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NOV:                1, 8, 15, 29  Essence of Zen Study Group 7:30pm

                        11th   Chasen Kuyo (All Day Tea Ceremony)  11am

                        12th   Veteran’s Day - temple closed

                        18th   Shichi Go San  11am

                                   Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese 10am

                        22nd  Thanksgiving - temple closed

                        25th   Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                                   Monthly Service and Memorial  11am

                                   Daruma-kai Luncheon 12pm


DEC:                 2 - 8   Rohatsu Sesshin

                          9th     Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                                     Jodo-E, Monthly Service and Memorial  11am

                                     Daruma-kai Luncheon  12pm

                          11th   Directors’ Meeting  7:30pm

                          16th   Omigaki/Garden Cleaning  9am

                                     Goeika Osame  1pm

                          23rd   Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  10am

                          25th   Christmas Day - temple closed

                          29th   Mochigome Washing  8am

                          30th   Mochitsuki  7am

                          31st   Year-End Service  4pm

90th Anniversary Celebration Huge Success


The awesome staff of Zenshuji Soto Mission did a wonderful job organizing and implementing the events for the 90th Anniversary Celebration. The smiles and compliments by the visiting reverends, congregation members and friends provided the positive ambience of serenity, happiness, and approval. We had over 40 visiting reverends from various temples in Japan, France and United States. We had almost full capacity for all our 90th Anniversary events.


The 90th Anniversary Events would not have been possible without the leadership of the Committee headed by Ray Haynes, Yoshimi Sussan, Bishop Daigaku Rumme, Reverend Shumyo Kojima and Reverend Daiki Toho.   Together in collaboration with the Board of Directors, many late hours, endless energy, and detailed planning brought this wonderful weekend celebration to a huge success enjoyed by all those in attendance.


I would like to extend the Bishop’s, Ministers’, President’s and Board of Directors’ appreciation to everyone for your donation, support, and participation during the 90th Anniversary Celebration. Without your participation and presence, our celebration would not have been complete. Thank you for taking the time to share this event with us!   Your presence was the most important part of the celebration!    In Gashho,


Carolyn Abe Hashiba


The Board of Directors is in the process of printing a ‘Temple Directory’ with pictures, names, address (optional), and email (optional) of Temple Members, Organizations, and Friends of Zenshuji.  Many families, members and friends have taken their pictures at the Jizobon Service (August), Anniversary Banquet, Ohigan Service (September) and Eitaikyo Service (October).

The purpose of this book is for the generation of members to recognize individuals that we see at the temple and all names to those faces.  Also to recognize the various organizations, classes and programs sponsored by the Temple.   Don’t be left out.   Photographer, Alan Miyatake has been taking the pictures.  You will be able to pick your shot for the directory as well as purchase additional pictures for families members and upcoming holiday cards at a separate price.  Appointments can be made by calling Alan @ Toyo Miyatake Studio, (626) 289-5674 or (780) 552-8454.  If you have any other questions, please call Rev. Kojima or Rev. Toho @ (213) 624-8658 or Carolyn Hashiba @ (714) 539-1453.

‘Essence of Zen’ STUDY GROUP


The next Study Group will begin on Thursday, October 11th from 7:30pm to 8:50 pm. We plan to meet for a total of seven times, ending on November 29th. 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


Rev. Senyu Matsumoto Returned to Japan


Reverend Senyu Matsumoto has returned to Japan.  He was the assistant (right-hand man) to Bishop Daigaku Rumme.  He is going to be head minister at Chiunji Temple in Maizuru, Japan.  We wish him the best and a safe journey home.  Please come back and visit us if time ever permits.   A Farewell Party was held on Saturday, September 22 where he gave a sermon before a pot-luck Lunch was held at Zenshuji.   Thank you Matsumoto Sensei for all your hard work, great advice and assistance in many of our activities.




Zenshuji cordially invites you to the annual Zenshuji Chasen Kuyo on Sunday, November 11th. Please see the invitation below.


Chasen Kuyo Application Form - English