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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.

Obon Dance Practices Scheduled!
Practices are at OBT
Obon July 14th!

Obon is coming July 14 - Mark your calendars! Come to our Obon Dance practices starting June 19. We'll be on the OBT grounds.

Total of 8 sessions
All practices are from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
June 19, 2018 (Tuesday)
June 21, 2018 (Thursday)
June 26, 2018 (Tuesday)
June 28, 2018 (Thursday)
July 03, 2018 (Tuesday)
July 05, 2018 (Thursday)
July 10, 2018 (Tuesday)
July 12, 2018 (Thursday)

The Dances

The dances selected for the Obon 2018 season:

1. Bon Odori Uta
2. Ichigo Ichie
3. Shimaya Uta Ashibii
4. Pokemon Ondo
5. Shigisan Ondo (tenugui)
6. AIUEO ondo (uchiwa/fan)
7. Seinen Ondo (kachi kachi)
8. Tsurukame Ondo

Temple favorites for the second set of Obon Dance Songs (subject to change):

1. Memanbetsu Bayashi
2. Gassho Ondo
3. Nikkei Ondo
4. Shiawase Samba
5. Kyushu Tanko Bushi
6. Hokkai no Abarembo

You can support the Oxnard Buddhist Temple through Amazon Smile

OBT is now registered with the Amazon Smile program. This means for every purchase you make through smile.amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation will make a small donation to OBT! The more your purchase the more the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to OBT!

It’s very simple, just click the logo below (or go to smile.amazon.com) and log on to your Amazon account – you’ll see the Amazon-Smile logo with a small message that you’re “Supporting: Oxnard Buddhist Temple”.
Amazon Smile small logo
Just remember to use Amazon Smile whenever you shop to help support OBT.



  • Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support OBT every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, selection and shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 5 cents on every $10 (0.5%) of the purchase price to OBT. 


  • To shop at Amazon Smile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at Amazon Smile.

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Recent Announcements

  • Obon Dance Practice Scheduled Come out and dance!Last Day of Dharma School June 3, 2018Start date/time (Total of 8 sessions); 7:00 PM to 8:30 PMObon Day,  July 14 ...
    Posted May 16, 2018, 9:03 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