Palo Alto Buddhist Temple Committees

A place, almost anyplace, can be turned into a very special place if there are very special people with a dream, a heart for compassion and gratitude, and a will, determination and tenacity to carry out their common goal. So it was in Palo Alto, too, that a very special place evolved over a period of 99 years. Special people contributing their time and efforts collectively contribute to the success and mission of the Temple. Of the many ways to contribute are through joining a committee. Here are some of the PABT committees:

● BAZAAR
Coordinates all activities pertaining to our annual major fund-raising Bazaar during the Obon season

● BUDDHIST EDUCATION & LIBRARY (BEC)
Supports Buddhist education efforts for all affiliated organizations and to provide additional Buddhist education programs.

● BUDDHIST SPIRITUAL SERVICES VOLUNTEERS
Stanford Hospital – Visits Buddhist patients to offer compassion, kindness & assistance.

● CAMPAIGN BCA – THE 21ST CENTURY
A temporary committee to coordinate the solicitation of donations from the PABT general membership for this worthy BCA campaign.

● EI-TAI-KYO
Ei-Tai-Kyo "Eternal-Generations-Sutra." This fund is supported by specific donations made in memory of the donor's deceased relatives and/or friend. The name of the deceased, date of passing and receipt of the donation are entered in a special Ei-Tai-Kyo book which is kept in the alter. The resident minister conducts a service each morning dedicated to those named in the book for that day. Expenditures from this fund are limited to the purchase of religious items for the temple.

● ENDOWMENT
Builds a financial base that will provide our Sangha the revenue to ensure continuity in our efforts to spread the Buddha Dharma.

● FRIENDS OF OUR DHARMA
Supports the activities of the Dharma school teachers and students.

● FUNERAL
Assists the family of the deceased in arranging a funeral or memorial service.

● GROWING THE TEMPLE
Increases growth for the future with an emphasis on young adult membership, participation and leadership; helps maintain program continuity from one administration to the next.

● HALL
Establishes rental fees and use policies for all Temple facilities.

● HELPING HANDS GROUP
Volunteers who help arrange Yuwakai activities and aid any members in need of assistance.

● RELIGIOUS COORDINATING COUNCIL (RCC)
This Board affiliated committee is responsible for assisting, coordinating and planning the various religious programs and events at the Temple. The council consists of a chairperson and a representative from each of the affiliated organizations.

● SUNDAY HOSPITALITY GROUP
Volunteers greet and serve refreshments to the Sangha after Sunday service.

● THREE-PERSON ADVISORY
Acts as a liaison between the minister, the president, and the Temple leaders.