Everyone is cordially invited to attend the Eitaikyo Service on Sunday, October 17,
2010 at 11:00am. Immediately following the service at 11:30am, Zenshuji will host
the Tokuha Fukyo Special Buddhist Lecture. The guest speaker will be Reverend Juko
Nakano from Fukushima Prefecture. English translation will be by Bishop Rumme.
Please come and join us for a morning of spiritual enrichment.
HALLOWEEN FUN ZONE
On Sunday, October 24, 2010, the Board of Directors, Fujinkai Ladies, Zazen-Kai,
and Terakoya Families will gather together and host a “HALLOWEEN FUN ZONE” activity
event for the young children. The activities will begin at 2:00pm and conclude
with a snack at 5:00pm. Activities planned include: face painting, decorating pumpkin
cookies, etc. All young children are invited to attend. We are looking forward
to an afternoon of fun and laughter.
‘THE ESSENCE OF ZEN’ STUDY GROUP
'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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and
PROJECT: ZENSHUJI BEAUTIFICATION
In the last Busshin I mentioned that the Management/Maintenance Committee is planning
to work on some major projects in anticipation of the 90th Anniversary of Zenshuji
in two years. The fundraising project for this purpose will be called – “PROJECT:
ZENSHUJI BEAUTIFICATION”. Since the parking lot project is out of reach at this
moment, we will transfer the funds from the Bake Sale & Craft Sale to the Management/Maintenance
Fund. This will give us a start of approximately $1200.00 toward our first year
goal of $10,000.00 and continue to on to the second year goal of another $10,000.00.
Bishop Rumme and Zazen-Kai have donated $1,000.00 to the ‘Project: Zenshuji Beautification’
Fund. This money was raised from the ‘Introduction to Zen Meditation’ 5-class session
held in August, 2010. We thank the Bishop and Zazen-Kai for their generous donation.
We appreciate your hard work and many hours spent to organize, advertise, and execute
the event. We wish you continued success on the next class session entitled ‘
The Essence of Zen Study’ to begin at the end of September.
Ellen Nagamine works for Walt Disney Company and has volunteered many hours on projects
and activities offered by Disney VountEARS and Los Angeles Community Relations. In
return for the volunteered hours on the projects throughout the local community,
the Disney Company donates a monetary grant to the charity of Ellen’s choice. Ellen
has been graciously designating her monetary grant to Zenshuji for the past few years.
This year Ellen’s 2009 - EARS TO YOU GRANT was $500.00. She has designated this
check to Project: Zenshuji Beautification. We are sincerely blessed to have a member
who gives many hours to working and providing the community with a friendly green
environment, a role model to the younger generation, and taking pride in her culture
and religion. We, at Zenshuji, are very honored and humble to receive this Grant.
Thank you Ellen!
Please look for more information on how you can help contribute to Project: Zenshuji
Beautification in future publications and letters.
Carolyn Abe Hashiba
OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2010 EVENTS
OCTOBER: 11th Columbus Day - Temple Closed
17th Fujinkai Meeting 10am
Eitaikyo & Monthly Service 11am
Tokuha Fukyo Special Busshist Lecture 11:30am
24th Dr Kato’s Buddhism Lecture (Japanese) 10am
Halloween at Zenshuji 2-5pm
31st A Day of Zazen: All Day Sitting Meditation 7:10am
NOVEMBER: 7th Chasen Kuyo 11am-3pm
11th Veteran’s day - Temple Closed
14th Shichi Go San 11am
21st Monthly Service & Memorial 11am
Fujinkai Meeting 10am
25th Thanksgiving - Temple Closed
28th-Dec 4th Rohatsu Sesshin (one week concentrated
zen sittings practice period)
A DAY OF ZAZEN: One Day of Sitting Meditation
The Zazenkai is delighted to announce that our October one-day sitting, “A Day of
Zazen”, will be held on Sunday, October 31st, 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