A service is an opportunity to share the Buddhist teachings. People gather to hear a Dharma talk by the minister and to participate in rituals that prepare us to receive the teachings. Attendees join in reading, chanting, singing, and offering incense. An explanation of rituals is provided in our Shin Buddhist Service Book. There is no dress code.
- Meditation service - 8:30-9:30 AM
- Family service - 10:00-11:00 AM
- Adult study in English and Japanese - 11:00-11:30 AM
- Dharma school (all grades) - 11:00-11:30 AM
- Meditation service - 7:30-8:30 PM
- Reading and discussion - 8:30-9:00 PM
- Public memorial service, first week of every month - 7:30-8:30 PM
Sunday and Wednesday meditation services are led by a minister or a minister’s assistant. The format is 30 minutes of quiet sitting and standing, followed by chanting and a Dharma talk. No prior experience in meditation is necessary. If you can sit in a chair and breathe, there is nothing more to be learned. Cushions for sitting on the floor are available, too. For many of our visitors, attending a meditation service provides the first exposure to Shin Buddhism.
Sunday services take place year-round, except on the following weekends:
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Hanamatsuri festival (mid-April)
- Obon festival (mid-July)
- The last two weekends in December