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INTRODUCTION TO ZEN MEDITATION - Lecture series by Rev. Daigaku


5 classes – every Thursday evening, From 7:30 to 8:45 p.m

February 10th through March 10th


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 Bishop 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.

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ご意見箱  -  あなたにとって禅宗寺とは? 皆様のお声をお聞かせ下さい

Zenshuji is dedicated to serving our members and the community, as well as the ongoing improvement of events and activities, clubs and organizations, facilities and services offered. Let your voice be heard! Your input is crucial in shaping the mission statement and organization description that the Board of Directors will present at the General Board Meeting.

What does Zenshuji mean to you? What existing activities do you enjoy? What new activities would like to see? How can we fulfill your spiritual and cultural needs better? Do you have other comments or suggestions?


Please fill out a suggestion form;  ENGLISH FORM(.pdf)     ENGLISH FORM (.doc)

JAPANESE FORM 日本語ご意見用紙(.pdf)     JAPANESE FORM 日本語ご意見用紙(.doc)

and email to   or mail it to the temple, or drop it in the suggestion box at the temple. Thank you very much for your participation.


Each year at the beginning of February, the shrines and temples host a ‘bean-throwing’ ceremony with the belief it will bring in good fortune and drive out evil spirits.

The Daruma is modeled after a  Buddhist Monk named Bodhidharma.   He sat in meditation for many years that he lost the use of his arms and legs.  Despite this, Bodhidharma continue his practice and teachings of Zen Buddhism.  Now the Daruma symbolizes perseverance; never giving up and always trying your best.


Darumas are sold at Zenshuji’s Setsubun Service and a wish is written on the backside.  One of the eyes is colored in and when the wish is completed/successful, the other eye is filled in.    The Shakyo Club will write one of the following choices:

l.  Open Opportunity & Welcome Fortune

2. Wish Come True

3.  Avoid Misfortune

4.  Stay Healthy & Get Rid Of Bad Luck

5.  Keep Family Safe

6,  Successful Business & Wealth

7,  Company Growth/Luck


See you at Setsubun, a fun family event.



FEBRUARY:       6th      Setsubun-E 1:30pm

                            8th     Directors’ Meeting  7:30pm

                           13th    A Day of Zazen: One Day of Sitting Meditation   7:10am-5pm

                            10th, 17th, 24th    Introduction to Zen Meditation   7:30pm

                            20th    Nehan-E   11am

                                        Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                            21st    President’s Day - temple closed

                            27th    Dr Kato’s Buddhism Lecture (Japanese) 10am

MARCH:    3rd, 10th    Introduction to Zen Meditation   7:30pm

                   4th     Casino Night Preparation

                   5th     Casino Night

                  13th    Garden Cleaning   9am

                  20th    Higan-E   11am

                              Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                               Dr Kato’s Buddhism Lecture (Japanese) 10am
                  25th    LABCF Golf Tournament

                   27th    A Day of Zazen: One Day of Sitting Meditation   7:10am-5pm                  

A DAY OF ZAZEN: One Day of Sitting Meditation


The Zazenkai is delighted to announce that we will be having One Day sitting, “A Day of Zazen” almost every month this year. In February, it will be on the 13th, in March on the 27th, 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 the more detailed schedule. We look forward to seeing you all there.




Akemashite Omedetoo Gozaimasu.   Happy New Year!  Where did the 2010 year go?  I hope the year was filled with good memories, laughter, new friendships and fun activities at Zenshuji.  We have tried to offer a variety of events for everyone’s needs.


Let’s review the events for 2010:  New Year Party attended by many new faces; new calendar put together by Kojima Sensei; Setsubun Service (selling Darumas for Good Luck); Annual Casino Night hosted by Ray Haynes and committee; Ohigan Bake & Craft Sale hosted by the Nagamine, Monarrez & Urata Families; Bishop Akiba’s Retirement Luncheon; Hanamatsuri Pancake Breakfast headed by Brian Kimura and committee; Welcome Party for newly appointed Bishop Daigaku Rumme headed by Miyoko Mura and Fujinkai/Daruma Club; Tassajara Retreat; Hanamatsuri Hanamido decorated by Hiroko Seki and Terakoya Parents; Memorial Day Services @ Evergreen, Rose Hills, Green Hills & Rosedale Cemeteries; Obon/Carnival, a traditional Japanese Cultural event led by Lance Kawakami & Ray Haynes and committee;  Introduction to Zen Meditation & Lecture by Bishop Rumme & Zazenkai; Huntington Beach Burning Ceremony attended by a record number of members; Japanese Language Class taught by Kuwahara Sensei; Zenshuji’s first Halloween Party hosted by various organizations; Chadobu hosted by Madame Hiromi Yamashita; Quarterly Garden Committee Clean Up Group headed by Takashi Oda & Brian Kimura; Zenshuji Vegetable Garden maintained by Bishop Rumme and Eiji Takagi; and the Rainy Day Mochitsuki.   WOW!  What a wonderful active year.  How many events did you participate in?   I hope you said 75-80%.  100% would be magnificent!


My sincerest thanks and heartfelt appreciation to all for your time, effort, participation, donations and suggestions.  Together we have completed another successful year at Zenshuji.   I hope to hear and see the rest of you at the 2011 Year events.  Remember:  YOU ARE IMPORTANT!


Carolyn Abe Hashiba, President