One of the few Vietnamese Buddhist temples in Seattle, Van Hanh Temple is the only nunnery and around the state of Washington. It is run exclusively by women, but people of all gender, race, and religion can seek refuge at the temple. Van Hanh Temple is a popular Buddhist attraction in Seattle, because of its spiritual ambiance as well as the beautiful architecture. It can be a family destination as well as a place for anyone looking to sit and pray in peace. Children can attend classes here to read and write Vietnamese language every Saturday in lieu of a nominal fee that includes a meal.
Established : 2009 (Approx)
Address : 4837 S Fontanelle St, Seattle, WA 98118
Hours : Always Open
Affiliation : Vietnamese Buddhism
Located in Lower Queen Anne area, Gold Summit Monastery operates under the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association. The institution is based on Mahayana Buddhism and emphasizes on moral conduct (Vinaya School), meditation (Chan School) and chanting of Buddha’s names and holy mantras. The central hall of Buddha on the top floor is graced by Shakyamuni Buddha in the center, Amitabha Buddha on the left, and Medicine Master Buddha on the right. A smaller central figure of Guan Yin Bodhisattva is also present at the altar. Peace and silence permeate all through the temple, making Gold Summit Monastery an ideal destination for the religious-minded.
Established : 1984
Address : 233 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119
Hours : Always Open
The Temple is currently closed to all visitors for COVID-19 pandemic.
Weekly Events : Sundays – Dharma Assembly from 08:00 AM to 03:30 PM
– Dharma Lecture from 09:30 AM to 10:50 AM
– Community Lunch at 11:00 AM
– Great Compassion Repentance from 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
Affiliation : Mahayana Buddhism
Also known as Sanatan Dharma Temple and Cultural Center, Kent Hindu Temple is a place for worship and spiritual gathering in South King County of Kent. Located on Highway 167, Kent Hindu Temple aims to preserve and practice the essence of Sanatan Hindu Dharma and preach the same to future generations. Kent Hindu Temple conducts puja ceremonies and large-scale festivities on all major Hindu festivals such as Diwali, Durga Puja, Ganesh Chaturthi, Krishna Janmashtami, Shivaratri, and others. One can organize their individual puja ceremonies at the temple premises as well, such as Satyanarayan puja or Ramayan Paath. SDTCC also provides social services such as food, religious counselling, and non-emergency medical support to those in need.
Established : 2002
Address : 25748 101st Ave SE, Kent, WA 98030
Hours : Weekdays – 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM (Wednesdays closed)
Weekend – 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM and 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Daily Aarti Timings – 11:30 AM (Morning), 07:30 PM (Evening)
Following the foundation of VEDA in August, 2007 to let the Hindu community of Redmond celebrate their religious festivals and observe spiritual ceremonies, VEDA Sri Venkateswara Temple was established in October, 2009. Over and above regular puja and religious services, the temple also conducts community observation of auspicious occasions like Navratri, Ganesh Puja, Rudrabhishekam, to name a few. Sri Venkateswara Temple of Seattle is a center of learning Indian culture as well. Classes for language, yoga, and Hindustani music are conducted regularly on temple premises.
Established : 2009
Address : 7305, 208th Ave NE, Redmond WA 98053
Hours : Monday to Friday – 08:30 AM to 11:00 PM and 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Saturday to Sunday – 08:00 AM to 01:00 PM and 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Deities : Lord Venkateswara, Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga Mata, and 12 other deities.
Managed by Shree Sanatan Dharam Ramayan Mandali, Hanuman Nagri Temple is an ideal destination for the Hindu community of Seattle to congregate for religious purposes. Hanuman Nagri Temple largely celebrates festivals like Holi, Diwali, Ram Navami, Krishna Janmashtami, Shiv Ratri, and others. With ideals rooted in Hinduism, Hanuman Nagri Temple extends its social and cultural practices for free to people of all races and religious faiths. The religious center also provides counsel to Indian families, academic and social training to Indian youth, and community support to Indian elderlies in need.
Established : 2000 (Approx.)
Address : 11818 Des Moines Memorial Dr, Seattle, WA 98168
Hours : Hours:
Monday, Thursday, and Friday – 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Tuesday – 05:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday to Sunday - -9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Weekly Events : Weekly Events:
Tuesdays – Ramayana Show from 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Deities : Sri Hanuman ji, Sri Ram-Laxman-Sita
Founded in 2011, Bellevue Hindu Temple and Cultural Center (BHTCC) is a spiritual center as well as a non-profit organization. The temple was established with the purpose of creating a religious and cultural space for the Hindu community of Bellevue. Currently under the presidency of Ravinder Sharma, the religious aspects of the temple are taken care of by Acharya Gopal Datt Sharma of Shimla, Acharya Manoj Datt Tripathi of Kashi, and Acharya Haresh Shukla of Gujarat. BHTCC also runs a Secular Program Mission, where the cultural goal is to provide educational lessons in yoga, music, and language to interested individual. The social aim of the program is to provide food, shelter, and medical services on a non-profit basis to anyone in need irrespective of race, nationality, or religion.
