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NW Buddhist Convention Packets Available

The next Northwest Buddhist Convention will be sponsored by the Tacoma temple in Tukwila February 11-13, 2011. If you are interested in attending, please email spokanebuddhisttemple.org and request a packet of information about the convention. If you register by Dec 31st, there is a reduced price for the convention.

12/31 Joya-e New Year’s Celebration

NEW YEAR’S EVE JOYA-E SERVICE

Bell of the Last Night”

Friday – 12/31/107–8 PM

Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry, Spokane

Everyone who attends will participate in ringing the large Japanese Kansho bell during our service. We will ring it 108 times to symbolize ringing out the old year and ringing in the new.

Start your New Year Celebrations with this traditional spiritual observance!

Family Friendly Activity – Everyone Is Welcome!!!

Come and participate in ringing the Kansho or calling bell, which hangs inside the temple. This is a family-friendly activity and any children who attend will also get to ring the “bell of the last night”. We will divide 108 by the number of people who attend so that everyone gets an equal chance to ring the large bell.

This act of ringing the bell 108 times symbolically “rings out” the 108 delusions of woman and man and “rings in” our aspiration to overcome ignorance, greed and anger in the coming year. There will be a short 30-40 minute service, so that you will have plenty of time to attend other New Year’s celebrations. Start your New Year off with a moving and spiritual observance, for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. It is a time to contemplate and express gratitude for the past year and mark the beginning of a new one. We give thanks for the opportunity to begin a new year.

Our Kansho bell was dedicated in 1965. The Kansho, or summoning bell, calls people to the temple and marks the beginning of each of our services. The bell does not have a metal clapper in the center, as do other large bells, like the Liberty Bell. Instead, you strike it with a large wooden mallet.

Thank You~Successful Fall Food Bazaar

Thank You to all of the volunteers and people who attended our Successful Fall Food Bazaar. See you in the Spring.

12/18 Spokane Buddhist Temple Annual Meeting after Service

Stay after the service for the Spokane Buddhist Temple's Board Annual Meeting. All are encouraged to participate.

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