NW District Convention 2020

The 73rd Annual Northwest District Buddhist Convention will be held in Seattle in February 2020

Event Dates: February 21 – 23, 2020


Hyatt Regency at Seattle’s Southport

1053 Lake Washington Blvd N 

Renton, Washington 

United States, 98056

Registration Information

Please gather the below information prior to starting your registration form. You will need all this information to successfully complete your registration. You will be able to register three people per form. If you need to register more, please submit another form.

To register for the 73rd Annual Northwest District Buddhist Convention, follow this link.

Registration prices listed below:

NW Convention: Adult – $150

NW Convention: Student (Adult Meals, Up to College) – $100

NW Convention: Student (Kids Meals) – $80

NW Convention: Banquet Only Kids Meal – $45

NW Convention: Child Registration w/ No Meals – $0 

NW Convention: Adult Banquet Only – $100

Hotel Reservation Link

The block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency priced at $109, $119, $129 & $139 per night is now full. Rooms are still available at the Hyatt starting at $177. Reservations can be made here. Prices go up again on 1/21/20. For those driving and staying at the Hyatt, complimentary overnight self parking is available on Friday and Saturday nights. Tuesday through Thursday self parking is $16 per day plus tax.

Arrangements have been made for rooms priced at $119/night at both the Residence Inn by Marriott and the Hampton Inn & Suites which are 0.3 miles from the Hyatt. Both hotels offer a complimentary shuttle to the Hyatt and free breakfast. This price is good through 2/7/20 subject to room availability.

Room reservations at the Residence Inn by Marriott may be made here. The suites have a sofa with a pull out queen bed and a full kitchen. Parking is $7/night.

Room reservations at the Hampton Inn & Suites starting at $119/night may be made here. A variety of room types are available (King, Queen/Queen, Deluxe, etc.). Free parking is available at this hotel.

NOTE: The hospitality will remain open until 11:00pm each evening for the week of convention. Thank you to all our volunteers who work to make the hospitality room happen.


You can find a preliminary workshop schedule for our Saturday programming at the bottom of this page.

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“Prayers for the World”

On Thursday, February 20th there will be an Institute of Buddhist Studies Symposium called “Prayers for the World” featuring Reverend Doctor’s David Matsumoto, Mutsumi Fujiwara Wondra and Tacoma Buddhist Temple’s own Takashi Miyaji! This event is free and open to the public and for those that have the time we encourage you to attend this enlightening session.

2020-0220 IBS-CBE Symposium FINAL flyer 11-12


Saturday (2/22) Workshop Schedule

Workshops Session 1: 

10:15 – 11:15am

“Engaged Buddhist Women and the Bōmori”

Professor Jessica Starling of Lewis and Clark College

“Sing Namo Amida Butsu”

Kemi Nakabayashi

“EcoSangha and Earth Dana”

Reverend Don Castro

Youth Session – “Discussions on Temple Dana”

Seattle Young Adult Minister’s Assistants (YAMA’s)


Break 11:15 – 11:30

Workshops Session 2:

11:30am – 12:30pm

“World Peace Begins with Me”

Reverend Jim Warrick

“Dana Dharmathon”

Seattle Betsuin Minister’s Assistants

“Otera de Asobu, Let’s Play at Temple”

Ayano Kusunoki and Kaori Miyaji

“Sing Namo Amida Butsu”

Kemi Nakabayashi

Japanese Session – “「お聲明からの学び」Oshomyo karano manabi”

Reverend Anan Hatanaka

Youth Session – “Sustainable Arts and Crafts”

Reverend Fred Pelger

Break (Lunch) 12:30 – 1:30

Workshops Session 3:

1:30pm – 2:30pm

“Panel on Buddhist Parenting”

Reverend Diana Thompson, Reverend Yuki Sugahara, Crystal Inge and Diane Deaver

Facilitator: Ann Ishimaru

“D. T. Suzuki (1870-1966) and the Remaking of Pure Land Buddhism”

Professor James Dobbins of Oberlin College

“Archiving History”

Tom Ikeda of Densho

“Jodo Shinshu Rituals – Melodic Chanting of the Juseige”

Reverend Sala Sekiya

Japanese Session – “Dharmathon”

Reverend Masanori Watanabe, Reverend Yugo Fujita, Reverend Yushi Mukojima

Youth Session – “Panel on the Roads to Tokudo”

Reverend Ryuta Furumoto, Reverend Kazuaki Nakata, Reverend Melissa Opel

Facilitator: Jason Yokoyama

Combined Workshop Session 4:

“Dana for World Peace” Convocation

Facilitator – Professor Erik Hammerstrom