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Saishin Dojo
Each year, during the month of July, the Dharma Schools of the Los Angeles Betsuin and Senshin Buddhist Temple sponsors the Saishin Dojo Dharma School Program. "Dojo" is the ancient word for a Buddhist Temple, with the implication of its being a place where enlightenment is cultivated. "Sai" means "nishi" or "west", from Nishihongwanji and "shin" means kokoro or "mind/body", from Senshin Temple.

The program consists of an all-day instruction program from 8:30am to 3:30pm with pick-up service until 5:30pm, Monday through Friday. Saishin Dojo is currently held at the Senshin Buddhist Temple. Student's parent or guardian must be a member of a temple to qualify for enrollment.

The program includes:

  1. Instruction in reading, math, writing and language skills taught by credentialed teachers who are also Dharma School teachers or involved in temple life.
  2. Programs in Buddhist culture taught by qualified professionals. Units might include Japanese foods, music, etiquette, flower, foreign language vocabulary, ceramics, enameling, tie-die, and taiko. Each day will begin with students participating in the morning omairi service.
Sample of Daily Schedule:
8:00 - 8:30am  School Opens 
8:30 - 9:00am  Assembly and Meditation Exercise 
9:00 - 9:30am  Omairi 
9:30 - 10:30am  Session I (Math, Reading and Language Skills) 
10:30 - 10:50am Break 
10:50 - 12:00noon Session II (Math, Reading and Language Skills) 
12:00 - 12:40pm Lunch 
12:40 - 1:00pm Sustained Silent Reading 
1:00 - 2:00pm Workshop I 
2:00 - 2:10pm Break 
2:10 - 3:10pm Workshop II 
3:10 - 3:30pm Cleanup - Evaluation 
3:30 - 5:30pm Supervised After-School Play 








For more information, please contact Senshin Buddhist Temple at (323) 731-4617.

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