Meditation time change, Sept. programs, fundraiser for women’s shelters

Starting this month, we will have a slightly longer Sunday meditation period; instead of following the Sunday service as it has in the past year, it will happen before the service from 9 to 9:40 a.m.

Dharma School (Sunday School for infants/toddlers through high school) begins September 10.

Guest minister Mas Kodani will give the Dharma Talk at the Ohigan (autumn equinox) service September 17.

The Women in Buddhism Conference will take place on Saturday, September 23, and the Eshinni-ko & Kakushinni-ko Memorial Service on Sunday, September 24. n conjunction with the Eshinni-ko & Kakushinni-ko service and Women’s Seminar, the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Women’s Association is sponsoring a collection to support our local Women’s Shelters.  Some of the items needed are listed here:
Clothing:  underwear and bras, especially in larger sizes, socks, shoes, season appropriate clothing and coats.
Personal Items:  toothpaste personal size, toothbrushes, tampons, feminine napkins, travel size deodorants, hair brushes, combs and picks, soap, shampoo, hair care products, razors, tissue packages and nail clippers.

Also, consider choosing items from  this shelter wish list.

 

White River sponsors Body and Mind Seminar Sept. 16

On Saturday, September 16, White River Buddhist Temple is offering a Body and Mind Seminar, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Susan Gilkey, M.D. and minister’s assistant at Chicago Buddhist Temple, will offer a two-part session of yoga exercise and meditation. Following this, Dr. Gilkey and Rev. Koshin Ogui, former bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America and retired resident minister of White River, will give a joint Dharma talk.

Program is free, but donations are encouraged. See link for more information and registration form.

Buddhist Women’s Conference returns Sept. 23

2017 WiB Flyer lite skyline + speakersAfter a year’s hiatus, the temple’s almost-annual Women in Buddhism conference is returning September 23, 2017.

The theme for the day is “Buddhist Paths: Women’s Choices.”

Three outstanding guest presenters have committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise that day: Rev. Carol Himaka, resident minister of Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church; Rev. Candace Shibata, minister at Berkeley Buddhist Temple; and Dr. Kiyoko Tokuno, senior lecturer in Comparative Religion at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies.

See the flyer for the titles of their presentations.  You can register here.

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.