8th A Day of Zazen: One Day of Sitting Meditation 7:10am
10th Board Meeting 7:30pm
16th Martin Luther King Jr.’S Day - temple closed
22nd Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese
29th Fujinkai Meeting 1pm
Monthly Service & Memorial 2pm
Annual General Meeting for All Temple Members
New Year’s Party 5pm
FEB: 5th Setsubun -E ( Bean Throwing ) Service 1:30pm
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & Mar.1st Introduction to Zen Meditation
12th Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese
14th Director’s Meeting 7:30pm
19th Fujinkai Meeting 10am
Nehan-E, Monthly Service & Memorial 11am
20th President’s Day - temple closed
26th A Day of Zazen: One Day of Sitting Meditation 7:10am
INTRODUCTION TO ZEN MEDITATION - Lecture series by Rev. Daigaku
5 classes – every Thursday evening
February 2nd through March 1st
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 – while at work
and at leisure – 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. Each class also includes walking meditation. 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 email@example.com. Include your name and contact information.
Payment may be made at the first class. Scholarships are also available. No one is
turned away for lack of funds.
A DAY OF ZAZEN: One Day of Sitting Meditation
The Zazenkai is delighted to announce that we will be having One Day sitting, “A
Day of Zazen” almost every month this year also. In January, it will be on the 8th,
in February on the 26th, March 25th, April 22nd and so on. It will be from 7:10am
to 4:40 pm, include 8 periods of zazen, a Dharma talk by Daigaku Sokan, breakfast,
lunch and a question period. Please see the flyer for the detailed schedule. Please
email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! - ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING 2012
You are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting for 2012 on January
29, 2012. The schedule is as follows:
2:00 PM - Service, 3:00 PM - Annual Members Meeting, 5:00 PM - New Year’s Party
Your voice is an important part of our meeting. We need to hear from the congregation
on how we (the Board of Directors) are doing: things that you enjoy, things we might
add to our program, changes we might consider, problems we need to be aware of, and
ideas for the future. We have had many good ideas, suggestions, and recommendations
in the past but we need your input to continue supporting the needs/wishes of the
congregation. We will also be voting to re-elect/elect Board Members who will be
serving a 2 year term; read financial statements from the 2011 year; reports from
the various organizations; review/adopt the 2012 budget; question/answer period;
make changes if appropriate; and discussion of other topics as needed.
Please take advantage of the opportunity to attend the meeting and participate. Help
us make changes and expresss your suggestions that will make Zenshuji a better place
for us to be active. Changes can occur and time is on our side. Your voice is very
important to us!
We look forward to seeing everyone: the youth and veteran generations working side
by side to make Zenshuji a great spiritual and socially active place. Please come
and join us at the New Year General Meeting!
SETSUBUNE - Bean throwing ceremony
This service is related to the last day of the year in the old lunar calendar, usually
falling around February 2 or 3 of the present calendar. At the temple we will have
the festive ceremony of 'bean throwing' (mamemaki) at 1:30pm on the 5th of February
this year. The dried roasted soy beans are thrown to bring in good fortune and drive
away evil spirits. Everyone yells, "Fukuwauchi, oniwasoto!" Translated: In with good
luck; away with demons. People born under the zodiac sign of the year (12, 24. 36.
48. 60. 72, 84, 96, etc, year old)
are selected as bean throwers and the crowd of people try to catch the thrown beans
which are said to bring good fortune. Please come and join us. If you were born in
the year of Dragon and would like to be a bean thrower on stage, wearing Kamishimo
(Japanese traditional costume), please fax this form below to the temple at (213)624-8650.