Established : 2011
Address : 14320 NE 21st St #16, Bellevue, WA 98007
Hours : Monday to Friday - 08:30 AM to 01:00 PM and 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Saturday to Sunday – 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Deities : Sri Radha-Krishna, Sri Ram-Laxman-Sita, Sri Ganesh, Sri Sherawali/Durga Mata
Watt Dhammacakkaram, also known as Watt Chas, is a three-decades old institution in Seattle, which happens to be the oldest Cambodian Buddhist temple in the state of Washington. The temple has its door open to people from all religions and communities. Watt Dhammacakkaram is founded on the principle of world peace and harmony as preached by Lord Buddha. The temple aims to educate Cambodian children and youth on the history and heritage of their home country by conducting Khmer classes and other community activities. They also conduct open house sessions with the resident monks of the temple present where visitors and devotees can freely discuss their troubles and seek counsel.
Established : 1987 (Approx.)
Address : 3006 S Juneau St, Seattle, WA 98108
Hours : Monday to Thursday – 07:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Friday to Sunday – 07:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Affiliation : Cambodian Buddhism
Duoc Su Temple in Avenue South is one of the most-loved and most-visited Buddhist temples in Seattle. With a lovely garden outside and a majestic Buddha statue inside, Duoc Su makes the perfect spiritual destination for any Buddhist family. In 2015. Duoc Su Temple was renovated to a three-story structure with a large meditation hall in the center for worship and meetings. That is also when numerous Buddha statues in his different forms and avatars were also added everywhere on the premises on display. The temple is visited not only by monks and nuns of Washington, but from Vietnam and Thailand as well.
Address : 6918 42nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Hours : Always open
Weekly Events : Saturdays – Service from 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Sundays – Service from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Affiliation : Vietnamese Buddhism
An establishment under ISKCON, Vedic Cultural Center (VCC) is an institution for the cultural, spiritual, religious requirements of the Seattle Hindu community. Centered on the fundamental principles of ancient Vedic knowledge, VCC aims to preserve and promote the Vedic ideals through social and cultural practices. As part of the ISKCON, Vedic Cultural Center also conducts schooling for children of all ages above 3 years. The Vedic School teaches subjects like arts and crafts, slokas, dance, drama, physics, astronomy, social sciences, and study of Bhagavat Gita. The Hindi School teaches the language for all proficiency levels for an annual fee of $100 that includes course material.
Established : 2008
Address : 1420 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA 98075
Hours : Monday to Saturday – 05:30 AM to 09:00 PM
Sunday – 05:30 AM to 09:30 PM
Weekly Events : Saturdays – Shrimad Bhagavatam Class from 07:30 AM to 08:30 AM
Sundays – Bhajans from 05:30 PM to 06:00 PM and 08:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Sundays – Grand Sunday Feast (vegetarian) from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Vedic School Hours : Saturday and Sunday – 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Hindi School Hours : Sunday – 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Deities : Sri Radha-Krishna
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of Seattle aims to propagate, promote, and preach the ideals of Sri Sai Baba and engaged in charitable, cultural, spiritual, and educational causes. The temple also provides medical aid and conducts annadanam ceremonies to distribute food among the poor and needy. The vision of Seattle’s Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is to establish a picturesque institution complete with staff quarters and meditation halls for devotees in the near future. You can donate for the cause as well as for their philanthropic activities on their official website.
Address : 8109 NE 76th St, Suite #108 Redmond, WA - 98052
Hours : Everyday – 08:00 AM to 01:00 PM and 06:30 PM to 09:15 PM
Weekly Events : Thursdays - Sai Chalisa Chanting from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
- Baba Bhajans and Satcharita Recital from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
- Panchamrutha Abhishekham to Sai Baba at 07:15 PM
- Pallaki Seva to Sai Baba from 08:15 to 08:30 PM
With construction efforts starting all the way back in the early 1980s, the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center (HTCC) was finally graced with the deities in 2003. The cultural center also provides hall booking for religious services and Annadanam ceremonies. Other than weekly abhishekams and pujas, HTTC organizes pujas of deities like Shiva, Rama, Krishna, and Satyanarayan on the respective lunar days. HTTC also provides out-of-temple priest services for home pujas and religious ceremonies in the counties of King, Pierce, and Snohomish. The center currently offers yoga classes as well, taught by Smt. Rathna Rao, a disciple of world famous yogi, Baba Ramdev Maharaj ji.
