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The Seattle Betsuin continues to work on restoration of their temple from an arson of January 2024.  You can track updates with their pages at

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"We extend our gratitude to all who have shown support, patience, and generosity. Your contributions, whether in time, resources, or kind words, have significantly impacted the Seattle Betsuin’s journey toward renewal."

~Seattle Betsuin, February 27, 2024


January 01, 2024 (from Seattle Betsuin website)

At 10:00 pm on December 31, 2023, an intruder broke into the temple and sought refuge in the basement. Shortly after, the individual committed arson, resulting in considerable fire and water damage to the basement area. The smoke and water damage extended throughout the entire temple, prompting its closure to all. Efforts are underway to assess the costs of repairing the damage caused. Fortunately, no one was injured. The Hondo (main hall) and Nokotsudo (columbarium) managed to be unscathed from the fire; however, both have not yet been assessed and we fear they are heavily damaged by smoke and moisture. 

In light of this unfortunate situation, we see an opportunity for renewal, rebuilding, and reaffirming our mission to share the message of the Buddha. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the community for the outpouring of support. As we navigate our restoration journey, you may stay connected with us by visiting this page for updates. For those who would like to make a donation to our Arson Restoration & Building Fund, please visit this link.

Contributions can also be made via check – please make checks payable to “SEATTLE BUDDHIST CHURCH” and include “Arson Restoration & Building Fund” in the memo line.

Your kindness and concern are deeply appreciated, and we invite you to share in the successes fueled by your generosity. Thank you for contributing to a collective effort that transcends bricks and mortar.

Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple – 1427 S. Main Street, Seattle, WA 98144

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