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Soto Zen International presents a Special Buddhism lecture series (Tokuha Fukyo) again this year on Sunday, October 17th, after Eitaikyo service at 11:00am. Rev. Jūkō Nakano from Fukushima prefecture, Japan as the special guest speaker, he will give us a Dharma talk titled ' Strengthening Our Bonds with the Buddha'. His Japanese lecture will be translated in English by Bishop Daigaku. Everyone is invited. Admission free. Donation welcome.


September 12th will be our quarterly Garden Cleaning Day from 9:00am.  Brian Kimura, committee Chairperson has been working hard to notify everyone because the more people that come the faster the work gets done.  Tadashi Oda has been working hard every Tuesday to maintain and nurture the plants.  Your participation in the up-keep of the garden can be seen in the beauty of the landscape. Please help, bring your gloves and be ready to work.



'The Essence of Zen' Study Group will be starting on September 23rd for 8 Thursday Evenings 7:30pm-8:45pm include 25 minutes of zazen. ' The Essence of Zen' is written by Rev. Sekkei Harada who is the great Zen master of our time, currently the head minister of Hosshinji in Fukui prefecture, Japan. The study group will be led by Rev. Daigaku Rummé, who translated the book from Japanese to English, the head priest of Zenshuji and director of the Soto Zen Buddhism North America Office. Suggested Donation: $40 for the series ($15 for temple members). Register by calling Zenshuji (213) 624-8658 or by email to  Please include your name and contact information.


2012 will be Zenshuji’s 90th Year Anniversary.  We would like to have some type of celebration but probably not as big as the future 100th Year Anniversary.  In order to prepare for this event, the Board of Directors would like to give the Temple a face-lift.  


As you know, members from the past and current members like Hideo Mura, Osamu Matsushita, Shinji Inouye, Hide Nagamine, Kaye Soo Hoo and others have been trying to keep up with the basic maintenance.  We thank them for their efforts and time invested to keep the Temple in good condition.


Now as we look at the 90th Year Anniversary, there are a few major projects planned by the Management/Maintenance Committee.  These projects include: new entrance doors by the office (current one is in bad shape), painting or replacing other entrance doors, painting the fence that surrounds the temple, painting the trim and doors of the Nikko Building and Main Temple, fixing the warp walk way of the Nikko Building’s second floor, and a few other things.  Since the Temple was built, many things are now out of safety and security compliance.  For the protection and safety of our members we need to make sure our Temple is up to code according to current standards.   We have delayed the repair of many of these projects for later and LATER is NOW/TODAY.


The Management/Maintenance Committee is prioritizing the projects and plan future fundraisers for the next two years.  Our goal is to raise $20,000.  Since the Parking Lot project is on hold, the Board of Directors have approved to move the funds from the past bake sales, pancake breakfast sale, and Hanamatsuri Chow Mein sale proceeds to the the Maintenance Fund.   


We are looking for people with knowledge or skills to paint, sand, build and develop.  If you would like to: (1) help with a fund raiser, (2) offer a specific skill or service, (3) donate man-power, or (4) help in any way, etc., please contact Hideo Mura, Kaye Soo Hoo, Osamu Matsushita, Bishop Rumme, Rev. Kojima, or myself at Zenshuji (213-624-8658).  


Our grandparents and parents helped build this Temple and it is our job to keep it in good condition.  We can make this happen with the help of everyone.  Please look for announcements about future events/information on the Zenshuji Web-site (, in the Busshin, or flyers in the US mail.


Carolyn Abe-Hashiba, President


Join us for a Sunday filled with fun and entertainment.  Ohigan-E (monthly service & memorial service) will begin at 11:00am on September 19th.  Prior to the service, we will have the Bake/Craft Sale with proceeds going to the Management / Maintenance Projects.  The Keiro-Kai Luncheon will follow the service in the downstairs social hall.  The luncheon will honor our members 80 years and older. LUNCHES NEED TO BE PRE-ORDERED.

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SEPTEMBER:     6th         Labor Day - Temple Closed

                          12th       Garden Cleaning  9am

                          19th       Higan-E & Monthly Memorial, 11am

                                         Followed By Keiro-Kai Luncheon  12pm

                                         Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                                         Dr Kato’s Buddhism Lecture (Japanese) 10am

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


OCTOBER:        11th    Columbus Day - Temple Closed

                          17th     Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                                       Eitaikyo & Monthly Service  11am

                                       Tokuha Fukyo Special Busshist Lecture  11:30am

                                       Hosho-E   2pm

                          24th     Dr Kato’s Buddhism Lecture (Japanese) 10am           

                                        Halloween at Zenshuji  2-5pm              

                          31st     A Day of Zazen: All Day Sitting Meditation 7:10am - 5:00pm


Wondering what to do with the completed ‘Darumas’ from

last year’s Setsubun or precious things that your trying to

find a way to toss out? Well we have the simple solution!   

Bring it to Huntington State Beach and spend a few hours

with us at the Otakiage Service on Sunday, September 26th. We will have a short service starting at 11am to burn these precious items and then a fantastic lunch with hamburger, hot dogs and fish. Members bring a side dish and drinks. Kids can enjoy the water, adults can enjoy the fresh ocean air and we can all talk get to know each other better. For more information, direction and carpooling, contact Rev. Kojima at Zenshuji. MAP HERE.