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Meditation time change, Sept. programs, fundraiser for women’s shelters

Starting this month, we will have a slightly longer Sunday meditation period; instead of following the Sunday service as it has in the past year, it will happen before the service from 9 to 9:40 a.m.

Dharma School (Sunday School for infants/toddlers through high school) begins September 10.

Guest minister Mas Kodani will give the Dharma Talk at the Ohigan (autumn equinox) service September 17.

The Women in Buddhism Conference will take place on Saturday, September 23, and the Eshinni-ko & Kakushinni-ko Memorial Service on Sunday, September 24. n conjunction with the Eshinni-ko & Kakushinni-ko service and Women’s Seminar, the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Women’s Association is sponsoring a collection to support our local Women’s Shelters.  Some of the items needed are listed here:
Clothing:  underwear and bras, especially in larger sizes, socks, shoes, season appropriate clothing and coats.
Personal Items:  toothpaste personal size, toothbrushes, tampons, feminine napkins, travel size deodorants, hair brushes, combs and picks, soap, shampoo, hair care products, razors, tissue packages and nail clippers.

Also, consider choosing items from  this shelter wish list.

 

White River sponsors Body and Mind Seminar Sept. 16

On Saturday, September 16, White River Buddhist Temple is offering a Body and Mind Seminar, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Susan Gilkey, M.D. and minister’s assistant at Chicago Buddhist Temple, will offer a two-part session of yoga exercise and meditation. Following this, Dr. Gilkey and Rev. Koshin Ogui, former bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America and retired resident minister of White River, will give a joint Dharma talk.

Program is free, but donations are encouraged. See link for more information and registration form.

Buddhist Women’s Conference returns Sept. 23

2017 WiB Flyer lite skyline + speakersAfter a year’s hiatus, the temple’s almost-annual Women in Buddhism conference is returning September 23, 2017.

The theme for the day is “Buddhist Paths: Women’s Choices.”

Three outstanding guest presenters have committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise that day: Rev. Carol Himaka, resident minister of Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church; Rev. Candace Shibata, minister at Berkeley Buddhist Temple; and Dr. Kiyoko Tokuno, senior lecturer in Comparative Religion at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies.

See the flyer for the titles of their presentations.  You can register here.

Bon Odori July 15, 16/No AM Sunday Service July 16

finalposter-bonodori2017Celebrate the 85th anniversary of Bon Odori, Seattles annual Japanese cultural festival to honor ancestors and friends who have passed. 

Dates and times are July 15, 4-10 pm and July 16, 3-8 pm.

As always, you can expect to see taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, and history on display. There will be street dancing to traditional Japanese folk tunes, and many food booths.

Service begins at 4:30 both days, with dancing starting at 5.  Taiko drumming featured at 6:30 Saturday and 6 Sunday.

Two Story Zori, with musicians from Guam, Hawaii, Samoa, Philippines, Vietnam and Oklahoma, will perform in the Beer Garden.

Dance practice will run July 5-7 and 10-11 from 7:30 to 9 pm in the temple gym. But you dont have to attend practice to join in the dancing.

Check out our Facebook page for photos from last year’s event.

Register today for the NW Buddhist women’s conference

Buddhist Women’s Association conference:  October  7-9, 2016

All Buddhists or those interested in learning more about Buddhism are invited to attend the 44th NW Buddhist Women’s Association District Conference on October 7 – 9, 2016  at the Bellevue, WA Westin Hotel.

The theme, “Linked in the Nembutsu, Tsunagatte” promises an exciting program with outstanding  speakers, Dr. Sharon Suh (English) and Rev. Mutsumi Wondra (Japanese).

Registration has been extended until September 15. Full registration cost is $195.

We hope you will join us to share the Buddha Dharma. Expect a meaningful and enjoyable conference. We all look forward to seeing you.

Questions? Contact:  Buddhist WomensAssociation.Reg@gmail.com

 

Participate in Fred Meyer rewards and benefit temple

FRED MEYER REWARDS PROGRAM
For those who have signed up for Fred Meyer Rewards Card to benefit the Seattle Buddhist Temple, please look for an email from the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program and re-enroll in the program.  The re-enrollment program runs from June 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016.  If you don’t re-enroll, you will be dropped as of July 1, 2016 and a percentage of your qualified purchases will not be donated to the Temple.   You don’t even have to wait for the e-mail; go to the Fred Meyer website to renew now.

Currently we have 16 households signed up for the program, which does not cost anything to the purchaser. This is a program to benefit non-profits in areas Fred Meyer serves. Fred Meyer has given approximately $2.6M in donations to qualified non-profits.  The Temple has been a participant since mid-2014 and increasing the number of households who participate would increase the donations to the Temple each quarter.

If you don’t have a rewards card, you may sign-up for one at the Customer Service desk at any Fred Meyer store and you should be able to link your new rewards card to benefit the Temple.