On November 7th at 11am, Zenshuji will host Chasen Kuyo again. You can get the tickets
for attending the Tea Ceremony combined with a beautiful Vegetarian Luncheon for
$40 at the temple. For more information, please call us at 213-624-8658.
November 14, 2010, Zenshuji will be hosting the Shichi-Go-San Service for the Boys
and Girls. Join us and see all the beautiful 7-5-3 year olds dressed up to celebrate
the coming of age and good health. It’s a beautiful service, the proud parents
take pictures and the children go home with a special candy from Japan. Please call
us at 213-624-8658 if your child would like to participate.
Alan Miyatake from Toyo Miyatake Studios will be present to take pictures before
and after the service. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
‘THE ESSENCE OF ZEN’ STUDY GROUP
'The Essence of Zen' Study Group started 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 contact information.
Please check the Monthly Calendar page for the rest of the sessions.
PROJECT: ZENSHUJI BEAUTIFICATION
The Management/Maintenance Committee has been working hard to make some major decisions.
At the last committee meeting, a door company was selected and a contract was signed.
Hopefully in the next couple of months you will see a new entrance door by the
office. The committee is making a final decision on the color for the door and
The next project will be painting the iron fence. Once the color is decided, Mr.
Tsuyoshi Mura will head a group of painters. We are very excited about the improvements
scheduled for the next few months. Please look for future updates.
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2010 EVENTS
NOVEMBER: 7th Chasen Kuyo 11am-3pm
11th Veteran’s day - Temple Closed
14th Shichi Go San 11am
Dr Kato’s Buddhism Lecture (Japanese) 10am
21st Monthly Service & Memorial 11am
Fujinkai Meeting 10am
25th Thanksgiving - Temple Closed
28th-Dec 4th Rohatsu Sesshin (one week concentrated
zen sittings practice period)
DECEMBER: Nov.28th-Dec 4th Rohatsu Sesshin (one week concentrated zen sittings
5th Jodo-E, Monthly Service & Memorial 11am
12th Garden Cleaning and Omigaki 9am
14th Director’s meeting 7:30pm
18th Mochigome Washing 8am
19th Mochitsuki 7am
25th Christmas day - temple closed
31st Year-End Service 4pm
Have you ever wondered “What can Zenshuji do for me?” I have heard this question
asked many times. This is a good time to address this question. I have attended
Zenshuji since the age of 8 and many things are just became a part of my daily life.
I was raised in a Japanese cultural environment and the Buddhist religion just fit
into my life. Of course it wasn’t until I was older that I started to understand
how everything fit together like a puzzle.
Here is a list of some of the basic things that happen on a regular basis or as needed:
- Monthly Services (1X/month)
- Memorial Service (For those ancestors that passed away that month)
- Baby Blessing Service for infants
- House Blessing Service for people moving into a new house
- Special Age Birthdays Service/Celebration
- Weddings at a location of your choice
- Introduction to Meditation
- Zazen (Meditation Sitting)
- Buddhist Lecture Series
- Buddhist Religious Services
- Social Activities at a reduced cost
- Use of a meeting room or social hall at a reduced cost
- Tuesday Volunteer Group
- Many more….. Just ask us
Whatever your needs are, we can accommodate you. Please give Zenshuji a call (213)
624-8658 and Rev. Kojima will be glad to help you.
Carolyn Abe Hashiba
RŌHATSU SESSHIN 臘八摂心
Rohatsu Sesshin is soon to be here once again. This annual one week-long zazen
sittings will start on November 28th and go through December 4th. Sitting will start
at 6am and go throughout the day until 8pm. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served
for those who can stay. Please join in for whatever time you can. The sesshin culminates
on the last day, Saturday, where we sit until midnight and have a short service in
the Hondo. Hope to see you there!!!