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8/20 All Sangha ANNUAL PICNIC

Everyone is invited to our annual All Sangha Picnic on Saturday, August 20th. This year it will be at Martena Peterson's house - she has a large shady back yard. Our master chef Jun will cook tacos. Everyone is invited to bring a salad or dessert, a lawn chair & something to drink. Come at 4 pm, eat at 5 pm. Maps and directions are available at the temple.


Update: We had a great picnic, and we took pictures too! Thank you to everyone who helped out and attended!

Clean Up Parties Saturdays 8/26 & 8/27, 9/2 & 9/3

Come clean up the temple while it is our Fall temple closing time. Sign up on the BIG SIGN UP SHEET at the temple.


Temple Closed 8/28 & 9/4~CleanUp Party

The temple will be closed Aug 22 thru Sept 9th. Last year we painted during our closed time. This year we plan to do some clean up and maintenance tasks. Please consider spending a couple of hours during that time to help with some cleanup/maintenance tasks. Just pick something that you would be willing to help with and sign up to do that particular chore. We will schedule times for both weekends and weekdays. Look for the big sign up sheet on the wall in the dining hall or contact Celeste at

RUMMAGE SALE & OPEN HOUSE - Friday July 15th - Saturday July 16th

The Spokane Buddhist Temple Invites You to a
Annual Rummage Sale of Furniture, household items, music,
art work & much more.
Tours of the temple will be given on Saturday.
Friday - July 15th - 9am-3pm
Saturday - July 16th - 9am-5pm
During the South Perry Street Fair
Spokane Buddhist Temple - 927 S. Perry

7/17 Guest Reverend Kodo Umezu at 10:30 am

Mark your calendars! This is a service you should not miss!


Reverend Kodo Hiromichi Umezu

Director Center for Buddhist Education, Berkeley, California

Will give the Dharma Talk at the 10:30 am Service on July 17th

We are fortunate to have a very special guest minister visiting us this month, Reverend Kodo Umezu. He is the director of the Center for Buddhist Education in Berkeley California.  He creates and oversees all of the Buddhist education programs at the Jodo Shinshu Center. This includes everything from training sessions for Minister’s Assistants to special seminars for members. Some of his seminar titles are, “Crossing over to Buddhism” (for those not born into Buddhism) and “B.Y.O.B, Bring your own Buddhism, Sharing Our Pathways”. We hope to bring these seminars to Spokane in the future.

He also had the honor of representing us and addressing the United Nations this last May for the 2600th Vesak Celebration (We celebrate this in April as Hanamatsuri). Knowledge, warmth and enthusiasm is what really defines Rev. Umezu. You will be inspired by his talk and we will give him the unique opportunity to meet the Spokane Sangha. Following the service he will join us downstairs for a question and answer Dharma exchange.

Service followed by a ** Dharma Exchange with Rev. Umezu ** Come with your questions about Buddhism.


7/24 Venerable Thubten Chodron at 10:30 am

Honorable Chodron From the Sravasti Abbey in Newport

Will give the Dharma Talk at the 10:30 Service

Establishing Sravasti Abbey fulfills a long-held vision for Venerable Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron to share the Buddha's teachings with Western sangha, training in the monastic code, doing prayers and practices in English, and incorporating the best elements of Western society, including gender equality and using technology to spread the Dharma. In her thirty plus years of ordained life, Venerable Chodron has lived in several monastic communities in Asia and in the West. She brings her wisdom from these experiences to shape the growing monastic community at Sravasti Abbey. She is an author of many books and teaches around the world. We look forward to her return to the Temple.

7/29 Heart Shrine Relic Tour at Unity Church

Buddhist Relics Touring U.S.

A beautiful and inspiring collection of Holy Buddhist Relics, is coming to Spokane on July 29-31. The opening ceremony is Friday night (7/29) at 6:00 pm. It is a project instigated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Tour includes more than 1,000 rare Buddhist relics of Shakyamuni Buddha and his closest disciples, as well as other well-known Buddhist masters from Chinese, Indian, and Tibetan traditions.

Our Minister Assistant Jefferson Workman will lead the chanting of the Sambujo during the Opening Ceremony on July 29th at 6 pm. Please come and represent our Sangha by chanting with him.

Heart Shrine Relic Tour

Unity Church

2900 S. Bernard, Spokane

July 29th—31st


Fri.   6 pm Opening Ceremony

Sat.  10 am—7 pm

Sun. 10 am—5 pm

Free Admission



Thursdays 6/23 - 8/25 See us at the Perry Street Market

On Thursdays, beginning June 23rd, we will be selling SENBEI at the Perry Street Farmer's Market, across the street from the Temple, between 9th & 10th on Perry Street, in Spokane. We need people to sell Senbei in two shifts between 3 and 7 pm. Call the temple if you can volunteer.

6/11 Free Evening Lecture with Reverend Kurt Rye

EVENING LECTURE with Reverend Kurt Rye
From the Fresno Betsuin
Shin Buddhism in the 21st Century
Sat. – June 11th - 7 pm
No charge — Donations accepted—All Are Welcome!

I was born in Anchorage Alaska, but in my early childhood moved to the Washington DC metro area where I grew up. I moved to Washington State in high school and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the Evergreen State College in 1985. I started my career working with the Chronically Mentally ill population in Seattle. I moved to Japan and taught English in Tokyo for 4 years and this is where I became exposed to Buddhism. I attended the English Buddhist Academy in Tokyo and had the opportunity to take several courses on Japa-nese Buddhism at Taisho University.
Upon my return to Seattle I became an active member of the Seattle Betsuin under the guidance of Rev. Cas-tro. During this period I managed a housing program for homeless clients with mental illness, to help them become stable and move on to more permanent housing. In the fall of 2003 I received my Tokudo ordination at the Hongwanji in Kyoto, and started attending IBS in January of 2004. I graduated in the fall of 2007 and received my Kyoshi certification in December of 2007, and my Kai Kyoshi certification in April of 2009. I have served at the Fresno Betsuin as an associate minister since April of 2008.
He is also giving the Dharma Talk at the 10:30 am Sunday, June 12th
Service followed by a ** POTLUCK **

6/5 Outside Toban (Ritual Cleaning) after service

We will be doing landscaping and general clean up of the temple grounds on Sunday, after the snack.

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