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FEBRUARY & MARCH 2010 Events


FEBRUARY:  7th      Setsubun-E   1:30pm

                   9th      Director’s Meeting   7:30pm

                   15th      President’s Day  - Temple Closed

                   21st      Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                                Nehan-E Service   11am

                   28th     Dr Kato’s Buddhism Lecture (Japanese)


MARCH:      5th    Casino Night Preparation

                6th    Casino Night

                7th    Casino Night Clean Up

                9th    Board Meeting 7:30pm

                21st   Fujinkai Meeting 10:00am

                         Higan-E, Monthly Service & Memorial 11:00am

                         Bishop Akiba’s Goodbye Luncheon 12:00pm

                28th   Garden Cleaning  9:00am

                         Late Bishop Yamashita’s 13th Year Memorial  11:00am



Zenshuji's third annual Casino Night and Silent Auction fundraiser is just two weeks away! Tell your family and friends to save this date: Saturday, March 6th (6:00 PM to 11:00 PM)


We need your help with ticket sales, table sponsors, and donations for the silent auction ~ please do what you can today!


Casino Night Festivities:

The night's festivities include a dinner buffet, entertainment, drink tickets, raffle tickets, gambling chips to play casino games, and the chance to bid on silent auction items.


Casino Night Admission:

$30 donation (pre-sale - available now)

$35 donation (at the door)


Casino Table Sponsors:

We are in need of table sponsors ($100 donation, name displayed on the table) and cash patrons (cash donations of any amount to help defray costs).


Silent Auction Donors:

We are soliciting donations for the silent auction.  Times are tight for many of us but there are several ways to help.  Have some wine, beer or empty gift baskets left over from the holidays?  A gift card that you can part with?  Have a friend that is is a hair stylist?  Just about anything can become a silent auction item. Any gesture big or small is greatly appreciated. Contributions are tax deductible. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:


   * Tickets to movies, concerts, sporting events, plays, musicals and museums

   * Tickets to theme parks (Disneyland, Knotts, Universal Studios, Magic Mountain, etc.)

   * Framed photography or artwork

   * Hand-made arts and crafts

   * Produce, plants, yard and garden items

   * Collectible antiques

   * Gift certificates to restaurants, retail stores, hair salons, golf courses

   * Gift certificates for car washes, auto detailing, window tinting, etc

   * A weekend at a timeshare or other vacation package

   * Sports club memberships

   * Netflix subscriptions

   * Satellite radio or TV subscriptions

   * CDs, DVDs, PC/WII/PS3/GB games, books, audio books, iTunes credits, etc

   * Themed Gift baskets such movie lover (DVDs, popcorn, candy, etc.)

         o Movie gift basket (DVD, movie tickets, popcorn, candy, etc.)

         o Wine gift basket (bottles of wine, cheese, crackers, etc.)

         o Cooking gift basket (cook books, cooking ingredients, cooking utensils/equipment)


With the exception of collectible antiques, we request donations of new items for the silent auction please!


Click Here for a cover letter and form


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Ray Haynes at

Thank you in advance for you support!


Ray Haynes

Casino Night Committee Chairman



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!



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.


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RO'RUI: A Melting Candle's Tears


An Article by Rev. Kojima