Held on Saturdays, 11:00 AM

All are welcome to join!

Services are held throughout the year to deepen our appreciation of the Buddha's teachings and observe Buddhist holidays and family events, such as a child's first visit to the temple and memorial services for loved ones who have passed away. Monthly Memorial Services are part of every service. Services are conducted in English and Japanese. Typically, study classes immediately follow each service. Please see below or check our Calendar of Events for the schedule of upcoming services. 

Located at: 

1015 E. Montecito Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

*lot and street parking available 

2020 Services: 


January 18: Shotsuki; New Year/Ho-Onko

February 8: Shotsuki; Nirvana Day 

March 28: Shotsuki; Ohigan

April 11: Shotsuki; Hanamatsuri

May 9: Shotsuki; Mother's Day/Gotan-e

June 13: Shotsuki; Father's Day/Rennyo Shonin

July 11: Shotsuki; Hatsubon

July 18: Obon Festival 

August 8: Shotsuki

September 12: Shotsuki; Ohigan

October 10: Shotsuki; Eshinni/Kakaushinni

November 14: Shotsuki; Eitaikyo/ Thanksgiving

December 12: Shotsuki; Bodhi Day

The Significance of Affirmation Ceremony (Kieshiki)                                                                                                                          Rev. Masanori Watanabe

The affirmation ceremony, called “Okamisori (Shaving heads)” in Japanese, is the important step of affirming one’s reverence for the “Buddha”, “Dharma”, and “Sangha”. The significance of this ceremony is to declare one’s resolution to live as a Buddhist (Shin Buddhist) in front of the image of Amida Buddha. This is like the beginning of a new life for Buddhists. The Bishop will give the ceremony participants their Buddhist names. Some believe that a Buddhist name is given when one passes away; however, a Buddhist name should be received before one’s passing. The reason is that the original meaning of this ceremony is to become Buddha’s disciple, and to vow to live following the Buddha’s teachings during one’s earthly life.

Therefore, receiving one’s Buddhist name should happen before one’s death.

Namo Amida Butsu

All photos by Kenji Photography