Sangha makes Senbei

Our Sangha has a blast getting together to make senbei crackers for our food bazaars! We spend a Saturday rolling, cutting, and frying dough; coating the crackers with sauce and baking them; and bagging it all up for sale. It's such a great time to chat with and get to know other members of the sangha better, have some free lunch, and at the end of the day you can even munch on the reject sebei.

Sangha makes Senbei

Sangha Movie Nights

Occassionally we host a Sangha Movie Night where we show a Buddhism-related film for the Sangha. Past screenings have included Departures and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring at The Magic Lantern, and Secondhand Lions at The Shop. Keep an eye on our news page for information about the next Sangha Movie Night!

Sangha Movie Nights

Annual Sangha Picnic

Every summer our Sangha gets together for a picnic. We enjoy beautiful weather, delicious food, and good company.

Annual Sangha Picnic

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Volunteers needed for Ramen Fest

Volunteers needed for Ramen Fest

Date                Time                            # needed            Task

Wed    10/24  5 pm                            (2)        Cut chicken & pork

Sat       10/27  10 am – 1 pm              (3)        Food Prep (making, cutting, and packaging:

                                                                        Inari, vegies, mochi, chex snack)

                        10 am – 1 pm              (1)        Dishwasher

                        10 am – 1 pm              (2)        Alani’s Mochi (she will teach how to do this)

                        1 pm – 3 pm                (3)        Food Prep (see above)

                        1 pm – 3 pm                (2)        Dishwasher

Sun      10/28  8 am – 12:30 pm         (4)        Kitchen (help w/Ramen)

                        10:30 am – 1:30 pm    (2)        Servers for tables

                        10:30 am – 1:30 pm    (2)        Kitchen Window (take orders)

                        12 pm – 3 pm              (1)        Dishwasher

                        1:30 pm – 3 pm           (3)        Servers for tables

                        1 pm – 3 pm                (1)        Bake Sale Table

                        2 pm – 4 pm                (1)        Dishwasher

                        3 pm – 4:30 pm           (3)        Clean Up

Mon    10/29  12 pm                          (2)        Clean Up

Sign Up downstairs at the Temple or email: or call Mari at 509-270-5308




We are not taking Pre-Orders for 10/28 Ramen Fest

We are not doing pre-orders for Ramen Fest, but we are making a lot of Ramen. Some of the other items may sell out, so we are recommending you come early to get them.

Obon Menu

Here is the Obon Festival Menu:


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Spokane Obon Festival 7/21 & 7/22


2018 Spokane Obon Festival 7/21 & 7/22

Spokane Buddhist Temple
927 S Perry, Spokane, WA 99202

Saturday 7/21: 2-day Japanese Buddhist cultural festival, featuring Japanese/Hawaiian Food, Spokane Taiko drumming, crafts, Bon Odori dancing, and Anime & Cosplay. Spokane Taiko Drumming (11 am & 5 pm Sat. only) and Bon Odori dancing (6 pm each night), audience participation Japanese folk dances. Plus a Temple Open House 11 – 3 pm.

Sunday 7/22: Japanese/Hawaiian Food, Japanese music, and Bon Odori dancing. An introductory Buddhist Service at 3 pm, Japanese music from 4 - 6 pm, and Bon Odori dancing at 6 pm, an audience participation dance. See for a full schedule.

See for the menus & schedules.


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What is Obon?

Gathering of Joy: Japanese American Obon Festivals

Obon is an annual Japanese Buddhist festival that commemorates those who have passed away. It is based on a Buddhist tale which describes how a devout monk dances with joy upon successfully releasing his deceased mother’s spirit from the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. Today, participants dance to express their joy to be living happily, and to honor loved ones who died.

The Spokane Buddhist Temple’s 2018 Obon Festival is Saturday and Sunday, July 21st & 22nd at their Temple at 927 S. Perry Street, Spokane, WA on Saturday (11 am to 7 pm) and Sunday (3 pm – 7 pm). Bon Odori dances are performed and taught each night at 6 pm, with Taiko drums at 11 am and 5 pm on Saturday. Saturday is also the neighborhood fair, called the South Perry Street Fair, with booths in the street.

Obon is held outdoors during the summer months—in the street or in temple parking lots and courtyards. Central to its celebration, among Japanese Americans, are the folk dances (Bon Odori) performed to music that includes the steady beat of a taiko drum. The guiding purpose of Bon Odori is to set aside the ego through unselfconscious dancing. Participation is customarily diverse—with young and old, formally trained and informally trained dancers, Japanese Americans and non-Japanese Americans.

While associated with Buddhism, Obon is celebrated and embraced by all, regardless of one’s religious background. Buddhist temples schedule their Obon events over the weekends from late June through August. These festivals are well attended, drawing large multi-generational and multi-racial crowds. Each temple’s festival is unique, but most generally feature carnival games and food booths serving traditional Japanese and Japanese-American fare such as sushi or teriyaki.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, some Japanese Americans were incarcerated in camps. During this period, many people emphasized their “American-ness,” but there was also a resurgence and maintenance of Japanese customs, and Buddhist communities, in most camps, organized Obon and Bon Odori. Following World War II, there was a surprisingly quick re-establishment of temple life, with Bon Odori resuming at Temples. During the 1950s through the 1970s, Bon Odori became a traditional feature of Jodo Shinshu (Shin) temple Obon events. Dances were simplified, with a returned emphasis to Bon Odori as folk dances, with temple members now responsible for choosing and teaching the Bon Odori dances to their congregation. Bon Odori in the United States has a far stronger spiritual connection than it does today in Japan.

The combination of folk melodies and dances form different types of Bon Odori (dance), usually accompanied by instruments such as hand clapping, taiko (drums), atarigane, flute, binsawa (wood rattle), and shamisen. Most dancers can be seen wearing a yukata, a lightweight, summer kimono, or a happi coat, a short kimono-like jacket.


7/7 Come Make Senbei

2 -3 hour Shifts available on Saturday July 7th for making our Famous Senbei Crackers.

5/19 Buddhist Workshop (3pm) “Buddhism and Psychotherapy: East Meets West”

Reverend Mark Unno, from the University of Oregon, will give a lecture on “Buddhism and Psychotherapy: East Meets West” at 3 pm. Suggested donation $30-$50. 

He is also giving the Dharma Talk on Sunday 5/20 at 10:30 am on "Life and Death: Beyond Life and Death".

See this video about his workshop:


4-week Intro to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism Classes start this Sunday 5/6

Following classes 5/13, 5/27 & 6/3

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