The Nishi Hongwanji Los Angeles Betsuin has been serving Southern California since 1905. It belongs to the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, one of the largest denominations of the Pure Land stream of Mahayana Buddhism. As a Betsuin, our temple is a direct branch of Nishi Hongwanji-ha in Kyoto, Japan. It is also one of 62 temples affiliated with Nishi Hongwanji in the mainland United States.

A Way of Living as a Nembutsu Follower

Delivered by the 25th Monshu (Resident Minister of Hongwanji) Kojun Ohtani

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Due to the COVID-19, we are closing temple and nokotsudo and cancelling all in-person activities at temple from March 14 until further notice. Thank you for your understanding under these most trying times. In Gassho


We have sunday service from 10am via zoom. If you would like to attend the service, please email to obtain the link


Sunday, June 7: Sunday Dharma Service at 10:00am, held via zoom

Speakers: Rimban William Briones & Rev. Hibiki Murakami (English)

                 Rev. Koho Takata & Rev. Hibiki Murakami (Japanese)


Sunday, June 14: Sunday Dharma Service at 10:00am, held via zoom


Sunday, June 14: Eitaikyo Monthly Memorial Service at 1:00pm, held via zoom


Sunday, June 21: Father's Day Dharma Service at 10:00am, held via zoom


Saishin -Cancelled


Sutra Chanting 読経

Jōdo Shinshū Service Book.pdf
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Dharma Message 法話

Rimban William Briones (English)

Mother's Day.pdf
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Choice virus.pdf
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Coronavirus and Change.pdf
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Rev. Koho Takata (English)                         高田 興芳 開教使(日本語)

Stimulus Check.pdf
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Buddha's Wish.pdf
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Rev. Hibiki Murakami (English)                    村上 響 開教使(日本語)

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What is stupidity.pdf
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Nembutsu and Persistence.pdf
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Special Message from Bishop

I would like to express my deepest concern over everyone’s physical and spiritual wellness. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many temple and church services and events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.


Though you are not able to physically be at your temples and churches, you can listen to the chanting of Juseige, Sanbutsuge and Junirai on our website. When we put our hands together and recite the Nembutsu, we are reminded that we are always within the compassionate heart of Amida Buddha.


Shinran Shonin teaches us that we are always with the Buddha no matter where we may be or what condition we are living in. Though we live in this world of uncertainty, the Nembutsu teaching makes us realize that we are constantly grasped by the realm of Oneness. Nothing can destroy our Life. Let us continue to live our lives in accord with the compassionate heart of Amida Buddha.


In Gassho,

Kodo Umezu

Dharma Gatherings

Due to the COVID-19, we are cancelling all classes and Dharma gatherings for 2020 Spring course. Thank you for your understanding.

2020 SPRING (April to June)

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What is or ought to be an American Jodoshinshu Temple by Rev. Masao Kodani

Monday, 7:00-8:30PM: April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4


Tannisho - A Record in Lament of Divergences - by Rev. Koho Takata

Monday, 6:30-8:00PM: May 11, 18, June 8, 15, 22 


The Basic Teaching of Jodo Shinshu by Rev. Ryuta Furumoto

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM: April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5 


Contemporary Issues and Jodo Shinshu Perspective by Rev. William Briones

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30PM: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29


『弥陀のご本願に聞く』-『安心論題』を中心に by Rev. Nobuo Miyaji

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM: April 23, May 14, 28, June 18, 25


蓮如上人の『御一代記聞書』に聞く by Rev. Nobuo Miyaji

Saturday10:00-11:30AM: April 25, May 30, June 27


Need to Register to attend the Dharma Gathering. For more information, please contact Dharma Center at