Buddhist Temple of Marin is a Jodo Shinshu sangha (or community) located in Mill Valley, CA. As a member of the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA), the temple exists to give people access to a fulfilled life grounded on something more than mere happiness or unhappiness. To help people achieve this stated mission, Buddhist Temple of Marin offers weekly Sunday services, in-person and online classes, and a variety of community events. Supervised by Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara, who is also supervising minister of the Berkeley Buddhist Temple, the temple is led by a team of ordained local Buddhist ministers including Rev. Elaine Donlin and Rev. Joanne Mied.
The Temple provides a number of offerings empowering individuals to live joyfully following the teaching of the Amidha Buddha.
Buddhist Temple of Marin is tucked alongside Miller Avenue in the heart of Mill Valley, CA. Composed primarily of a gathering hall for the temple community, the temple’s straightforward design reflects the elegant serenity of the Pure Land way. Welcoming to people of all races, sexual orientations, and gender identities, the temple continues the culture of openness and free expression that has marked Marin County since the 1960’s. Though the temple is best reached by car, it can also be accessed via the 17 bus line, which runs from San Rafael. The temple has its own parking lot with plenty of space. Overnight and residential programs are not available at this location.
Jodo Shinshu also known as Shin Buddhism means “Pureland”. It was founded by Shinran Shonin (1173 – 1263) who was a monk at Tendai temple on Mount Hiei for 20 years. The Pureland is not a literal place but a state of existence that is free of ego and selfish desires. The monk was one of the most devout and dedicated followers but left in persuit of something different as he was not closer to discovering the meaning of life that he sought. Shinran taught that we truly understand when we let go of our ego that leads us to live a life of gratitude for what is.
Derek Bergmann is a secondary teacher and writer focusing on philosophy and religious studies. Though he currently call Los Angeles home, Derek grew up in the Bay Area and also spent some time living in a religious commune in Switzerland. Derek is fascinated by peoples' diverse and idiosyncratic relationships with the transcendent, and is always eager to explore the sacred practices and places that serve as bridges to fullness.