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Commemorative “Chant-A-Thon” January 9-16

Through chanting we can learn more about Buddhism, clear our minds of everyday concerns, and reflect on the lives of those who came before us.

The temple will offer the opportunity to experience these benefits once, twice or for an entire week through chanting sutras (Buddhist scriptures) with Sensei Katsuya Kusinoki. Dates and times are January 9 to 16 between 10 and 11 a.m.

This is a special event is to commemorate the passing of Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, as it is done at our Mother Temple in Kyoto, Japan.

No previous experience in chanting, knowledge of the sutras or background in Jodo Shinshu are necessary. Those who prefer not to chant, but only to listen may do so. Bring an open mind, a desire to learn and water to sip when your throat gets dry.

Wednesday, Jan 9th, Amida Sutra
Thursday, Jan 10th, Shoshinge Gyofu Style (This service will be held at White River Buddhist Temple)
Friday, Jan 11th, The Larger Sutra Volume 1
Saturday, Jan. 12th, Ojoraisan (Shoya)
Sunday, Jan 13th, Shoshinge (with Junirai melody)
Monday, Jan. 14th, The Larger Sutra Volume 2
Tuesday, January 15th, The Contemplation Sutra
Wednesday, January 16th, Shoshinge Gyofu Style

Special Bodhi Day Service and Temple Potluck on December 2nd!

Bodhi Day is the Buddhist holiday where we commemorate the day Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment sitting underneath the Bodhi Tree. Join us for a Dharma talk by Reverend Fred Pelger from Tacoma Buddhist Temple on this special Buddhist holiday.

Also join us for our Bodhi Day potluck luncheon following our after service activities. Bring your favorite dish and come share a delicious meal with the rest of our Sangha in the gym beginning at 11:45.