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

Email Church President, Kathy Nishinaka:

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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Lighting lanterns for their loved ones.


Bento tickets can be purchased from any taiko player or in Reedley from Judy Kobayashi.  Bento boxes will be delivered to Reedley at 2:00 PM on September 13th.  

Please support our local taiko group!

                          Purchasing the delicious foods!

       Calendar of Events for September, 2015


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

6  CBE Lecture Series in Reedley - Rev. Ron Kobata    7:00 pm

7  MAP Training Class in Reedley                                 6:30 pm

12  Japanese Buddhist Broadcast on  KBIF (900 AM)  6:30 am

13  Combined Monthly Memorial & Family Dharma        
           Service/New Dharma School Term &
           Luncheon following                                             9:30 am
      BWA Meeting - following luncheon
      Fresno Gumyo Taiko Bento Pick Up in Conference
           Room                                                                    2:00 pm

14  Church Board Meeting                                             7:00 pm

16  Bazaar Meeting                                                        7:00 pm

17  CCDC of BCA Meeting in Fowler                            7:00 pm

19  Japanese Buddhist Broadcast on KBIF (900 AM)  6:30 am

20  Combined Ohigan & Family Dharma Service        9:30 am
      Cleaning Project following service

22   MAC Meeting                                                          7:00 pm

26  Japanese Buddhist Broadcast on KBIF (900 AM)  6:30 am
      BWA Monterey Bay Aquarium Trip                       7:00 pm

27  Nembutsu Seminar at Fresno Family Dharma
           Center                                                                 9:30 am



Yagura construction!

Dancers on the yagura


Minister's Message

Message from Rev. Kakei Nakagawa, Rinban  
(as printed in the September, 2015 newsletter)

Hello Central Cal Sangha
Rev. Kakei Nakagawa, Rinban

     When you read this Newsletter, Midori and I will be enjoying a short summer break.
     Having enjoyed and survived our wonderful O-Bon Festivals, which will soon become the best among temples in America, we now look forward to the beginning of another term of Central Cal Sangha activities. Dharma School, Jr.YBA, BWA, Dharma Study Classes, Meditation Class and various cultural classes go forward in full swing.
     September is just around the corner. Do not forget the Fall O-Higan service at your local temples.  I am always appreciative that our ancestors carried on this service to the present time.  Our new CC minister Reverend Matthew Hamasaki will speak at Fresno’s Fall seminar and O-Higan service.
     Since his assignment to the Central Cal District on August 1
st, the ministers’ three-man cell is activated and thus, the Central California District entered into new era.  A team of ministers serve several Sanghas spread throughout a broad area, now more efficiently and conscientiously. The CC ministers promote Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha as a team effort to build a contemporary CC sangha as well as to maintain traditional JA community sangha.  Fortunately, CC has one Kyoshi MA, three Tokudo MAs, nine Active MAs and four Youth MAs and they are all very supportive of the CC Dharma activities.  Now, there is no doubt that the challenge of restoring Dharma enthusiasm in the entire CC chapter is achievable.
     We have some outstanding guests sharing the Dharma with our Sangha next month including CC Nembutsu Seminar speaker, Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto.  It is our hope the Nenbutsu practitioners of Central California learn the living dharma at these occasions.
     I, as a minister, continually examine myself to ‘True and real Dharma Living’ during the new term of CC Sangha. 

