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SEP:          5th        Labor Day - temple closed

                  7-9th    Soto Zen Ministers Conference at Zenshuji         

                   11th      Garden Cleaning   9am

                  18th      Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                                Dr Kato Buddhism Lecture in Japanese 10am

                                Higan-E & Monthly Service & Memorial  11am

                                Keiro-kai Luncheon   12noon

                  24th      Project MOMOTARO - Children’s storytelling  1pm

                  25th      A  Day of Zazen: One Day of Sitting Meditation   7am


OCT:          2nd       Otakiage; Burning Ceremony at Huntington State Beach 11am

                  4-6th     Soto Zen International Symposium in Japan

                   9th        Japanese Book Readings  1:30pm

                  10th       Columbus Day - temple closed

                  16th       Fujinkai Meeting  10:00am

                                 Eitaikyo & Monthly Service & Memorial  11am

                                 Daruma-kai Luncheon 12noon

                                 Hosho-E (appreciation to living beings and nature) 2pm

                   20th, 27th, Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 8, 15   ‘The Essence of Zen’ Study Group  7:30pm

                   23rd      Dr Kato Buddhism Lecture in Japanese 10am

                                 Halloween Party 2-5 pm

                   30th      A  Day of Zazen: One Day of Sitting Meditation   7am

The next One Day Sitting, “A Day of Zazen” will be on the 28th in August, 25th in September, 30th in October, from 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.



Zenshuji will have a second minister arriving on September 4, 2011.   Toho Sensei will be here with his wife to assist Kojima Sensei, the Temple and congregation.   Please introduce yourself to him and make him feel welcome.




Keiro Kai, which is honoring our senior members who are 80 years and older, is scheduled for September 18, 2011 @ 12:00pm.  Ohigan Service will be held prior to the Luncheon at 11:00am.  Please make sure to put in your reservation for the delicious box lunch. Letters have been sent  asking for your participation.  Please respond as soon as possible.


OTAKIAGE: Burning Ceremony


You are cordially welcome to attend the Otakiage (Burning Ceremony) on October 2, 2011 at Huntington State Beach.  This is the opportunity to discard items like Darumas with two colored in eyes to symbolize success of a fulfilled wish; old family butsudan; important papers no longer needed; items that are important that you just don’t want to throw in the trash; etc. Enjoy the beach and A potluck luncheonfollowing after the service. We would like to have people RSVP to Kojima Sensei @ (213) 624-8658. He will also tell you how to get to Huntington State Beach and the Life Guard Station Number where we meet.








Last year the Board of Directors with various organizations sponsored a Halloween Party for kids and families. We hope to host one again this year.  The event will be held on October 23, 2011.  If you would like to participate or help, please contact Kojima Sensei at (213) 624-8658.

A DAY OF ZAZEN: One Day of Sitting Meditation



Grateful Crane Ensemble will present PROJECT MOMOTARO.   It is a live musical with Japanese Children songs.  They will perform 3 classic Japanese Children Stories: (1) The Tortoise & the Hare, (2) Tanabata, and (3) Momotaro: Peach Boy.   SAVE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24,2011 @ 1:00pm @ ZENSHUJI SOTO MISSION.  We look forward to seeing the entire family for an afternoon of fun.  ADMISSION IS FREE.    Thank you Mr. Frank Kawana of Yamasa Enterprises for your generous support to this Project Momotaro and giving Zenshuji the opportunity to host this event.  


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.


The next Study Group will begin on Thursday, Oct. 20th from 7:30 – 8:50 pm. We plan to meet for a total of seven times, ending on Dec. 15th (there will be no classes on Nov. 24th and Dec. 1st). This group is a continuation of the previous Study Group. We will continue reading in The Essence of  Zen. It is perfectly acceptable to join this group even if you were not part of the previous group.  The Essence of Zen is a book that we can open any section and we will immediately be in touch with the important points of Zen practice. We will sit in zazen for the last 30 minutes of each class. The cost is $15 for temple members and $40 for non-temple members. We look forward to seeing you there. If you wish to attend, please email

The Essence of Zen STUDY GROUP


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