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







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Reverend Arai to speak

Arai, Toshikazu1 croppedPlease join us for a series of talks on Shin Buddhism

“The Words of My Dear Teacher”*

by Reverend Toshikazu Arai, Ph.D
Professor Emeritus, Soai University, Osaka, Japan
August 3, 4, 5, 2015 at

Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple
1427 S Main St, Seattle, WA  98199  (206) 329-0800

We will discuss the true meaning of “shinjin” and “nembutsu” based on Shinran’s writings, especially one on A Guide to the Westerly World.  This work, rarely referred to, consists mostly of records of Honen’s words and deeds. It informs us of Shinran’s enthusiasm to compile this work at the age of 85. These talks will be conducted in a relaxed manner, welcoming questions and discussions at any time during the session.  The schedule will be:

In Japanese
Monday, August 3
9:30am – 11:30am Lecture I
12:30 – 2:30pm Lecture II

Tuesday, August 4
9:30 – 12:30pm Lecture III

In English from 7:00 – 9:00pm
Monday, August 3 Lecture I: “Shinran’s Encounter with Honen”

Tuesday, August 4 Lecture II: “Honen’s Teachings”

Wednesday, August 5 Lecture III: “Shinran as the True Successor
to Honen’s Teachings”

*Shinran Shonin in the Tannisho, Chapter 2: “As for myself Shinran, there is nothing other than entrusting myself to the words of my dear teacher, ‘Just say the nembutsu, and be saved by Amida.’”

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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 and very reasonable.

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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Thanks to everyone for a wonderful Bon Odori festival

Thanks to all who planned, organized, prepared food, set up and took down equipment, danced, drummed, washed dishes, and helped in other ways to make the 2015 Bon Odori such a success.  And a special thanks to all who attended.


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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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Human Nature within Buddha Nature

Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi, longtime workshop facilitator who spent part of his ministerial orientation period at our temple is presenting a workshop, Human Nature within Buddha Nature: Waking up to a Path of Harmony, August 8-10, 2014 at the Quaker Center near Ben Lomond in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Cost is $195 if paid before July 13 to cover shared room and meals. Tuition by donation. For more information, Rev. Akahoshi can be reached at (619) 500-5002 and

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