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Obon Memorial Candle Observance
Memorial candle order deadline: July 3rd

Hatsubon-Urabon Virtual Service Sunday, July 18th

Due to the pandemic, we will again miss seeing you at our annual Bon Odori festival. This includes being able to gather around the garden pond with hundreds of glowing candles at the end of our Bon Odori in memory and gratitude each candle represents.

This year, as part of Hatsubon-Urabon virtual service, the memorial candles will be shown in this special video via the Tacoma Buddhist Temple’s YouTube page. Hatsubon is the observance for those who have passed within the previous year’s Obon, and Urabon is in memory of all who have passed.

Using the form below order a candle (or multiple candles) in memory of your loved one and it will be displayed in the video. The cost is $10 per candle. Deadline for ordering is July 3rd.

Thank you very much for participating in this important observance.

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Upcoming demonstrations, classes and services

June 27th – 10am

Monthly Live Service and Coffee Hour
Join us for our monthly live Zoom service with short social coffee hour following. If you have registered for previous live services, we will send you an invite to attend. If you haven’t registered before, please click the link below:



June 9th 6-7pm

Rev. Koyama’s Monthly Study Class
Class 2: Jodo Shinshu, Back to the Basics
Our class we will take review the many rituals we perform in our school of Buddhism, including chanting.
Time: 6-7pm



June 12th 2-4pm

June Seminar
Shin Buddhism’s future: How can we be a part of it?
Join us for this special seminar by our Keynote Speaker, Rev. Hibiki Junkyo Murakami



Our temple is not holding in-person services at this time. However every Sunday, you can stay connected to the Temple and participate in the virtual service led by Rev. Tadao Koyama.

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    Dharma School for K-12th Grade

    Families and children can enjoy virtual bi-weekly Dharma School interactive lessons. To find out more, please email us at

    “Ask Sensei” is a Q&A with Rev. Koyama and students. Check out the fun questions and latest videos here.


    Request a Memorial Service for Your Loved One

    Buddhist traditions are special and memorials are meant to honor those that have given so much to us. Rev. Koyama. Send your request to


    Join the Temple Book Club

    Our book club virtually meets monthly and is led by Erik Hammerstrom, temple member and associate professor of East Asian and comparative religions at Pacific Lutheran University. Read and share! Past books have included: Batchelor, Buddhism Without Beliefs,  Dalai Lama, Ethics for a New Millennium, David Sheff, The Buddhist on Death Row. For more information contact Erik at


    Our temple will remain closed until further notice but if you have questions, please contact us at

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