San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin

The San Jose Betsuins colorful origin can be traced to the early Issei pioneers who immigrated around the turn of the Twentieth century. The temple began in August of 1902 when ministers journeyed from San Francisco to San Jose to conduct Buddhist services. Earlier, the San Jose Church was a branch of the San Francisco Church.

The first temple was constructed in 1907 when Reverend Honen Takahashi was our first resident minister. Over thirty-four ministers have served the Temple in the 90 years of history. Our current temple was completed in 1937, and continues to serve our Sangha.

SUNDAY SERVICES |  Dharma School @ 9:30 & Adult @ 10:10


Generations is a capital campaign project with two distinct building phases over several years.  The first phase addresses seismic concerns with the annex building and represents approximately one third of our financial target.  The second phase focuses on the education building and is expected to be initiated in 2019.  It is up to us to build a thriving Betsuin for future generations to enjoy for years to come.

Upcoming Events

Cub Scouts Pack 611 Open House

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SJBC Betsuin Annual Golf Tournament

June 10 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm


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