To and for Our Visitors
WE ARE FREQUENTLY asked if people can attend services at our Temple and we welcome your visit.
Our Temple is one of many in San Diego County -- by the last Census, the second most Buddhist area in the United States! -- and for half a century was the only Buddhist Temple here.
Notes for Visitors
- We are a worship center and devotional Temple for everyday people.
- We are non-monastic. You will not see monks and nuns in training.
- Please keep food or drink outside the worship area (our main hall or hondo).
- Services are Western in format with Buddhist content and meaning.
- Services are conducted in English with ritual chants in Pali, Sanskrit, or Sino-Japanese. All chants appear in our service book in roman characters so you can follow along.
- We sit in pews, and not on the floor.
- No special dress is required.
- Please dress respectively.
- We keep our shoes on to enter the Temple.
- You are welcome to take photographs of the Temple altar after the service and worshippers are done offering incense.
- Photos may be taken from the ground level or first stage level.
- Please do not enter the altar area itself.
Meeting with visitors
One of our Temple members is always available after services to answer your questions. Often this is Kaytee Sumida, who also usually leads our Fourth Sunday programs (see following).
If their schedule permits, students are encouraged to attend one of our Fourth Sunday programs for Introduction to Buddhism. The session includes a description of Temple etiquette and time to have your questions answered. After the 9 a.m. class in our one-story Sangha Hall, attendees can then walk across the parking lot to the main Temple building for service at 10 a.m. on the top floor.
Students assigned interview questions can send them to us at our email address below, and we will try to get answers back to you in several days from a Minister's Assistant or member of our Buddhist Education Committee.