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3/16 Ohigan with Rev. Gibbs

Spring Ohigan Service
with Reverend Jundo Gregory Gibbs
From the Oregon Buddhist Temple
Giving the Dharma Talk
Sunday – May 16th – 10:30 am
All Are Welcome
This will be followed by a Pot Luck Lunch & Dharma Exchange upstairs after lunch
Reverend Jundo Gregory Gibbs was born in Santa Rosa, CA and grew up in Fresno, CA. He graduated Suma Cum Laude with a BA in Philosophy. Rev. Gibbs has a Master of Jodo Shinshu Studies Degree from the IBS and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies. He received Tokudo ordination in 1993, Kyo-shi in 1994 and Kaikyoshi in 1996. He served at the Los Angeles Betsuin for 7 1/2 years and is now the Resident Minister at the Oregon Buddhist Temple in Portland.
O-higan services are held during the Spring and Fall equinoxes, when the days and nights are of equal length, and it is neither too hot nor too cold. It is a time when we are encouraged to strive even more energetically along the Buddhist path and strive to become enlightened.
“The day of Ohigan, What A Fine Time To Plant Seeds of enlightenment . . . “

3/2 - 10:30 am Sangha Service with Rev. Christine Marr

Reverend Marr returns from Berkeley to give the Dharma Talk on Sunday.

2/28 Dinner & Movie Night "The Manzanar Fishing Club"

DINNER & A MOVIE

FEBRUARY 28TH -  FRIDAY  -  DINNER 6 PM  -  MOVIE 6:30 PM

The Manzanar Fishing Club

 

(2012)  THE MANZANAR FISHING CLUB is a documentary that chronicles the WWII internment of Japanese-American from a unique perspective: through the eyes of those who defied the armed guards, barbed wire and searchlights to fish for trout in the surrounding waters of the Eastern Sierra. By emphasizing the evacuees' personal stories it is the first internment film to go beyond the confinement itself, and instead highlight values - courage, responsibility and cooperation - that enable the human spirit. Interviews with noted experts provide new insights in to the social political backdrop of the internment. This is the untold story of those who refuse to knuckle under and risked it all to go fishing just like other ordinary Americans. Not rated.

 

Come see this movie before our private showing of the art exhibit at Gonzaga. Movie is free; suggested donation for the dinner is $5. All proceeds benefit the temple.

 

2/2 12:15 pm "Foundations of Shin Buddhism" classes start

The Spokane Buddhist Temple will offer study classes for anyone interested in learning about Shin Buddhism. There is no charge for the classes.  We will meet every other week following the Sunday service, from 12:15 to 1:15.  Sensei Paul Vielle will facilitate the discussions.  Come! Bring your questions and learn about Shin Buddhism.  Everyone is welcome. See a longer description in our February newsletter.

Continuing Sunday, Feb 16, Mar 09, Mar 30, Apr 13, May 04, 25, Jun 08 & 22.

 

2/2 Sunday 9 am "Sitting In Gratitude" Meditation

See the description on our main page. This is a good beginning meditation practice which is followed by our 10:30 am Sangha Service.

1/19 - 1 pm - Dharma Discussion with Rev. Fujimoto

After the potluck, we will go back upstairs for a Dharma Discussion with Reverend Dennis Fujimoto. Bring your questions about Shin Buddhism for the exchange of the dharma.

1/19 - 10:30 am Hoonko Service with Rev. Fujimoto

SUNDAY – January 19th - 10:30 am Service
Rev. Dennis Fujimoto From the Idaho Oregon Buddhist Temple
Giving the Dharma Talk at our Hoonko Service
 
Reverend Joshin Dennis Fujimoto is the reverend at the Idaho Oregon Buddhist Temple in Ontario, Oregon. He is the son of Madame Suiyo Fujimoto and the late Reverend Hogen Fujimoto. He is also the brother of BCA minister Reverend Ken Fujimoto of the Buddhist Church of Lodi.
Reverend Fujimoto received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1974, and his M.A. from the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, in 1980. He received his Tokudo Ordination in San Francisco in 1981 and his Kyoshi Ordination in Kyoto, Japan, in 2004.
Rev. Fujimoto is the owner of Wood and Stone, established in 1980, to design and create sculptural art pieces, primarily of cast stone or metal.
On Buddhism, he says: “Buddhism encourages its followers to strip away the frivolous; to recognize and move away from the relative world of material gain and personal pleasure, towards an awakening to the absolute. The Buddhist life is to walk this path from relative to absolute and to help others along the way.”
We will have a Potluck after service, followed by a Dharma Discussion upstairs in the Hondo
****Bring Your Questions****
Hoonko is a holiday in the tradition of Japanese Jodo Shinshu Buddhism that observes the memorial of its founder, Shinran Shonin, and is one of the most important observed in the Jodo Shinshu tradition. The observance began after Shinran's daughter, Kakushinni carried on administration of Shinran's mausoleum, as did her descendants, who ultimately became the Monshu of Jodo Shinshu. In the word hōonkō; 'hōon' means "return of gratitude" and 'ko' means "to clarify the meaning of" or "gathering"'. A typical service for Hoonko will consist of reciting Shinran's hymn, the Shoshinge, and a reading from the life of Shinran.
Sangha POTLUCK after Service

1/17 Odyssey Dinner - Donate A Dish - 5 pm

The Spokane Buddhist Temple has “adopted” the Odyssey Youth Center once a month, by providing a nutritious and fun dinner to the teens & young adults at the Odyssey Youth Center (in our neighborhood). This month it is on Friday January 17th. Meet at 5 PM at the Temple with a main dish, dessert, salad, etc. in a disposable container. Make a card showing the main ingredients (allergens, meat, dairy, etc.) We will walk the food up to the center. Odyssey Youth Center is a youth-led, adult-supported organization committed to creating, sustaining, and advocating for safe and affirming programs, policies, and services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth community. YOU ARE INVITED TO COOK OR BUY FOOD FOR ODYSSEY ON 1/17 Thanks to Luigi’s Italian Restaurant for the yummy dish donated last month. 

12/31 - 7 pm Joya-E Service "Bell of the Last Night"

Tuesday - Dec. 31st - 7 pm

Joya-E Service - “Bell of the Last Night”

Ring Out the Old Year! Ring In The New!

 

This act symbolically “rings out” the 108 delusions of women and men and “rings in” our aspiration to overcome ignorance, greed and anger in the coming year. Please come join us for this special observance and ring the Kansho. Everyone who attends will get to ring the Kansho bell – one or more of the 108 times we ring the bell.
 
This service is also known as the "last-night-gathering". We are able to reflect upon the past year and to recognize all the causes and conditions that allowed us to make it through the year. We are reminded again to move away from our selfish and ego-centered ways. Come join us on this occasion for service and to hit the Kansho! It is a good and mindful way to start the New Year Celebrations! The service is followed by a reception downstairs.

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