A Most Cordial Welcome to All…
Ekoji will be a place where the differences of race, color or creed will disappear. Ekoji will be open to all who earnestly seek the Dharma. - Rev Kenryu Tsuji, Founding Minister, 1981
Rev. Kurt Rye, Resident Minister
Welcome to Ekoji Buddhist Temple. It is our great pleasure to greet friendly visitors like you.
Ekoji means “The Temple of the Gift of Light.” Our mother temple is Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-Ha in Kyoto, Japan and our denomination is commonly known as Shin Buddhism. A Japanese monk named Shinran established this form of Buddhism in the 12th century.
Our temple was founded in 1981 in Northern Virginia and moved to its current location in 1998. The aim of our fellowship is to live the life of gratitude, and share the rejoicing of it with others, having awakened to the fact that we are being taken care of by the Immeasurable Light and Life, the Wisdom and Compassion of Amida Buddha.
Please browse the website to learn more about Shin Buddhism and the temple’s various activities, including our regular Sunday services.
There are many cherry trees around our temple. They blossom beautifully when the spring comes. Please come and enjoy them. The road to Ekoji is wide and has no gate. We welcome you at any time.