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”

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”

Reverend’s Kuwahara and Nishitani at the Seattle Betsuin

This weekend, Reverend Kiyonobu Kuwahara of Berkeley Buddhist Temple will be hosting a lecture on Shinran Shonin’s KyoGyoShinSho (Teaching, Practice, Faith, Realization). His English seminar will be on Saturday, October 19th starting at 9:30am. There is no cost to attend and anyone interested is welcome to come out! The lecture will be held in the temple dining room.

Reverend Ryoko Nishitani will also be visiting the Seattle Betsuin this weekend and will be giving our Sunday service Dharma talk as well as delivering a Dharma message during our Japanese service.

Reverend Kuwahara’s Japanese version of the lecture will be held on Friday, October 18th from 9:30pm – 2:30pm. Registration required for the Japanese seminar. Contact the temple office for details.

Shin Buddhist Ethics – “Engagement with the Self”

Rev. Dr. Takashi Miyaji will be hosting the inaugural seminar of the Seattle Buddhist Study Center. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd starting at 7:00pm. He will be leading a lecture and discussion on how to apply Buddhist teachings in the trying times we live in. Read more for Rev. Miyaji’s abstract about his upcoming talk! Continue reading “Shin Buddhist Ethics – “Engagement with the Self””