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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

             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


OCT:     9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, Nov 6th, 13th    Essence of Zen Study Group 7:30pm

             12th     A Day of Zazen: One Day of Sitting Meditation 7:10a

             13th      Columbus Day - temple closed

             14th      Board Meeting  7:30pm

             18th      Rodoku-kai (Japanese Reading)   2pm

             19th      Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                          Eitaikyo & Monthly Service & Memorial  11am

                          Potluck Luncheon  12pm

                          Hosho-E   1:30pm

              26th    Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  10am

                          Halloween Party    2pm

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.


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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Rev. Taishun Yoshii from Miyazaki, Japan will give Special Dharma

Talk titled The Bodhisattva Practice - To Live Our Lives Supporting

Each Other on September 21st, the same day as Higan-E and

Keiro-kai Luncheon. Rev. Yoshii is a zen priest also a certified

macrobiotic instructor. Please come and join us. Admission is free

(Donations welcome).


‘Essence of Zen’ STUDY GROUP


The next Study Group will begin on Thursday, October 9th from 7:30pm to 8:50 pm. We plan to meet for a total of six times, ending on November 13th. 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



There will be Taiko and Shinobue workshops by Marco Lienhard at Zenshuji on October 8th. The Shinobue workshop is from 6:30pm to 8 pm. The taiko workshop is from 8 pm to 10pm. You can see More Information Here. Contact: