HISTORY OF LONG BEACH BUDDHIST CHURCH
Long Beach Buddhist Church is a non-denominational Buddhist community established with the idea of practicing pure Buddhism and to be in keeping with the American way of life.
The term "non-denominational" or "non-sectarianism" means that the Buddha's original and pure teachings are followed in their entirety.
With non-sectarianism, an attempt has made to foster the growth of American Buddhism.
Long Beach Buddhist Church
2360 Santa Fe Ave. Long Beach, CA, 90810
The Long Beach Buddhist Church (LBBC) began as a dream of Reverend Kosai Osada (1911-1989) in 1951 with the first services being held at the Long Beach Japanese Community Center. In 1957, groundbreaking began for the Church at its present location in Long Beach at 2360 Santa Fe. Ave.
Reverend Osada’s aspiration was to return to the original teachings of Buddhism in its purest form and the Church has been following this philosophy ever since.
Our resident minister is Rev. Yukinori Gyokei Yokoyama. Services are conducted in English and Japanese with the monthly Shotsuki (Memorial) Service generally held on the last Sunday of each month (all services begin at 10 a.m.). Please call the church for updated information on regular and special services.
There are several organizations and community groups that conduct classes at the LBBC, including Sumie, Shigin, Kimekomi Doll Making, Karaoke and Qi Gong.
Name: Long Beach Buddhist Church
Founder: Rev. Kosai Osada
Established in: 1957
Enshrined Statue: Buddha Shakyamuni