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.

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..

COVID-19 Messages

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 the following dates:

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

LIVE STREAM: Sunday, January 9th, Shotsuki/Family Service 10 am

LIVE STREAM: Sunday, January 16th, Family Service 10 am

LIVE STREAM: Sunday, January 23rd, Family Service 10 am

NO SERVICE Sunday, January 30th. There is a General Membership Meeting 10 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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Berkeley Higashi Honganji
1524 Oregon Street
Berkeley, CA 94703