Buddhist Temple of Marin

Mill Valley
United States

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.

Tradition & Practice
Pure Land
Kind of Place

Practice and Meditation

The Temple provides a number of offerings empowering individuals to live joyfully following the teaching of the Amidha Buddha. 

  • Sunday Services: Weekly gatherings including worship and dharma talks. 
  • Online Classes: The temple offers a number of online dharma talks and yoga classes which can be accessed via their website.
  • Recorded Talks: The temple’s website also includes dozens of recorded dharma talks for those interested in exploring Pure Land Buddhist teachings. Rev. Ronald Nakasone’s talks on aging and spirituality are particularly unique contributions within the digital library.

The Place

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.

Lineage and

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.


390 Miller Avenue
Mill Valley
United States

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Derek Bergmann

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.

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