Young Buddhist Association

Young Buddhist Association
Young Buddhist Association

The Young Buddhist Association (YBA) is a social and religious organization whose members are typically 9th-12thgraders. This organization at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple (TBT) dates back to Rev. Yudo Komatsu, the second minister of the temple. In late 1926 he helped to organize the Young Women’s Buddhist Association and the Young Men’s Buddhist Association 1927 as the issei (first generation Japanese) were getting accustom to an American way of life.

Over the years, the organizations merged to become the Young Buddhist Association and included all high-school youth. The organization has elected officers that help to develop programs, fundraisers and events to support the temple and fulfill a young Buddhists’ way of life. YBA members also have plenty of opportunities to be active with the Northwest Young Buddhist League to connect with students in our region as well as national youth conferences.

TBT’s YBA is known for many social and fundraising activities. Below are just a few:

  • Host of the Welcome Breakfast to start Dharma School
  • Selling kori at Obon
  • Making posters for annual events
  • Host of the Parent’s Day Luncheon
  • Host of the Halloween Party
  • Annual New Year’s fundraiser

The YBA is supported by the minister and adult advisors who are also temple members. Parents are encouraged to be active as well and support the student in activities and events. All students are welcome!

Have questions, please feel free to reach out to Rev. Koyama at