November 8 book group features special guest

This is a correction of an earlier post announcing that Reverend S. K Kubose, author of “Bright Dawn,” Discovering Your Everyday Spirituality, would be joining the book group to discuss this book.

Instead, he will be discussing A Buddhist Toolkit for Everyday Life:

On the first Saturday of December, the group will discuss “December Fan: The Buddhist Essays of Manshi Kiyozawa” translated by Rev. Nobuo Haneda. Rinban Castro is ordering copies. Let the temple office know if you want to buy a copy.

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Save the dates: February 13-15, 2015

Seattle Betsuin/Buddhist Church is hosting this year’s Northwest District Convention, Feb. 13-15, 2015.

Theme: Everyday Rhythm of the Nembutsu

Keynote Speaker: Resident Minister of the Oakland Buddhist Church, Rev. Harry Bridge,

Location:  Bellevue Westin Hotel

Registration packet will be posted soon.

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Cosplay contest at Seattle Bon Odori

If you’re a fan of Anime and like to Cosplay be sure to come early to this year’s Bon Odori for CosMatsuri.

* photo ops around the temple grounds and Wisteria Plaza park
* Cosplay contest
* temple tours
* street dancing
* Japanese food

This is a family friendly event so please Cosplay appropriately. Cosplay with a Japanese or Anime theme is encouraged

The Cosplay contest is just the start of the evening’s fun. Seattle’s Bon Odori is a Japanese folk dancing street festival and everyone is invited to participate. The event is part of Seattle’s Seafair Summer Festival. Free lessons for the Japanese folk dancing will be held July 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th & 15th from 7:30PM to 9PM in the temple gym.

Cosmatsuri flyer.

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Human Nature within Buddha Nature

Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi, longtime workshop facilitator who spent part of his ministerial orientation period at our temple is presenting a workshop, Human Nature within Buddha Nature: Waking up to a Path of Harmony, August 8-10, 2014 at the Quaker Center near Ben Lomond in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Cost is $195 if paid before July 13 to cover shared room and meals. Tuition by donation. For more information, Rev. Akahoshi can be reached at (619) 500-5002 and

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Tacoma Buddhist Temple 100th Golf Tournament

As part of the Tacoma Buddhist Temple’s Centennial celebration a golf tournament will be held on Saturday, August 9th, 2014, 12:30PM Tee off. Meadow Park Golf Course. $65 fee includes green fee, cart & dinner from Miyabi at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple. Best ball four-person Scramble. Click here for the registration form.

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Bon Odori July 19-20: Save the dates

The Seattle Betsuin’s annual Bon Odori festival will be held on Saturday, July 19th, 4-10PM and Sunday, July 20th, 3-9PM. This annual festival is open to the public and held on the street in front of the temple. The festival includes Japanese folk dancing, Cosplay contest, food, cultural exhibits and demonstrations. The temple is also open for tours during the event.

The folk dancing is open to all and if you’d like to learn the dances ahead of time practices will be held on July 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th and 15th from 7:30PM to 9PM in the temple gym.

See poster for more details.

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Save the date: Women in Buddhism Conference

The third annual Women in Buddhism conference will be held at the temple on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3: 30. p.m.

Presenters are:

Rev. Midori Kondo, Associate Minister at Honpa Hongwanji, Hilo Betsuin and Resident Minister of Lihue Hongwanji Mission, ret.;

Sierra Lee-Brenner, licensed mental health counselor and board certified art therapist who will introduce creating mandalas as a contemplative expression related to Buddhism, mindfulness, and self-acceptance; and

Carol O’Dowd, resident Minister, Longmont Buddhist Temple.

The conference registration form is linked here.

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SCHOLARSHIPS – High School Seniors / College Students

HIGH SCHOOL:  The Seattle Betsuin Tsujihara Family Memorial Scholarship Grant and Seattle Betsuin Continuing Education Grant are offering scholarships to high school seniors graduating in 2014.

COLLEGE: If you are a student currently enrolled and completed one year of college, the Masaru & Mitsuma Shimokon Scholarship Grant is offering scholarships for careers as nurse practitioner, medical doctor, registered nurse, engineer, or computer science.  Other fields in the technical, math and science programs may also be considered.  This is a one-time only grant.

All high school and college applicants or their parent(s) must be a member of good standing of the Seattle Buddhist Church.

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, April 7, 2014 before or by 2:30pm to the temple office.  For applications and/or questions, please contact Shizue Kaku via the temple office 206-329-0800 or email:

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Bishop Umezu visits Oct. 4-6

Bishop Kodo Umezu will conduct a Japanese workshop on Friday, Oct. 4, from 2 to 5 p.m., an English language workshop on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., be guest speaker at the regular service on Sunday, Oct. 6, and hold an affirmation service at 11:30 a.m. the same day, in which he gives members who have applied in advance a Buddhist name.

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Gregg Krech guest speaker Oct. 13

Gregg Krech of the ToDo Institute presents “Pureland Buddhism and Naikan Therapy” on Sunday, October 13 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.

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