Bon Odori July 19-20: Save the dates

The Seattle Betsuin’s annual Bon Odori festival will be held July 19-20. More information will follow as we get closer to those dates.

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May seminars

Friday, May 2, 7 p.m.:  Rev. Dr. Nobuo Haneda will discuss his book “Dharma Breeze: Essays on  Shin Buddhism.”

Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:  Dr. Haneda will conduct a seminar in Japanese. This will be followed by a potluck dinner.

There is no cost for the Friday night event. The fee for Saturday is $10.

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Save the date: Women in Buddhism Conference

The third annual Women in Buddhism conference will be held at the temple on Saturday, September 20, 2014. More information will follow later.

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SCHOLARSHIPS – High School Seniors / College Students

HIGH SCHOOL:  The Seattle Betsuin Tsujihara Family Memorial Scholarship Grant and Seattle Betsuin Continuing Education Grant are offering scholarships to high school seniors graduating in 2014.

COLLEGE: If you are a student currently enrolled and completed one year of college, the Masaru & Mitsuma Shimokon Scholarship Grant is offering scholarships for careers as nurse practitioner, medical doctor, registered nurse, engineer, or computer science.  Other fields in the technical, math and science programs may also be considered.  This is a one-time only grant.

All high school and college applicants or their parent(s) must be a member of good standing of the Seattle Buddhist Church.

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, April 7, 2014 before or by 2:30pm to the temple office.  For applications and/or questions, please contact Shizue Kaku via the temple office 206-329-0800 or email:

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Bishop Umezu visits Oct. 4-6

Bishop Kodo Umezu will conduct a Japanese workshop on Friday, Oct. 4, from 2 to 5 p.m., an English language workshop on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., be guest speaker at the regular service on Sunday, Oct. 6, and hold an affirmation service at 11:30 a.m. the same day, in which he gives members who have applied in advance a Buddhist name.

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Gregg Krech guest speaker Oct. 13

Gregg Krech of the ToDo Institute presents “Pureland Buddhism and Naikan Therapy” on Sunday, October 13 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.

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September study group to attend White River seminar

In September, the Seattle Buddhist Temple study group has chosen to attend the “Body and Mind Seminar” at White River Buddhist Temple. Details are below.

Limited to 45 students – Saturday, September 14, 2013

White River Buddhist Temple; 3625 Auburn Way N; Auburn, WA

Are you looking for peace and harmony of body & mind?  In this session, we are combining Rev. Dr. Mark Unno’s Dharma Talks with elements from our March Body and Mind Seminar.  We plan to have more movements in the Qi-Gong & Tai Chi session and an adjusted sound system included with this seminar. Wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement and bring a mat or rug or towel to these interactive classes.

9:00 Registration

9:30 Qi-Gong (Chi/Ki Gong ) & Tai Chi by Master Mitsuo Aoki

Assisted by his senior students – Junko Nakano & Ikuko Dodobara

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45 Dr. Mark Unno – Path of Oneness and Great Compassion, Part I – Through times good and bad, joy and suffering, we seek our center and a deeper sense of significance.  Through the Shin Buddhist path of oneness, we discover that the very challenges and suffering we endure become portals to our liberation through the realization of great compassion.  Drawing broadly on insights from diverse spiritual traditions, this Shin path becomes illuminated as a universal path open to all.

11:45-12:45 Subway Sandwich Lunch

12:45 Zen Shin Meditation led by Rev. Koshin Ogui

1:45-2:00 Break

2:00 Dr. Mark Unno – Path of Oneness and Great Compassion, Part II

3:00-3:30 Clean Up and set chairs for Sunday Service


Rev. Dr. Mark Unno is Department Head of Religious Studies, University of Oregon.  He is the author of Shingon Refractions: Myoe and the Mantra of Light (2004), is editor of Buddhism and Psychotherapy Across Cultures (2006), and is the author of various articles on Pure Land Buddhism, comparative religion, and Buddhism and psychology.  He is an ordained minister in the Shin Buddhist tradition and works with Buddhist groups, general audiences, as well as with students and scholars.  He resides in Eugene, Oregon with his wife Megumi and his two cats Onyx and Taata.

Tai Chi Master Mitsuo Aoki has worked as an industrial designer in Japan and also studied Tai Chi for ten years.  He taught Tai Chi for many years in Asia.  After moving to America, Master Aoki has been teaching and studying further in the state of Washington since 1992.  He also taught at Boeing in Bellevue, 1996 to 2007, and is currently teaching at the Parks and Recreation Department in Bellevue and at Samena Swim & Recreation Club.  Master Aoki speaks Japanese, Chinese and English.

Rev. Koshin Ogui was born in Japan in1940 and came to America as a BCA Minister in 1962.  He was assigned to Los Angeles Betsuin Buddhist Temple, BCA Headquarters in San Francisco, Oxnard and Santa Barbara Buddhist Temples.  Rev. Ogui studied at Yale University Divinity School, worked at New York Buddhist Temple, then at Buddhist Church of San Francisco in 1970, Cleveland Buddhist Temple in Ohio, and Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago, Ill.  In 1992, Rev. Ogui was elected as Bishop of Buddhist Churches of America for two terms, eight years, April 2004 – March 2012, and is now at White River Buddhist Temple as a Retired Full-Time Resident Minister since May 2012.

Thank you to the Akiko Mikami Shimatsu Foundation & Families for their generous support

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Buddhist Women’s Conference Oct. 19

Seattle Betsuin will sponsor it’s second Buddhist Women’s Conference on Saturday, October 19, 2013. The title is “The Heart and Mind that Benefits Others, “Rita no Kokoro.”

This year’s presenters include two Jodo Shinshu ministers and one fine arts professor. We’re excited about the theme, the quality of speakers we’ve lined up, and the opportunity participants will have to ask questions in a safe and comfortable environment.

We hope you’ll consider taking advantage of this rare occasion to learn from three women leaders, who will share their knowledge and experiences from very different perspectives.  From one who attended last year’s session, “The conference was very informing without being too educational and stiff – easy to relate to.”

The day promises to be worthwhile for all of us.

Access flyer with speaker information.

Click for registration form.

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Japanese language lecture – Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara

Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara continues his Japanese language lecture series on the Shoshinge on Saturday, January 19th, 1PM to 4PM. The focus of this installment will be on Tao-cho (jp. Dōshaku) the 4th Patriarch of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. This program will be presented entirely in Japanese.

This workshop will be conducted completely in Japanese.

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Letter from Shinran Shonin – His message in the Shoshinge

Please join us on Saturday, January 19th, from 9AM to 12N for an English language workshop on Shinran Shonin’s Shoshinge (The Hymn of True Faith) presented by Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara. Rev. Kuwahara is the co-director of the Center for Buddhist Education and the coordinator of it’s Jodo Shinshu Correspondence course.

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