The 3rd Wednesday of each month, from 7:30 -8:30 pm, Rev. Ron Kobata and David Pating Sensei  lead  a discussion exploring different works of Shin literature. Currently, the group is exploring and discussing Yogacara as it relates to Jodo Shin.                                 

No registration is required. Drop-ins are welcomed.          


Children from preschool ages through 8th Grade benefit from weekly classes covering: Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Noble Path, Six Paramitas, Buddha Nature, Enlightenment, Bodhisattva ideals, Karma, Life after death, the meaning of Namu Amida Butsu, Pure Land Sutras from Sakyamuni, History of Honen and Shonin Shinran, Jodo Shinshu Fundamental Texts, Buddhist traditions and customs.

Classes are structured according to the BCA Guidelines for Dharma teachers. There are plenty of activities including festivals, song, cooking, crafts, arts, games and opportunities to make Buddhist friends in the Bay Area and the world. The first class of BCSF’s Dharma School will be on Sunday, September 16th.

ESSENTIALS OF BUDDHISM  COURSE                                                                                                                                                    Next Course -tba

This comprehensive introduction to general Buddhism is offered several times a year by Elaine Donlin Sensei. The course is held on four consecutive Thursday evenings (6:30 - 8:30 pm) and is an introduction to Buddhist teachings and practices, with an examination of Buddhism as a textural tradition and as a living practice.  Reading materials will be provided for each  session and the course will include a combination of lecture and class discussion. Topics include: the Teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, Major Buddhist Concepts, the Three Branches of Buddhism, and Buddhism in America. Additionally, at the end of each class, we will explore (and practice) different meditation techniques.                                  

No registration fee is charged. Instead, the "All Dana" model is used. Dana is the ancient Pali word describing "generosity arising effortlessly from deep gratitude". Students are welcome to make a donation of their choice  to the temple after the course has concluded. 

Registration for this course is required.  
Classes are kept to a manageable size to best foster open and engaged learning.   Please contact: with questions or to register.