100th Anniversary Celebration

The 100-Year Celebration is holding special events and gatherings throughout the year—culminating in a three-day celebration, including a banquet on Saturday October 1st, and special services on Sunday October 2nd.

RSVP for the banquet today!


(Keep up with all the updates from the 100th Year Celebration on our Facebook site!)


Oneness in the Nembutsu
Gratitude for the Past
Aspirations for the Future

Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple
100th Year Anniversary Celebratory Weekend

Join us in this Momentous Occasion!

Weekend Activities

Saturday, October 1, 2016

  • 8:30am Check-In and Welcome Breakfast at Denver Buddhist Temple
  • 10:00am Affirmation Service
  • Lunch
  • 100th Year Anniversary Display Viewing throughout the day
  • 1:00pm Afternoon Religious Panel on “Oneness in the Nembutsu” (& Question and Answer Session)
  • 3:00pm – Religious Panel Concludes
  • 5:00pm Banquet Social Hour begins at Arvada Center
  • 6:00pm Banquet Begins
    • Guest speaker, Dr. Scott Mitchell, Professor of Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai Professorial Chair at Institute of Buddhist Studies
    • Presentation of 100th Year Anniversary Video
    • Live entertainment including soloist, Denver Taiko, & Sentimental Sounds Swing Band
    • Banquet includes an elaborate dinner, souvenir masu cup, oyadama onenju, and history video DVD

Sunday, October 2, 2016

  • 9:30am Nokotsudo Dedication
  • 10:00am Memorial Service for past ministers and members in conjunction with 100th Year Anniversary Service and Dharma School Presentation
  • 11:30am Group Photo
  • Ringing the Bonsho by Sangha members
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch
  • 100th Year Anniversary Display Viewing throughout the day
  • 12:00pm – 2:00 PM - 100 Year Display Exhibitors available at displays for explanations and Questions and Answers

For questions, contact any of the following:
Ann Yoshihara-Murphy, Richard Yoshida, Mabel Googins, Stacey Umemoto-Ospina

A Quick History of TSDBT

1916 to 1947 — Denver Buddhist Church was established in 1916 with the arrival of Reverend Tessho Ono and family, supported by the meager financial resources of a devoted, beginning Buddhist Congregation (Sangha).
The physical church building occupied various locations in downtown Denver, including this building, pictured below, still standing at 1942 Market Street.

1947 to Present — The current Temple, located at 1947 Lawrence Street and, coincidentally, constructed in 1947, was built and supported by a strong Sangha of approximately 300 Colorado families.

Together, the building and the Sangha have hosted festivals, bazaars, youth and adult sports, Inter-faith services, conferences, cultural groups, clubs, scouting troops – all researched, documented and re-introduced in the 100 Year Celebration history book.

The main area of the Temple (Hondo) was rebuilt in the 1960’s after an electrical fire underneath the altar area (Onaijin). Remarkably, the wooden statue of the Buddha remained intact.

The Temple building was expanded through the City of Denver’s Urban Renewal Project in the 1970’s—resulting in Tamai Tower and Sakura Square—and has preserved the religious and cultural aspects of our heritage.

2016 — Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temples (TS/DBT) will celebrate their 100 Year Anniversary in 2016. Events and gatherings will be held throughout the year — culminating in a three-day celebration from September 30 through October 2, 2016.
Join us in our exciting celebration.

Although the surrounding Lawrence Street landscape has changed drastically since 1947, the Temple remains an important part and sometimes focal point of the Japanese American and downtown community.

The Denver Temple also serves as Headquarters for Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples and Sanghas in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and New Mexico.

Our upcoming 100-year anniversary in 2016 is a celebration of longevity and endurance. It is an acknowledgment and expression of gratitude for the Ages of Myriads of Kalpas of Causes and Conditions that made today possible.

Activities being planned in 2016 include:
History Book
Fishing Derby
Fashion Show
Wedding Displays
100th Anniversary Quilt
Recipe Book
History DVD Video
Casino Night
Cultural Events

For questions and additional anniversary information, contact:
Ann Murphy, Richard Yoshida, Mabel Googins, Wayne Berve, Kirk Horiuchi, Stacey Umemoto Ospina, or the main TS/DBT at 303-295-1844.

Save the date!
September 30, 2016 – October 2, 2016
Throughout 2016, many special activities will be planned for your enjoyment in celebration of this memorable anniversary!

Order form for 100th Year History Book!


Luncheon RSVP

Banquet RSVP

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