87th Annual Bon Odori Festival – July 20,21

It will be here sooner than you think: Bon Odori # 87.

Mark your calendars for July 20 and 21, 4-10 pm on Saturday and 3-8 pm on Sunday.

Everything you loved in the first 86 Bon Odori festivals, from dancing to eating to looking at displays to watching martial arts and enjoying taiko will be back.

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Gomonshu Welcome Banquet Registration is Open!

On September 3rd, the Gomonshu-sama will be visiting the Northwest District Buddhist temples and the Seattle Betsuin will be hosting a welcome banquet. The Gomonshu is the head priest of our sect of Buddhism and we are extremely honored and excited to welcome him to the Pacific Northwest.

Reservations are available now for sustaining members of the NW District temples. Registration may be done online via the link below or through the attached form on this page. Forms can also be found via the temple office. Payment must be made at the same time as reservations in order to hold your spot.

Online Payment and Reservations for the Gomonshu Welcome Banquet

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Jodo Shinshu and Marriage, part 2

by Rimban Katsuya Kusunoki

I received a letter from my younger brother and his fiancée. It was an invitation to their wedding. The wedding is going to be in July in Japan. The first thing that came up in my mind is why did they choose to get married in July? They must consider their schedule, their family’s schedule, and friends’ schedule, but it is very hot and muggy in Summer in Japan. Anyway, I now deeply feel joy to celebrate their wedding.

Let me introduce you to an example of a wedding program at our mother temple, Hongwanji.

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Jodo Shinshu and Marriage

by Rimban Katsuya Kusunoki

The 1st Seattle Youth Minister’s Assistant Retreat was held in January. In a workshop, I took them to the Seattle Koyasan Temple (Shingon Sect) located on the other side of Wisteria Park. We learned about the basic teaching of Shingon sect and experienced the Shingon style of meditation. It was a great opportunity for us to learn another Buddhist sect’s teaching and practice. Through this experience we were also able to make our understanding of Jodo Shinshu teaching deeper. In a discussion Rev. Taijo, who is the head priest of Seattle Koyasan temple, asked one question. “What is the decisive difference between Jodo Shinshu sect and other Buddhist sects?” Continue reading “Jodo Shinshu and Marriage”