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A DAY OF ZAZEN: One Day of Sitting Meditation


The Zazenkai is delighted to announce that our July one-day
sitting, “A Day of Zazen”, will be held on Sunday,
July 25th, from
7:10am to 4:40 pm. It will include 8 periods of zazen, a Dharma talk
by Daigaku Sokan, breakfast, lunch, and so on. Please see the flyer
for a more detailed schedule. We look forward to seeing you all

there. August one-day sitting will be on August 22nd, after that we

will have another one on October 31st. Please mark your calendar.



Our ‘White Elephant Booth’ is a huge success during the Obon/Carnival.  It is due to the generosity of the PRACTICALLY NEW ITEMS or VERY GOOD CONDITION ITEMS that you donate.  Please search your closets and garage for those items you used just several times and do not plan to use again.  There are people looking for a great bargain and we want them to come and buy.  Please bring your donated items to the temple and label it ‘For White Elephant’ or ‘Ms. Soo Hoo’. Remember, it is time for SPRING CLEANING.   Let’s start NOW because Obon is just around the corner.    If you have any questions, Ms. Soo Hoo can be contacted @ Zenshuji on Tuesdays @ 213-624-8658.

Zenshuji Soto Mission of Los Angeles is pleased to announce the Zenshuji 52nd Annual Obon Carnival will be held on July 10th and 11th, from 11am to 8pm. This family event will include traditional Japanese cultural exhibitions, food and entertainment such as:


       * Ikebana (Flower Arrangement) Exhibits

       * Tea Ceremony Demonstrations

       * Taiko Drumming (Zendeko)

       * Children's Games

       * Raffles

       * White Elephant Sale

       * Kempo Karate Demonstrations

       * Folk Dances (Bon-Odori, etc)

       * Live Performances (Talent Show, Random Ninjas and more!)

       * Delicious Food (Ikayaki, Takoyaki, Teriyaki Beef, Udon, Home-

          Baked Goods)


       And * OBON Service at 1:30pm both days.


Admission is free and open to the public. Cash only for the food.



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Saturday, July 10th

1:30 pm   Obon Service (at the Main Hall)

2:30 pm   Aikido Center of Los Angeles

3:00 pm   Karaoke & Talent Show

4:00 pm   Folk Dance - Kikuta Kai

4:30 pm   Folk Dance - Awa Odori - Machiko Fujii

5:00 pm   Koto & Percussion - Yukiko Matsuyama, Michael Kotgen

5:45 pm   Hollywood Entertainment Academy - Akira Kaneda & his students

6:30 pm   Taiko (Japanese Drums) - Special Appearance

6:45 pm   Bon Odori


Sunday, July 11th

1:30 pm   Obon Service (at the Main Hall)

3:15 pm   Hawaiian Dance – Na Wahine O’Kawena

3:45 pm   Japanese Classical Dance – Bando Mitsuhiro

4:20 pm   Shorinji Kempo – Ted Uyekuma & his students

5:00 pm   Zendeko

5:30 pm   Rock Band – Random Ninjas

6:00 pm   Raffle Drawing

6:30 pm   Bon Odori

INTRODUCTION TO ZEN MEDITATION - Lecture series by Rev. Daigaku


5 classes – every Thursday evening

August 5th through September 2nd

From 7:30 to 8:45 p.m


This class series provides an introduction to Zen meditation for

beginners. It is open to people of all faiths.  The classes include a

presentation of the basic principles of Zen and zazen meditation,

and discussions of how to practice Zen in daily life – while at work

and at leisure – that is, how to find inner peace anytime, anywhere.  

Each class includes zazen meditation, beginning with 10 minutes

during the first class, and working up to 30 minutes at the end of the

series. Each class also includes walking meditation. The classes

are led by Daigaku Rummé, a Zen priest in the Soto Zen tradition, who is the head priest of Zenshuji and director of the Soto Zen Buddhism North America Office. Cost: $70 for the series ($35 for temple members). Register by calling Zenshuji (213) 624-8658, by mail: 123 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, or by email to   Include your name and contact information. Payment may be made at the first class. Scholarships are also available. No one is turned away for lack of funds.




We have secured the parking lot across first street (on the other side of the gold line tracks) for Saturday.  We will have it open from 8:00am to 10:00pm.  Sunday parking will be at the Mega Toys lot on Second Street and Gary Street. Please see the map on the right.



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