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Why the Buddhist Precept ‘Abstaining from Taking Life’ Resonates with Me


The Buddha taught we should show compassion to all sentient beings, not just humans. Initially it reminded me of the biblical commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” which tended to focus solely on not killing human beings. Buddhism too, says not to murder, but breaks it down further, explaining that protecting human life is only possible by also protecting anything that lives.

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Japanese Zen Buddhists Cheered Attack on Pearl Harbor, Making Dec. 7 a Holiday

Pearl Harbor Attack

It is painful to think that so many Buddhists, following a religious leader as opposed to war as Jesus Christ, cheered the attack on Pearl Harbor 81 years ago, but, sadly, it is true. Zen Buddhist priest Hata Esho declared, “It is exceedingly wonderful that in 1941 we were able to make this very day (Dec. 7) a holy day for eternally commemorating the reconstruction of the world.”

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Pet Memorial Buddhist Service

Sunday, June 12, 2022 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am The Spokane Buddhist Temple will observe a Pet Memorial during the June 12th Sunday Sangha Service. This is a chance to honor all that our pets have contributed to our lives. The Buddha taught that all sentient beings have Buddha …

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Hanamatsuri Buddhist Service

Hanamatsuri Flower Festival Service – Celebrating the Birth of Buddha Virtual Service: Email for Zoom link: SpokaneBuddhistTemple@gmail.com Hanamatsuri, literally flower festival, is celebrated in April, commemorating the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, who became enlightened and is known as Buddha. A special altar—the Hanamido—is erected and decorated with flowers representing the …

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Spokane Obon Festival

Saturday 7/21: 2-day Japanese Buddhist cultural festival, featuring Japanese/Hawaiian Food, Spokane Taiko drumming, crafts, Bon Odori dancing, and Anime & Cosplay. Spokane Taiko Drumming (11 am & 5 pm Sat. only) and Bon Odori dancing (6 pm each night), audience participation Japanese folk dances. Plus a Temple Open House 11 …

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