Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple, located in Seaside, California, is a member of the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA), headquartered in San Francisco, California. The temple belongs to the Jodo Shinshu Mahayana Buddhism and the Mother Temple is the Nishi Hongwanji located in Kyoto, Japan.


The Buddhist Temple of the Monterey Peninsula hosts the 71st annual Obon Festival, Sunday, July 9, 2017.  The Festival will take place at the Temple, 1155 Noche Buena Street in Seaside, California. Hours are noon – 5:00pm.  Enjoy delicious Japanese foods, entertainment, games, bonsai and ikebana exhibits, and Japanese goods and crafts for sale.  Food choices include tempura prepared by chefs from local Japanese restaurants, sushi, beef teriyaki, udon (noodles in broth), kushi katsu (fried pork), gyoza (steamed dumpling with ground pork and vegetables), strawberry shortcake and ice cream.  Gluten-free chicken karaage (fried chicken) will be available this year.  Day-long entertainment features Taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, and Japanese tea ceremony.  Everyone is invited to dance during the bon odori, or community Japanese folk dancing. Over 100 raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the day, ending the festival with the $2,000 grand prize drawing. This is a free event, donations accepted. 

For more information, please email or call 831-372-8181.

2007 Obon Program:

12:00 Noon   Opening Ceremony (Yagura)
12:15pm       Shorinji Kempo (Yagura)
12:30pm       Monterey Bonsai Group (Indoor Stage)
12:30pm       Tea Ceremony (sign up at the Team Room)
1:00pm         Aikido of Monterey (Yagura)
1:30pm         Tai Chi Demonstration – Rev. Hei Takarabe (Indoor Stage)
2:00pm         Introduction to Buddhism – Rev. Jay Shinseki, Nick San Juan (Hondo)
2:00pm         Salinas Kendo (Yagura)
2:30pm         Ikebana Demonstration
2:30pm         Tea Ceremony (sign up at the Tea Room)
3:00pm         Shinsho Mugen Daiko (Taiko – Yagura)
3:30pm         Obon Service, Rev. Jay Shinseki officiating (Hondo)
4:00pm         Bon Odori Dance and Final Raffle Drawing (Yagura area)