The Palo Alto Buddhist Temple is a gathering place where members and friends are encouraged to learn about and practice the teachings of the Buddha and Shinran Shonin according to the Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Membership is open to anyone who professes a sincere interest in this stated purpose, as such, our diverse Sangha-commmunity currently consists of families and individuals from throughout the San Francisco Peninsula.
Funds generated from the pledge system are primary resources needed for the day-to-day operations of the temple. How should you determine your pledge amount? Information on the operating expenses of the Temple and average pledge amounts per family and individuals are provided in the packet.
Payment of amounts pledged can be made using methods outlined below.
- Pledge payments may be made in one lump sum annually or in semi-annual, quarterly or monthly payments.
- Pledges can be paid by using the pledge coupon booklet and self-addressed envelopes provided by the office
- New! The Palo Buddhist Temple can now accept on-line donations and payments. Click on the "Donate" button to the right to make a secure payment via PayPal
Donations to the Temple or to any of its affiliated organizations are gratefully accepted and are essential to supplement the pledge income in meeting operating expenses. Donations are generally made at special services, events, and special occasions. Amounts of donations are determined solely by one's feeling of Dana-selfless giving.
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A Two-Way Path
When we speak of the "Temple," we usually mean more than a building with a roof, a parking lot with stripes, or a gym with a stage. Along with the shrine, when we say "Temple," we mean people, talks by Sensei, classes; we think of choir practice, celebrations, pot-luck luncheons; and we remember board meetings, club meetings, and committee meetings.
What do members of the Sangha expect from their temple?