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Tomoshie – Hearing the Dharma through Shadowgraphs

Sunday, September 16th, 10AM

Live at the Seattle Betsuin

This dynamic group of young Jodo Shinshu Buddhist priests from Japan will perform shadowgraph storytelling followed by Dharma talks on the theme of the stories.

10AM English Performance: “Bennen’s Joy: A Story of Shinran”
Get to know the Japanese Buddhist priest Shinran through his dramatic encounter with the ferocious mountain ascetic Bennen.

12 Noon 日本語公演: 『四門出遊』
Japanese language performance: “The Journey Out of the Four Gates”
Discover the courage and vision of Siddhartha Gotama, the founder of Buddhism, as he left a life of wealth and privilege to seek the path to awakening.

All performances are free and open to the public. Please plan to attend!

Taiko for all ages

September 30, Taste of Taiko Workshop,  Ages: 8-110

Play taiko for a day! Saturday, September 30th 10 am- 12 pm
*Learn basics of how to hit the drum and play a simple song!
*2 hrs of solid fun!
Donation: $5

Or sign up for the Taiko “Full Meal Deal” Workshop starting Saturday, October 14th 10am-12pm and ending Saturday, Dec 16th
*16 hrs of taiko-taiko-taiko! Will meet Oct 14, 21, Nov 4, 11, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16
*Learn more basic technique, rhythms and play a song!
Donation: $65
Ages: 10-111
To reserve your spot for either workshop or answer any questions, please contact Donna Zumoto at
We’d like to see you there!


Seattle Pride Parade

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On Sunday, June 25th, over 120 temple members expressed their support and Pride in the temple’s commitment to inclusivity in sharing Amida Buddha’s boundless wisdom and compassion, treating all with respect and dignity by marching in the Seattle Pride Parade.

Same sex marriage has been supported for over 40 years in our American Buddhist community.

Earlier this year both resident and guest ministers have delivered Sunday Dharma Talks about inclusivity and not being judgmental being core Buddhist teachings. This fall the temple is proud to announce that we will co-host with the Center for Buddhist Education a seminar at our temple on the LGBTQ+ Community and Shin Buddhism. More information will be posted shortly.

Bon Odori July 15, 16/No AM Sunday Service July 16

finalposter-bonodori2017Celebrate the 85th anniversary of Bon Odori, Seattles annual Japanese cultural festival to honor ancestors and friends who have passed. 

Dates and times are July 15, 4-10 pm and July 16, 3-8 pm.

As always, you can expect to see taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, and history on display. There will be street dancing to traditional Japanese folk tunes, and many food booths.

Service begins at 4:30 both days, with dancing starting at 5.  Taiko drumming featured at 6:30 Saturday and 6 Sunday.

Two Story Zori, with musicians from Guam, Hawaii, Samoa, Philippines, Vietnam and Oklahoma, will perform in the Beer Garden.

Dance practice will run July 5-7 and 10-11 from 7:30 to 9 pm in the temple gym. But you dont have to attend practice to join in the dancing.

Check out our Facebook page for photos from last year’s event.