On behalf of the Ministers, President and the Board of Directors, we would like to
thank each one of you for your support, participation and time spent to attend the
various events sponsored by Zenshuji. You are an important part of our Team and
we feel honored that you enjoy the activities we have set up during the calendar
Thank you for hosting the various services for deceased family members and joyous
occasions such as weddings, special birthdays and other family events. We are here
to serve your needs and please feel free to ask us any questions you may have. We
try to accommodate and work around everyone’s schedule.
We wish everyone a Happy Year of The Rooster, 2017.
ZEN AEROBICS: A Healthy Living Class
Starting on January 22, Sunday, Zenshuji will be offering a new class, Zen Aerobics:
A Healthy Living Class, 14 Sundays from January 22 to April 30, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zen Aerobics: A Healthy Living Class is a new program based on the teachings of Shakyamuni
Buddha. The goal of the class is to improve and maintain health and spiritual well
being using the Shorinji Kempo self defense philosophy that the body and mind are
one, 拳禅一如, Ken Zen Ichi Nyo. The students will be instructed 1) Physical exercise,
2) Spiritual exercise, 3) Relaxation. ALL AGES WELCOME!
Instructor: Ted Uekuma, 7th Dan, Shorinji Kempo South Bay Branch Master
Location: Zenshuji social hall
Fee: Non-member $60, Temple Member $40 or pay what you can
Please make your reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call the temple at 213-624-8658.
ZENSHUJI GENERAL MEETING AND BOARD MEMBER ELECTION
FOLLOWED BY NEW YEAR'S PARTY!
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2017. It will begin
with the Monthly Memorial Service at 2 PM. The General Meeting will follow the service
at 3 PM. This is when members and organizations can hear the various reports from
Zenshuji Board and the organizations participating at the Temple. Then the topics
for discussions will be presented such as the budget for 2017 and the schedule (Calendar
of Events) for 2017. Your presence will be important to the members of the Board.
We look forward to your opinions and suggestions. Many of our activities and events
were developed from suggestions and ideas presented by the members of our congregation.
This is the ideal opportunity for you to express any needs and wants or suggestions
for improvement. Please mark your calendar and we look forward to your presence.
The New Year Party will follow the General Meeting. Join the Board Members, friends
and guests for an evening of socialization and entertainment. Please make your Bento
box reservation soon. You may contact Rev. Kojima or Rev. Toho for further information
at (213) 624-8658.
JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2017 EVENTS
JAN: 1st Shusho-E: New Year’s Service 10 am
2nd - 4th Temple closed
10th Board Meeting 7:30 pm
16th Martin Luther King Jr. Day - temple closed EXCEPT
Noh and Tsuzumi Dedication Ceremony 1pm
22nd Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese 11 am
26th Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese 11 am
SETSUBUN SERVICE - FEBRUARY 5TH
This service is to celebrate the changing of the Winter Season to the Spring Season.
In the homes, a ‘mame-maki’ or bean throwing ceremony is held to drive out the evil
spirits. The beans are thrown and meant to pierce the devil’s eyes.
At Zenshuji those born the year of the Chinese Zodiac Animal, which this year is
the Rooster, will throw the beans while yelling: “Fuku wa uchi; oni was soto” or
“Good Luck enter; devil depart”. If one eats these roasted beans equal in number
to one’s own age, good luck will follow. Here is the Application for the Rooster
-Year Bean Thrower.
Darumas are sold at the Setsubun Service as a symbol of Good Luck. On the back side
a message is written such as Good Family Health, Successful Business, etc. and the
Darumas are blessed and taken home. Come early to purchase and have your Daruma
message blessed. Also a fund-rising raffle will follow the service. Raffle tickets
are $20.00 donation per book or $2.00 donation per ticket, 10 tickets per book.
1st Prize: $500.00
2nd Prize: $400.00
3rd Prize: $300.00
4th Prize: $200.00
5th Prize: $100.00
You are cordially invited to attend the Setsubun Service at Zenshuji on Sunday, February
5th at 1:30pm. We look forward to your attendance and taking home some of the bags
with mame(beans) that will be thrown at the service.