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Shinshu Otani-ha Jodo-Shinshu sect

NISHI HONGWANJI Buddhist Temples
Jodo Shinshu sect

Unaffiliated (independent) Shinshu Temples/Sanghas

Los Angeles Higashi Honganji Betsuin
505 E. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 626-4200
Website: www.hhbt-la.org
E-Mail: info@hhbt-la.org

Buddhist Churches of America: The BCA is the national governing body of the Hongwanji-ha (Nishi) tradition, with local temples througout the U.S. You'll find links to their temples from this homepage.

Maida Center of Buddhism (Dr. Nobuo Haneda, Director)
2609 Regent Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 843-8515
Website: http://maidacenter.org
E-Mail: MaidaCenter@aol.com

West Covina Buddhist Temple
1203 West Puente Ave
West Covina, CA 91790 (map)
(626) 913-0622
Website: The Living Dharma
E-Mail: dharma@livingdharma.org

Other BCA sites of note:
The Jodo Shinshu Center
The Center for Buddhist Education
The BCA Bookstore.

Buddhist Temple of Chicago (Jodo Shinshu)
1151 W. Leland
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-4661

Berkeley Higashi Honganji
1520 Oregon Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 843-6933
Website: www.bombu.org
E-Mail: ken_yamada@rocketmail.com

Bright Dawn Center of Oneness Buddhism (followers of Rev. Gyomay Kubose)
28372 Margaret Road
Coarsegold, CA 93614
(559) 642-4285

Newport Beach Higashi Honganji
254 Victoria Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(714) 722-1670
Website: http://nbhhbt.org

Higashi Honganji Headquarters
Karasuma Shichi-jo Agaru, Shimogyo-ku
Kyoto 600-8505, Japan
Website: http://www.higashihonganji.or.jp/english/

