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BCA Buddhist Bookstore

The BCA Bookstore will be closed Friday, April 21 through Tuesday, April 25 -- we will be off-site at the Federated Dharma School Teachers' Conference in Fresno CA.  Orders placed during this time will be filled when we resume our regular hours beginning Wednesday, April 26, 2017.


Thank you for your interest in the BCA Bookstore!  Your purchase supports our efforts to create a more peaceful, compassionate world by sharing the Buddha-Dharma.


Located inside the Jodo Shinshu Center at

2140 Durant Ave. (between Shattuck and Fulton)

Berkeley CA 94704




OPEN:  Wed. - Sat., 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

CLOSED: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday


For directions, click here for a Yahoo map.

The BCA Bookstore

     The BCA Bookstore has been serving the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) since 1959, when it was officially established by the late Reverend Kenryu T. Tsuji, a former BCA Bishop.  Reflections on those early years are recorded in the documentary film Streams of Light: Shin Buddhism in America in an interview with Mrs. Sakaye Tsuji and daughter Maya Lawrence.  The interview was filmed in the Bookstore at the Jodo Shinshu Center.

     With the opening of the Jodo Shinshu Center in 2006, the BCA Bookstore moved from the BCA National Headquarters in San Francisco into the spacious corner area off the main lobby at the downtown Berkeley site.  The building's floor-to-ceiling windows facing the busy intersection of Durant and Fulton, in close proximity to the U.C. Berkeley campus, provide tremendous exposure for the bookstore and the BCA.

     The bookstore carries out the BCA's mission of sharing the BuddhaDharma and increasing the awareness of Shin Buddhism  throughout the world.  Visitors from all parts of the nation and the world enter the bookstore on a daily basis.  Many of our customers are not affiliated with BCA.  However, they shop with the BCA Bookstore because, given the choice, they prefer that their purchase support a non-profit organization.  

     We strive to provide knowledgeable, professional, efficient, and personalized service to our customers.  Gayle Noguchi, the full-time manager, runs all aspects of the Berkeley store's daily operations as well as the two online stores.  Lia Noguchi, part-time associate, helps on site one day a week and travels to assist with the four to five off-site BCA events we support each year.  The BCA Bookstore serves the BCA churches/temples and fellowships throughout the nation, educational institutions (particularly the Institute of Buddhist Studies, or IBS), the Center for Buddhist Education, other Jodo Shinshu temples and fellowships internationally, as well as the general public with customers worldwide.