The Oregon Buddhist Temple temple was founded November 29, 1903 (originally as the Portland Buddhist Church), making us the oldest Buddhist organization in Oregon. We follow Jodo Shinshu (also known as Shin) Buddhism, a sect in the Pureland stream of Mahayana Buddhism and we are affiliated with the Buddhist Churches of America.
Shin has been referred to as "Blue Collar" Buddhism. Our sect is non-monastic and our practice is geared for the average person and families. OBT started as a community to service the religious and cultural needs of Portland's Japanese immigrants. While we grew up in the Japanese-American community and are proud of our heritage and traditions, happily we are growing and our sangha is becoming increasingly diverse. All people, regardless of ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, and political or religious affiliation are welcome. We invite you to peruse our website and to visit us in person