Namo Amida Butsu

Minister's Message

Message from Rev. Matthew Hamasaki  
(as printed in the September, 2015 newsletter)



     My name is Matt Hamasaki and I am the newest ministerial addition to the Central California District. To everyone that I have met, I would like to thank everyone for being so welcoming! And I would like to thank you all for so graciously helping me remember your names as I continue to meet many new people. And to everyone I have not met yet, I would like to give a bit of an introduction of myself:
     I was born and raised in Berkeley, California and grew up going to the Berkeley Buddhist Temple. I often participated in the Dharma School activities and was active in the Jr. YBA. After graduating from Berkeley High School, I went to the University of California, Davis, where I majored in Religious Studies. I continued to participate in the College YBA activities and completed the Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course.
     Following that, I moved back to Berkeley where I continued my education at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. During my time studying there, I was able to help out as a Minister’s Assistant at the BBT and through the Minister’s Assistant Program I was able to prepare for the first level of ordination, called Tokudo, which I received in 2012. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to study for a year as an exchange student in Japan through the partnership of the IBS and Ryukoku University in Kyoto. The coursework was an intensive Japanese Language program since I had never learned how to speak. It was a wonderful experience to be there!
     I came back this past February and finished up my thesis to graduate in May. I went back to Japan and completed the second level of ordination, called Kyoshi, in June and upon returning to America I went to the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple and shadowed the minister there before moving here!
     It has been quite a whirlwind these past couple months and I have jumped right in here since I started on August 1
st.  I am still getting used to the area---and the weather! But I am excited to be here and I can’t wait to start getting to know everyone better!





Minister's Message

Message from Rev. Alan Sakamoto  
(as printed in the September, 2015 newsletter)

The Power of Nature

     This summer I had the opportunity to experience a magical and wonderful time in the Sierra National Forest with the Camping in the Sierras group.  I was only there for one night, a very limited time since the campers and staff were there for one week.  I was immediately taken back to great times and memories when I was a staff member at the Los Angeles Buddhist Coordinating Council summer camp just east of the Los Angeles area.  Some of my best friends were also staff members from that camp, and it remains some of the best times of my life.
     As I drove from Fresno up into the National Forest, the windows of my car were rolled up; the air conditioner was blasting along with my music.  The change from the Valley was amazing.  The beauty of the trees, the peacefulness of nature, and the lack of cars and people overtook my emotions.  I turned off the air conditioner, lowered my car windows, turned off the music, and realized that I was sitting in the midst of something much bigger and grander than myself.  I began to relax, smell the pine scent and appreciate the beauty and oneness of Nature.  Then I came upon a rather depressing sight that was the remains of the North Fork fire that encompassed approximately 16,000 square miles.  The devastation was mind boggling as I stopped the car to view the scorched earth and burnt remains from the valley floor to the top of the ridge, and continued on for as far as one could see.  Yet, even among the devastation of a fire, one could see that Nature was still at work.  There was the stark contrast of the new green plant growth against the dark and blackened remains of trees and earth.  There was new opportunities and Nature was coming back at its own pace and at its own time.
     It made me think about the stress and pressure that we encounter in our own lives, such as tests, project deadlines, due dates, transporting kids to their daily activities, and meeting the expectations of others.  As I looked over the fire damaged area and the new growth, I realized that our stress comes entirely from within ourselves.  We create the conditions that enable ulcers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and other illnesses.  Nature works on its own beautiful schedule, timetable and pace. Nature is patient, and has the ability to heal itself and all living things around it.  Lao Tzu once wrote, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” 
     I also thought of other lessons that nature teaches us.  Nature is content with itself.  People always seem to be striving for or hiding from different things.  Yet, when we go and look at the beauty of nature, we can see that happiness and beauty can be found just as it is, nothing more and nothing less.  The beauty that can be found in nature is also a reminder that all good things do not 
require money.  We don’t have to buy the beauty of the sunrise or sunset or the wonderful smell of the pine trees.  And yet, at camp, I was able to sit outside, listen to the sound of the wind blowing through the pine trees, and smile.  I didn’t need music, television or a movie to enjoy the moment.  And, perhaps, the most significant reminder I received while at camp was that the beauty of nature not only exists outside among the tress, but it also exists within each and every one of us. 
      It’s amazing and wonderful to receive those lessons if we can just take a moment away from our busy lives to take a deep breath and to be aware.

I go to the Buddha for guidance.

I go to the Dharma for guidance.

I go to the Sangha for guidance.


Rev. Alan Sakamoto