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The Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple is located in Seaside, California. It is a member of the Buddhist Churches of America, headquartered in San Francisco, California. The temple belongs to Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha school of Buddhism. The mother temple, Nishi Hongwanji, is located in Kyoto, Japan.

Jodo Shinshu Buddhism

Jodo Shinshu Buddhism is the most widely practiced form of Buddhism in Japan and in Japanese ethnic communities around the world. It is a school of Pure Land Buddhism, the most common form of Buddhism in all of eastern Asia. Pure Land originated in 5th century China and centers on a practice of devotion to Amida Buddha. its emphasis on devotion rather than arduous monastic practice makes it particularly popular among lay people.

Safe Zone at Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple


The Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple is a Safe Zone.

A Safe Zone is a community of people who:

  • Will be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if LGBTQIA+ people need help, advice, or just someone to talk to.
  • Will not tolerate homophobic, heterosexist, cisgenderism comments and actions but will address them in an educational and informative manner.
  • Have attended Safe Zone training and have information on campus and community resources.

2019 World Buddhist Women’s Convention

Approximately 2,000 women and men of many generations are anticipated to gather from Japan, Canada, Brazil, Hawaii, and throughout the US mainland to explore and experience the Convention theme: “Live the Nembutsu.”

On August 30 – September 1, 2019, the Buddhist Churches of America Federation of Buddhist Women’s Associations (BCA FBWA) will host the 16th World Buddhist Women’s Convention at the San Francisco Marriott Grand Marquis in San Francisco, California.

More information coming soon.