Buddhist convention coming to Spokane


By Tracy Simmons
Religion News Spokane

In February more than 350 Shin Buddhists from across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Canada will be visiting Spokane for the 65th annual Northwest Buddhist Convention.

The Spokane Buddhist Temple is hosting the event, which will be held at the Davenport Hotel , 10 S. Post St., Feb. 17—19. This year’s theme is “Under Amida’s Umbrella of Compassion.”

Amida is the universal Buddha of light.

Sensei Paul Vielle, of the Spokane Buddhist Temple, explained that most of the conference happenings, which include services, workshops, lectures, classes and a banquet, are not open to the public. However the opening service and keynote lecture on Feb. 18 are open to anyone interested in learning more about Buddhism.

The public event, “Experiencing the Dharma” will be from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for $20 at the door.

Ven. Bhante Seelawimala will be the opening speaker. He is a Theravada…

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