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Have you ordered your food for the 4/10 Harumatsuri Spring Food Festival?

26th Annual


At the Spokane Buddhist Temple 

Sunday – April 10, 2016 – 11 am – 3 pm

Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry, Spokane

**Dine In or Take Out**

Serving: Chicken Teriyaki or Tofu Bento Boxes, Chirashi Sushi and Japanese Desserts - $5 to $12.

Easy Pre-Ordering on our Website:

or Call 509-534-7954 to Pre-Order


Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry Street, Spokane



Introductory Passage Meditation Workshop

Spokane Buddhist Temple
927 South Perry Street, Spokane

Introductory workshop introducing Sri Easwaran's form of Passage Meditation, specifically designed for the Western “monkey mind.”

4-week session Tuesdays   6 - 7:30 pm
January 10th  thru January 31st  2017

Format: video instruction and discussion followed by 1/2 hour of meditation.
More information: Sri Easwaran's book Passage Meditation is available at local bookstores and through the internet at NO FEE but a donation to the Temple is suggested.

“The principle of meditation is simple: you are what you think. By meditating on words that embody your highest ideals, you drive them deep into your consciousness.”

Sri Eknath Easwaran

Did you order your food for the 11/8 Aki Matsuri Fall Food Festival?

Go to our home page and click on the arrow under the Aki Matsuri description to order your food.

11/8 Aki Matsuri Fall Food Festival is coming

Preorder online using this form

9/11 Last Day for Clothing/Textile Drive

Accepted items: CLOTHING any kind/any condition; PAIRED SHOES any kind/any condition; TOWELS bath, kitchen, rags; SHEETS, BLANKETS, QUILTS, BACKPACKS; PURSES, CURTAINS/DRAPERY; BELTS synthetic/leather; TABLECLOTHES, PLACEMATS, STUFFED ANIMALS, PILLOWS (not bed pillows) & Large FABRIC PIECES. Call us for pickup – 509-534-7954 or 509-599-8378 or drop off your bags starting in August on Sundays 10a-2p; Wed 1p-3p and Saturdays 2p-5p. Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry (corner of 10th & Perry), Spokane, WA

Here is our full schedule for the 7/25 & 7/26 Obon Festival


Japanese-Hawaiian Food 

11 am – 8 pm


Chicken Katsu

Fried Chicken over Rice


Curry Rice - Tofu

Curry Tofu over Rice


Katsu Chicken Curry

Fried Chicken Curry over Rice


Kalua Pork

Pork over Rice


Spam Musubi

Spam sushi


Mochi Dessert

Sweet Rice Flour Dessert


Senbei Crackers

Japanese Crackers


Mugi Cha Iced Tea

Japanese Barley Iced Tea


Blended Iced Green Tea

Green Tea Latte



Japanese Arts In The Gym                          11 am – 5 pm

Sumi-E with Keiko Von Holt

(Ink wash paintings)

Inland Empire Bonsai Society

(Bonsai trees)

Spokane Ikebana with Ellen Krehbiel

(Flower Arranging)

Nuido Embroidery

(Japanese Embroidery)


Sat 7/25 Entertainment Schedule

11:00 am

Kizuna Shamisen Music


11:30 am

Spokane Taiko

10th & Perry

 1:00 am

Songs by Narong


 6:00 pm

Bon Odori Dancing



SCHEDULE - SUNDAY 7/26 - 11 AM – 7 PM


Japanese-Hawaiian Food (See above)          11 am – 7 pm  

Japanese Arts In The Gym (See above)      11 am – 5 pm


Sun 7/26 Entertainment Schedule

12:00 pm

Songs by Narong


2:00 pm

Kizuna Shamisen Music


3:30 pm

Shakuhachi Flute by Todd Milne


5:00 am                      

Spokane Taiko


6:00 pm

Bon Odori Dancing



7/18~Super Senbei Saturday~COME MAKE SENBEI

SUPER  SENBEI  SATURDAY is coming on July 18th!

Have you ever had a taste of our delicious Senbei (Japanese Crackers)? If you have, I don’t have to tell you how good they are!!!  Our Sangha will be gathering on Saturday, July 18th from 8am to 4pm to make these delicious crackers which we will be selling at our Obon Festival on Perry Street fair weekend.

This is a fun way to get to know your fellow Sangha members or if you are new, it's a great "first step" to coming to the Temple. We will need about 30 volunteers for the day.

See the sign-up sheet at the Temple. Many shifts available, or Email Jefferson @ for more information. The Temple will be providing lunch for our hard working Sangha members too! Hope to see everyone on July 18th!      

M.A. Jefferson “Senbei Sensei” Workman


7/12~OBON HATSUBON SERVICE Held at the Lower Terrace @ Greenwood Memorial Terrace Cemetery

OBON HATSUBON SERVICE Held at the Lower Terrace @ Greenwood Memorial Terrace Cemetery

211 N Government Way, Spokane / 10:30 AM Service 

Special guest Rev. Diana Thompson will be giving our Dharma Talk

This special memorial service is held to re-dedicate ourselves to the Buddhist way of life by reflecting upon the love, affection, compassion, and virtues that those who have passed on before us have given to us while they were still alive.  This service is also in dedication and gratitude for all members of our Sangha who have died over the previous year. This is a beautiful site for our regular Sunday service.

Rev. Thompson serves as assistant minister at the Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple, the  temple she has attended since the age of six. She earned a degree in Religious Studies  from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2007 and a Master of Arts from the Institute  of Buddhist Studies/Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA in 2012. She received  her Tokudo ordination in 2010 and her Kyoshi ordination in 2012.  Rev. Thompson is a native of Colorado but has also lived in New Orleans, LA,  Albuquerque, NM and Berkeley, CA. She is the proud mother of 10yr. old Serenity, and  the two of them share a house with a fish named Oswald who likes ukulele music and a  hamster named Giblets who enjoys long strolls through the house in his hamster ball.

****Note there is no service at the temple on July12th – please join us at the cemetery.  We will have maps to hand out on Sunday and “guides” at the entrances to the cemetery****


7/11 ~ 3-5 pm Onaijin Items & Temple Etiquette Workshop with Reverend Diana Thompson

“Onaijin Items & Temple Etiquette” Workshop (What does it all mean?) With Reverend Diana Thompson

 SATURDAY -  JULY 11th - 3 - 5 pm

Suggested donations: $10 - $30 

No one will be turned away for lack of funds ~ Please join us for an interesting afternoon!

You see the Onaijin (Buddhist alter) every Sunday, but do you know what you are looking at? Have you ever wondered why we have things arranged in certain ways, what Oshoko is or why there is so much gold? In this workshop, we will answer these questions and more as we explain why the adornments and basic rituals are important elements for our understanding of Jōdo Shinshū.


Obon Dance Practices-Sunday @ Noon-Thurs @ 6 pm

Come learn the Bon Odori dances that we will do on 7/25 & 7/26 at Obon. They are easy to learn and a lot of fun! We will practice inside if it is hot.

Sundays @ Noon: 7/5, 7/12, 7/19

Thursdays @ 6 pm: 7/2, 7/9, 7/16


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