"We come to realize that ultimate reality embraces us in boundless compassion and wisdom."

The Buddhist Church of Fowler is a place for everyone to listen to and share the Shin Buddhist teachings.

OUR VISION

The vision of the Buddhist Church of Fowler is a welcoming community made up of individuals seeking spiritual awakening through Shin Buddhism, lasting friendships, and a cultural experience, dedicated to providing positive life experiences for generations to come.

WHO WE ARE

The Buddhist Church of Fowler is a Jodo Shinshu (Pure Land) Buddhist church.  We are a member of the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) and our main temple is the Nishi Hongwanji-ha Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan.

All the schools of Buddhism begin with the life of Siddhartha Gautama, who is known as Shakyamuni Buddha, the great sage of the Shakya clan, our historical Buddha.  Shakyamuni Buddha was a living, breathing, human being and was the only teacher who has emphasized this fact.    He attributed all of his attainments to human endeavors, not divine inspiration from any external factor.

Shinran Shonin (1173-1262) is our founder and whose teachings are the basis of Jodo Shinshu.  Although he used the name Gutoku (gu means ignorant and toku means stubble-haired, implying he was neither a monk nor a layperson), he was posthumously given the name Kenshin Daishi (Great Teacher, Seer of Truth).  He was acknowledged as someone who could “see what eyes cannot see.”

Like Shinran, we too can learn to see ourselves as we truly are.  Through ever deepening cycles of learning and experience, we come to see ourselves and our lives with growing clarity.  Our lives are expanded through deeply hearing the dharma, leading us to self-reflection and critical self-examination. We come to realize that ultimate reality embraces us in boundless compassion and wisdom, and we naturally respond with great joy and gratitude.  Our life becomes one of meaning and growth, and this process begins again on a deeper and more refined level. 
– The Six Aspects of Jodo Shinshu, Rev. Seigen H. Yamaoka, BCA, 1982

The most meaningful aspect of the Pure Land teachings is their inclusive nature, offering a path of Buddhist practice that is open to all people regardless of their means and abilities.  The Buddhist Church of Fowler welcomes all visitors.  Please check our calendar for our service schedule.

Our Minister

Rev. Kakei Nakagawa
Rinban

Reverend Kakei Nakagawa, Rinban the head minister of the Betsuin (the direct branch of mother temple) who is representing the lord Bishop Ohtani Koshin of Nishi-Honganji in Kyoto, Japan.

Nakagawa Sensei was first assigned to the Fresno Buddhist Church from 1992 to 1994, and later as resident minister of the Oxnard Buddhist Temple and supervising minister of the Buddhist Church of Santa Barbara from 1994 to 2001, as resident minister of the White River Buddhist Temple from 2001 to 2012. Since March of 2012, he has been the Rinban of the Honpa-Honganji Betsuin, Fresno Buddhist Temple.

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FOWLER BC NEWSLETTER

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FOWLER BC WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION

The Fowler Buddhist Women’s Association is a part of the National Federation (FBWA) and a member of the World Federation of Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha Buddhist Women’s Associations.
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FOWLER BC GOLF CLUB

The Fowler Golf Club was formed 16 years ago in conjunction with the first Friendship Golf Tournament. This is an opportunity for church members and non-members to come together sharing their passion for golf and their support of the Fowler Buddhist Church.

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MEMBERSHIP

Learn more about becoming a Member of the Fowler Buddhist Church, or Find the Membership Dues Form here.

Fowler Buddhist Church Calendar

October 2018

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  • Board Meeting
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  • Eshinni/Kakushinni & Monthly Memorial Service
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  • Ikebana Class
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  • BWA Meeting
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  • Family Service & Dharma School
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  • Ikebana Class
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  • Golf Club Annual Dinner & Meeting
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October 21, 2018
  • Family Service & Dharma School

    October 21, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am

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October 22, 2018
October 23, 2018
  • Golf Club Annual Dinner & Meeting

    October 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Cosmos. Fresno

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November 11, 2018

CONTACT US

CALL US

(559) 834-2077

ADDRESS

210 S. 9th St.
Fowler, CA 93625