About Us

The Marysville Buddhist Church is a temple within the Jodoshinshu-Hongwanji-ha (‘True Pure Land School, Denomination of the Temple of the Primal Vow ‘), popularly known as Nishi Hongwanji, headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.

Jodo Shinshu represents the largest Buddhist sect in Japan with over ten thousand temples. Jodo Shinshu Buddhism is found under the Mahayana (Greater Vehicle) tradition of Buddhism and founded by Shinran Shonin (1173-1263). The Hongwanji (Temple of the Primal Vow) originated from a temple built at the site of Shinran Shonin’s mausoleum.

For followers of the Jodo Shinshu teachings, one takes refuge in immeasurable wisdom and eternal life that embraces and enters the lives of all people without regard to socioeconomic status or distinction between moral good or evil. This wisdom and compassion take form as Amida Buddha.

Church History


Establishment of the Buddhist religion in this community began in 1907 when area Japanese held services in various homes with visits from Reverend Eitatsu Kudo and Reverend Eikyo Ushio of Sacramento Buddhist Temple. Services were conducted in the homes of Mr. Sekizo Kuroda, Mr. Buichi Watanabe, Mr. Kumazo Murata, Mr. Saiichiro Hiraoka and Mr. Buntaro Nakamura. The practice of holding religious observation in the homes of the faithful continued until a permanent meeting place could be located.

Contact Us

Marysville Buddhist Church

125 “B” Street

Marysville, CA 95901-1462

Church Phone: (530) 743-6426

Secretary Phone: (530) 743-3029

Email at: office@marysvillebc.org

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Buddhist Churches of America
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Center for Buddhist Education
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Institute of Buddhist Studies
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Nishi Hongwanji
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