San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church


San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church is available for California residents or visitors. Their members are typically from the San Jose area such as Santa Clara County, Morgan Hill, and Gilroy. The main temple is located at 640 North Fifth Street. This is considered the Japantown section of the city. Their main headquarters are in San Francisco. It is also associated with Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha in Kyoto, Japan. Betsuin is a special status awarded to the Buddhist church based on history and geographical importance.

San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church was started in 1966 and has since offered hundreds of services and residents a place to practice their religion. They have a Hondo Bell on display as part of the temple and a Lantern or Toro in the courtyard section. It is possible to tour the temple as a visitor, as long as one offers respect to the temple and its people. It is also possible to become a member should you wish to practice Buddhism. The temple has weekend services as part of the Dharma School, Adult School, and Japanese Language School. They have adult and youth focused learning programs to help anyone interested understand the culture and religion.

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