Join us for our Annual Hanamatsuri Service

On April 7th, the Seattle Betsuin will be hosting its annual Hanamatsuri service and luncheon. “Hanamatsuri” means flower festival, which is part of our symbolic celebration of the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha.

This is a great opportunity to welcome back old members, bring in new faces and to invite friends and family to attend a beautiful service. Please consider inviting someone who may be interested in learning more about our sect of Buddhism this weekend

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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