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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- Japanese side -
ROHATSU SESSHIN - NOV 30th to DEC 6th
You are all invited to attend Rohatsu Sesshin, our one and only
sesshin of the year at Zenshuji. (A sesshin is a week-long retreat
in which people devote themselves to zazen.) This year, Rohatsu
Sesshin will begin on Sunday, Nov. 30th, and conclude at
midnight on Sat. Dec. 6th.
Three meals will be served each day. For those who plan to join us for meals, it
would be good to know if you are planning to eat with us. If you are planning to
sit for quite a bit of the Sesshin, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
to register. We often get more people sitting with us on Sunday and particularly
on Saturday, the last day. There is a suggested donation of $50- 150, on a sliding
scale depending on your situation. Please come and join us, even if you can only
sit for an hour or two.
JUKAI CEREMONY - TAKING THE PRECEPTS
Sun. Dec. 7: At 10:00 a.m., we will have a special ceremony to formally present the
rakusus to the 11 people who have sewn one of these items. These people will formally
take the precepts during this ceremony. This ceremony will be followed at 11:00 a.m.
with “Enlightenment Day Ceremony” which commemorates the enlightenment of Shakyamuni
We look forward to seeing everyone at this festive event on December 28th. PLEASE
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR ORDER IN BEFORE THE DEADLINE! ( It is difficult to calculate
how much rice bags we need to purchase.) Volunteers are welcomed.