Buddhist Resources


Buddhist Churches of America
Inspired by the legacy of Shinran Shonin, the mission of the Buddhist Churches Welcome to the Buddhist Churches of America Homepage! Whether you are a visitor looking to learn about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism or a long-time member at one of our 60 temples across the country, we invite you to explore the online home of our BCA community. With churches and temples throughout the United States, we offer many exciting and educational programs for all ages. Founded over 110 years ago by pioneering Japanese immigrants, our Sanghas are vibrant communities embracing people from many walks of life. What brings us together is the desire to live our lives in the spirit of Amida Buddha – the Buddha of immeasurable Wisdom and Compassion. The spirit of Amida Buddha touches all people and gives us the courage to live our lives with peace.  We hope you will find the resources and information you seek here. BCA Mission Statement 




Center for Buddhist Education 
Inspired by the legacy of Shinran Shonin, the mission of the Buddhist Churches of America's Center for Buddhist Education (CBE) is to provide diverse learning opportunities to deepen the understanding and appreciation of Buddha’s wisdom and compassion among sangha leaders and the broader community

As an educational arm of the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA), CBE offers programs to support the continuing education of BCA ministers, training of ministers assistants, temple leaders, Dharma School teachers, youth groups, affiliated organizations and others interested in exploring Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in America

 BCA Bookstore 

Offers a wide variety of books in Pure Land, Zen, Theravada, Tiwwwn and other Buddhist traditions.  Topics range from introductions for beginners to translations of sutras for scholars.

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Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course

This is a 2-year online correspondence course offered by the Buddhist Churches of America, allowing students to gain basic knowledge of Jodo Shinshu and Buddhism in general. In addition, an optional workshop is offered every summer so that students may have the opportunity to communicate in person as well as through the Internet. 


Wheel of Dharma

The Wheel of Dharma is the print pub­li­ca­tion of the BCA. This monthly pub­li­ca­tion fea­tures sto­ries about Jodo Shin­shu Bud­dhism, occa­sional arti­cles on gen­eral Bud­dhism, and church/temple news. This pub­li­ca­tion also includes a Japan­ese language sec­tion.


Institute of Buddhist Studies 

Established in 1949, the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) provides graduate-level Buddhist education, ministerial and chaplaincy training, and other educational programs. In affiliation with the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., a fully accredited master’s degree in Buddhist Studies is offered. In addition to formal degree programs or ministerial education, the IBS offers lectures and publications available to the lay public through its website.


Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

Established in 1990 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, The Tricycle Foundation is dedicated to making Buddhist teachings and practices broadly available. In 1991 the Foundation launched Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, the first magazine intended to present Buddhist perspectives to a Western readership. Tricycle soon became the leading independent journal of Buddhism in the West, where it continues to be the most inclusive and widely read vehicle for the dissemination of Buddhist views and values. Our readership includes longtime practitioners, those who are curious about Buddhism or meditation, and those who do not identify as Buddhist but value the teachings of wisdom and compassion that Buddhism has to offer.



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