Profile of a Buddhist Church in CA

Source: The Tri-Valley Herald,1413,86~10671~1970477,00.html

On February 21, 2004 The Tri-Valley Herald published a profile on the Southern Alameda County Buddhist ChurchThe term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church ... in Union City. Here, “congregants gather every Sunday to practice a unique variety of BuddhismBuddhism is a multi-hued tradition of life, thought, and practice that has developed from the teaching and practice of Siddhartha Gautama (6th century BCE) who came to be called the Buddha, the awakened one. The three major streams of the tradition—Ther... known as Jodo ShinshuThe Jodo Shinshu or True Pure Land school of Buddhism was founded by the Japanese monk Shinran Shonin in the 12th century. This tradition regards chanting the name of Amida Buddha as the most appropriate form of practice in the current degenerate age. Tod... Shu. The denomination was named after Shinran ShoninShinran Shonin (1173-1262) began the devotional Jodo Shinshu or “True Pure Land” movement of Buddhism. Considering the lay/monk distinction invalid, Shinran married and had several children, thereby initiating the practice of married Jodo Shinshu cler..., a 12th-century BuddhaBuddha means “awakened one” and specifically refers to Shakyamuni Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama (traditional date, sixth c. BCE), the historical founder of the tradition that became known as Buddhism. All Buddhist traditions agree that ther... from Kyoto, Japan.

While most of the congregation’s 200 families are of Japanese descent, other Asians as well as other nationalities worship here, too, said Robert Noguchi, a church member and representative of the Buddhist Churches of AmericaThe Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) is the institutional name of Jodo Shinshu or “True Pure Land” Buddhism in the U.S. This Buddhism of Japanese immigrants regards the chanting of the name of Amida as the most appropriate form of practice in the cu....”