Welcome to the Pasadena Buddhist Temple
The Pasadena Buddhist Temple belongs to the Jodo Shinshu tradition of Buddhism. Our national organization is the Buddhist Churches of America, headquartered in San Francisco, California. Our temple was established in 1948, and incorporated in 1956. The temple and classrooms were completed in 1958. The annex, which is used by the PJAA Bruins organization to conduct basketball practices, was constructed in 1962. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2008. We welcome all to come and learn about the Buddha Dharma.
Rev. Gibbs became our resident minister January 1. We welcome him to our sangha.
We will continue to be grateful for the presence of Reverend Tetsuo Unno, who will also officiate services for us as he has for over 40 years. Guest ministers will also be invited to our Temple Sunday services.
Family services are held each Sunday. Service begins at 10:00 am and is followed by a separate English speaking Discussion Group and a Japanese language Dharma Talk by Rev. Unno when he is available. Dharma School meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month following Sunday Service. Sangha Teens and Jr. YBA meet monthly.
Classes for the Community
Rev. Gregory Gibbs is offering three new classes that are open to the public and free of charge (donations welcome). The classes are Tai Chi as Exercise - Tuesdays at 1:00 pm, alternating Wednesdays at 11:30 am or evenings at 8:30 following Study Class
Buddhism Study Classes - Alternating Wednesdays at 10:30 am or 7:30 pm
Forms of Meditation - alternating Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm and Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am. Sundays at 9:30 am.
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Buddhist Women's Association Fun(d)raisers for 2015
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Sept 3: Rubio's (216 So. Lake, Pasadena)
Sept. 17: Shakers (South Pasadena)
Oct. 3: Citadel Shopping Extravaganza
Kyle Shinmoto is 2015 Ben Sanematsu Scholarhip winner
The 2015 winner of the Ben Sanematsu Memorial Scholarship is Kyle Shinmoto. Kyle is the son of Scott and Shelley Shinmoto and is a recent graduate of South Pasadena High School. This fall Kyle will be entering Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Shown at left with Kyle is Gerry Ito, President of the Pasadena Buddhist Temple and the nephew of the late Mr. Sanematsu.
THANK YOU! #PasadenaObon2015 was one for the books.
Hope everyone celebrated Obon as joyously as Acen did! Thank you to our Sangha and friends from Pasadena Bruins for working so hard to make our rainy Obon a rainbow maker. Thank you to our amazing chairs, Jeannie Toshima and Cliff Nakatani for your ability to adapt to the crazy weather and keep our Festival running smoothly. Thank you to our Temple groups that worked for weeks preparing for the event: BWA, Dharma School, Sangha Teens, and Jr. YBA. Thank you Rev. Gibbs and family for your guidance and enthusiastic participation in our preparations and during the festival. Thank you to our donors, exhibitors, vendors, martial artists, Sumirekai, PJCI and Nisei Week Court for your presence and contributions. Thank you to the MANY who came in the deluge to share in the joy! Photos to come. If you have photos or videos to share: please email to: PasadenaSangha@gmail.com. Namu Amida Butsu.
RAIN CAN'T STOP US! Obon Festival adapts to the Impermanence of Weather
Thank you to our wonderful Sangha and friends for adapting to change in the the face of the biggest deluge of Obon rain in anyone's memory. After the martial arts demonstrations, chairs were moved aside, the Bon Daiko drum brought in, circles formed, and dancing went on in Sakai Hall! L.A. Matsuri Taiko moved onto the stage and their precision performance was a visual and physical feast. One of our Facebook followers, Sally Smith, had these kinds to say about yesterday's Obon: "Despite the rain We had a fabulous time!! Thank you for moving everything indoors. The ladies at your Temple are so sweet, friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful and excellently prepared. I enjoyed the books and other vendors. I was even able to get my hubby up for a couple of Obon dances! There was a wonderful man who gave me a blingy ring and said Now were married! He ran off before I could kiss him and seal the deal. Maybe next time"
Please join us on Sunday, July 19 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm for more Obon. Our Opportunity Drawing will be held at 8:30. Donation for tickets to win the first place prize: Apple Watch! Tickets will be sold starting at 4:30. Silent Auction will encore for a second day. Still some wonderful items available, including Japanese dishes.
Obon Countdown Day #6: New Dance! Ai Ja Nai Ka
Each year we learn a new dance. This year, that dance will be "Ai Ja Nai Ka," written by San Jose Taiko. The video below is from our last dance practice. All of the dances are user-friendly, Everyone welcome to join in and dance, just as you are! Dancing will start at 6:30 pm each night.
Obon Countdown Day #5: Introducing Marsha Aizumi and Aiden Aizumi, Pasadena authorsmm
Countdown to #PasadenaObon2015, Day 5: We will have TWO book signings at our Obon. On SUNDAY, July 19, Heritage Source Booksellers will present Marsha Aizumi, author of "Two Spirits, One Heart," with her son, Aiden Aizumi, from 5:00-6:30 pm. For more information on this Pasadena author and her family's remarkable journey, please visit her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Spirits-One-Heart/150369528331213?fref=ts
Obon Countdown Day #4: Stan Sakai Returns!
Obon Countdown Day #3: Rev. Gregory Gibbs!
Countdown to #PasadenaObon2015. Day 3. REV. GREGORY GIBBS! Something new this year, our new Resident Minister, Rev. Gregory Gibbs. Not new to the ministry or to BCA, he has previously served at Los Angeles Betsuin and Portland, Oregon temples. Rev. Gibbs has started new classes at our Temple on Meditation, on Topics in Buddhism and a Tai Chi for Exercise Class. He also holds a discussion group after Sunday services. During Obon, Rev. Gibbs will be available from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm in the Temple Hondo to answer visitor questions.
Obon Countdown Day #2: New! Noodle Bites
Countdown to #PasadenaObon2015. DAY 2. NOODLE BITES! Something cold, something new. Seasoned "age" stuffed with Tofu Shirataki noodles, seasoned with chuka zensai. Our Buddhist Women's Association will be preparing this NEW! treat this year. On sale in the Food Court at Obon.
Obon Countdown Day#1: Silent Auction
Countdown to Obon, featuring something new and different that will be offered at this year's Obon. DAY 1: SILENT AUCTION. Bid on a variety of items from gift cards to Japanese dishes. Featured item will be a HAND-SEWN Hawaiian-style full-size quilt made by Sumirekai sewing group. The Silent Auction will be a ONE DAY event, only on Saturday July 18. Bidding will close in the evening.