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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.

New Year's message from our Reverend Watanabe

It Is A Great Torch In The Long Night of Ignorance; Do Not Sorrow That Your Eyes of Wisdom Are Dark

Rev. Masanori Watanabe

  Happy New Year! I deeply appreciate your tremendous help and support during my recuperation.  Thanks to all of you, I am getting better nicely and becoming healthy.  It is my great pleasure to serve the OBT. I am happy we will be able to commemorate the 90thanniversary this year on October 12, 2019.  Thank you very much for your continued support of the temple and myself. 
  Regarding January’s special services, New Year’s Day Service is January 1 at 10:00, January Shotsuki Service is January 5 at 10:00, and then our most important Buddhist service, Ho-onko, is January 13 at 10:00. On January 26, we will have a very fun event, the Crab Feast.  Please try to attend these services and event.  I look forward to seeing you. more

Recent Announcements

  • New Altar The Oxnard Buddhist Temple has a wonderful new altar in the social hall.The installation was realized thanks to six years of great effort by Mr. Bruce Arikawa. Dr. Victor ...
    Posted Jul 10, 2018, 10:47 AM by Steve Yoshinaga
  • Minister's Message Updated Your gracious Sensei Watanabe has updated his message page again in June. He has included his two addresses during his Memorial Day Services. Please follow this link to view the ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2018, 9:09 PM 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