I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone at Zenshuji and our
friends who live miles away a very 'Happy New Year' and Thank You for your tremendous
support and participation in our activities and programs. Another year has passed
and we sit and wonder where has all the time gone? Let's look back at our accomplishments
January was the start of a New Year with several new Board Members: Dwight
Fujii, Lance Kawakami and Ellen Nagamine. They have participated in many Board meetings
and activity committees and now look forward to the second year of their term. Please
encourage and support their participation.
Mrs. Hiroko Seki received the Nikkei Spirit Award by the Japanese Chamber of
Commerce (JACC) of Southern California for her 24 plus years of service with Japanese-American
youths through Zendeko Taiko Group. We are very proud of her and please to see others
recognize her contribution to the Japanese American community. Congratulations Mrs.
Our 2nd Annual Casino Night and Silent Auction was a great success! We had
people anxiously waiting for the tickets to go on sale. Ray Haynes and committee
members worked hard to have a night of excitement and the guests were not disappointed.
If you have any unique items to donate for the Silent Auction for this year, please
contact Mrs. Soo Hoo at Zenshuji. Thank you for your support and please look forward
to the announcement for the 3rd Annual Casino Night/Silent Auction.
The Theme for the 2009 Hanamatsuri was a global statement of "Buddhism and
Ecology". The Buddhist Federation service was held in the beautiful garden setting
at the Japanese -American Chamber of Commerce Center (JACCC) where the garden was
designed with many wonderful meanings related to nature and environment. Zenshuji
Hanamido was completed by Mrs. Seki and friends with the use of beautiful flowers
gathered by Mr. George Takeyasu.
The cooking class for the Sansei and Yonsei, funded by the Sakai Fund, brought
a cultural experience through the use of food. Learning to make some favorite dishes
the simple or short cut method made life easier for our busy younger generation.
They made dishes like maki-zushi, microwave daifuku mochi, chirashi, etc. Thanks
to the guidance of the Fujinkai Ladies and the support of the parents, the young
students really had a wonderful time. We hope to have more activities this year.
Obon/Carnival was under the new leadership of Ray Haynes. Doug Seki and Brian
Kimura, assisted by Vivian Seki, Christine Kimura and Jeff Tani. James Monarrez,
who had led the committee for many years left wonderful guidelines for the new committee.
The various committees did a wonderful job preparing the great food for the Carnival
and still keeping Zenshuji's food #1!
Spring/Fall Bake Sale continues to prosper at the Ohigan Service. Georgene,
Janice, Ellen, James and Betsy managed the sale like a bakery. Their husbands and
kids helped in the baking and set up of the sale. They have added craft items to
the sale. Any contribution of baked goods or craft items are greatly appreciated.
Contact Carolyn, Georgene or Kojima Sensei @ Zenshuji. We thank the members and family
members for their support and purchase of the various types of goodies. The bake
sale proceed continues to go toward the parking lot fund. We are still waiting to
see what the city plans for the lot next to the gold line.
There are many more events and activities but 2009 will be known as the year
that OUR Myoshin Lang Sensei was requested and later accepted to become the head
resident minister at Hilo Taishoji Soto Zen Temple in Hilo, Hawaii. With mixed emotions,
we see his departure as a great opportunity for growth and enrichment for Myoshin
Sensei but a great loss for us and the temple. We will continue to work on the high
goals that Sensei has set up and accomplish as many as possible. He has left great
guidelines for us to use and if we don't understand something, he will be an e-mail
away. Thank You Myoshin Sensei for your dedication in helping our temple grow!
I don't have enough words to thank all of you for the fantastic job you do
to help keep the temple in operation. It is YOU, the congregation of the temple,
that makes it a spiritual place, a gathering place for activities and a place for
new ideas & growth. May the 2010 Year be filled with good health, much happiness,
great prosperity and wonderful memories.
We will be having the Nehan-E service on February 21st at 11arn. Please join us in
honoring the day that the Buddha passed into Parinirvana. Lunch will be provided
by the Daruma club and the Zenshuji Fujinkai. Hope to see you there!
GENERAL MEETING FOR 2010
You are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting for 2010 on
January 31, 2010. The schedule is as follows:
2:00 PM - Service, 3:00 PM - General Meeting, 5:00 PM - Dinner Party
Your voice is an important part of our meeting. We need to hear from the congregation
on how we (the Board of Directors) are doing: things that you enjoy, things we might
add to our program, changes we might consider, problems we need to be aware of, and
ideas for the future. We have had many good ideas, suggestions, and recommendations
in the past but we need your input to continue supporting the needs/wishes of the
congregation. We will also be voting to re-elect/elect Board Members who will be
serving a 2 year term; read financial statements from the 2009 year; reports from
the various organizations; review/adopt the 2010 budget; question/answer period;
make changes if appropriate; and discussion of other topics as needed.
Please take advantage of the opportunity to attend the meeting and participate.
Help us make changes and expresss your suggestions that will make Zenshuji a better
place for us to be active. Changes can occur and time is on our side. Your voice
is very important to us!
We look forward to seeing everyone: the youth and veteran generations working
side by side to make Zenshuji a great spiritual and socially active place. Please
come and join us at the New Year General Meeting!
This service is related to the last day of the year in the old lunar calendar, usually
falling around February 2 or 3 of the present calendar. At the temple we will have
the festive ceremony of 'bean throwing' (mamemaki) on the 7th of February this year.
The dried roasted soy beans are thrown to bring in good fortune and drive away evil
spirits. Everyone yells, "Fukuwauchi, oniwasoto!" Trans- lated: In with good luck;
away with demons. People born under the zodiac sign of the year (12, 24. 36. 48.
60. 72, 84, 96, etc, year old)
are selected as bean throwers and the crowd of people try to catch
the thrown beans which are said to bring good fortune. Please come and join us.