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””

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”

“Is Amida Buddha a man or a woman?”

Rev. Katsu’s Reminiscence of Zimbabwe

by Rimban Katsuya Kusunoki

I was asked this interesting question. What do you think? Is Amida Buddha a man or woman? It looks like a man when I view the statue of Amida Buddha, but I was not sure when I was asked this question. I kept silent and didn’t answer anything. My uncle broke the silence.

“Amida Buddha can be either a man or a woman, and Amida Buddha can be neither a man nor a woman. Buddha is Buddha. Buddha doesn’t stay in the gender framework which we think.”

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