On Saturday, June 1, the Buddhist Study Group will meet from 9:30 to 11:30. We will discuss a chapter from Kenneth K. Tankaka’s Pure Land Buddhism. Access the document here.
Seattle Betsuin will sponsor it’s second Buddhist Women’s Conference on Saturday, October 19, 2013. The title is “The Heart and Mind that Benefits Others, “Rita no Kokoro.” Save the date card with times, location and speaker information here.
Save the date for Bon Odori: Saturday, July 20, 4–10 pm; Sunday, July 21 , 3–8 pm
Bon Odori, a centuries old Japanese Buddhist festival, brings together people of all ages and cultures to enjoy traditional Japanese food and drink, kendo and karate demonstrations, Taiko and jazz music performances.
Everyone is invited to participate in traditional fols dances. No experience necessary; just follow the many experienced dancers who demonstrate the moves as everyone circles South Main Street. Those who don’t want to dance can play a game of Go, be entertained by displays of ikebana (flower arranging) and mizuhiki (decorative items made from strong, thin twine), and learn more about the history of Japanese American soldiers who fought in World War II.
Bon Odori celebrates and honors the lives of deceased family and friends. We consider this a happy time as we remember the contributions of those who came before us with a deep sense of gratitude and thanksgiving.
Dance practice is scheduled in the temple gym for the following dates: July 9-12, 15-16, 7:30-9 p.m.
This year we are adding a slide show of pets to the memorial service. To remember your beloved pet send your name along with your pet’s name by e-mail to email@example.com and your pet’s name will appear on screen during the service. If you include a photo it will also be shown. To ensure our mail box doesn’t overflow please limit the size of your pet’s photo to 100K. You can do this by reducing the photo’s resolution.
Dharma School’s Annual Pet Memorial Service is held in conjunction with our Nirvana Day service. This year’s service will be held at 10AM on Sunday, February 10, 2013.
Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara continues his Japanese language lecture series on the Shoshinge on Saturday, January 19th, 1PM to 4PM. The focus of this installment will be on Tao-cho (jp. Dōshaku) the 4th Patriarch of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. This program will be presented entirely in Japanese.
This workshop will be conducted completely in Japanese.
Please join us on Saturday, January 19th, from 9AM to 12N for an English language workshop on Shinran Shonin’s Shoshinge (The Hymn of True Faith) presented by Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara. Rev. Kuwahara is the co-director of the Center for Buddhist Education and the coordinator of it’s Jodo Shinshu Correspondence course.
On Monday, December 31, we will have a short service and then cross the street to Wisteria Park to ring the bonsho (the temple bell) 108 times.
Interested in a fundraising activity that doesn’t involve cooking, baking or wearing a hairnet? The Seattle Buddhist Church is a registered participant in Bartell Drugs’ B’Caring Card Program. To support non-profit groups and schools, Bartell Drug has joined with eScrip to create a system that rewards customer loyalty by contributing a percentage of their purchases to their designated group. It’s easy to participate. Simply pick up a registration form that includes our group name and number (forms in temple foyer and in March newsletter), complete the registration form and bring to any Bartell Drug store. If you pick up an in-store registration form include our group name, Seattle Buddhist Church and group # 163944317. You will be given a B’Caring Card that will need to be registered by phone (800) 931-6258 or the web, eScrip.com/BCaringCard.
Please keep in mind that qualified purchases do NOT include: pharmacy prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, postage stamps, lottery tickets, transportation passes, gift or phone cards.
No experience needed! Interested Sangha members please e-mail your name, phone number and the date of the Sunday(s) you are available to the temple at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service chairs are asked to arrive at the temple by 9:35AM for a quick consultation with the ministerial staff to determine who is doing what (a generic script is provided with blanks for you to fill in).
Last minute registration still possible. E-mail the following ASAP to the temple at email@example.com:
2) Phone number (include area code)
3) Dietary restrictions (if any)
Please make out your $200 check to: “Seattle Betsuin Religious Department”.
Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi is leading a retreat this weekend titled “Practicing No Practice” at the beautiful Bastyr University Campus at 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore, WA 98028. The retreat starts at 7pm Friday, September 23, and runs through 1pm Sunday, September 25. Registration is $200 and includes Saturday meals, Sunday breakfast and lunch and lodging (dorm room*). Discover, clarify and share our experience of Shin Buddhism. Introspection, discussion and insightful activities will bring alive the relevancy and depth of Shin “practice”. In a supportive and light-hearted
environment, we move from a conceptual understanding to a personal experience.
Dr. Akahoshi holds a Master’s degree in transpersonal psychology and has a background in wilderness vision quests and personal growth disciplines. He is affiliated with the San Jose Betsuin Church.
• Delicious vegetarian meals will be from Bastyr’s own cafeteria.
• Donations for this workshop are gratefully accepted.
• Questions? Contact the temple office at 206.329-0800 or office@seattlebetsuin Attn – retreat.
*some single rooms available at an additional rate