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 & Memorial11am
Daruma-kai Luncheon 12noon
Hosho-E (appreciation to living beings and nature)
20th, 27th, Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 8, 15 ‘The Essence of Zen’ Study
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
NEW MINISTER ARRIVING
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
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 email@example.com