SACBC was established on May 26, 1961 and became independent from the Alameda Buddhist Temple on April 8, 1965.  As a member of the Buddhist Churches of America, which has its headquarters in nearby San Francisco, we are part of the Jodo Shinshu branch, or what is also known as the Pure Land sect.

Services were held in homes, a grammar school and a hall in Fremont until the purchase of 3.5 acres in Union City on April 24, 1961.  The temple was first built in the early 1960’s and classrooms were soon constructed next to the hondo in 1965.  A shrine was donated by the Oxnard Buddhist Temple in March of 1967.  Then, in the 1970’s the minister’s residence and Sangha Hall were built.

Affiliated and Associate organizations established includes:  Japanese Language School (1964), Fujinkai/Buddhist Women’s Association (1965), Jr. YBA (1965), Dharma School (1965) Choir (1970), YABA (1994), Boy Scouts and O’ Nami Taiko group (1997).

In October of 2002, the Church celebrated 40 years in its current location in Union City, CA.

On September 23, 2012, SACBC celebrated its 50th Anniversary.

The public is always welcomed to attend weekly Dharma Family Services held in English, Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. with Dharma School (Children K-12).and Dharma Sharing (Adult Discussion) immediately following.

The Church holds two fund-raising events per year:  Crab Feast in January and Annual Bazaar in July.  Our Obon Festival is held in August.

Buy things on Amazon? Kids or grandkids buy on Amazon? Your business purchase supplies on Amazon? Holiday gift shopping on Amazon?

If you answered YES, to any of these questions, we (Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church) can receive donations from Amazon based on your purchases if you simply go to and select us as your charity of choice.

Here is how it works.

How does AmazonSmile work?

When first visiting, you’ll be prompted to select a charitable organization. We ask that you please select Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church.


Must go to to make all purchases going forward. Do NOT go to anymore. For eligible purchases at, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to us.

How does my organization receive the donations?

Each quarter, the AmazonSmile Foundation will give the temple 0.5% of ALL of our eligible purchases combined. Even if your purchase only generates a few dollars or even just a few cents for us, it ALL adds up.

What is the AmazonSmile Foundation?

The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. Amazon pays all expenses of the foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on

If you have any more questions, please contact Larry Gissible, Treasurer at

THANK YOU in advance for your SUPPORT!

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Free E-Waste Pickup Fundraiser Please Help Support

Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church (SACBC)

All you have to do is go to the following website:

SACBC Car Donation

Call: Harold’s Car Donation Service at 800-310-5274 to schedule a pickup.


Don’t forget to mention that this is a donation for Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church so the proceeds from the sale of the car go to SACBC.