28th Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese 11 am
SEP: 5th Labor Day - temple closed
11th Garden Cleaning 9 am
13th Board Meeting 7:30 pm
18th Fujinkai Meeting 10 am
Bake & Craft Sale 10:30 am
HIGAN-E, Monthly Service & Memorial 11 am
Special Dharma Talk 11:30 am
Keiro-Kai Luncheon 12 pm
Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese 11 am
24th Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in English 11 am
25th Otakiage (Burning Ceremony) at Huntington State Beach 11
HIGAN-E with BAKE SALE, SPECIAL DHARMA TALK & Keiro-Kai Luncheon - Sep 18th
Our O-HIGAN service from 11 am on Sunday, September 18th has a lot to enjoy. Not
just you get free Ohagi at the service, but also we have Bake & Craft sale by the
Nagamine family, Special Dharma Talk by a guest priest from Japan, then followed
by Keiro-Kai luncheon with Terakoya kids entertainment. Please come and enjoy all
the activities with us. For the Keiro-Kai luncheon’s bento box lunch order, please
contact the temple.
JIZO BON - August 21st
In front of the Temple Main doors are Stone Statues of small figures which look like
little children. These are guardians of Children so as they venture through life,
they will be protected and taken care of. We will be having our Annual Jizo-Bon
Service on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 11:00 am in front of the statues. The regular
August Monthly and Memorial Service will follow immediately in the Hondo.
Since the statues stand outside in the various types of weather we have, the Red
Bib and Red Hat become weather beaten and fade. The late Mrs. Sawae Inouye used
to sew the set for all the statues as needed. In recent conversation with members
of the Temple, Sensei found volunteers Hiroko Seki to sew the Red Bibs and Amy Honjiyo
to sew the Red Hats. We appreciate the time and effort (no patterns exit) Hiroko
and Amy took to give our Jizo Statues respect, honor and dignity in preparation for
the August service.
FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE AT 2016 OBON-CARNIVAL
The 58th Annual Obon-Carnival has concluded with a bang for the 2016 year! The
ministers and Board of Director members would like to express their heartfelt “Thank
You” to all the families, friends, and volunteers who worked hard to make this event
a success. We know that without your efforts in making purchases of the various
foods, constructing the booths, prepared the foods for the booths, working endless
hours in the booths and cleaning up, we would not have the great reputation that
Zenshuji has maintained year after year.
We had a wonderful time visiting with our friends who come every year to support
us. It is nice to see and talk about what has been happening in your lives as well
as the things that have changed at the Temple. It’s nice to be recognized and we
thank you for asking about people who were not working in certain booths this year
but have been a pillar of the Temple. It was nice to see many of the families, organizations,
and individuals who operated their booths with expertise and professional attitudes
year after year.
The parking situation was a challenge this year but we tried to get the lots as close
as possible. Rev. Kojima did many of the negotiation and Andrew Wolff made professional
maps for passing out. Thank you Kojima Sensei and Andrew. It seems that the
parking situation will be a challenge every year.
Mrs. Hiroko Seki provided our guests with a wonderful entertainment program on Saturday
and Sunday. She spent many hours contacting, organizing, and rearranging the talents
and various groups. The alumni group of Zendeko was a hit as always. The original
members came from San Francisco, Las Vegas and all around Southern California.
We need to ‘thank’ the ministers for taking charge and checking and re-checking the
various issues that go along with organizing the Obon-Carnival. The worked hours
after hours for several months to make sure everything was in place. They communicated
with many people and organizations to make sure things ran smoothly. We also had
the additional help of Rev. Kataoka from Japan. He is visiting our Temple and hope
to attend a University to further his English skills.
Once again, our sincerest gratitude to everyone!
Zenshuji Chair of the Board
OTAKIAGE; Burning Ceremony - Sep 25th
We will have the Annual Burning Ceremony at Huntington State Beach on Sunday, September
25th. This event is to have a burning 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.