Buddha's Universal Church

The Buddha's Universal Church was hand-built by its congregation in the 1950s. We practice the Pristine Orthodox Dharma are currently planning our next traditional bilingual theatrical play, "The Crafty Matchmaker,” coming in 2021.

Thanks for visiting!

Operating as usual

07/22/2021

A bunch of us got together over the weekend to dust off the church and spruce it up in preparation for reopening! We are working on bringing you hybrid lectures— first date TBA.

For now, join us this Sunday 7/25/21 at 10:30am PST for a Zoom lecture on Buddhism!

This is Denise working hard to vacuum the auditorium. Thank you for volunteering your time to beautify the church, Denise! 😍

(We all stayed masked, and everyone present was vaccinated ✊)

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A bunch of us got together over the weekend to dust off the church and spruce it up in preparation for reopening! We are working on bringing you hybrid lectures— first date TBA.

For now, join us this Sunday 7/25/21 at 10:30am PST for a Zoom lecture on Buddhism!

This is Denise working hard to vacuum the auditorium. Thank you for volunteering your time to beautify the church, Denise! 😍

(We all stayed masked, and everyone present was vaccinated ✊)

#buddhasuniversalchurch #sanfrancisco #SF #linkinbio #buddhism #inspiration #joinus #Zoom #lecture #Sunday #tbt #throwback #thursday #flashback #vacuuming #cleaning #dusting #prepping #reopening #volunteer #thankyou #mask #masked #vaccinated #hybrid #inperson #auditorium #beautify #spruceup

07/09/2021

They say Buddhism is a “thinking person’s religion”— that’s because in Buddhism, we believe that by cultivating our positive thoughts, and by weeding out the ones that trigger negative downstream effects, we can become better people and ultimately attain Enlightenment. Otherwise, we are confined to this earth, lifetime over lifetime. Although there are definitely joys to being a part of this planet, it also means we would continuously experience the challenges inherent to being human: birth, aging, sickness, and death.

Buddhism teaches us how to escape this cycle, and it starts with our thoughts. 💛

Join us for more words of wisdom this Sunday 7/11/21 at 10:30am PST via zoom. Comment for link!

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They say Buddhism is a “thinking person’s religion”— that’s because in Buddhism, we believe that by cultivating our positive thoughts, and by weeding out the ones that trigger negative downstream effects, we can become better people and ultimately attain Enlightenment. Otherwise, we are confined to this earth, lifetime over lifetime. Although there are definitely joys to being a part of this planet, it also means we would continuously experience the challenges inherent to being human: birth, aging, sickness, and death.

Buddhism teaches us how to escape this cycle, and it starts with our thoughts. 💛

Join us for more words of wisdom this Sunday 7/11/21 at 10:30am PST via zoom. Comment for link!

#buddhasuniversalchurch #sanfrancisco #SF #Chinatown #SFChinatown #linkinbio #joinus #lecture #church #Sunday #buddhism #thingstodoinsanfrancisco #thoughts #flashbackfriday #fbf #flashback #Friday #Zoom #wisdom #wordsofwisdom #inspirationalquotes #quotes #motivation #inspiration #positive #cultivate #think #virtuous

07/04/2021

Happy 4th of July!! Wishing everyone a good weekend with responsible celebrations. Preferably not while watching infants like Granny here from our 2017 production “Will Auntie Face Justice?” 😂

Next lecture will be via zoom on 7/11/21 at 10:30am PST. Comment for link!

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Happy 4th of July!! Wishing everyone a good weekend with responsible celebrations. Preferably not while watching infants like Granny here from our 2017 production “Will Auntie Face Justice?” 😂

Next lecture will be via zoom on 7/11/21 at 10:30am PST. Comment for link!

#buddhasuniversalchurch #sanfrancisco #SF #Chinatown #SFChinatown #linkinbio #joinus #lecture #Zoom #church #Sunday #buddhism #thingstodoinsanfrancisco #thoughts #weekend #theatricalplay #theatre #performance #costumesandcookies #Granny #irresponsible #celebrate #fourthofjuly #july4th #independenceday #independence #happybirthday #happybirthdayamerica #USA

06/24/2021

Have you ever noticed how many times a day you might get annoyed or frustrated or upset at something or someone? Even the tiniest grievances add up and can affect our outlook on life— and more importantly, our progress in Buddhism.

More words of wisdom this Sunday 6/27/21 at 10:30am PST via Zoom! Comment for link! 💛

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Have you ever noticed how many times a day you might get annoyed or frustrated or upset at something or someone? Even the tiniest grievances add up and can affect our outlook on life— and more importantly, our progress in Buddhism.

