Long Beach Buddhist Church Welcomes You

About Us

Established in: 1957

Enshrined Statue: Buddha Shakyamuni

Founder: Rev. Kosai Osada

Rev. Shoji Oshima (Rev. Shoji Nitta)
Rev. Wako Kato

2nd Minister: Rev. Soyu Matsuoka

3rd Minsiter Rev. Ryosho Kokuzo

4th Minister Rev. Sowa Sugiyama

5th Minister Rev. Jikido Sugawa

6th Minister Rev. Gyokei Yokoyama

Long Beach Buddhist Church is a non-denominational Buddhist community established with the idea of practicing pure Buddhism and to be in keeping with the American way of life. The term "non-denominational" or "non-sectarianism" means that the Buddha's original and pure teachings are followed in their entirety. With non-sectarianism, an attempt has made to foster the growth of American Buddhism.

The Long Beach Buddhist Church (LBBC) began as a dream of Reverend Kosai Osada (1911-1989) in 1951 with the first services being held at the Long Beach Japanese Community Center. In 1957, Groundbreaking began for the Church at its present location in Long Beach at 2360 Santa Fe Ave.

Reverend Osada’s aspiration was to return to the original teachings of Buddhism in its purest form and the Church has been following this philosophy ever since.

Buddhist Observance and Practice


Buddhist Practice and Service

For the details or changes of the schedule, please feel free to contact us

at longbeachbuddhistchurch@gmail.com

May 1, 2020



We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.  It’s been close to six weeks since the Long Beach Buddhist Church temporarily closed its doors to onsite services and events, which included our annual Spring Chow Mein Dinner in March.  The Board of Directors recently met (virtually) and we wanted to take this opportunity to reach you, our membership, to share how we are moving forward during this unprecedented time.

It is with heavy heart that we announce that all LBBC-related activities will continue to be cancelled/postponed until further notice.  This includes our annual Food Sale (fundraiser), which was scheduled for June.  Although a difficult decision, we want to do our part to help “flatten the curve” and keep our community healthy. In the interim, Rev. Yokoyama plans to conduct “virtual” services on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. 


He will send an email with information on how to join online to those members who have provided us with their address.  If you do not use email, you may participate via phone.  Please call or email the church if you wish to join these services or would like additional information.


Looking forward, our hope is to have our 4th annual Obon on August 22, 2020. The Board, with support from our membership, will be discussing how to keep members safe and healthy while gathering to honor our community and loved ones. As we get closer to the date, we will share more details about plans for this year’s Obon.

The LBBC ministers and Board of Directors send deepest appreciation for your continued support, words of encouragement and understanding as we collectively navigate this global pandemic. 

Please reach out to us at longbeachbuddhistchurch@gmail.com or call (562) 426-4014 and we will do our best to answer questions and/or offer support.  Please take good care of yourself.  We look forward to seeing you again soon.


With gassho,

Long Beach Buddhist Church


Buddhist Observance

Reinforcing our Spirituality

Our Sunday Service starts at 10:00 am.  The service includes a short chair meditation, traditional Japanese-American Buddhist songs, Sutra chanting, incense offering and Dharma message.

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Buddhist Teaching

What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others

Contact Long Beach Buddhist Church

2360 Santa Fe Ave, Long Beach, CA 90810, USA

(562) 426-4014

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