Walk (in the Rain) for Rice!

children holding the Seattle Buddhist Temple banner at the 2011 Walk for RiceGreat turnout today at the Walk for Rice from the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Women’s Association, Camp Fire, and general temple membership. It was wet but we all wore smiles along with our raincoats walking the 2.5-mile loop around Seward Park. We walked behind a colorful church banner painted by Susie Taketa and adorned with a rice bag and tactile representation of a rice bowl. Church teams raised about $2000 for the ACRS food bank!

Japanese earthquake/tsunami relief

an affected area map from Seattle Japan Relief website
(map from seattlejapanrelief.org)

The temple is a participant in SeattleJapanRelief.org where you can make an immediate online donation to the American Red Cross, the YMCA, or Peace Winds America.  The temple is also collecting donations for a fund coordinated by our mother temple, the Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto Japan.  Donations to the Nishi Hongwanji fund may be made by sending a check to the temple made out to the Seattle Betsuin (please note “earthquake/tsunami relief” on your check’s memo line).  See message on Buddhist Churches of America website for additional information.