PABT Buddhist Women's Association

2019 BWA Officers
2019 BWA Officers

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, over 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.

2019 BWA Board

President - Janet Kameda
1st Vice President - Jeanette Arakawa
2nd Vice President - Kris Hamamoto
Recording Secretary - Julia Miyakawa
Corresponding Secretary - Pamela Warrior
Treasurer - Miyoko Yoshii
Religious Coordinator - Eimi Okano
Representative-at-Large - Terrie Masuda, Tiera Perry
Ex Officio - Eimi Okano
Advisers - Reverend Dean and Linda Koyama

Calendar of Events

March 31, 2019 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
BWA Spring Luncheon
(downloadable pdf)

2019 BWA Officers
Rev. Dean and Linda Koyama, BWA Advisors with BWA President Janet Kameda

2019 BWA Officers
Bill Warrior, Guest Speaker Dr. Judy Yung, Pam Warrior, Janet Kameda

2019 BWA Officers
Emily Hamamoto, Aiko Joo, Patti Tomita

2019 BWA Officers
Reiko Kameda, Emi Fukushima, Marjie Uyeda

2019 BWA Officers
Emiko Hamai, Miles Taga, Kazy Taga