Welcome to the BCA Dharma School Lesson Plan pages!

The site is primarily for BCA Dharma School teachers to exchange lesson plans. However, it can be used by the larger community of teachers of Buddhism as well as social science and history teachers about Buddhism and Jodo Shinshu.

We have two primary classifications: by subject and by grade. We also have a subject classification, but please note that this probably does not have the granularity required. Instead please use the "Search Wiki" box on the left.

Please note that the grade levels correspond to the BCA Dharma School curricula.


News Archive

If you know of a student going to college or school in the San Jose area, please have their parent send:
  • Their child's full name
  • Their child's email address
  • Parent's name
  • Parent's email
  • Affiliated temple
to the San Jose Betsuin at sjbc@sjbetsuin.com. We are attempting to create a program to welcome students new to the area. If this is successful, we hope to extend this program to the rest of the BCA

Grade Levels

Pre-School, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, High School, Young Adult, Adult, Multigenerational


Basic Buddhism, Jodo Shinshu, Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path, Six Paramitas, Shakyamuni Buddha, Shinran, Rennyo, Theravadan Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Chinese Buddhism, Korean Buddhism, Japanese Buddhism, Mahayanan Buddhism, Pure Land, Hongwanji



Submitting Lesson Plans

Please follow the procedures on submitting Lesson Plans. This contains the guidelines, format and the ways that you can submit lesson plans to this site as well as obtaining write access to the site.

Curriculum Guide

These are revised excerpts from the BCA's Dharma School Teacher's Guide. Please note that each page may be discussed using the discussion tab.

Foreword by Rev. Toshio Murakami
Introduction & Overview
Curriculum Guide : Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, High School, Young Adult, Adult
Children's Book List (Grades 1-3)


These are discussion areas for teachers. You must be registered in order to participate.
Pre-K to 5 (Elementary School)
5 to 8 (Middle School)
High School

If there are any questions or feedback, please send email to our Moderators.