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

Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the Berkeley Higashi Honganji facility continues to be closed until further notice. Reverend Ryoko Osa can conduct special online services for you and your family via Zoom. Weddings, Funerals, and Memorial Services are still happening. Please don't hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


During the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot have in-person services, but we are making online services available on Facebook. The link is below. We welcome all who are interested.

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

We will be live streaming services on our temple Facebook page on some of the following dates:

LIVE STREAM: Sunday, November 28th, 10 am - Sunday Service

LIVE STREAM: Sunday, December 5th, 10 am - Jodo-e (Celebration of Shakyamuni Buddha's enlightenment) 

LIVE STREAM: Sunday, December 12th, 10 am - Shotsuki Service

LIVE STREAM: Sunday, December 19th - No Service

LIVE STREAM: Sunday, December 26th - No Service

LIVE STREAM: Friday, December 31st - End of year Service 7 pm (English) 

LIVE STREAM: Friday, December 31st - End of year Service 8 pm (Japanese) 

LIVE STREAM: Saturday, January 1st - New Year's Day Service 11 am

You DO NOT NEED a Facebook account in order to view the live stream. Just go to the link on Sunday at the time listed. You will also be able to watch the service later if you miss the initial am broadcast. Here is the link:

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.

Zoom Shoshinge Class on Mondays at 1 pm.  Japanese Zoom Dharma Class on Thursday at 5:00 pm.   

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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Link to Rinban Ito's message of February 28, 2021

Link to Abbot Choyu Otani's message of March 30, 2020

Link to Bishop Hiroshi Tajima's message of March 25, 2020

Link to Bishop Noriaki Ito's message of March 22, 2020

Link to Dr. Michael Conway's letter of March 13, 2020

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.

Berkeley Higashi Honganji
1524 Oregon Street
Berkeley, CA 94703