Reedley Buddhist Church
2035 15th Street - P.O. Box 24
Reedley, CA  93654                        
Phone: (559) 638-2146

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Ministers:  Rev. Kakei Nakagawa, Rinban & CCDC Minister
                 Rev. Alan Sakamoto, CCDC Minister
                Rev. Matthew Hamasaki, CCDC Minister 

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About Us

The Reedley Buddhist Church was established in 1936 with the Rev. Rijun Katsueda becoming the first resident minister. After World War II and the relocation of the Japanese residents, the church was rebuilt in 1952-53 and the Rev. Gibun Kimura became the third minister. In 1961, the Sunday School classrooms, conference room, office, and restrooms were started and completed in 1962. A boyhood statue of Shinran Shonin was donated by Mr. Seichi Hirose of Japan and placed in the U-shaped garden. The entire project was completed and dedicated on April 15, 1967.
Rev. George Shibata, our retired resident minister, began his association with the Reedley Buddhist Church in 1975 and completed 37 years in December, 2011. Rev. Hidehito Sakamoto was appointed as resident minister in March, 2012, until December, 2013.  From January, 2014 through July 2015, the church was under the supervision of the Fresno Betsuin.  As of August 1, 2015, Reedley has three ministers under a shared system of the seven temples of the Central California District Counci of the Buddhist Churches of America: Rev. Kakei Nakagawa, Rev. Alan Sakamoto, and Rev. Matthew Hamasaki.  The shared system is coordinated by the Central California Ministers' Association, the CCDC Ministerial Advisory Committee, and the staff of the Fresno Betsuin.
The church renovated the conference room and added a new kitchen facility in 2004. They added a new wrought iron fence surrounding the property in 2006, updated the hondo in 2007, and completed a storage building next to the small kitchen in 2008. The social hall bathrooms received an update in 2010 and in 2011 the grounds between the hall and the Japanese School building were graded and decomposed granite was added. 

The membership is approximately 137 members. The Buddhist Women's Association, the Reedley Dharma School, and the Jr. Young Buddhist Association remain active and support all activities sponsored by the church.

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Thank you for your support of the Reedley Buddhist Church Food Bazaar!  Everyone came out to help to make the bazaar such a success!


      Activities and Events for December,  2016

3    Japanese Buddhist Broadcast
             on KBIF (900 AM)                                6:00 am

8    Post Bazaar Meeting                                  7:00 pm

10  Japanese Buddhist Broadcast
             on KBIF (900 AM)                                6:00 am

11  Bodhi Day, Monthly Memorial &
            Family Dharma Service                      10:00 am

15 Wash Rice for Mochitsuki & Set Up             6:30 pm

17  Japanese Buddhist Broadcast
             on KBIF (900 AM)                                6:00 am
      MOCHITSUKI                                             6:30 am

24  Japanese Buddhist Broadcast
             on KBIF (900 AM)                               6:00 am

31 Japanese Buddhist Broadcast
            on KBIF (900 AM)                                6:00 am
     Joya-E (New Year’s Eve)  Service -
            Guest Minister Rev. George Shibata   7:30 pm

January 1 - Shusho-E Service - Guest
       Minister - Rev. George Shibata        10:00 am


Minister's Message

            Message from Rev. Kakei Nakagawa 
       (as printed in the December, 2016 newsletter)

On October 21, 2016, a total of 72 BCA members attended the Accession Ceremony in which the designation of his Eminence, Kojun Ohtani, as the 25th Monshu  (Head Minister of the Jodo Shinshu Honganji Denomination) would take place.  Before the ceremony, all attendants from overseas countries had an honor to personally meet his Eminence, Kojun Ohtani.

Rinban Nakagawa made a the following report of the group’s attendance to Go-Monshu-sama;

Dear Go-Monshu-sama,

BCA is a small religious society with which the number of followers is still filled for 20,000 people among the large population of the United States but everyone thinks very highly of being a Buddhist and makes a reliable living.