Established : 2003
Address : 3818 212th St SE, Bothell, WA 98021
Hours : Monday to Friday – 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Saturday to Sunday – 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 05:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Senior Citizens Only – Fridays between 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Note: Visits are by Appointment Only via official website. 16 devotees allowed at a time with 20 minutes time limit.)
Weekly Events : Tuesdays – Hanuman Chalisa from 07:30 PM
Wednesdays – Veda Classes from 07:00 PM
Saturdays – Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Parayanam from 07:00 PM
2nd Sundays – Jain Puja from 02:00 PM
Every Sunday – Yoga Classes from 07:30 AM to 09:00 AM
Deities : Sri Shirdi Sai Baba, Sri Venkateswara and Mahalakshmi, Sri Ayyappa, Sri Hanuman ji, Sri Vishnu, Sri Ganesh, Sri Radha-Krishna,
Located in the Greater Seattle area, Choeizan Enkyoji Temple conducts their religious practices based on the preaching of the Eternal Shakyamuni Buddha as per the Lotus Sutra. The temple is built on the principles of Nichiren Buddhism, a branch of Mahayana Buddhism stemming from Kamakura School of Buddhism during 13th – century Japan. Other than worship sessions of Lord Buddha, the temple conducts teaching of the Lotus Sutra and other religious and social services such as wedding, funeral, and pet memorial. The temple is currently headed by Reverend Kanjin Cederman, who attended Shingyo Dojo in Japan to complete his studies and become a Nichiren Shu priest.
Established : 2010
Address : 501 S Jackson St #202, Seattle, WA 98104
Hours : Tuesday to Saturday – 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Sunday – 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Weekly Events : Sundays – Morning Services at 10:30 AM
Sundays – Dharma School for Children at 11:30 AM
Affiliation : Nichiren Buddhism
Belonging to the BAPS or Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, the Swaminarayan Temple in Seattle follows the same ideals and principles of all BAPS establishments around the world. The spiritual institution that started in India is now in Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, LA, London, and several other places. Started in 1907, BAPS is a socio-spiritual non-profit organization rooted in the teachings of the Vedas. Led by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, all the temples under BAPS engages in not only spiritual practices, but social and cultural activities as well. Seattle’s Sri Swaminarayan Mandir teaches arts, language, philosophy, and music. They also host charity events such as blood donation, health fairs, and walkathons for fund raising.
Address : 15440 NE 95th Street, Redmond, WA 98052
Hours : Monday to Friday – 07:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Saturday to Sunday – 07:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Daily Aarti Timings – 07:00 AM (Morning) and 07:00 PM (Evening)
Every Sunday Evening Aarti – 05:00 PM and 07:30 PM
Maha Puja – Every 4th Sunday at 06:30 PM
(Note: Temple is temporarily closed for the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Weekly Events : Bal, Balika, Kishore, and Kishori Sabha – 04:00 PM to 05:15 PM
Mahila Sabha – 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Every 2nd and 4th Sunday)
Bal and Balika Gujarati Classes – 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Satsang Sabha – 03:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Affiliation : Swaminarayan Sampradaya
Deities : Sri Swaminarayan and Aksharbrahman Gunatitanand Swami, Sri Radha-Krishna, Sri Guru Parampara, Sri Ram-Sita-Hanuman ji, Sri Shiva-Parvati-Ganesh ji
Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Ji Zen, translating to ‘The Listening to the Dharma Zen Temple on Great Plum Mountain, was founded by Zen Master Genki Takabayashi in North Beacon Hill region in Seattle. After training at one of the two parent Rinzai school temples in Japan, Genki Takabayashi came over to the US upon the invitation of the Seattle Zen Center and founded the temple on the principles of Rinzai Buddhism. Other than being a center for worship, Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Ji Zen Temple is a center for learning and practicing Zen mediation and practices.
Established : 1983-84
Founder : Zen Master Genki Takabayashi
Address : 1727 & 1733 S. Horton St., Seattle, WA 98144
Hours : Monday and Wednesday – 05:30 AM to 06:30 AM, 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Tuesday – 05:30 AM to 06:30 AM, 07:30 PM – 09:00 PM
Thursday to Friday – 05:30 AM to 06:30 AM
Saturday – 07:00 AM to 08:30 AM
Sunday – 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Affiliation : Rinzai School – a Zen branch of Japanese Buddhism
Located between Rainier Beach and Rainier Valley neighborhoods, the major attraction of Wat Lao Dhammacetiyaram is the massive statue of Lord Buddha. Easily recognized by its yellow and brick red façade, the Buddhist Temple is a great location to sit in peace and pray.
Address : 3946 S Kenyon St, Seattle, WA 98118
Hours : Everyday – 08:00 AM to 07:00 PM
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