Auburn Temple to host 2013 convention

White River Buddhist Temple, a member temple of the Buddhist Churches of America, announced that they will be hosting the 2013 Northwest Buddhist Convention. The 66th annual convention is to be held from Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17, at the DoubleTree Suites Hotel at Southcenter in Tukwila.

Over 400 attendees are expected to travel from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and Canada to attend a weekend full of workshops, seminars, and keynotes from some of the most renowned experts of Buddhism in the United States. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

“We are excited to be hosting the largest and oldest gathering of Jodo Shinshu Buddhists in the Northwest,” says Valerie Chun, convention co-chair. “The convention is a fantastic opportunity to see old friends, meet new ones, and learn the teachings of the Buddha.”

This year’s convention is centered around the self-reflective theme of “Where Am I?” and features speakers Reverend David Fujimoto of Puna Hongwanji Mission in Hawaii and Reverend Dr. Kenji Akahoshi of San Jose, Calif.

“Reverend Fujimoto and Dr. Akahoshi represents a generational shift of Buddhism in the 21st century in the United States,” says Kelsey Asato, convention co-chair. “We look forward to their wisdom and insight during this year’s convention.” (end)

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