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Welcome to the Oxnard Buddhist Temple (OBT) Website!

Akemashite Omedetto Gozaimasu!  First of all I would like the thank Rev Watanabe, Yasuko Kujiraoka, the Board of Directors and the entire Sangha for their selfless cooperation and support of this temple.  This includes BCA, ministers and laypersons who have directly or indirectly supported us, thank you.  As you know this past year had its unique challenges but the Sangha bravely came together to meet it head on.  As we embark on a new year I request your continued spirited support and will do what I can to help communicate the message of the Buddha.  As we frequently recite during Sunday service under ‘Shin Buddhist Life Principles’, my goal for the New Year is to “Share the True Dharma with All.”   Former Monshu Koshin Ohtani, in his book ‘The Buddha’s Wish for the World,’ cites: “Your life is a gift wished into existence.”   May 2018 bring on a deepening awareness. 

In Gassho, 
Elwyn Kawate  

of the 

OBT Board of Directors
Please click here to visit the "President's Corner" for more from President Kawate.

Monthly message from our Reverend Watanabe

It Is Difficult to Meet True Teachers

Rev. Masanori Watanabe

It is difficult to meet true teachers

And difficult for them to instruct.

It is difficult to hear the teaching well,

And more difficult still to accept it.


-Hymns of the Pure Land (69)


As you may know, I became a Jodo Shinshu minister when was 33 years old. I was seeking another way, not the Buddhist way, in my early years. Although I was born in a temple family, I read the bible and Chinese sages’ books in my twenties. I did not know, or care much about Buddhism, especially Jodo Shinshu.

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Japanese Message Page (日本語での法話)

Our 90th Anniversary celebration is coming on October 12! Stay tuned!

A Taste of Obon


Our Cosplay contest was a big hit, with all contestants and audience alike winners. But for best costume, who would you vote for?

Thank you Oxnard Buddhist Temple Sangha!
Just one of our precious gems who helps make Obon a beloved event, and I'm not talking about the teriyaki chicken! Stan Tanaka helps cook teriyaki chicken behind the scenes, and I mean way behind the scenes, in a far corner of the temple grounds. He has been doing this for several decades. Many, many other OBT Sangha members contribute to make Obon a wonderful event for the community. Some of these hidden gems have been helping much longer than even Stan. Thank you OBT Sangha for your dedication to our temple, culture, and ancestors who helped preserve these precious things for us.

Recent Announcements

  • BCA Youth Retreat Aug 2-4 The BCA Center for Buddhist Education is hosting a mini youth retreat at the Denver Buddhist Temple, located at 1947 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80202. The retreat will begin on ...
    Posted Jun 12, 2019, 7:33 PM by Steve Yoshinaga
  • Obon Coming Soon-July 13 Come to the Bon Odori Dance practices starting June 18. 7 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays June 18, 20, 25, and 27, July 2, 9 and 11. Send the attached ...
    Posted May 14, 2019, 7:55 AM by Steve Yoshinaga
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By Reverend Masanori Watanabe for our Sangha



Weekly meetings: Times may vary, visitors please call ahead.

Japanese Language School: 8:30 am Saturdays
Judo: 7 pm Tuesdays and Fridays
Togen Daiko: 8 am Sundays and 7 pm Wednesdays