Coronavirus Updates  – Updated 4.3.20


San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin and the Covid-19 coronavirus

Sunday services, Dharma School and Church activities suspended indefinitely

  • This cancellation includes the following Sunday Service activities
    • 9:30 Dharma School Service
    • 10:10 Adult English Service
    • 8:15 Sitting
    • Dharma School Classes

For an updated event and schedule change list click here.

Rinban Sakamoto and Rev. Mikame will conduct virtual services  that will be streamed live and can be viewed at, by clicking on a link in the Betsuin’s Facebook page, or search for SJBETSUIN.videos on YouTube.

Hanamatsuri Service – preparations are being discussed for a simple service that will accommodate the requirements dictated for public safety. We will notify the Sangha what form this will take as soon as possible.

Dharma School suspended indefinitely.

Church office and Nokotsudo will be CLOSED – the temple office plans to reopen when circumstances allow. Please return to this page for updates.

We recommend church groups, affiliated organizations and other groups cancel their scheduled activities in temple facilities until further notice.

If you do decide to cancel an event, please notify the office staff at 408-293-9292 or

If you have questions or need help during this period, please contact the Betsuin office, 408-293-9292 or

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin


Coronavirus Update Section 2

Coronavirus Update: Event Changes

April 3, 2020

There is an updated Shelter in Place order issued on, March 31, 2020. The new order goes in effect tonight, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11:59pm through Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 11:59pm. This order supersedes all previous Shelter in Place orders.

The temple office will remain closed through Sunday, May 3, 2020. We plan to re-open on Monday, May 4th

The office staff will try to answer as many emails as possible during this shutdown period.  All communication will need to be handled via email.

Santa County Public Health Department

Take care, and stay safe!

Ministers and Betsuin Office Staff

April 2, 2020

Soul Line Dancing: Cancelled in April and May; notice to come about future events.

March 30, 2020

Hi Everyone,

We hope you are all safe and healthy.

Since the “Shelter in Place” order has been extended to the end of April, we wanted to send out this email to give you a few updates.

  1. A Simple Hanamatsuri service will be live streamed from the Hondo April 12 10:00am.
  2. We are currently looking for volunteers for a possible Foodbank distribution restart at Annex beginning April 16. Will need to know by April 8.
  3. Every Sunday at 10:00am service will be live streamed from the Hondo. Please join us.
  4. The temple is creating a list of volunteers to help possible needs

Just a few reminders of events that have been cancelled/postponed here at the temple.

  1. April 4th/18th – Venture Crew E-Waste Fundraiser (Cancelled)
  2. April 5th – Sangha Support: Living Trust Workshop (Cancelled)
  3. April 5th – Aloha Club (Cancelled)
  4. April 19th – Eco Sangha’s Earth Day Event (Cancelled)
  5. April 24th to April 26th – FDSTL (Postponed)
  6. April 26th – Nikkei Matsuri (Cancelled)

Please call the temple office and leave detailed message. The phone number is (408) 293-9292. We will return your call.

Please check the Temple website ( regularly for updated information.


Ministers and Betsuin Office Staff

March 16, 2020

Santa Clara County Shelter In Place FAQ

With the Santa Clara County issuing a “Shelter in Place” order, the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin will be shutting down.  The temple office will be closed as of 12:00am Tuesday, March 17th to 11:59pm April 7th.  The temple office plans to reopen on Wednesday, April 8th.

We will try to send you updates during this shutdown.

If you have events scheduled and/or trying to reschedule events please email:

We will be trying to answer your emails during this shutdown period.  All communication will need to be taken care of via email.

Stay healthy and safe.


Betsuin Office Staff

March 14, 2020

As of now the Betsuin Lotus Preschool will remain open.

The safety of students, decisions of parents and safety of staff is foremost.

The decision to remain open at this time is based on the following:

  1. Recommendation of Santa Clara County Public Health for preschool and child-care facilities can remain open.
  2. In the Lotus Preschool environment the implementation of CDC recommendations is possible. Wash hands. Stay home if sick. Restrict vulnerable people. Clean surfaces.
  3. Current public response to covid19 is mitigation. Slow the spread of the disease. The Lotus population is small and closed.
  4. Parents can decide to bring their child to preschool.

This decision can change as conditions change

March 13, 2020

  1. Sunday Services will be only available by live streaming until April 12th.
  2. Boy Scout Family Dinner is cancelled  – A limited number of Boy Scout leaders will be on site to notify those that aren’t aware of the Boy Scout Family Dinner cancellation. They will be offering full refunds if you turn in your tickets with a name and mailing address. Refunds can be made by mail. Tickets must be mailed to the Betsuin office for refunds. Each person requesting a refund must provide tickets, name, and full address.
  3. Lotus Unite has been postponed.  Will inform once a date is confirmed.
  4. Soul Line Dancing: Cancelled in March; notice to come about future events.
  5. Obon Planning Meeting – March 16th cancelled; Next Obon Meeting will be April 2oth.
  6. Aloha Club scheduled for Sunday, March 22nd – Cancelled
  7. 1st cooking club meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 22nd has been cancelled.  Will inform when next meeting will take place.
  8. Pain Management Workshop scheduled for Sunday, March 29th – Cancelled
  9. Estate Planning scheduled for Sunday, April 5th – Cancelled
  10. Harumatsuri in Morgan Hill scheduled for Saturday April 19th – Cancelled
  11. Nikkei Matsuri scheduled for Sunday, April 26th – Cancelled


Additional Information

SJBC Coronavirus Update (March 11, 2020)

SJBC Coronavirus Fact Sheet_Final (March 11, 2020)

Coronavirus Health Recommendations (March 9, 2020)

External Sources for Additional Information and Recommendations

Santa Clara County Public Health Department 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Order of the Health Officer of Santa Clara County (March 13, 2020)

Santa Clara County Coronavirus Guidance 3/13/20