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Joining the Temple
The Palo Alto Buddhist Temple is a gathering place where members and friends are encouraged to learn about and practice the teachings of the Buddha and Shinran Shonin according to the Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Membership is open to anyone who professes a sincere interest in this stated purpose, as such, our diverse Sangha-commmunity currently consists of families and individuals from throughout the San Francisco Peninsula.
Pledge System
Funds generated from the pledge system are primary resources needed for the day-to-day operations of the temple. How should you determine your pledge amount? Information on the operating expenses of the Temple and average pledge amounts per family and individuals are provided in the packet.
Donations to the Temple or to any of its affiliated organizations are gratefully accepted and are essential to supplement the pledge income in meeting operating expenses. Donations are generally made at special services, events, and special occasions. Amounts of donations are determined solely by one's feeling of Dana-selfless giving.
  • All donations to the Temple are greatly appreciated and will benefit the general operating budget.
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A Two-Way Path

Obon 2013

Families enjoy the annual PABT Obon and Bazaar.

When we speak of the "Temple," we usually mean more than a building with a roof, a parking lot with stripes, or a gym with a stage. Along with the shrine, when we say "Temple," we mean people, talks by Sensei, classes; we think of choir practice, celebrations, pot-luck luncheons; and we remember board meetings, club meetings, and committee meetings.

What do members of the Sangha expect from their temple?