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Notice for Re-Opening

Sunday, October 4, 11:30am

Hello, Members and Friends of Seattle Koyasan.  I am pleased to share the happy news that the Board of Directors has decided to reopen the temple for Services, Meditation Sessions, and in-person visits on Sunday, October 4, 11:30am.  Our regular Sunday Service will be held at noon.

We will reopen under King County’s Stage 2 guidelines.  This allows gatherings at religious organizations up to 25% capacity, provided that physical distancing is observed, face masks used, and common surfaces are sterilized.  Accordingly, attendance at Sunday Services will be limited to 15 participants, so please arrive early to ensure your access.  If more people wish to attend, we will make every effort to provide overflow accommodation via Zoom conferencing in the O-Settai Room, where an additional 8 people may attend.

Out of concern for those who may be more vulnerable, please do not attend if you have any symptoms of illness such as a fever, coughing or sneezing.  We will be taking temperatures at the door, and all attendees will be asked to sterilize their hands immediately upon arrival and wear a face mask for the duration of your visit.  If you cannot wear a face mask, please do not attend.  Those in any of the high-risk groups are encouraged to exercise due caution: while we’d love to see you, we want everyone to be safe.

Preparatory Temple Cleaning on 

Saturday, September 26, 11:00-3:00pm

Volunteers are needed and much appreciated.  Please send an email to [email protected] if you would like to help.

 

See you soon!

 

Sincerely,

Jonathan Bannister, Congregation Vice President

[email protected]

253-325-8811

Mandala Symphony

Mandala Symphony for Black Lives Matter

“Mandala Symphony for Black Lives Matter”
A Practice to Heal Wounds and Seek a Brighter Future
Zoom Meeting Every Monday at 6:00pm Pacific Time – Free and Open to All
JOIN HEREhttp://seattlekoyasan.eventbrite.com

         Every Monday at 6:00pm Pacific Time, Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple offers a live-streaming “Ah”-breathing meditation practice led by our resident minister, Rev. Imanaka Taijo.  Participation is free and open to all. We now dedicate this practice to those with a serious determination to terminate racism, seeking to express empathy in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.  Buddhism and Seattle Koyasan can play a role in embracing the wounds Black people have suffered for over 400 years.  This temple’s strongest point is prayer:  a single, sincere prayer to convey compassionate energy to all.

Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple wishes to offer a safe space in which to fully extend compassion.  Please join us each Monday evening at 6:00pm for “Mandala Symphony for Black Lives Matter: A Practice to Heal Wounds and Seek a Brighter Future.”  We will use the practice of “Ah” meditation to join together in a mutually-supportive effort to unmute and show ourselves.  People from different walks of life, different skin colors, and different aspirations will share the Zoom screen like Buddhas in a mandala, generating compassionate energy for the world.

This meditation seeks to convey the vibrations of the entire body; your throat, muscles, bones, guts, eyes, skin ….  The sound expresses the symphony of the entire body.  “Ah” is also representative of the vibration of Dainichi Nyorai / Mahavairocana, the Cosmic Buddha, who is the life of the universe.

With this practice, we create  a “symphony” of sound and compassion.  It is a symphony because, like the various instruments of an orchestra, we have different “shapes” in the physical world.  By uttering “Ah …” we flow out from our shapes.  As a vibration, we harmonize with all the other vibrations flowing out from other “shapes”; not only human beings, but trees, stones, mountains, the Earth, other planets, and even the stars: all vibrate.  Finally, we circulate all over the universe as the one universal life.  This is the universal symphony.

“Mandala Symphony for Black Lives Matter”
A Practice to Heal Wounds and Seek a Brighter Future
Zoom Meeting Every Monday at 6:00pm Pacific Time – Free and Open To All

Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple opposes racism in any and every form, and we support those working to end systemic discrimination.  We offer heartfelt prayers for healing and peace.

Live Streaming Services

We are LIVE STREAMING our services!

JOIN HEREhttp://seattlekoyasan.eventbrite.com

DOWNLOAD SERVICE BOOK HEREShingon Lay Service

To join the LIVE STREAMING event online, please go to Eventbrite to register and click on Live Events (the cost is free, or you can make a donation if you like):

Here are the upcoming events:

Meditation – Saturday at 9am (US Pacific Time)

Regular Service – Every Sunday at 12:00pm Noon (US Pacific Time)

Goma Fire Service – May 31st (SUN) from 12:00pm to 1:30pm (US Pacific Time)
Prayer Stick (Goma-gi) / $5.00 each.
Please Email your Prayer to be written to: [email protected]

Goma-gi prayer sticks for the Goma Fire Service are available for purchase ($5.00 each) prior to the Service. These are wooden sticks upon which to write a prayer or request; they are added to the ritual fire as an important part of the celebration of compassion and the burning away of sufferings during the Goma Fire Ceremony. You can send your wish to Seattle Koyasan via email to [email protected]

護摩のご祈願について。祈願を記入する添え護摩木は、1本5ドルでご購入いただけます。ご祈願は、

電話(206)-325-8811 Eメール [email protected]

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