Buddhist Name Ceremony – October 11

If you have yet to receive a Buddhist Name (Homyo) you may receive one in a Sarana* Affirmation Service (Kie Shiki) at the temple on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 12:00 noon. The affirmation will be officiated by Bishop Kodo Umezu, of the Buddhist Churches of America. The last Sarana Affirmation service in Seattle was held in October of 2013. *Signifying putting my whole trust in, taking refuge in.

Who Can Participate? The service is open to all. There are no age requirements.

What is the Purpose of Kie Shiki? The special service is an opportunity for Jodo Shinshu Buddhists who aspire to lead the Buddhist way of life to affirm their entry onto the Path of Nembutsu. By appearing before the shrine of Amida Buddha and taking refuge in the Three Treasures, (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha), we pledge to live the Buddhist way of life.

What is the Kie Shiki Ceremony? A Buddhist name is given to each participant as an indication that the person aspires for the Truth and is now counted among the disciples of Sakyamuni Buddha. It is through the teaching of Sakyamuni Buddha that we have been able to hear the Dharma of Amida Buddha’s primal vow.

What is a Buddhist Name or Dharma Name? A Buddhist Name (Homyo) is bestowed upon a person when participating in the affirmation ceremony during his or her life or posthumously at the funeral service. It is by far preferable for us to receive the Dharma name while we are still well and active. Those who already have a homyo may re-apply for a new one which incorporates a word or Japanese kanji character which has special meaning to you. Your Buddhist name should be selected in consultation with Rinban Castro. (see application)

Applications: Those wishing to participate in the ceremony are requested to complete and submit their application to Seattle Betsuin by Sunday, September 13, 2015, (whether for your first or for a new homyo) accompanied by a fee of $25 payable to the Seattle Betsuin.

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Baby’s Hatsumairi or “First Visit” October 18

Hatsumairi or “First Visit” is a Jodo Shinshu tradition that acknowledges the baby’s first visit to the temple. Parents present their children before the image of Amida Buddha and members of the Sangha as an expression of their gratitude and desire to expose them to the teachings of the Buddha.

The Hatsumairi ceremony will be held during the 10:00 a.m. Family Service on October 18, 2015. For more information, please contact the Temple Office for registration forms.

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Veterans Memorial Service, Sept. 12


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Save Oct. 3 for Women in Buddhism Conference

The fourth annual Women in Buddhism Conference will take place Saturday, October, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the temple. The address is 1427 South Main Street, Seattle, 98144. Members of other temples, and anyone interested in exploring Buddhism are invited.

The theme is “Everyday Bodhisattvas.”

This conference, like its predecessors, has the goal of helping us make connections between Buddhism and our everyday lives. Speakers are:  Reverend Miho Sekiya, Seattle’s new Associate Minister; Reverend Patti Nakai, Resident Minister of the Buddhist Temple of Chicago; and Linda Anderson Krech, Program Director, Todo Institute.

Topics of their presentations are: Rhythm and Echoes of Buddhism (Sekiya), Care-Receiving (Nakai), and Softening the Family Heart (Krech).

Cost is $40. The fee for students is $20.

You can register and choose lunch options on-line, or by mail.  Click here for on-line registration is https://seattlebetsuin.wufoo.com/forms/q6i3mzq13s4h5c/







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Book study group schedule

On September 5, we will discuss “Proof of Heaven” by Eban Alexander. Dr. Eben Alexander is a neurosurgeon who had a unique near-death experience.  He talks about the nature of consciousness and what he experienced when his brain was essentially non-functional.  It relates very well to the Dalai Lama’s book “The Universe in a Single Atom.”  Dr. Alexander was a hard core scientist who believed when the brain dies, consciousness ceases to exist.  While raised Christian, what he experienced was a non-Christian afterlife that sounds more like Shinran’s experiences of light.  His experiences mirror in a personal way the statements of the Dalai Lama, “But assuming mind is reducible to matter leaves a huge explanatory gap.  How do we explain the emergence of consciousness?  What marks the transition from non-sentient to sentient beings?”

This book was on the New York Times best seller list and is very easily found in paperback at a very reasonable price.

The meeting will take place in the Memorial Hall from 9:30-11:30am.  There will be a brown bag lunch afterwards.  There is no cost to attend.

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Change in Sunday meditation time

Starting Sunday, May 31, the weekly meditation session is moving from an 8:45 a.m. start time to a 10:55 a.m. start time. Immediately following the regular 10 a.m. Sunday English-language service, anyone interested in meditation will meet in the room to the left of the foyer  — as you enter the temple — and we will walk together to 1441 S. Main street (the second house east of the temple.) Meditation will end at 11:30.



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Northwest District Buddhist Convention highlights

Links to video taken at the NW District Buddhist Convention on February 14th, 2015.

Rev. Harry Bridge’s keynote address

A collection of convention videos courtesy of White River Buddhist Temple.

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Pacific Winter Seminar – Saturday 9 am

Registration is being held open through noon on Friday. This is a rare opportunity to hear Prof. Tomoyasu Naito, Professor Emeritus of Ryukoku University and Kangaku (highest academic rank of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha mother temple in Kyoto Japan). To register call the temple office at 206-329-0800, leave your name and indicate you are registering for the Pacific Winter Seminar. Registration fee is $30 and is payable at the door. For more info please see the event flyer.

Pacific Seminar Winter 2015 Eng flyer FINAL

Pacific Seminar Winter 2015 Jpn flyer FINAL

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White River Buddhist Temple seminar March 14

Jisui Craig Horton will be our featured speaker at the White River “Body and Mind Seminar” on Saturday, March 14.  Come & hear Jisui Horton’s fascinating life story as he made his way to Buddhism from the streets of Cleveland, Ohio.  He became a senior leader and teacher of Buddha Dharma 20 years ago.  Jisui Horton’s realization of the Buddha Dharma and Nembutsu is very dynamic with his African American heritage.

Registration deadline is this coming Sunday, March 8.

Follow link for more information and registration form.

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NW District Convention booklet

Here is this weekend’s NW District Buddhist Convention program booklet in pdf format.

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