BBTBERKELEY BUDDHIST TEMPLE

The Eighties

In September of 1981, when Reverend Ishiura was reassigned to Florin Temple, Reverend Yoshihide Matsubayashi briefly served the temple. He was in turn transferred to Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church and Reverend Haruyoshi Kusada, former Director of IBS, replaced him in the spring of 1983. Under his guidance the temple had moved along with the increasing concern for broader religious understanding and propagation, and joining other BCA temples in the BCA's Campaign for Buddhism.

Reverend Kusada's expertise in ritual and chanting continued the temple's ties to the IBS through his teaching of classes. In 1988, the temple also acquired the Fulton Street apartment for much needed parking. In September of 1989, the Fujinkai celebrated the 75th Anniversary of its founding.

The Nineties

The year 1991 marked the retirement of Reverend Kusada after more than eight years of service as our resident minister. He will long be remembered as being a strong role model for laymen and ministers alike.

Following Reverend Kusada's retirement, Reverend Hozan Hardiman became the resident minister. The nineties was a time of transition, with the inevitable loss of the Issei and Nisei (first and second generation Japanese/Japanese Americans) members. The Temple has been able to maintain a growing and active membership through the efforts of the Sanseis (third generation) and Post-War baby boomers and non-Japanese American members.

The Turn of the Century

In June of 2001, the Gomonshu Koshin Ohtani visited the Berkeley Buddhist Temple.

The Temple celebrated its 90th Anniversary in the year 2001. To prepare for the celebration, major renovations were performed on the Hondo. These included reupholstering the pews, installing a new floor and windows, remodeling the foyer and Nokodukso (sp?) closet, and painting the building exterior. Also a new carpet and door were installed in the library.

In February of 2002, Rev. Hardiman was transferred to Hawaii. To prepare for the new minister, the minister's residence was refurbished during the remainder of 2002 and 2003.

JSCIn 2003, the BCA purchased the adjoining property at Fulton and Durant Streets. Construction of the World Jodo Shinshu Center and Institute of Buddhist Studies would begin in May of 2005.

In 2004, the Berkeley Buddhist Women's Association (BBWA) celebrated its 90th anniversary.

After two years without a resident minister, the Temple welcomed Reverend David Matsumoto as its minister in January of 2005. Reverend Matsumoto is also the Director of the Center for Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies of IBS.

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