Planning for the 2016 Steveston Buddhist Temple Obon Festival started later than usual but many members and non members came forward to volunteer and we were quickly back on track. The Bon Odori dance practices led by Yoko Matsuno, Sensei, were well attended as usual by 30 to 40 young and older dancers, mostly female but occasionally with a male or two. These are the dancers we follow as we dance around the Yagura. A successful festival depends on a lot of preparation and we had a lot of support. Days before, volunteers were busy shopping, chopping and cooking. D-day,Read More →

The Steveston Buddhist Temple in conjunction with the JSBTC is planning on holding a Sarana Affirmation Service to be held on Sunday, September 18th from 9:30 am. The Sarana Affirmation Service is a solemn service, following a tradition dating back to the time of Sakyamuni Buddha. Men, Women, and children, who aspire to lead the Buddhist way of life, are invited to join the countless followers of the Buddha by taking refuge in the Three Treasures of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, and are formally admitted to the Buddhist community. In Japanese this service is known as “kie shiki”. AsRead More →

We will be holding our Fall Higan Equinox service on Sunday, September 18th 2016, starting at 10:30 am. The Higan service is a time for us to listen to the Buddha Dharma as it is said that the Universe is in perfect balance during this time of the year. As a special guest, Socho Tatsuya Aoki will be joining us as the guest speaker for the service. Join us on this occasion to listen to the Dharma. 秋の彼岸会法要は9月18日(日曜日)午前10時半に行われます、彼岸の季節には暑さと寒さがバランスされて、お聴聞するのに一番いい季節です。 今年の秋の彼岸会法要には青木達也総長を御講師としてお招きしております。このご縁をいただきお寺に参りましょう。Read More →