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,

We encourage everyone to register on-line.  Also, please complete the Consent and Release Form for each registrant under 18 and the YBA Code of Ethics for all YBA registrants.”  YBA Code of Ethics and parental consent form.

If on-line registration impossible, follow links to print hard copies:  registration form, children’s consent and waiver form and YBA Code of Ethics.

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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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September study group to attend White River seminar

In September, the Seattle Buddhist Temple study group has chosen to attend the “Body and Mind Seminar” at White River Buddhist Temple. Details are below.

Limited to 45 students – Saturday, September 14, 2013

White River Buddhist Temple; 3625 Auburn Way N; Auburn, WA

Are you looking for peace and harmony of body & mind?  In this session, we are combining Rev. Dr. Mark Unno’s Dharma Talks with elements from our March Body and Mind Seminar.  We plan to have more movements in the Qi-Gong & Tai Chi session and an adjusted sound system included with this seminar. Wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement and bring a mat or rug or towel to these interactive classes.

9:00 Registration

9:30 Qi-Gong (Chi/Ki Gong ) & Tai Chi by Master Mitsuo Aoki

Assisted by his senior students – Junko Nakano & Ikuko Dodobara

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45 Dr. Mark Unno – Path of Oneness and Great Compassion, Part I – Through times good and bad, joy and suffering, we seek our center and a deeper sense of significance.  Through the Shin Buddhist path of oneness, we discover that the very challenges and suffering we endure become portals to our liberation through the realization of great compassion.  Drawing broadly on insights from diverse spiritual traditions, this Shin path becomes illuminated as a universal path open to all.

11:45-12:45 Subway Sandwich Lunch

12:45 Zen Shin Meditation led by Rev. Koshin Ogui

1:45-2:00 Break

2:00 Dr. Mark Unno – Path of Oneness and Great Compassion, Part II

3:00-3:30 Clean Up and set chairs for Sunday Service


Rev. Dr. Mark Unno is Department Head of Religious Studies, University of Oregon.  He is the author of Shingon Refractions: Myoe and the Mantra of Light (2004), is editor of Buddhism and Psychotherapy Across Cultures (2006), and is the author of various articles on Pure Land Buddhism, comparative religion, and Buddhism and psychology.  He is an ordained minister in the Shin Buddhist tradition and works with Buddhist groups, general audiences, as well as with students and scholars.  He resides in Eugene, Oregon with his wife Megumi and his two cats Onyx and Taata.

Tai Chi Master Mitsuo Aoki has worked as an industrial designer in Japan and also studied Tai Chi for ten years.  He taught Tai Chi for many years in Asia.  After moving to America, Master Aoki has been teaching and studying further in the state of Washington since 1992.  He also taught at Boeing in Bellevue, 1996 to 2007, and is currently teaching at the Parks and Recreation Department in Bellevue and at Samena Swim & Recreation Club.  Master Aoki speaks Japanese, Chinese and English.

Rev. Koshin Ogui was born in Japan in1940 and came to America as a BCA Minister in 1962.  He was assigned to Los Angeles Betsuin Buddhist Temple, BCA Headquarters in San Francisco, Oxnard and Santa Barbara Buddhist Temples.  Rev. Ogui studied at Yale University Divinity School, worked at New York Buddhist Temple, then at Buddhist Church of San Francisco in 1970, Cleveland Buddhist Temple in Ohio, and Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago, Ill.  In 1992, Rev. Ogui was elected as Bishop of Buddhist Churches of America for two terms, eight years, April 2004 – March 2012, and is now at White River Buddhist Temple as a Retired Full-Time Resident Minister since May 2012.

Thank you to the Akiko Mikami Shimatsu Foundation & Families for their generous support

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