More words of wisdom this Sunday 6/27/21 at 10:30am PST via Zoom! Comment for link! 💛

#buddhasuniversalchurch #sanfrancisco #SF #wisdom #linkinbio #quotes #buddhism #thoughts #motivation #lecture #Sunday #inspirationalquotes #inspiration #spiritualgrowth #spiritual #growth #church #tbt #throwbackthursday #throwback #thursday #control #anger #rage #happiness #emotions #progress #comment #link #zoom

06/20/2021

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all fathers, grandfathers, pet dads, almost-dads, rainbow dads, and father-figures. You’re all as great as this first-rate dad from 2011’s “The Crafty Matchmaker,” who loved his daughter so much he paid off a cunning and crafty matchmaker to pair his heartbroken daughter with the husband of her dreams! (It all ended a bit differently than hoped, but it’s the loving thought that counts, right? 😂)

May we remember to celebrate our dad-figures every day, but especially today, with gestures of 孝 (Filial Devotion). 💛

Next public lecture is on Sunday 6/27/21 at 10:30am PST. Comment for link!

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all fathers, grandfathers, pet dads, almost-dads, rainbow dads, and father-figures. You’re all as great as this first-rate dad from 2011’s “The Crafty Matchmaker,” who loved his daughter so much he paid off a cunning and crafty matchmaker to pair his heartbroken daughter with the husband of her dreams! (It all ended a bit differently than hoped, but it’s the loving thought that counts, right? 😂)

May we remember to celebrate our dad-figures every day, but especially today, with gestures of 孝 (Filial Devotion). 💛

Next public lecture is on Sunday 6/27/21 at 10:30am PST. Comment for link!

#buddhasuniversalchurch #sanfrancisco #SF #Chinatown #SFChinatown #linkinbio #lecture #church #Sunday #buddhism #thingstodoinsanfrancisco #thoughts #flashback #throwback #2011 #TheCraftyMatchmaker #father #fathersday #grandpa #fatherfigure #almostfather #rainbowdad #petdad #dad #love #daughter #filialdevotion #celebrate

06/19/2021

156 years ago today, on June 19, 1865, ALL people of America finally became officially free and independent. This was 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and 89 years after the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It’s a major event!

We still have a lot of work to do, but recognizing this day in history is a start! It’s also a great day to emphasize the celebration of Black history and culture. We can read about it, support a Black-owned business, watch films and documentaries on black life.

This article is a great summary for those hoping to learn more about Juneteenth. There are links within the article to ideas on how to celebrate and learn, as well!

https://www.oprahdaily.com/life/a32893726/what-is-juneteenth/

#buddhasuniversalchurch #BUC #sanfrancisco #SF #juneteenth #celebrate #blackhistory #history #freedom

156 years ago today, on June 19, 1865, ALL people of America finally became officially free and independent. This was 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and 89 years after the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It’s a major event!

We still have a lot of work to do, but recognizing this day in history is a start! It’s also a great day to emphasize the celebration of Black history and culture. We can read about it, support a Black-owned business, watch films and documentaries on black life.

This article is a great summary for those hoping to learn more about Juneteenth. There are links within the article to ideas on how to celebrate and learn, as well!

https://www.oprahdaily.com/life/a32893726/what-is-juneteenth/

#buddhasuniversalchurch #BUC #sanfrancisco #SF #juneteenth #celebrate #blackhistory #history #freedom

06/11/2021

Know how all this audio equipment works? Neither did we! 😂 Not until lead audio/visual coordinator Justin taught some of us last Saturday… because we are preparing for in-person/hybrid lectures soon!

But that won’t be for a few months, probably. Next Zoom Buddhist lecture will be this Sunday 6/13/21 at 10:30am PST! 💛

Comment for link!

[everyone present was vaccinated! ✊]

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Know how all this audio equipment works? Neither did we! 😂 Not until lead audio/visual coordinator Justin taught some of us last Saturday… because we are preparing for in-person/hybrid lectures soon!

But that won’t be for a few months, probably. Next Zoom Buddhist lecture will be this Sunday 6/13/21 at 10:30am PST! 💛

Comment for link!

[everyone present was vaccinated! ✊]

#buddhasuniversalchurch #sanfrancisco #SF #Chinatown #SFChinatown #linkinbio #joinus #lecture #tour #church #Sunday #buddhism #thingstodoinsanfrancisco #thoughts #flashbackfriday #fbf #flashback #Friday #sound #audio #training #equipment #preparing #prep #preparation #zoom #hybrid #vaccinated #vaxxed💉

05/31/2021

Happy Memorial Day. Today we take extra time to appreciate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country.

Thank you. ♥️🤍💙

#memorialday #thankyou #appreciation #sacrifice #thanks #buddhasuniversalchurch

Happy Memorial Day. Today we take extra time to appreciate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country.

Thank you. ♥️🤍💙

#memorialday #thankyou #appreciation #sacrifice #thanks #buddhasuniversalchurch

05/22/2021

Before Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month (May) ends, we wanted to recognize the early members of our church, who donated their time and money because they believed in building what is now the Buddha’s Universal Church. They raised the funds and then built the church themselves! No one was paid. Even the architects donated their time.

