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JUL:                       4th   Independence Day - temple closed

                              9th   Board Meeting  7:30pm

                              14th   Container Cleanup  9am  - volunteers needed -

                                          Ken Aiso Violin Concert 4pm - free admission/donation only

                              18th   Booth Construction  5pm  - volunteers needed -

                               20th & 21st   Zenshuji 55th Annual Obon Carnival  

                                                         11am - 8pm both days, Service at 1:30pm

                              23rd   Carnival Cleanup  5pm  - volunteers needed -

                               27th   LABCC Summer Camp Begins

                              28th   Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  10am


AUG:                      3rd   LABCC Summer Camp Ends

                              4th    A Day of Zazen: One Day of Sitting Meditation 7a-5p

                              11th  Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  10am

                              13th   Board Meeting 7:30pm

                              18th  Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                                        Jizobon, Monthly Service & Memorial  11am

                                        Potluck Luncheon  12pm

OBON CARNIVAL is a few weeks away.  We’re asking for the Young Buddhist Adults to come and help with the Booth Construction on Thursday, July 18th @ 5:00pm.  New members are welcome to come and work beside experienced veterans.  We are always looking for volunteers during the Carnival so if you have a few hours or free time on Saturday or Sunday, please contact the ministers @ (213) 624-8658 or see Carolyn at the Raffle Ticket Booth.  If you have a High School student who needs Community Service Hours, we can accommodate those students.  See you at the Obon!


A DAY OF ZAZEN: One Day of Sitting Meditation


The Zazenkai holds One Day sitting, “A Day of Zazen” almost every month. 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 dates and detailed schedule for 2013. Please email if you are planning to attend.



It's that time of year again for the annual Zenshuji Obon on July 20 - 21 ... and also time to clean out your closets and bring all your extra items to the temple to be sold in the White Elephant booth. Please donate to this worthy cause - your Temple! Please NO used clothing however! Please bring your items to the temple to the attention of Mrs. Kay SooHoo or Rev. Kojima, Zenshuji (213)624-8658.




Have you always had the good intention to join Zenshuji Temple but for one reason or another you never got around to signing up for Membership.  Well. . .  during OBON  CARNIVAL we will have a ‘SPECIAL FIRST TIME NEW MEMBERSHIP FEE’ of $100!  Yes,  for $100 you can be on our mailing list and receive the Busshin Newsletter,  be the first to receives notices of events occurring  at the Temple by first class mail, join in activities at Temple Member price, rent a room for personal events, and many more.  This special for new members is good for the month of July, 2013 only.   Please contact any of the ministers in July or Carolyn at the Raffle Ticket Booth during Obon.  Don’t be left out of the fun and learning.


Obon Weekend Parking

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Saturday, July 20th:

1:30 P.M. OBON Service

3:00 P.M. Karaoke Contest

4:00 P.M. Japanese Folk Dance - Kikuta-Kai

4:30 P.M  Music Band - Ramen Tree

5:15 P.M. Martial Art - Shorinji Kempo

6:00 P.M. Taiko Drumming - Zendeko



Sunday, July 21st:

1:30 P.M. OBON Service

3:00 P.M. Japanese Folk Dance - Tokushima Awa Odori

3:30 P.M. Japanese Classical Dance - Bando Hidesomi

4:15 P.M. Music Band - Ramen Tree

5:00 P.M. Jazz Music - Mr. Yoshi Yamamoto

5:20 P.M. Rock Band - Random Ninja

6:00 P.M. Raffle Drawing

6:15 P.M. Taiko Drumming - Zendeko

6:45 P.M. BON ODORI Music Played by Matsutoyo-Kai


* 12:30-4:00P.M. Tea Ceremony on both days

* Flower Exhibition : All Day

55TH ANNUAL OBON CARNIVAL July 20th & 21st

- Need Volunteers



Join us for the ‘POT-LUCK LUNCHEON’ after Monthly / Memorial Service each month at Zenshuji.  Pot-Luck Luncheon will replace the Daruma-Kai (club) Luncheon.  We invite everyone to participate in the social hour by bringing a simple favorite dish.  We have many talented cooks so just bring a dish or pick up a dish from your favorite local place.  If you have a busy schedule and can’t cook that Sunday, please join us anyway.  We continue to welcome everyone to eat, talk and relax before hitting the road home.

THANK YOU TO DARUMA-KAI  and  FUJINKAI!    The Daruma-Kai and Fujinkai have been very generous over the past decade to provide lunch for our members.  The idea to relax and enjoy each other’s company with a little food was developed by MR. MINORU MATSUMOTO, MR. HENRY MATSUMOTO and MR. BEN MURA.  Since many of our member and families come from the Los Angeles and Orange County suburbs, they decided to form a social group so after service everyone can talk and catch up on the latest news, sing songs, play games, celebrate birthdays, etc.  We will continue to talk, share news, celebrate birthdays, etc. before heading home.   We hope that by having everyone participate, the members will be more comfortable staying and enjoying lunch together.