PABT BWA Celebrates its 90th Anniversary

Buddhist Women's Association

BWA Events 2016

Mission Statement

We endeavor to provide opportunity to practice Jodo Shinshu Buddhism through shared experiences in genuine fellowship. We endeavor to learn through Buddhist educational activities, to promote personal spiritual growth for BWA members and the temple community at large. We support Palo Alto Buddhist Temple and community through activities to enhance the mission of the temple.


Buddhist Women's Association (BWA) of Palo Alto Buddhist Temple was founded in May 1926 with fewer than half a dozen women. Originally, this small group, also known as Fujinkai, met in homes of members, working and planning in support of the temple through hospitality, fund raising, welfare and community activities.

Today, almost ninety years later, its scope and membership have kept pace with the growth of the temple and the focus of BWA activities is on the study and propagation of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism through shared experiences, fellowship and educational programs. The annually-elected cabinet and members meet monthly to discuss and plan a wide variety of community and educational activities to support the temple and temple community.

2016 BWA Board

Co-President - Janet Kameda
Co-President - Eimi Okano
Co-Vice President - Jeanette Arakawa
Co-Vice President - Martha Debs
Co-Vice President - Pamela Warrior
Co-Vice President - William Warrior
Religious Coordinating Chair - Joanne Gozawa
Recording Secretary - Carol Kitaura
Corresponding Secretary - Dona Tao
Treasurer - Miyoko Yoshii
Representative-at-Large - Carol Tao
Ex Officio - Terrie Masuda
Advisers - Reverend Dean and Linda Koyama