Gomonshu-sama’s Visit to the NW District

On September 3rd, 2019 Gomonshu-sama Kojun Ohtani visited the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple. It was a joyous day filled with good food, company and meaningful interactions. Below are some of the highlight photos from the visit as well as the message that was delivered by Gomonshu-sama when he was at our temple.

Thank you to all of our incredible volunteers, sponsors and Sangha members for helping make Gomonshu-sama’s welcome banquet possible!

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Dana for World Peace

by Rimban Katsuya Kusunoki

The NW District of BCA is going to hold its annual convention in conjunction with the BCA National Council Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Renton, Washington in February 2020. Seattle Betsuin is hosting both these big conferences. The theme is “Dana for World Peace”. We took this theme from the slogan of our sect, Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha. Our Gomonshu also mentioned this slogan in his New Year Greeting message. (Please see the 2019 January Wheel of Dharma.) Continue reading “Dana for World Peace”

2019 Fall Taiko Workshops

2019 FALL TAIKO WORKSHOP: Hosted by Seattle Matsuri Taiko

Seattle Buddhist Temple Matsuri Taiko will be holding an 8 session workshop for persons ages 11 thru adult. The workshop will cover basic taiko rhythms, sticking and movement as well as playing dynamics as a group. With these skills, participants will learn to play a fun dynamic taiko song!

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Gomonshu Kojun Ōtani-sama visited Seattle Betsuin

Gomonshu Kojun Ōtani-sama visited the Seattle Betsuin on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. He had a visitation ceremony in the Hondo, participated in the Yabunouchi tea ceremony served by Rev. Castro, officiated Kikyoshiki confirmation ceremony, and joined the welcome BBQ dinner in the gym. It was a very precious and significant time for all of us. I truly appreciate that he spent time at the Seattle Betsuin. Many members were involved in this precious event. I would like to express my appreciation for all your work, contribution, and kindness. Today, I would like to share the Seattle Betsun’s introduction which I read to Gomonshu-sama on that day.

Seattle Bukkyo Seinenkai (Seattle Youth Buddhist Group) was founded on November 15, 1901. Rev. Kakuryo Nishijima from San Francisco conducted the first service. Continue reading “Gomonshu Kojun Ōtani-sama visited Seattle Betsuin”