SERVICES

Weekly

Regular weekly services are held every Sunday.  General services for Adults and Children begin at 9:30 a.m.. Following General services at 10:00 a.m. the Dharma School (Sunday School) children go to their classes while adults remain for Adult Japanese language services and Adult English language services. 

 

Monthly

Shotsuki Hoyo or Monthly Memorial Services are scheduled the first Saturday of the month at 7:30 p.m.  Due to the coronavirus, Shotsuki Hoyo services have been recorded for your convenience.

 

Meinichiko services are monthly services held on the day Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, entered the Pure Land. Services are held on the 16th of each month at 7:00 a.m. Please join us for Meinichiko Morning Service.

Annually

Eitai-kyo or Perpetual Memorial Service is held annually each November at Gardena Buddhist Church for all the deceased. Eitaikyo service 2020

 

Memorial Services for the deceased are scheduled throughout the year. Traditional yearly observances for the deceased are the 1st, 3rd, 7th, 13th, 17th, 25th, 33rd and 50th year - some families observe 45th in place of/in addition to 50th. To schedule a memorial service, please contact the church office.

 

 

SPECIAL SERVICES

 

January

Shusho-e or New Year's Day service is the day of re-dedication. This service is held on January 1.

 

Hoonko or Shinran Shonin Memorial Day is an observance conducted in memory of the day Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, passed away.  Services are held on the Sunday closest to January 16. Hoonko service 2021

 

February

Nehan-e or Nirvana Day is the special time to solemnly observe the passing of the Buddha. Services are held on the Sunday closest to February 15.

 

March

O-higan observes Spring Devotion or Dedication or Spring Equinox is the time of meditating on the harmony of nature and on the Six Paramitas.  Service is held on the Sunday closest to March 21.

 

April

Hanamatsuri or Buddha Day celebrates the birth of the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama in Lumbini Garden. Service is held on the Sunday closest to April 8

 

May

Gotan-e or Shinran Shonin’s birthday is celebrated on the Sunday closest to May 21.

 

July through August

Obon or "Gathering of Joy” is the time when Buddhists rejoice in the salvation offered by Amida Buddha. Service is held sometime between July 15 through August 15. Obon Hatsubon service 2020

 

September

O-higan or Autumn Devotion or Dedication or Autumn Equinox service is held to acknowledge the Six Paramitas as an act of gratitude for being assured of automatic rebirth in the Pure Land due to the compassion of Amida Buddha. Service is held on the Sunday closest to September 23.

 

December

Jodo-e or Bodhi Day observes the day of Enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama who became the Buddha under the Bodhi tree. Observance held on the Sunday closest to December 8. 

 

Joya-e or New Year's Eve Thanksgiving Service is held to express thanks for the countless blessing throughout the year. After the service, the temple bell in the bell tower is tolled. Service is conducted the evening of December 31. Joya-e Service 2020

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