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Dharma School

Dharma School
(DS) is a way of teaching Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and Japanese culture to interested families with children. Dharma School services start at 10 am on most Sundays, and offer a Dharma message for everyone to learn. Services are open to the public, and families are encouraged to attend together. Dharma School conducts classes, grouped by grade levels, after the service.  While the children are in their classes, Sensei Henry regularly offers an adult lecture.

The Dharma School Year starts in September and continues until the following June, similar to the public school system. In June, Dharma School conducts an awards ceremony honoring students with perfect attendance and other achievements.  In July, the Oxnard Buddhist Temple hosts Obon, an annual religious and cultural event, featuring Odori dancing--Japanese folk dancing.  Dharma School families are encouraged to participate in the festival activities. During the year, some class activities are specific to a grade level, but interested persons may observe. Other activities are conducted for both children and adults, and then everyone is encouraged to participate.  Please check the monthly calendar or bulletin for class dates. For questions, please contact the temple office: 805-483-5948 or email:


October 2013

Dear Dharma parents and students,

Please note that Gejin cleanup  of Hondo has been rescheduled to 11/17th.  

Gejin cleanup of Hondo was originally scheduled on 11/3rd.  However, due to the invitation from Rev. Usuki, for the combined Family Dharma Service at San Fernando Valley, it was necessary to reschedule Gejin cleanup of Hondo after Veteran's holiday.  Thank you for your understanding.

In Gassho,

Helen Takanabe

Oxnard Buddhist Temple received an invitation from San Fernando and West Los Angeles for the joint services hosted by San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.  Rev. Fumiaki Usuki (Japanese) and Rev. Patricia Usuki (English) will perform the service at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, November 3, 2013.  Originally, we do not have dharma school scheduled on Nov.3rd at Oxnard, however it is highly recommended that Dharma students attend the event.   Please join for service, followed by lunch and a presentation about health care.  Dharma students will receive a credit for attending this event. 


For the joint service, they would appreciate a headcount of Oxnard members by Sunday, October 27.  

Please email Helen to RSVP: Thanks!

Attached are sign-up sheets to help with the headcount.  There are two versions each in PDF and Excel: one with a column for carpooling and one without.