rd, Dharma School and Sunday  Service
Sunday, December 10th, Mochitsuki and NO Sunday  Service
Sunday, December 17th,  NO Sunday  Service

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 3 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