We are a sangha of diversity. Some members come from families who have practiced Jodo Shinshu Buddhism for generations while others are beginning a new tradition. This guide is meant to share the many opportunities for participating in the sangha. Each person’s way is unique and appreciated. There are no requirements or expectations.
OBT Resources and Activities:
These are held each Sunday at 10am and last approximately one hour.
Dharma exchange follows most weekly services. It includes an informal discussion or presentation with light refreshments provided by the month’s toban.
This provides an opportunity for children 2-18 to participate in fun activities and learn more about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Dharma school classes are held after Sunday services during the Dharma Exchange.
Other Children’s Activities: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, summer camp, Young Buddhist Association
From 9am on Sundays, led by Rev.Sugahara, Chanting Club studies and practices various Pureland chants.
We have two choirs at OBT, one for grown ups and one for Dharma School students. The practices usually happen during Dharma School session for students, and after the refreshments for grown ups.
OBT has a book club that meets every other month. We alternate our readings between fiction and non-fiction books, and discuss it from Buddhistic perspective. Currently, we hold this activity during Dharma Exchange. Check on the Book Club page for the latest information on when the next meeting is, and what book we will be reading next!
During the year OBT hosts and participates in a variety of events. These include public lectures and seminars, Obon Festival in August, Spring and Fall Food Bazaars, All Night Nembutsu Retreat, and Buddhism in the Park. For further details see the OBT website or monthly newsletter.
OBWA sponsor Dharma lectures, conferences and other enjoyable social activities for all temple members. OBWA also visit members who are physically unable to attend temple services. Some of the recent activities include participating in Oregon Food Bank, gathering toiletries for homeless women, and various craft making sessions.
Texts are available in both Japanese and English. The library is open at the same time as the temple.
Getting Involved and Volunteering:
Volunteering often provides opportunities for members to connect with each other more personally, to share perspectives and traditions. It can be as much a resource for members as it is a means of giving.
Participating on a toban is to give back to the sangha with time and good efforts. Most toban participants join a team that provides refreshments during dharma exchange following service and temple cleaning one month out of the year. There are additionally specialty tobans, these include a garden toban and flower toban. Please talk to a temple member if you are interested!!
We have special services several times a year, celebrating and commemorating important people and occasions in Pureland Buddhism. Please refer to the Special Services page to find more about those days.
Community Events: The temple hosts and participates in special events throughout the year, such as Obon Fest and Buddhism in the Park. Often volunteer opportunities for these events will be announced at the end of Sunday services.