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A DAY OF ZAZEN: One Day of Sitting Meditation


The Zazenkai is delighted to announce that our August one-day
sitting, “A Day of Zazen”, will be held on Sunday,
August 22nd, 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. We will have next one on October 31st. Please mark your



Ojizo-sama is known as the protector of children.  Zenshuji hosts the outdoor Jizo-Bon Service every year in August.  You and your family are welcome to attend the service this year on Sunday, August 15, 2010 @ 11:00am.  The service will be held in front of the Ojizo-sama statues at the front of the stairs to the entrance of the temple.  Immediately following the service, the Monthly Service and Memorial Service will be held inside the temple.

We are looking forward to your attendance.

I want to express my sincerest appreciation to my Carnival Committee, Ministers, Fujinkai, Daruma Club and the various organizations and families that worked hard to make the 52nd Zenshuii Obon Carnival a success.  Everyone’s contributions from the planning committee, to the booth builders, to those who prepared the food, to those who managed the booths, to our wonderful donors, announcer, PA set up, and many others played a special role to make this fundraiser a success.


A special thanks goes to Ray Haynes, who worked long hours to get all the permits from the city and private companies.  Without all the required paperwork being in order, we would not have been able to proceed.  Ray also rented carpet cleaners and with the assistance of Ann and Jeff, they cleaned the 4 large carpet pieces in front of the stage so our guest could sit and enjoy the entertainment program.


I would like to thank Bishop Rumme, Rev. Kojima, Rev. Matsumoto, and Rev. Urano for picking up merchandise, donations, supplies, and completing paper work (letters, ticket printing, and advertising).   


In Gassho,

Lance Kawakami, Carnival Chairperson


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.



The 52nd Obon/Carnival has come to a close.  The hard work by the ministers and members has brought joy, laughter, good memories and tummies filled with good food to our families, friends, and local community.  We were glad to see many familiar faces, but also to see many new faces who may have heard about our event on our web-site, local newspapers, flyers, and by word of mouth.


I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this year’s Obon/Carnival a successful fundraiser.  We especially extend our thanks to: Lance Kawakami (Chairperson), Ray Haynes, and Miyoko Mura (Vice – Chairperson).  There is a long list of booth chair-people, behind the scenes people, and volunteers that spend many hours working.  We know many of you have a busy schedule, but we appreciate the long hours you spent sharing techniques, learning the system, taking charge, sharing information and having good communication.  


Our next activities for this year includes projects planned by the property management/maintenance committee to give the temple a face lift.  Projects being considered are: painting the fence, working on repairing the side entrance door, making interior repairs from the past rain season, and other temple maintenance ideas.  The property management/maintenance committee will prioritize the projects.


We look forward to your help as projects are announced.  If you have any resources, materials, or ideas, please contact Bishop Rumme or Rev. Kojima at Zenshuji.


Once again, Thank You for your tremendous support!

Carolyn Abe Hashiba, President



If you haven’t noticed, our Ojizo-sans outside have new bright red outfits on and debuted at the recent Obon carnival. We gratefully thank Mrs. Inouye for sewing the new red caps and collars for the outdoor Ojizo-san statues.  Additionally, we thank Mrs. Nagamine for her donation of the fabric. During carnival, many people took photos of the Jizos in their new bright red outfits!

AUGUST:   5, 12, 19, 26, 9/2  Introduction to Zen Meditation (5 Thursdays)  7:30pm-8:45pm

                   7th -14th                LABCC Summer Camp - San Bernardino Mt.s

                   15th                        Jizo-bon, Monthly Service and Memorial  11am

                                                   Fujinkai Meeting  10am,  Property Committee Meeting 1pm                    

                    22nd                       A Day of Zazen: All Day Sitting Meditation 7:10am - 5:00pm

                   29th                         Dr Kato’s Buddhism Lecture (Japanese) 10:00am


SEPTEMBER:   6th         Labor Day - Temple Closed

                           12th       Garden Cleaning  9am

                           19th       Higan-E & Monthly Memorial, Followed By Keiro-Kai Luncheon  11am

                                          Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                                          Dr Kato’s Buddhism Lecture (Japanese) 10:00am

                          26th       Otakiage (Burning Ceremony) at Huntington State Beach  11am


The next time you attend a service at Zenshuji, you will see a new donation box (Osaisen Bako) in the hondo.  We would like to note a special ‘Thank You’ to Mr. & Mrs. Shinji Inouye for their donation.  The ‘donation box’ is donated in loving memory of their late daughter, Chidori Inouye.  Many of us who grew up with Chidori in Sunday School, Jr. Y.B.A., and as young adults, will remember her with fond memories every time we pass and give offering in the donation box. Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Inouye for allowing us to share the wonderful memories of Chidori through your thoughtful donation.