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, Nishi Hongwanji, is located in Kyoto, Japan.

As part of the True Pure  Land school,  we  are a part of one of the largest schools  of Buddhism  with temples  in Europe,   and South America, Canada and Hawaii.

We are an open and welcoming community and invite you to join us any Sunday at 10:00 am.


Hanamatsuri, literally flower festival, is celebrated on April 8, commemorating the birth of Siddhartha Gautama. Siddhartha became enlightened as Sakyamuni Buddha and this marks the release of sentient beings from suffering and sorrow.

The Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple and the Watsonville Buddhist Temple will celebrate the service together on April 14th at the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple.

More information.

Matsuri Arts & Crafts Boutique

Matsu Arts & Crafts Boutique
The Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple will host the Matsu Arts & Crafts Boutique on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

More information and list of vendors.

Obon 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019, noon – 5:00pm

1155 Noche Buena Street in Seaside

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2019 World Buddhist Women’s Convention

Approximately 2,000 women and men of many generations are anticipated to gather from Japan, Canada, Brazil, Hawaii, and throughout the US mainland to explore and experience the Convention theme: “Live the Nembutsu.”

On August 30 – September 1, 2019, the Buddhist Churches of America Federation of Buddhist Women’s Associations (BCA FBWA) will host the 16th World Buddhist Women’s Convention at the San Francisco Marriott Grand Marquis in San Francisco, California.

More information coming soon.