San Bao Temple

American Buddhist Cultural Society

Auspicious Greetings!

Note: San Bao Temple is currently closed due to the pandemic. Sorry for the inconvenience.

About San Bao Temple

San Bao Temple has been located at the east of Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco since 1989. There is a bookstore in the front and a Shrine on the back of the building. The American Buddhist Cultural Society, a nonprofit organization, is the chartered name for the temple. The organization's headquarters is in Taiwan, named Fo Guang Shan.

San Bao Temple was established to serve as a spiritual, educational and cultural center for those interested in learning more about Buddhism and the Chinese culture. It is the idea of Venerable Master Hsing Yun to propagate "Humanistic Buddhism" and to create a Pure Land here on earth. San Bao Temple is planning to rebuild to fulfill these goals in our local community. The temple's objectives are to nurture Buddhist missionaries through education, to propagate Buddhism through cultural activities, to benefit society through charitable programs, and to edify the populace through Buddhist practices.

Year-long Events, Online Course & Lectures

2021 North America Buddha's Light Cultivation Year

With some cultivation, one will live simply and live comfortably. With some virture, one will easily meet one's need and take what one needs.

~ Venerable Master Hsing Yun

For more details: IBPS Cultivation

FGS North America Humanistic Buddhism Courses

Purpose of reading: Read to be a better person, read to understand reasons, read to see causes and conditions, read to understand that very heart.

~ Venerable Master Hsing Yun

For more details: FoGuang HuB

2021 BLIA North America Cloud Lecture Series

"Helping to illuminate the path toward wisdom for all."


  • April 17, 2021

  • June 26, 2021

  • August 14, 2021

  • October 16, 2021

  • December 18, 2021

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM ET

Each event poster will be posted before the date.

Introductory Video: Cloud Lecture

Vege Plan A

What you eat, how you eat, determines the future of the world.

Take action now!

For more details: VegePlan