Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 public health crisis and restrictions on large group gatherings, the Berkeley Higashi Honganji Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Obon Odori and 2020 Summer Bazaar. This decision was made after carefully considering the health and safety of our temple members and event participants.

Please continue to check the temple’s newsletter for further announcements regarding temple activities and events, and how you can continue to support the temple. Here is one important way you can help:

2020 Fundraising Drive

We will be live-streaming our Sunday services via Facebook on the following dates:

      July 19th, 10 am - Family Service

      July 26th, 10 am - Family Service

      August 2nd, 10 am - Family Service

      August 9th, 10 am - Shotsuki Service

      August 16th, 10 am - Family Service

      August 23rd, 10 am - Family Service

You DO NOT NEED a Facebook account in order to view the live stream. Just go to the link on Sunday at 10:00 am. You will also be able to watch the service later if you miss the initial 10:00 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.

Reverend Ryoko Osa
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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.