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DEC:     Nov 30 - Dec 6   Rohatsu Sesshin    6am-8pm

             7th       Jukai Ceremony   10am

                          Jodo-E & Monthly Service & Memorial  11am

                          Potluck Luncheon  12pm

             9th        Board Meeting  7:30pm

             14th     Garden Cleaning/Omigaki   9am

                          Goeika Osame   1pm

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

             25th     Christmas Day - temple closed

             27th     Mochigome Washing   8am

             28th     Mochitsuki   7am - 4pm   

              31st     Year-End Service   4pm


JAN:      1st       Shusho-E (New Year’s Service) 10am

              2, 3 & 4   - temple closed

             13th     Board Meeting    7:30pm

             25th    Fujinkai Meeting  1pm

                         Monthly Service & Memorial   2pm

                          Annual Temple Members General Meeting 3pm

                          New Year’s Party  5pm




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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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 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.




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 Buddha.



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.