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About Us

The BCA Bookstore is no longer open for walk-ins but will continue as an online store. 


For any international orders and/or questions regarding the bookstore please email us at


Our History


     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.  Reflections on those early years are recorded in the documentary film Streams of Light: Shin Buddhism in America. 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. 

     We strive to provide knowledgeable, professional, efficient, and personalized service to our customers. Madeline Kubo, the part-time manager, runs all aspects of the store. 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, and those interested in Buddhism worldwide.