The Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple is located in Seaside, California. It is a member of the Buddhist Churches of America, headquartered in San Francisco, California. The temple belongs to Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha school of Buddhism. The mother temple, Ryukoku-zan Hongwanji, is located in Kyoto, Japan.

Jodo Shinshu Buddhism

Jodo Shinshu Buddhism is the most widely practiced form of Buddhism in Japan and in Japanese ethnic communities around the world. It is a school of Pure Land Buddhism, the most common form of Buddhism in all of eastern Asia. Pure Land originated in 5th century China and centers on a practice of devotion to Amida Buddha. its emphasis on devotion rather than arduous monastic practice makes it particularly popular among lay people.

Upcoming Classes in Buddhism at the Dharma Education Center

This fall Rev. Shinseki will conduct two seminars at the Dharma Education Center located at the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple.  The first, Life of Shakyamuni Buddha—An Introduction, will be held on November 4th from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.  The second, Buddhist Art and Symbols, will be held in December.

See Dharma Education Center for more information.


On Sunday, the 16th of December, the annual polishing and cleaning of the Naijin.  Rev. Shinseki will conduct a short service at 10:00AM, after which he will guide the volunteers through the process of polishing and cleaning the Naijin.