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.

As part of the True Pure  Land school, we are a part of one of the largest schools  of Buddhism with temples in Europe, South America, Canada and Hawaii.

We are an open and welcoming community and invite you to join us any Sunday at 10:00 am.

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4 weeks ago
Monterey Hatsubon (first Obon) will be observed on July 20th at 10:00 am. Special guest speaker Rev. Ron Takemoto.
1 month ago
June 9th will be our monthly memorial service (Shotsuki Hoyo) at 10:00 am. Please join us. The public is welcome.
2 months ago
May 19th at 10:00 am we will observe and celebrate the birth of our founder Shinran Shonin. Born in 1173 in Hino Japan, Shinran would later study the Nembutsu with Honen Shonin and still later share the Nembutsu teaching with thousands. Join us on the 19th.
2 months ago
Sunday, May 12th at 10:00 am will be the Memorial for May. If you have ever lost a loved one in the month of May come to service in honor of them.

We will also have our Dharma Youth Program for ages pre-school to high school students.

Obon 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019, noon – 5:00pm

1155 Noche Buena Street in Seaside

Come and enjoy a day of Japanese food, culture and entertainment. Delicious Japanese foods include tempura prepared by chefs from local Japanese restaurants, sushi, beef and chicken teriyaki, udon (noodles in broth), gyoza (steamed dumpling with ground pork and vegetables), edamame, shave ice and ice cream. Day-long entertainment features Taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, games, crafts and Japanese tea ceremony. An introduction to Buddhism session is offered at 2pm. Everyone is invited to dance during the bon odori, Japanese folk dancing – dance to George Michael and Japanese folk music. The day ends with the raffle grand prize drawing.

This is a free event, donations accepted. For more information, please email obonfest@gmail.com or call 831-394-0119.

Schedule of events here.

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.