Summer Dharma School
Jun 30

Summer Dharma School

  • Buddhist Church of San Francisco

Two weeks of fun, friendship and the Dharma! Please join us as we learn about Buddhism, have fun, and make friends. Music, food, hands on activities, field trips and a chance to make the temple home. Kindergarten through 8th grade. High schoolers wanted to assist. Looking for adult volunteers, too

Join us! To help, teach or just to observe!

Contact: Nanayo Silver: 415-566-4118


BCSF Will March in the Pride Parade: Sunday, June 25
10:00 am10:00

BCSF Will March in the Pride Parade: Sunday, June 25

We will be renting a trolley, providing water and snacks. Please reserve your spot on the trolley with Elaine Donlin Show your pride and joy in BCSF's commitment to treating people of diverse backgrounds with respect and dignity, by riding along Market Street on the BCSF Pride Trolley. More details will follow soon. 

Bon Odori Practice
Jul 14

Bon Odori Practice

Octavia Street Entrance at Pine

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays June 26-July 14: 7:30-9P.M.

No Practice Monday, July 3rd

A limited amount of accessories will be available to borrow at practice. Please bring:  

  • Sensu (folding fan)
  • Tenugui (towel)
  • Kachi Kachi (japanese castanets)

Please wear soft soled shoes for the gym floor

No experience necessary

Ginza Bazaar
Jul 23

Ginza Bazaar

2017 79th Annual Ginza Bazaar & 86th Annual Bon Odori

Saturday, July 22 & Sunday, July 23

“Open Hearts, Open Minds:  Compassion, Wisdom, Gratitude” is the theme for the Buddhist Church of San Francisco’s 79th Ginza Bazaar/86th Bon Odori Street Dance Festival, July 22-23, 2017.  It reflects what is needed today.  From the teachings of the Buddha, kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity are the Primal Vow of Unconditional Love.  We ask for your continued support for this special weekend that will bring over a thousand visitors and many newcomers to our Japantown community to share that compassion, wisdom and gratitude.  It is our most popular and festive fundraising community event of the year.

We are currently seeking event sponsors as well as the donation of certificates and new merchandise which will benefit our silent auction, raffle, and Bingo events.  Funds raised over the weekend will help further the temple’s mission of providing service and refuge to those who seek it in a nonjudgmental and inclusive open door policy as well as much needed capital improvement projects.

For 79-years, the Bazaar has become an annual tradition in San Francisco Japantown.  The Bazaar features the delicious Japanese food prepared by our sangha, cultural art performances and demonstrations such as taiko, martial arts, awa-odori dances, ikebana demos, Japanese-American book readings and shopping opportunities at our Silent Auction & BWA Boutique featuring handmade Japanese arts & crafts, books.   All this and more!

The weekend culminates with the Bon Odori street dancing on Sunday, July 23, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  We welcome the SF community to join our sangha in dance, to reflect a sense of appreciation for the perseverance of our predecessors in the past, and to take responsibility for our actions in the present for the well-being of others and future generations.

Please contact our office at 415-776-3158 on weekdays between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm or if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support of the temple.

Gotane & Hatsumairi
10:00 am10:00

Gotane & Hatsumairi

Gotane & Hatsumairi Ceremony

Sunday, May 14th at 10:00A.M.

Lite Luncheon will follow the Service

Shinran Shonin was born in Hino Village (near Kyoto) on May 21, 1173 to Lord and Lady Arinori Hino. After losing both his parents before the age of nine, he was taken by his uncle to enter the priesthood and ordained at Shoren-in Temple in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto. At the age of 29, becoming disillusioned with his spiritual path in the cloistered monastic life on Mt. Hiei, he joined a reformist movement led by Honen Shonin. Honen was introducing a new school of Buddhist thought based on Pure Land Sutras.

We will gather on Sunday May 14th, 2017 starting at 10 A.M. for Shuso Gotan-e to celebrate the birth of Shinran Shonin, the founder of the True Pure Land Sect of Buddhism.

Hatsumairi in conjunction with Gotane

(First Buddhist Service)

BCSF's annual Hatsumairi (Infant Presentation) will take place during the Gotane Service. Literally translating to "first Buddhist service" and is commonly called "Infant Presentation Service," is a ceremony in which one's child is formally presented to the Buddha and the Sangha for the first time. Traditionally temple member families would bring infants born the precious year. Today children of all ages, who have not yet been formally presented to the Buddha and introduced to the Sangha, are encouraged to experience this special welcoming ceremony. Family, friends and relatives are invited to witness this life affirming event.  Please call Rev. Kobata at 415.776.3158