As you already know, a massive earthquake has hit the Tohoku district of northeastern
Japan. That earthquake generated large tsunami which has caused untold damage to
many towns in the area. The situation is tragic. According to news reports, thousands
have lost their lives and the number is still increasing. A number of Sotoshu temples
in the area were also destroyed.
There has been an outpouring of grief and sympathy for those who are suffering there.
Many people have contacted us at the Soto Zen Buddhism North America Office asking
how they can contribute money for disaster relief to help in the recovery. We will
collect relief funds at our office and take them to Japan. If you and your temple
or center wish to help with this, please send or bring a check to our office payable
to “Association of Soto Zen Buddhists” by April 10th, 2011. Please write on the check
that it is specifically for “Japan Earthquake Relief.”
We will accept founds at the Memorial Ceremony for the Deceased and a Prayer for
a Quick Recovery from the Disaster on the 20th also.
GREAT TOHOKU EARTHQUAKE DISASTER: A Memorial Ceremony for the Deceased and a Prayer
for a Quick Recovery from the Disaster
On March 11th, a massive earthquake in northeastern area of Tohoku Japan caused catastrophic
damage along the coasts of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. Major destruction
was caused by the strong tsunami which impacted the coast and several miles inland.
News reports have announced that the number of dead people and those missing have
already gone far beyond 10,000. There is also a real threat of nuclear radiation
leaking from damaged reactors.
At Zenshuji, we will perform a memorial ceremony that is both a memorial service
for those who lost their lives in the disaster as well as a prayer service for the
missing persons in hope that they are brought home and for a speedy recovery from
The etymology of “Karuna”, the original word for “great compassion” which is at the
heart of Buddhism, is “to tremble together.” For those of us far away from the disaster,
it may seem as if we can do very little to help. Nevertheless, to generate the greatest
support for this disaster, let us express our empathy for the great suffering in
Japan by quietly praying with deep feeling.
A Memorial Ceremony for the Deceased and a Prayer for a Quick Recovery from the Disaster
will be held:
Date: March 20, 2011
Time: 10:30 a.m., preceding the Higan Memorial Service
Place: Zenshuji, 123 S. Hewitt St. Los Angeles, CA
MARCH: 3rd, 10th Introduction to Zen Meditation 7:30pm
4th Casino Night Preparation
5th Casino Night 6pm-11pm
13th Garden Cleaning 9am
20th A Prayer for A Quick Recovery from Tohoku Disaster 10:30am
Fujinkai Meeting 10am
Dr Kato’s Buddhism Lecture (Japanese) 10am 25th
LABCF Golf Tournament
27th A Day of Zazen: One Day of Sitting Meditation
APRIL: 3rd Pancake Breakfast 8:30-10:50am
Zenshuji Hanamatsuri 11am
10th LABCF Hanamatsuri 1pm
17th Nehan-E, Monthly Service & Memorial 11am
Fujinkai Meeting 10am, Daruma-kai 12noon
30th Manzanar Pilgrimage
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 March, it will be 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 (coming soon here) for the more detailed schedule.
We look forward to seeing you all there.