A Buddhist temple currently stands in 1340 Kern Street of downtown Fresno, just as it has done since the Japanese Buddhist community built it in 1902. Due to the efforts of the Japanese Buddhist community of San Francisco, the temple was able to be recognized and built. Once its dedication in 1902, the temple was immediately put into use by the Fresno Japanese Buddhist community until 1919, when a fire completely demolished the main temple building. The resilient community quickly recovered, and only one year later in November of 1920, a concrete temple was erected in the place of the old, wooden temple, where it stands to this day.
Learn more about the stories that are hidden within the temple and its community, history, documents, and more.
In June of 2018, the Myanmar (Burmese) Buddhist community purchased the temple from the ownership of the Japanese Buddhist community. Only with the generous donations of devout Buddhists from throughout the world, was the Fresno Burmese Buddhist community able to purchase and renovate the temple. We will continue the temple's legacy into the future.
Our community welcomes everyone, both Buddhists from around the world and others who would simply like to experience the traditional Burmese Buddhist experience.
OUR BODHI TREE
The Bodhi Tree situated on the posterior of the annex building next to the temple has great significance in that it is a direct biological descendant of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Tree, which is located in Sri Lanka. The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Tree is, in turn, the direct biological descendant of the original Mahabodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya, under which Buddha meditated for seven weeks and then reached enlightenment.