In the recent days of American society, traditional liberality is disappearing and mind of dislike and discrimination become conspicuous.  Concerned people are uneasy about the future in amidst of the presidential election.

Dr. David Matsumoto (IBS) asserted “For an American majority to live truly peaceful in the future, the teaching of Shinran Sh?nin should be needed.” At the recent meeting. And added, “Our sangha where it's still small when seeing from the whole American society, our sangha is the most important gathering in the present United States.”

Our dear Go-Monshu-sama, America is now wounded and we will suffer. All over the world would also go same track so as in Japan.

Our dear Go-Monshu-sama, for the future of America, we need J?do-Shinsh?.

Please and, please share your trustworthy guidance.

Honganji Fresno Bestuin
      Rinban, Reverend Kakei Nakagawa






Minister's Message

Message from Rev. Alan Sakamoto  
(as printed in the December, 2016 newsletter)

In Gratitude

Many of you have heard, and some may not know, but I have decided to retire as of December 31, 2016. This will be my final newsletter article.

“I’ve met the nicest people through Buddhism.”  This was a quote from one of my Buddhist teachers, and a one that I shared with you in my first Geppo newsletter article and Dharma message here in Central California.  It remains true! I am so fortunate and thankful to have many wonderful and memorable experiences due to my Buddhist path. I met my wife while studying in Japan. I met and befriended many, and I’ve been able to travel and experience things that I could never have dreamt before I began this path.

I have very mixed emotions and feelings. On the one hand, I am excited and am looking forward to traveling and doing things that I have always dreamt. And, on the other hand, I am saddened to leave. I love the interactions and services with all the members of Central California.

Renka and I have come to make Fresno our home, and we plan to keep our home here. We have made many wonderful and cherished friendships.

The greatest lesson that I have learned while serving, as a minister, is GRATITUDE. We take so many things in life for granted; our health, family, friends, food, just to name a few. But it isn’t until we are faced without something that we truly realize how fortunate we are. Renka and I are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve all of you. We look forward to continuing our friendship for years to come.

Thank you very much!

Rev. Alan Sakamoto


Minister's Message

Message from Rev. Matthew Hamasaki  
(as printed in the December, 2016 newsletter)

Recently I was able to participate in the Minister’s Continuing Education Seminar at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley. I was able to listen to lectures from some esteemed speakers as well as discuss issues with fellow ministers. One of the topics that was part of the Seminar was conflict and ways to resolve them tactfully. A possible way to ease conflict is to reframe the situation. We often cling to our view and see it as superior to ones that disagree. It’s helpful for us to realize that this is only one way to look at things and many other people have different ways which are equally valid. Shin Buddhism teaches us that in our world we are limited to seeing things through our human being eyes, but there is a higher truth where everything is not distorted through our perceptions but seen perfectly so there is no disagreement and there is perfect harmony. Of course, it is impossible for us to do this through our own power, but with mindfulness of the Buddha and the workings of our mind, we are able to get glimpses into the viewpoint of others.

Prince Shotoku was a legendary figure in Japanese Buddhism who was wise and fair and in from his position of power was able to not only unite Japan, but build temples and help propagate Buddhism throughout the nation. One of the writings that was attributed to him was a guide for how the ruling class should behave in order be upstanding moral citizens and role models for the rest of the population. One of the articles within this offers great advice in working towards the ideal of living in such a way:

“You shall be free of anger, as well as wrath. You shall not be angry at another’s being different from you. Each person has their own mind, and each mind has its own way.


What another thinks to be right, I may think to be wrong. What I think to be right, another may think to be wrong.


But I am no saint; they are no fool. We are both just common mortals. How can we tell what is really right or wrong?


Both they and I are sometimes wise and sometimes foolish, just as a ring is endless.

Therefore, you should reflect upon your own faults, even when another becomes furious with you. You should consult with others, even when you think that you are right.”