Dharma School

The primary objective of the Orange County Dharma School is to promote and spread the teachings of the Buddha and to help the students have a better understanding of Jodo Shinshu. The Dharma School curriculum consists of Buddhist Holidays, Buddhist Etiquette, the Life of the Buddha, the Life of Shinran Shonin, and many other Buddhist related topics.

Many temple members are involved with the Dharma School. Most of the volunteers are parents of Dharma School children. Fifty-five staff members teach in the classroom, organize the Sunday services, and serve on the hospitality committee & scrip committee. 

The OCBC Family Choir is also part of the Dharma School program.  Members of the choir are comprised of individuals ranging from 5 years of age to 90.  The choir directors are David Yamamoto and Lisa Yamamoto.   The choir is always accepting new members.  For more information, please vist the choir's website.  Choir members may also visit the choir's website for the repertiore list.  The link to the OCBC Family Choir Website: http://ocbcfamilychoir.webs.com

Our Dharma School classes are held after Sunday service. (approx.11—11:30 am). Each grade has a curriculum. There are individual classes for the following age groups:

  • Pre-school (3—4 year olds)

  • Kindergarten

  • First Grade

  • Second Grade

  • Third Grade

  • Fourth Grade

  • Fifth Grade

  • Sixth Grade

  • Seventh Grade

  • Eighth Grade

  • High School (9th—12th grades)

Currently there are approximately 200 active students registered in the Dharma School.

A governing body within the Dharma School staff is made up of a Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Publicity. Monthly staff meetings are held on the first Sunday of the month to discuss activities and to share ideas of teaching topics and techniques.