PABT Buddhist Women's Association

Buddhist Women's Association

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.

2018 BWA Board

President - Janet Kameda
1st Vice President - Jeanette Arakawa
2nd Vice President - Pam Warrior
Recording Secretary - Julia Miyakawa
Corresponding Secretary - Kris Hamamoto
Treasurer - Miyoko Yoshii
Religious Coordinator - Eimi Okano
Representative-at-Large - Carol Kitaura & Martha Debs
Ex Officio - Terrie Masuda
Advisers - Reverend Dean and Linda Koyama

Calendar of Events

October 27, 2018 - Grandma's Treasures
Issei Hall, 10:00am - 4:00pm

BWA Ruby Inouye Scholarship

The 2018 PABT BWA Ruby Inouye Scholarship of $500 was awarded to Brittney Kitaura, daughter of Diane and Cole Kitaura of San Carlos. Brittney graduated from Notre Dame High School in Belmont and plans to attend the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Ruby Inouye Scholorship
Cole and Diane Kitaura, Ruby Inouye, Brittney Kitaura, Rev. Dean Koyama