Here is a group of them, likely before going out to sell tickets to our then-annual bazaar to— yes— raise money for construction materials. Without these dedicated and admirable people, we would not be where we are today. We are proud of our AAPI history and love sharing it with you! 💛

We are still holding virtual meetings for now, but as soon as we open back up, we would love to have you visit! In the meantime, join us virtually this Sunday 5/23/21 for our next lecture at 10:30am PST. Comment for link and tell your friends!

#buddhasuniversalchurch #sanfrancisco #SF #wisdom #linkinbio #buddhism #thoughts #motivation #lecture #Zoom #virtual #Sunday #inspiration #church #chinatown #sfchinatown #chinatownSF #building #construction #volunteer #donation #stopasianhate #stopAAPIhate #AAPIHeritageMonth #history #herstory #AsianAmericanHistory #proud #throwback #flashback

Before Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month (May) ends, we wanted to recognize the early members of our church, who donated their time and money because they believed in building what is now the Buddha’s Universal Church. They raised the funds and then built the church themselves! No one was paid. Even the architects donated their time.

Here is a group of them, likely before going out to sell tickets to our then-annual bazaar to— yes— raise money for construction materials. Without these dedicated and admirable people, we would not be where we are today. We are proud of our AAPI history and love sharing it with you! 💛

We are still holding virtual meetings for now, but as soon as we open back up, we would love to have you visit! In the meantime, join us virtually this Sunday 5/23/21 for our next lecture at 10:30am PST. Comment for link and tell your friends!

#buddhasuniversalchurch #sanfrancisco #SF #wisdom #linkinbio #buddhism #thoughts #motivation #lecture #Zoom #virtual #Sunday #inspiration #church #chinatown #sfchinatown #chinatownSF #building #construction #volunteer #donation #stopasianhate #stopAAPIhate #AAPIHeritageMonth #history #herstory #AsianAmericanHistory #proud #throwback #flashback

05/09/2021

Today (but really every day), we recognize all the mothers out there- people who are mothers in every sense of the word! You run the world! 💛

#buddhasuniversalchurch #sanfrancisco #SF #linkinbio #buddhism #inspiration #Sunday #thebest #mothersday #mom #mother #mama #aunt #rainbowmom #surrogate #loveyou #whoruntheworld #moms

Today (but really every day), we recognize all the mothers out there- people who are mothers in every sense of the word! You run the world! 💛

#buddhasuniversalchurch #sanfrancisco #SF #linkinbio #buddhism #inspiration #Sunday #thebest #mothersday #mom #mother #mama #aunt #rainbowmom #surrogate #loveyou #whoruntheworld #moms

Photos from Buddha's Universal Church's post 04/30/2021

We are celebrating the Buddha’s Birthday this Sunday 5/2/21 at 10:30am PST, virtually. Join us! Comment for link!

Here’s a #FlashbackFriday to our cake from 2016. Hope we can safely reopen soon so we can all share another full sheet coffee crunch cake again! 🍰

Second picture is from almost exactly one year ago, when we did our first ever church Zoom event, also celebrating the Buddha’s birthday! Everything was so much more uncertain then... and we have been so fortunate to be able to continue to “gather” virtually throughout the past year, thanks to technology. 💛

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04/22/2021

It takes constant effort to practice Buddhism. Need some inspiration? Join us this Sunday 4/24/21 at 10:30am PST for Zoom lecture on Buddhism!

Comment for link 💛

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It takes constant effort to practice Buddhism. Need some inspiration? Join us this Sunday 4/24/21 at 10:30am PST for Zoom lecture on Buddhism!

Comment for link 💛

#buddhasuniversalchurch #sanfrancisco #SF #wisdom #linkinbio #quotes #buddhism #thoughts #motivation #lecture #Sunday #inspirationalquotes #inspiration #spiritualgrowth #spiritual #growth #church #tbt #throwbackthursday #throwback #thursday #diligence

04/07/2021

Uncle King is still at it! He hand-lettered this poster to hang outside our church! 😍

Join us this Sunday at 10:30am PST for a Buddhist lecture. Comment for link!

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Uncle King is still at it! He hand-lettered this poster to hang outside our church! 😍

Join us this Sunday at 10:30am PST for a Buddhist lecture. Comment for link!

#buddhasuniversalchurch #sanfrancisco #SF #wisdomwednesday #wednesdaywisdom #wednesday #wisdom #linkinbio #buddhism #thoughts #motivation #lecture #Sunday #inspiration #spiritualgrowth #church #lettering #poster #handlettering #handlettered #facebook #twitter #instagram #Zoom #website #beautiful #UncleKing #stillatit #art #artist

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