PABT Buddhist Women's Association

Buddhist Women's Association

Mission Statement

We endeavor to provide opportunity to practice Jodo Shinshu Buddhism through shared experiences in genuine fellowship. We endeavor to learn through Buddhist educational activities, to promote personal spiritual growth for BWA members and the temple community at large. We support Palo Alto Buddhist Temple and community through activities to enhance the mission of the temple.


Buddhist Women's Association (BWA) of Palo Alto Buddhist Temple was founded in May 1926 with fewer than half a dozen women. Originally, this small group, also known as Fujinkai, met in homes of members, working and planning in support of the temple through hospitality, fund raising, welfare and community activities.

Today, over ninety years later, its scope and membership have kept pace with the growth of the temple and the focus of BWA activities is on the study and propagation of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism through shared experiences, fellowship and educational programs. The annually-elected cabinet and members meet monthly to discuss and plan a wide variety of community and educational activities to support the temple and temple community.

2018 BWA Board

President - Janet Kameda
1st Vice President - Jeanette Arakawa
2nd Vice President - Pam Warrior
Recording Secretary - Julia Miyakawa
Corresponding Secretary - Kris Hamamoto
Treasurer - Miyoko Yoshii
Religious Coordinator - Eimi Okano
Representative-at-Large - Carol Kitaura & Martha Debs
Ex Officio - Terrie Masuda
Advisers - Reverend Dean and Linda Koyama

Calendar of Events

March 24, 2018 - Bay District Buddhist Women's League Workshop at PABT
Theme: Jodo Shinshu Buddhists ARE Ecologists
Mottanai - Uniting dharma and sangha in spirit and action
Palo Alto Buddhist Temple

Buddhist Women's Association
Mrs. Toshiko Kato honored on her 100th birthday with Janet Kameda presenting a gift from the BWA

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BWA members with Burmese Dance group at the BWA Annual Luncheon and General Meeting

Buddhist Women's Association
Sein Hlaing Ho with Burmese dancers

Buddhist Women's Association
Emily, Ashley, Tanya Hamanaka performing Burmese dance accompanied by Sein Hlaing Ho