As North San Diego County, CA's center for the continued transmission of the Buddhist teachings, referred to as the Buddha-Dharma, we are dedicated to the religious and educational aspirations of Jodo Shinshu Buddhist families. All events, activities, and religious gatherings are open to aspiring Buddhists, and membership in the Temple is encouraged for continued attendance. We are one of 60 Jodo Shinshu Temples in the Buddhist Churches of America, each independently organized, but joined in the pursuit of the Buddha Dharma.
The commitment and dedication of pioneer Jodo Shinshu families in the North County made possible the beautiful Temple we currently enjoy. Beginning in 1929, about 25 pioneer families gathered for religious, language schooling, and cultural and social activities at each other's homes. Seeing a need for expanded facilities, the current Cedar street property was purchased in 1937 by the Japanese-American community. Following World War II, the Cedar Road property served as temporary lodging for returning interned Japanese-American families. In 1978 the present Japanese Cultural Center was built with a portion serving as a place for Buddha-Dharma gatherings. Rev. Arthur Takemoto (1980-1994) became the first full-time resident minister. Rev. John Iwohara served as resident minister from 1996 to 1998 and Rev. Lee Rosenthal from 2000 to 2009. We are currently being supervised by Rev. Marvin Harada from the Orange County Buddhist Church and his ministerial staff (Rev. Akio Miyaji, Rev. John Doami, Rev. Mutsumi Wondra, Rev. Alan Sakamoto, and minister's assistants Jon Turner and Bill Dearth) who conduct regular weekly services and classes. The Temple was constructed and dedicated in 1987. We are a California, religious corporation and an IRS section 501 (c)(3) organization.
The Temple is surrounded by a beautiful Japanese-style garden.
The main hall is capable of seating 408 people, and an engawa (covered porch-walkway) allows for an overflow of 100 more for religious gatherings. A small library of English and Japanese material is located ot the rear of the main hall. A social hall including an audio system and stage, accommodating 250, is located downstairs adjacent to a large kitchen. Four classrooms are located to the south side of the downstairs hall.
The Buddha-Dharma as taught by Sakyamuni Buddha (560-480BC) is said to encompass 84,000 different paths. Of these, the Vista Temple emphasizes the teachings as clarified by Shinran Shonin (1173-1262), known as Jodo Shinshu. Jodo Shinshu is part of the Mahayana tradition with aspirations for birth in Amida Buddha's Land of Utmost Bliss through practice of the nembutsu or calling the name of the Buddha of Infinite Wisdom and Compassion. Although an understanding of the Buddha-Dharma can be fostered through written, audio, and video material, an awareness of the living expression of nembutsu comes from listening to the Dharma at the Temple.
Weekly Buddha-Dharma gatherings are scheduled for Sundays at 9:30 AM, unless precluded because of major memorials or Temple events. Seven major Jodo Shinshu commemorative gatherings are scheduled throughout the year (consult the Temple Calendar for dates and times). Two major fund-raising / religious / cultural events are planned, one in the spring (the Hanamatsuri Bazaar, usually in April) and one in the summer (the Obon Bazaar, usually in July). A monthly newsletter announces activities and events. Buddha-Dharma articles are also published in the newsletter.
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