For 35 years, Myoshinji Temple has served the local community as a place where people from all backgrounds come to learn about traditional Buddhism and practice together.
Myoshinji Temple directly follows the 800 year-old traditions of our head temple Taisekiji at Mt. Fuji in Japan. Myoshinji is located in the San Francisco Bay Area in Pinole, California. It is one of six Nichiren Shoshu Temples in the United States.
Myoshinji is the Nichiren Shoshu temple for the northwest portion of the United States. Members of this temple live in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Alaska.
Visitors to Myoshinji temple are encouraged to attend our free introduction to Buddhism events, beginner classes, open house tours—and our many traditional ceremonies and memorials held throughout the year. Myoshinji temple is open 365 days a year. If this is your first time visiting, please contact the temple ahead of your trip to so we can help orient you to the temple’s many activities, classes and daily services.
Come learn about Buddhism at Myoshinji Temple.
Myoshinji exists for the sake of Kosen-rufu, achieving world peace, and the enlightenment of society. In this cynical age of a chaotic and jaded society the path to kosen-rufu begins with each of us working on purifying our six senses, eradicating our negative karma, and sharing the benefit of the practices with others heart to heart.
Visitors to Myoshinji temple are impressed by its inclusive, multi-generational, multi-racial, open environment. In Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism there is no discrimination. We respect all people regardless of sex, creed, age, race, orientation, etc. for we are all karmically related and possess the Buddha nature equally.
Chief Priest Reverend Kimura
Reverend Shoka Kimura became the fifth Chief Priest of Myoshinji Temple on October 20, 2020. He is dedicated to the establishment of peace, harmony, and the enlightenment of society by guiding people in correct Buddhist practice so that each individual can proactively transform their perspective and action, manifest their potential to understand the reality of life clearly, and live a life of unshakeable happiness based on gratitude, wisdom and compassion.
The children of Myoshinji are our future leaders. Each month after the Oko Ceremony, the children of Myoshinji Temple gather together with our Assistant Priest to learn about Buddhism in a fun and welcoming environment through story telling.
The assistant priest and Children’s Activity Coordinator spend time with the children conducting Gongyo practice, providing simple explanations about Buddhism through crafts, games, and storytelling. All children are welcome to join, and parents are encouraged to also participate in helping to foster a fun, educational environment for the children.
The Importance of Hotto Sozoku
Hotto Sozoku, “Passing Down the Faith to One’s Progeny,” is one of the most important practices, along with shakubuku, which we must carry out in our daily lives in order to successfully propagate the True Law of Nichiren Daishonin. It is also called “Passing Down the Torch of the Law,” comparing faith to a torch which is kept burning
If you are interested in participating, contact the Children’s Activity Coordinator through the temple.
Young Adults Group
The Young Adult Group conducts various activities, study meetings with the priests, and other events in order to foster the development of relationships between young members of the Myoshinji Hokkeko and ultimately develop their faith in and practice and study of Buddhism.
The group provides support for temple activities in a number of ways; taiko drumming during Daimoku; taking offerings up to the altar; and distributing cherry blossom decorations during the Oeshiki Ceremony.
Members of the Young Adult Group also participate in exchange meetings with other temples and take road trips together to foster stronger relationships with each other and the temple.
If you are interested in participating, contact the Young Adult Coordinator through the temple.
The Taiko group is open to all members to participate and learn about taiko drumming; a traditional Japanese drumming ensemble called kumi-daiko.
The ensemble meets monthly to practice and performs at large temple ceremonies. Young and older members alike grow through the development of unity, coordination and discipline.
If you are interested in participating, drop by the temple or contact the Taiko Drum Group Coordinator.