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Busshin  - April

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Busshin  - February

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AUG:     2nd       LABTC Summer Camp ends

             10th     A Day of Zazen: One Day of Sitting Meditation 7:10a

             12th      Board Meeting  7:30pm

             14th, 21st, 28th - Introduction to Zen Meditation  7:30pm

             17th      Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                          JIZO-BON & Monthly Service & Memorial  11am

                          Potluck Luncheon  12pm

              31st    Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  10am


SEP:     1st        Labor Day - temple closed

             4th, 11th - Introduction to Zen Meditation  7:30pm

             7th        A Day of Zazen: One Day of Sitting Meditation 7:10a-5p

             9th        Board Meeting             7:30pm

            14th       Garden Cleaning/Omigaki    9pm

            21st       Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  10am

                           Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                          HIGAN-E & Monthly Service & Memorial  11am

                          Special Dharma Talk by a guest priest  11:30am

                          Keiro-kai Luncheon  12pm

            28th      Otakiage (Burning Ceremony) at Huntington State Beach  11am


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 2014. Please email if you are planning to attend.




5 Thursday evenings

August 14th through September 11th, 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. 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. Cost: $70 for the series ($35 for temple members). Register by calling Zenshuji (213) 617-0100 or by email to   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.


OTAKIAGE; Burning Ceremony - Sep 28th


We will have the Annual Burning Ceremony at Huntington State Beach on Sunday, September 28.  Remember, this event is to have service for all those religious and important items that you do not want to just throw away.  We have burned successful darumas (both eyes colored in), butsudan from deceased relatives, personal family items that are no longer  wanted,  pictures, etc.   We hope that you will be able to attend this event but if you can’t, call the ministers at Zenshuji to make arrangements or answer any questions you might have.   The temple provides a tent, tables and chairs, hamburgers and hotdogs for a luncheon after the ceremony.  We pot-luck any side dishes.   The kids and adults enjoy the dip in the ocean while others sit and enjoy the company.  Please join us and have a relaxing few hours at the beach.


Otakiage Map




We are excited to announce that our long awaited Zenshuji Sutra books have finally arrived!  Sokan Daigaku Rumme, who initiated this project 2 ½ years ago, felt a need to publish our very own book filled with sutras typically chanted here at Zenshuji during memorial/Sunday service and daily service and includes the meal verses as well as other significant Mahayanan sutras. The sutras are written in English, Roma-ji and Japanese. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the committee members, our sutra book project has finally come to fruition. It was a labor of love and commitment on the part of everyone involved. Thank you to Sokan Rumme, Kojima Sensei, Toho Sensei, Julie Iwamoto, Atsuko Kubota and Sunil Vernekar.

The books will be available for use in the Hondo and also for sale to individuals who would like their very own copy. They are hard bound and will sell for $25.00 each. For those who cannot pick up a copy from the Temple, we will be happy to sell by mail order. which will include a shipping fee of $5.  Mail Order Form here.



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Every year at Obon, Kojima Sensei designs a T-Shirt for sale at Carnival.  This year he has a picture of a Jizo and Oni.   What is the ‘JIZO’?   Jizo is a bodhisattva, known as a guardian of children and patron deity of deceased children and aborted fetuses in Japanese Culture.  Jizo statue is usually depicted as a Buddhist Monk.  The name may be translated as ‘Earth Womb’.   Jizo is also known for his vow to take responsibility for the instruction of all beings in the six worlds between death of Sakyamuni Buddha and the rise of Maitreya Buddha, as well as his vow not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied.  Jizo is therefore often regarded as the bodhisattva of hell beings.  

      You will see the six statues of Jizo before the entrance of the Temple.  The red hat and bid were sewn and donated by Mrs. Sawaye Inouye and flowers are placed in front by Mrs. Fumie Yoshioka.

     Jizobon Service will be held on Sunday, August 17 at 11:00am in front of the Jizo Statues.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there.