Category Archives: Buddhism Studies/Seminars

Classes or studies for temple members

Buddhist study group meets April 16

The next meeting of the Buddhist Study Group will take place on March 12.   The book for this month is Ken Tanaka’s “Buddhism on Air, which is described this way in the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) bookstore blurb.  This latest publication from Dr. Tanaka offers a unique collection of talks and interviews with noted Buddhist teachers and scholars, originally designed for TV presentation.  A variety of topics are discussed related to Buddhism today, including its teachings, practices, and culture, as well as art, songs and humor. 

Please contact Rinban Castro if you are interested in purchasing a copy.  The cost is $13.50. Also available from BCA bookstore. See link above.

The meeting will take place in the Memorial Hall from 9:30-11:30am.  There will be a brown bag lunch afterwards.  There is no cost to attend.



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

Buddhist Women’s Conference Oct. 19

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.”

This year’s presenters include two Jodo Shinshu ministers and one fine arts professor. We’re excited about the theme, the quality of speakers we’ve lined up, and the opportunity participants will have to ask questions in a safe and comfortable environment.

We hope you’ll consider taking advantage of this rare occasion to learn from three women leaders, who will share their knowledge and experiences from very different perspectives.  From one who attended last year’s session, “The conference was very informing without being too educational and stiff – easy to relate to.”

The day promises to be worthwhile for all of us.

Access flyer with speaker information.

Click for registration form.

Japanese language seminar: 親鸞聖人からのメッセージ – 正信偈に込められた想い

Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara will present a half day Japanese language seminar on Saturday, September 17th, 1:30P – 5PM, titled “Message from Shinran Shonin – His thoughts in the Shoshinge”. Rev. Kuwahara is a staff member of our mother temple, the Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto Japan, who is currently assigned to the Center for Buddhist Education (CBE) at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley, CA. There he serves as the coordinator for the CBE’s Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course.