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Thank you for Japan Disaster Relief Donations!

After our Seventh Day Memorial Service for those lost in the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the Spokane Buddhist temple collected and gave a donation totaling $2,085.00 to the BCA Social Welfare Fund. 100% of this donation will be combined with donations from all of the other temples in the US, and sent to Japan to help with disaster relief. Thank you to everyone who donated!

Help Us Make Senbei

Come learn how to make the traditional Japanese Rice Crackers on Saturday April 2nd. They are crunchy, salty and sweet, and are fun to make. This is also a great opportunity to get to know temple sangha members better. Email or sign up at the temple.

These tasty snacks will be available for sale at our Spring Food Bazaar on April 17th


*Accepting Donations*

FRIDAY – 3/18/11 – 6 PM
Spokane Buddhist Temple
9th & Perry

The Spokane Buddhist Temple will be conducting a “Seventh Day Memorial Service” for the victims of the March 11th Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami, on Friday, March 18th at 6 pm. We will be accepting donations for relief efforts in Japan. Everyone who attends will be able to ring the Kansho (temple bell) after the service in memory of the victims. In rural Japan, the temple bell is repeatedly rung as a tsunami warning.

The public is invited to attend a Seventh Day Memorial Service in the sanctuary. The Seventh Day Memorial allows us to reflect on the fleeting nature of life and offer incense to affirm our spiritual connection with those who died.

The temple is collecting donations, which will be combined with donations from all Buddhist Churches of America temples to be sent to relief agencies in Japan.

Further information is available by calling Martena Peterson at (509) 994-4231.

8/5-8/7 – Nembutsu Camporee for 4th-High School

The Seattle Betsuin is sponsoring a Nembutsu Camporee for youth entering 4th Grade – High School. August 5-7, 2011 at Camp Waskowitz in North Bend, WA. It is entitled “Exploring Eco Sangha”. Go to for details and fees.

1/29 – Make Senbei (Japanese Rice Crackers) VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

1/29 – Make Senbei (Japanese Rice Crackers) – come learn how to make the traditional Japanese Rice Crackers. They are crunchy, salty and sweet, and are fun to make. Email or sign up at the temple.

3/23-4/27 Intro to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism Class

3/23-4/27 – 6 week Introduction to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism Class by Minister Assistant Paul Vielle. Wednesday nights 7-8:30 pm – $25 materials fee. Call or email the temple to reserve a seat. 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 & 4/27.

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 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


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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