Our roots reach back 2600 years to the historical Buddha in India,
800 years to our founder, Shinran Shonin, in Japan,
120 years to our U.S. national organization,
and 92 years to our start in San Diego.
We are grateful to all our teachers, past, present, and future.
2018 Memorial Day Services in Imperial Valley
Resident Minister Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi led BTSD Sangha members to conduct gravesite services for the deceased pioneer immigrants of the Japanese American community in the Imperial Valley. Before the dislocations of World War II, the Japanese immigrants were numerous and supported Buddhist Temples in both Brawley and El Centro. After repatriation from internment camps, most people of Japanese descent located elsewhere. Both Temples were closed, and to help restore the altar at the Buddhist Temple of San Diego after the War, donated most of the beautiful elements we enjoy in our altar today. In gratitude, the resident minister of San Diego visits Imperial Valley twice a year to visit with remaining Buddhist families. Joining Kenji Sensei were Sangha members Nancy Martinez, Richard Matsumoto, Minister's Assistant Maribeth Smith, and Yukari Williams.
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BTSD at the 2018 Pride Parade
Our Temple Taiko Group and other members joined the LGBT Pride Parade on July 14. Resident Minister Kenji Sensei drove the truck! Among others you'll see see our Minister Assistants Laverne Imori, Noriko Kawai, and Maribeth Smith. Thanks everyone for representing!
Congratulations Sangha Members