Rev. Kobata has been the Resident Minister of BCSF since March 2009, bringing a wealth of dharma experience from his tenure as a temple minister at White River Buddhist Temple (WA), Hawaii Betsuin (Honolulu), Kahului Hongwanji (Maui) and Makawao Hongwanji (Maui). He is appreciated for his interest in and support of all the organizations and affiliates within BCSF, as well as, for his open-hearted engagement with the Interfaith Community. His current community involvements include: Japanese American Religious Federation (JARF Board Member) and Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC Board Member).
Elaine is an ordained priest and a BCSF Minister Assistant and leads the monthly Metta Gathering. She has been teaching the Essentials of Buddhism since 2008, serves as Buddhist Community Clergy for several SF Hospitals, and partners with the SF Zen Center to provide Meditation and Buddhism in the SF County Jails. She is a current Board member on the San Francisco Interfaith Council and is also a founding member of the BCSF LGBTQ+ group.
David is an ordained priest and a BCSF Minister Assistant. He leads ongoing monthly Dharma Discussions, topics include the Tannisho and Shoshinge. He has competed his Kyoshi certification.
Leo is a BCSF Certified Assistant and facilitates the monthly morning Shoshinge Service, which includes the chanting of Shinran’s Shoshinge . He is an avid bicyclist and also participates in several Bay Area choirs.
Leo is a BCSF Certified Assistant and leads Mindfulness Meditation on Wednesday evenings. He trusts in the Light of Amida Buddha in daily life, both at home with family and at work as a psychotherapist. He's hapa, born in Japan but raised in California.
Keisuke is an ordained priest and a BCSF Minister Assistant. He shares his dharma message in Japanese on the 4th Sunday of each month. He was born and raised in Tokyo, as an heir of Kyōnenji in Hiroshima, then moved to SF in 2012 to pursue an education in hospital chaplaincy.
Jerry is a BCSF Certified Assistant and facilitates the monthly services at Kokoro Assisted Living. He is active in work against the death penalty, as a literacy tutor for women in recovery, teaches poetry in Bay Area libraries and writing.
Jack is an Honorary BCSF Assistant in recognition for his many years of helping with the BCSF Sunday Dharma School program. He continues to be a leader in the Hiroshima Hibakusha (Atomic bomb survivors) organization.