Buddhist-related Directories
Pure Land/Shin temples in the United States: This is Yahoo's temple directory of Shin temple websites globally, which ranks sites by their relative popularity.
Buddhist Centers and Groups by Region: Here is the Open Directory Project's list of links to centers and groups in the United States. It has good info though it's a bit confusing to use since you would find our particular Living Dharma site either by clicking on "Pure Land and Shin">"California" or by clicking "California">"Pure Land and Shin."
Buddhist Sites With Links to Temples
BuddhaNet.net: This is a very comprehensive site with a worldwide directory of Buddhist sites and centers, as well as a wide variety of information on Buddhist teachings.
DharmaNet International: Another site with links and many additional sources for information on various aspects of Buddhism
DharmaNet U.S. Directory: DharmaNet's helpful listing of Buddhist centers in the U.S.
Pure Land Buddhism WWW Virtual Library: Jerome Ducor's excellent site with many Pure Land Buddhist resources.
More Shin Buddhist Sites (temples and info-based sites)
Collected Works of Shinran: This is the work of the White Lotus Center for Shin Buddhism in Anchorage, Alaska, which is providing online the complete works of Shinran Shonin, founder of the Jodo Shinshu tradition.
Shin Dharma Net: Dr. Al Bloom's informative website with many links and insightful articles; Dr. Bloom's comprehensive (and free) Shin Buddhism in Modern Culture self-study course is available here.
Nishi Hongwanji LA Betsuin: This is the site of Nishi's main Los Angeles Temple, and has some informative pages, especially if you click on the links to "more info" on General Buddhism and Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.
Orange County Buddhist Church: OCBC is one of the largest Jodo Shinshu temples in Southern California, and is currently a leader in instituting new educational programs designed especially for a contemporary American audience.
Senshin Buddhist Temple: Senshin is located in Los Angeles, and its head minister is Rev. Mas Kodani, a regular guest speaker at our West Covina Buddhist Temple.
San Jose Betsuin: Site of the San Jose Buddhist Church.
Buddhist Church of Sacramento: Home of Rev. Bob Oshita.
Vista Buddhist Temple Home Page: Website of Vista Buddhist Temple in Vista, CA; check out the "Dharma Rain Page" for essays by several American Buddhists on the future of Shinshu in America.
Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada: If you live in Canada and are interested in Jodo Shinshu, this is the headquarters of Nishi Honganji's Canadian temples.
Institute of Buddhist Studies: Website of the BCA's school for Jodo Shinshu ministers-to-be.
Kyoto National Museum: This site has some interesting information about Shin Buddhism (in English and Japanese), including beautiful examples of Buddhist art. The museum is located near Higashi Honganji's headquarters.
Other Interesting Buddhist sites
The Buddhist Society: This non-sectarian site from Great Britain, with lectures and essays in the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions, aims to "publish and make known the principles of Buddhism and to encourage the study and practice of those principles."
Heartland Sangha: This contemporary site, by followers of Rev. Gyomay Kubose, has pages like "Daily Dharma Practice," "Does a Dog have Buddha Nature?" and "Feeling Buddha."
www.kusala.info: Our friend Rev. Kusala, an American-born blues harmonica playin' and motorcycle-ridin' Zen monk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center in Los Angeles, has created a very thoughtful site dedicated to American Buddhism.
Buddha In Your Backpack: This is homepage of Dr. Franz Metcalf, author of the popular book, What Would Buddha Do?
BPF Home Page: Website of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's "engaged Buddhism"; highly recommended.
Tricycle Buddhist Review: Site of the famous Buddhist magazine.
Dzogchen Foundation: Read the excellent FAQ on Buddhism.
Buddhism Page: Richard St. Clair's informative site which features not only an intro to PureLand (Shin) Buddhism, but also an analysis of several sutras central to other sects as well, such as the Lotus Sutra and Heart Sutra.
Zen Unbound:
Tom Armstrong's "e-zine," with an interesting mix of essays, poetry, film reviews, etc.
NCF Buddhism Home Page: A Theravada site from Ottawa with another excellent intro to Buddhism, Buddhist FAQ. links, etc.
The Friends of the Western Buddhist Order:
A Buddhist website with a visually appealing contemporary western emphasis.
Women active in Buddhism: Links and resources on contemporary Buddhist women.
Journal of Buddhist Ethics: A challenging and well-written collection of ethics-related essays by contemporary Buddhist authors.
BeliefNet/Buddhism: Interesting site with a variety of Buddhist wisdom and news.
Access to Insight: This is a well-designed site with Theravadan Buddhist writing, including those by the gifted Thanissaro Bhikkhu; a great site for those interested in the Pali Canon online, the foundation of Buddhist teachings.
Ancient Buddhist Texts: Another great site that provides English translations of some the earliest teachings of the Buddha; this site is the work of Anandajoti Bhikkhu, a British-born Theravadan monk who now lives at a meditation center in Malaysia.
Journal of Global Buddhism: a scholarly site, but one also oriented towards advance the teaching of Buddhism.
BuddhistChannel: This site collects global news stories related to Buddhism.
Shin Buddhist Youth Websites
Kids Pages of the Living Dharma Website: This section is devoted to the activities of West Covina Buddhist Temple's grade-school and college-aged members.
BCA Youth Online: Check out the activities of the Buddhist Churches of America's youth programs.
Southern District Y.B.L.: This site is dedicated specifically to the activities of the Southern District, of which West Covina Buddhist Temple's teens are members of.
National Buddhist Committee on Scouting: The BCA has a long history of participation in Boy and Girl Scouts of America.
Books and Movies on Buddhism
Buddhist Study Center Press: Shin-specific books.
Buddhist Churches of America Bookstore: This store is located in the new Jodo Shinshu Center of America in Berkeley, CA.
Parallax Bookstore: Features many of Thich Nhat Hanh's books, as well as others.
Amazon.com Books!: A search on the word "Buddhism" recently yield over 20,000 titles, including Buddhism For Dummies!
Numata Center: Get the classic reference The Teaching of Buddha here, as well as many other resources, such as many Mahayana sutras.
Dharmaflix.com: Very interesting site with reviews and clips of many popular—and Buddhistic—movies such as Little Buddha, Groundhog Day, American Beauty and of course, Star Wars.
Ecology and Nature Websites
Buddhism teaches us that all life is fundamentally interdependent and interconnected, thus living life as a Buddhist ultimately means understanding the world we live in and trying as best we can to make the world better for all.
Earth Policy Institute: enviromental visionary Lester Brown's informative site which encourages us to act now.
ClimateCrisis.org: this is the site inspired by Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth
National Wildlife Federation
Ocean Planet Homepage

Exploratorium Home Page

Environmental Organization WebDirectory!:
A huge searchable database of all environmental organizations.
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