Rev. Taijo Imanaka – Sunday, August 19th

Please join us in welcoming Rev. Taijo Imanaka, resident priest of Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple, who will be our guest speaker for this Sunday’s 10AM service at the Betsuin. Seattle Koyasan is a temple in the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. Sensei’s temple is located just one block away from the Seattle Betsuin on the north side of Wisteria Plaza Park. The Shingon sect traces its origins to the lineage founder, Kobo Daishi (the Monk Kukai) who brought esoteric Buddhism to Japan from China in the 9th century C.E.

Sensei’s presentation includes an overview of Shingon Buddhism including photos of the mother temple on Mt. Koya which is registered through UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

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』
お釈迦様がまだ、シッダールタという名の子どもだったころに、お城の外に遊びに出られた時のお話です。このことが出家をし、お悟りを開かれるきっかけとなりました。
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!