Welcome! Our temple is situated in the very busy West Los Angeles Sawtelle area of Southern Califonia that brings together many unique international cultures and traditions from the past and present. I hope you will enjoy the information about our temple and buddhism on this website. Please come visit our beautiful Japanese garden and share in the many activities we have throughout the year. You are always welcome to join in our Sunday services and Thursday Study Class. Included on our website are links to Buddhist Churches of America and Southern District temples and youth sites. Thank you for visiting.
Rev. Fumiaki Usuki, Resident Minister
As the current President of West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple, I extend to you a warm welcome. Please explore our website to find out who we are, what services and activities we offer, our current calendar of programs, copies of our monthly newsletter, The Bulletin, organizations within our Temple, features, links to other Buddhist sites, and photos you may find of interest. We are a Buddhist Temple following the Pure Land school of Mahayana Buddhism, also known as Shin Buddhism. At the heart of the Shin Buddhist teaching lies a vision of true reality alive with wisdom and compassion working to bring all beings to the highest fulfillment of human life, enlightenment. If you attend some of our services, you can expect to hear an exposition of the dharma emphasizing compassion and wisdom, the interdependence and mutability of all things, attachment as the source of suffering and that is just the beginning.
Our Sangha was formed almost 90 years ago, as one of the branches of Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo, by members of the first-generation Japanese-American community in the area centering on Sawtelle Blvd. In 1950, we were chartered as separate temple. Today, we join together with 59 other Shin Buddhist temples throughout the continental United States all of whom are affiliated with our parent organization, Buddhist Churches of America.
We offer a Dharma school program inviting students of all ages from preschool through high school, emphasizing a unique environment for social and religious growth focusing on Buddhist teachings of compassion, friendliness, and harmonious family life. Please join us not only for our Sunday services and other programs, but especially during the last weekend in July (usually) for our Obon festival where we join together both to honor the memory of friends and family who have passed away as well as in a celebration of life with street dancing (bon-odori), music, and food, all in a Gathering of Joy. Make this a year of change by joining us. Please feel free to contact the temple office or myself.
Connie Yahata, Temple President