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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


NOV:           3, 10, 17, Dec 8, 15   ‘The Essence of Zen’ Study Group  7:30pm

                   6th        Chasen Kuyo - Tea Ceremony  11am -3pm

                   11th      Veteran’s Day - temple closed

                   20th      Shichi-Go-San  11am

                   24th      Thanksgiving - temple closed

                   27th      Fujinkai Meeting  10:00am

                                 Monthly Service & Memorial  11am

                                 Daruma-kai Luncheon 12noon

                    28th - Dec 3rd   Rohatsu Sesshin - Zazen Sitting all day for one week, tracing
                                 Sakayamuni Buddha’s period of enlightenment. Daily, 6:00AM-8:10 PM.
                                 Last day 12/3, 6:00AM-12:45AM.



Rev. Daiki and Mrs. Asako Toho arrived to Los Angeles on September 5, 2011.  He was introduced to the congregation at the Ohigan Service on September 18, 2011.  Please introduce yourself to them and make them feel welcome.




The Board of Directors with various organizations of the Temple

will sponsor a Halloween Party for kids and families again this

year. The event will be held on October 23.  If you would like to

participate or help, please contact Kojima Sensei at (213) 624-






If you know anyone who has a company upgrading their equipment, Zenshuji is looking to upgrade the office computers, monitors, copier, etc.   If you know of anyone who has something to donate, please give us a call at (213) 624-8658.   




RAY HAYNES and YOSHIMI SUSSAN will be Co-Chairperson for Zenshuji 90th Anniversary Committee.   They will be working with the Sokan Rumme, Ministers, Advisors and Board of Directors in planning a Fund Raiser and the 90th Anniversary Event.    Temple member, TAKAKO SUZUKI, has given us many valuable hours, guidelines and information in planning for our Fund Raiser.    Ray is working on the last few details toward finalizing the Fund Raising Letter.   Thank you to Sokan Rumme, Ray, Yoshimi and Takako for their time.

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.

A DAY OF ZAZEN: One Day of Sitting Meditation


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

You don't have to go to Kyoto for a day of authentic Japanese Zen

Tea Ceremony culture. Zenshuji hosts its annual Chasen Kuyo,

celebration of the bamboo tea whisk used to make a bowl of

matcha (powdered green tea). The event attracts practitioners of

all Japanese tea ceremony schools in the region in seasonal

kimono and welcomes the general public’s participation on
Sunday, November 7, 2011, 11am – 3pm.


This chakai (tea ceremony gathering) combines two distinct

temae (tea procedures) in the temple's tea venues and a superbly

prepared chaseki (meal for tea ceremony) incorporating seasonal

shojin riori (vegetarian temple cuisine) crafted by the temple's

chefs. A kuyo, in this case for the tea whisk, is a way that Japanese Buddhists show appreciation for the tools of their trades; kuyos can be held for other implements, including sewing needles and farming tools when they are worn out.


The day begins with a solemn Buddhist service in the hondo (main sanctuary) offering tea in appreciation of the efforts of the humble hand-tool. A talk (in English) about Zen and Sado (the "Way of Tea") by Bishop Rumme Daigaku will follow chanting of traditional Buddhist sutras.


Reservations are limited: No walk-ins are permitted on the day of the event. Payment in full by check should be made in advance to Zenshuji Sado-bu and sent to 123 S. Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information, call 213.624.8658.

Cost: $45 per person; includes admission, kaiseki luncheon (vegetarian temple cuisine for tea ceremony)