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We are still accepting the relief fund for the great Tohoku/Kanto earthquake hit in Japan.  Please send or bring a check to our office payable to “Association of Soto Zen Buddhists”. Please write on the check that it is specifically for “Japan Earthquake Relief.”

Mailing Address:

Soto Zen Buddhism North America Office, 123 S. Hewitt St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thank you for your consideration.   In Gassho,



曹洞宗ではこの度の東日本大震災に対しての義援金ファンドを開設しました。北アメリカ布教総監部を受け皿にして曹洞宗で 日本を含めた各国からの義援金を受け付けています。集められた義援金は全額を被災地域にある曹洞宗寺院を中心に災害復興 に役立てるよう計画されています。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。ご協力大変ありがと うございます。



JULY:       3rd       Obon Container Clean Up 9am

                 4th       Independence Day - temple closed

                 7th       Obon Booth Construction 5pm

                 8th       Obon Preparation All Day

                 9th & 10th Zenshuji 53rd Annual OBON Carnival

                 12th     Carnival Clean Up 5pm

                 17th     Dr. Kato’s Japanese Buddhism Lecture 10am

                 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18 - Introduction to Zen Meditation 7:30pm

                 24th     A  Day of Zazen: One Day Sitting 7am-5pm


AUG:       6th - 13th LABCC Summer Camp

                 14th      Dr. Kato’s Japanese Special Buddhism Lecture 10am

                 21st      Fujinkai Meeting  10:00am

                               Jizo-Bon & Monthly Service & Memorial  11am

                               Daruma-kai Luncheon 12noon

                  28th     A  Day of Zazen: One Day Sitting 7am-5pm


5 classes – Thursday evening, July 21st, 28th, Aug 4th, 11th & 18th

From 7:30 to 8:45 p.m


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 – 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. 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) 617-0100 or by email to Payment may be made at the first class. Scholarships are also available. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

The Zazenkai is delighted to announce that we will be having One Day sitting, “A Day of Zazen” almost every month this year. 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 We look forward to seeing you all there.


Obon Carnival is around the corner and we need everyone’s help.  Please join us and give us your support.  Important dates to remember are: JUNE 26: Chochin Hanging; JULY 3: Container Clean up; JULY 7: Booth Construction; JULY 8: Carnival Preparation; JULY 9 & 10: Obon Carnival; JULY 12: Clean UP.   Mark your calendar or red circle the dates on our calendar!




It’s that time of year again for the annual Zenshuji Obon on July 9-10…and also time to clean out your closets and bring all your extra items to the temple to be sold in the White Elephant booth.  We appreciate your donations of clothing, but at this time we’re requesting any salable items, other than clothing.  Please bring your items to the temple to the attention of Mrs. Kay SooHoo or Reverend Kojima.


A DAY OF ZAZEN: One Day of Sitting Meditation



We have a new flyer for this year’s Obon. Please help distribute the flyer in your neighbourhood. You can pick up the printed copies at the temple or please print it out using your printer. (click the flyer thumbnail above.)


For further information on Obon, please contact Zenshuji (213)624-8658.



The summer camp is an annual event that has been going on more than 50 years. At the camp, children from temples in Southern California are able to experience activities in archery, crafts, outdoors, religious, swimming and other enjoyable activities. Every morning, a service is conducted by ministers from the participating temples.

Registration fees include lodging, meals and transportation for the camp session. $275 for each of the first 2 children from a single family $225 per child for children in excess of 2 from a single family.


SOTO ZEN Buddhism International Symposium

From October 4-6, the Soto Zen Buddhism International Symposium will be held in Japan at Chokokuji, Tokyo Branch Temple of Diahozan Eiheiji. More than 600 Zen priests from around the world will be in attendance. Ceremony, lecture and various discussions are on the itinerary. Since this is a special event, there is a very reasonable package price which includes hotel/lodging, meals, and registration (does not include flight or transportation).    COST : 15,000 yen ( includes: 3night accommodation and meal) If you are interested in attending, please contact Bishop Rumme at Zenshuji (213)624-8658.

July 9th, Saturday

1:30 pm Obon Service (at the main hall)

2:45        Hawaiian Dance - Nawahine

3:00        Karaoke & Talent Show

4:00        Hip Hop Dance - Hollywood
               Entertainment Academy

4:30        Folk Dance - Kikuta-kai

5:00        Folk & Rock Music - Ramen Tree

5:30        Karate  - Hollywood Entertain-
               ment Academy

6:00        Bon Odori

6:30        Rock Music - Random Ninja

July 10th, Sunday

1:30 pm Obon Service (at the main hall)

2:45        Dance & Chanting - Rev. Akiba &
               Mrs. Akiba

3:00        Silver Line Dance - Hollenbeck
               Palms Retirement Homes

3:30        Japanese Classical Dance -
               Bando Mitsuhiro

4:00        Taiko & Dance - Terakoya

4:20        Folk Dance - Tokushima Awa Odori

4:40        Martial Art - Shorinji Kempo

5:10        Rock Music - Random Ninja

6:00        Raffle Drawing

6:15        Bon Odori


OBON Parking

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