At 10:00 pm on December 31, 2023, an intruder broke into the temple and sought refuge in the basement. Shortly after, the individual committed arson, resulting in considerable fire and water damage to the basement area. The smoke and water damage extended throughout the entire temple, prompting its closure to all.
Efforts are underway to assess the costs of repairing the damage caused. Fortunately, no one was injured. The Hondo (main hall) and the Nokotsudo (columbarium) managed to be unscathed from the fire.
In light of this unfortunate situation, we see an opportunity for renewal, rebuilding, and reaffirming our mission to share the message of the Buddha. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the community for the outpouring of support.
As we navigate our restoration journey, you may stay connected with us by visiting the Seattle Betsuin webpage for updates. For those who would like to make a donation to our Arson Restoration Fund, please visit the link below or find that link on the website: SeattleBetsuin.com.
Contributions can also be made via check – please make checks payable to “SEATTLE BUDDHIST CHURCH” and include “Arson Restoration Fund” in the memo line.
Your kindness and concern are deeply appreciated, and we invite you to share in the successes fueled by your generosity. Thank you for contributing to a collective effort that transcends bricks and mortar.
Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple – 1427 S. Main Street, Seattle, WA 98144
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