NOV: 8th Chasen Kuyo; Tea ceremony with vegetarian lunch 11am to 3pm
10th Board Meeting 7:30pm
11th Veteran’s Day - temple closed
15th Shichi-Go-San; Celebrating 7, 5, 3 year old Children 11am
22nd Fujinkai Meeting 10am
Monthly Service & Memorial 11:00am
Potluck Luncheon 12:00pm
Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese 10am
26th Thanksgiving Day - temple closed
29th-Dec 5th Rohatsu Sesshin 6am - 8pm
SOTOSHU JAPAN PILGRIMAGE TOUR - OCT 21-25, 2015
Oct 21: Meet at Daihonzan Sojiji in Yokohama
Oct 22: Attend the 650th Memorial Ceremony of Gasan Zenji at Sojiji
Travel to Wakura hot springs in Ishikawa prefecture by Hokuriku Shinkansen
(a newly built Bullet train rail)
Oct 23: Sightseeing Sojiji Soin, Yokoji, and Wajima. Stay in Kanazawa
Oct 24: Sightseeing in Kawazawa, Travel to Daihonzan Eiheiji in Fukui prefecture.
Dinner and stay at Eiheiji
Oct 25: Tour ends upon arrival in Kanazawa
Three meals and an English guide included.
Please contact Zenshuji if you are interested in this tour.
Zenshuji’s Board Members and Zazenkai will host their Annual Halloween Party for
the young children of the Temple. There will be table top activities, face painting,
ghost stories and snack bags for all the kids who attend. We encourage all the little
ones and big ones to come in their costumes on Sunday, October 25 @ 2:00pm. See
The Japanese Buddhist Temples have a ‘Eitaikyo Book’ which is a calendar book with
names of deceased persons entered on the day of their death. The service is dedicated
in memory of the deceased and special sutras are chanted. It is also translated
as the ‘Perpetual Memorial Service” which means valid for a long time or occurring
continually or indefinitely. At the request of the family, the urn may be kept
at the Temple; the Kaimyo (Buddhist Title) is kept on file at the Temple; Memorial
Services may be held for the deceased even if the family decides to move away.
Zenshuji’s Eitaikyo Service will be held on Sunday, October 18th @ 11:00am. We hope
to see many families attend to pay respect to their deceased family members.
SHICHI-GO-SAN (7-5-3) SERVICE
Zenshuji Temple’s celebration for children Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3 years old) will be
held on Sunday, November 15 @ 11:00am. Usually girls of seven years, boys of 5
years and boys and girls of 3 years go to the local shrine to express gratitude to
the Gods for their growth and continued blessings. The children dress in colorful
traditional costumes as they enter the shrine. If Western attire is worn, the children
dress up in party dresses and suits. The children are given candy called “chitoseame”
(thousand year candy) to promise them long life. We need to order these candies
from Japan. Pictures are taken by the proud parents for these mile stones. We will
have Alan Miyatake of Toyo Miyatake Studio, San Gabriel taking pictures for this
memorable event. Come early to take your pictures before the service. Alan will
be downstairs. All children must register with the ministers at Zenshuji. Please
call (213) 624-8658 and make your reservation.
1ST STREET CONSTRUCTION from Oct 24th for 10 weeks
There is a street construction taking place at First Street between Alameda and Hewitt
for 10 weeks starting October 24th. The use of the section will be limited. Please
see the announcement HERE for more information.