BTSD Groups

Affiliated Organizations, Classes, 
and Interest Groups


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Affiliated Organizations


Affiliated organizations are organized groups of Temple members, and some Dharma friends, which have their own officers, organized around a set of purposes or goals for supporting the Temple.

ABA is open to all adult Temple Members and undertakes projects to support the Temple along with friendly social get-togethers. Historically ABA is famous in Temple lore for its tasty Chow Mein recipe (pan-fried noodles!), sold at fundraisers several times a year.



The BWA is organized to meet the needs of temple activities, from serving refreshments at meetings to raising funds for the temple through sales of prepared food and handicrafts. Monthly meetings include socializing and temple projects. You may still hear the BWA referred to by its Japanese name, Fujinkai.


The Dharma School consists of dedicated Temple members who serve as teachers for for various grades of young people for our Sunday services. The staff meets monthly throughout the school semester to organize classes, under the leadership of Dharma School Supervisor Avis Honda.


The Junior Young Buddhist Association (Jr. YBA) includes Temple Youth in the X to Y grades. The support the Temple .... 


The Taiko group welcomes new members who are members of the Temple. 

Taiko Troupe



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Buddhism Classes


BTSD offers ongoing classes and occasional seminars on the concepts and practices of our Jodo Shinsu tradition. Below are two ongoing classes that occur throughout the yeat, with a few exceptions. Please check our website to confirm specific dates. We will update our home page if a date changes; ee also our Facebook page for current information.


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Buddhism 1-2-3


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Introduction to Buddhism /
Fourth Sunday


Sponsored Classes


Many of these groups are sponsored by instructors with links to the Temple and we are delighted to make them available to you at this time. Please note access to some groups is limited and at the discretion of the individual instructor. 


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Interest Groups


The Dana Group includes Temple Members and Dharma Friends who advise the Sangha on potential charitable projects for the Sangha to follow. (Dana is Sanskrit for giving, and is known in our tradition as one of the Six Perfections or Six Paramitas of the Bodhisattva.)


The Eco Sangha consists of Temple Members and Dharma Friends helping to .....


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Cultural Classes


The Temple coordinates with various instructors to offer formal training in traditional Japanese arts. In most cases instructors are open to new students. Current offerings include 

  • Koto 
  • Traditional Japanese Music (Minyo)
  • Traditional Chanting of Poetry (Shigin)

Cultural classes are open to all at the discretion of the instructors. Please call or email the Temple for more information.


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Gentle Exercise


Most Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., the Temple provides the Annex Hall for Tai Chi, open to all, with a small, suggested donation of $5 for each session. You do not need to call ahead to attend but please check the schedule to confirm. 

Tai Chi