Our History

During the early 20th century, the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist faith spread to the historic White River valley area through the Japanese pioneers who farmed in this valley. White River Buddhist Temple was founded in 1912 by these pioneers known as the Issei Generation.


During World War II, the temple went largely dormant while the predominantly Japanese American population was incarcerated under Executive Order 9066. However, upon return from camp, the Nisei generation took the reigns and built a new temple where it currently sits today.

Over our 100+ years the temple has seen many changes. Today we are an inclusive, diverse community of many cultures who wishes to become a portal to surrounding communities and share the Dharma with everyone interested.