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 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 instructio 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 temmple 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. Eaxh day will begin with students participating in morning omairi service.


Sample 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
10:50-12:00 noon  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