It is always a question of knowing and seeing, and not that of believing. The teaching of the Buddha is qualified as ehi-passika, inviting you to ‘come and see’, but not to come and believe.
— Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha TaughtThe core of temple life is found in its services and in learning the Buddhist teachings. This is the one aspect that all temple groups share in common, without which the temple would cease to exist. SFVHBT services include regular Sunday services, special observances, and monthly memorial services on the first Sunday of the month. For adults, there are discussion groups after regular Sunday services as well as study classes on Saturday morning. For children, there is Dharma School. Religious life is enhanced and enriched by activities and events that encourage sangha (Skt., community) members to get to know one another. Families will be interested to know that besides Dharma School, SFVHBT has groups such as Sangha Teens for junior high students, Jr. YBA for high school students, and for adults, H.O.T – Hanging Out Together. Women may also want to support the temple through the Buddhist Women’s Association. Besides organizations, the temple-wide toban (Jpn., taking a turn) system also enables all sangha members to interact as a group, through service to the temple.