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 May 15th, 2011. Please write on the check
that it is specifically for “Japan Earthquake Relief.”
Thank you for your consideration. In Gassho,
Rev. Daigaku Rummé, Director
Soto Zen Buddhism North America Office, 123 S. Hewitt St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
小切手の宛先は「Association of Soto Zen Buddhists」とし、Soto Zen Buddhism North America Office,
123 S. Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 9012 へ郵送していただくか、禅宗寺へ直接御届けください。また小切手には「義援金」と明記してください。領収書が必要な方は その旨御知らせください。後ほど郵送いたします。
We are having another “Study Group” which will be held on Thursday evenings, 7:30-
8:50 p.m., from April 21st through June 16th. (no class on May 19th.) We will continue
reading The Essence of Zen by Sekkei Harada Roshi, starting where we left off at
the end of the first group. This is the kind of book that can be opened at any section
to begin the study, so all people interested in Zen and Zen practice are welcome
to attend. There is no need to worry that you have missed something in the first
Study Group. Each class also includes 30 minutes of Zazen meditation. This class
series is open to people of all faiths. Please tell your friends and colleagues.
The suggested donation for the eight classes is $40 ($15 for temple members). Please
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 213-617-0100 if you wish to attend.
The Zazenkai is delighted to announce that we will be having One Day sitting, “A
Day of Zazen” almost every month this year. In May, it will be on the 8th, in June
on the 12th, in July on the 24th, 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 schedule. If you are planning to attend, please email email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
Everyone is cordially invited to attend the Monthly Service on Sunday, May 15th 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 Keizan Shimazaki
from Hokkaido Prefecture. The lecture will be translated in English by Bishop Daigaku
Rumme. Please come and join us for a morning of spiritual enrichment.
TOKUHA FUKYO: SPECIAL BUDDHIST LECTURE
A DAY OF ZAZEN: One Day of Sitting Meditation
“We would like to express our deepest condolences to the victims of Tohoku Pacific
Coast Massive Earthquake. We pray for the safety of the people and for the smooth
recovery of the affected areas.”