Please follow their instruction there on how to do it.
Happy New Year! Welcome 2019!
I would like to extend a Happy New Year to all members and friends, and hope that
2019, the Year of the Pig, will be a healthy and prosperous one for all. In 2019
we can look forward to Zenshuji hosting the Soto Zen Conference in October where
members from the Mainland and Hawaii will meet to discuss current issues and future
growth of Soto Zen Buddhism. We are also starting work on the commemoration of the
100th Anniversary of the Founding of Zenshuji and Soto Zen in North America which
well celebrate in 2022.
Now more than ever I feel that the teaching of the temple and the Soto Zen Buddhism
should be shared with all. We experienced great suffering with wars, terrorism and
even tragic incidents within the United States. Buddhism teaches us the impermanence
of life. It signifies that nothing is certain or lasts permanently in this world.
Buddhism also never teaches us to live pessimistically but to value “the now,” each
moment of our life. Our temple and our teachers work tirelessly to share this understanding
so please take every opportunity to join us at the temple.
I would like to close with a quote attributable to the great Buddhist leader the
Dalai Lama that “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want
to be happy, practice compassion.” Let us embrace the new year, and everyone we
meet with compassion. I look forward to seeing you at the temple.
GENERAL MEETING & NEW YEARS PARTY at Lunch
You are cordially invited to the Temple Members’ General Meeting (11:00 am) and New
Year’s Party (12:30 pm) on Sunday, January 27, 2019. We have changed the time to
lunch time this year instead of the late afternoon in the past, so people can drive
home in day time. We will have elections for the Board members, financial reports
from the various organizations, reports of new activities, the budget, and question/answer
We look forward to seeing you there. Please look out for New Year’s Party invitation
and Bento lunch order form in the mail in early January.
SETSUBUN - Bean Throwing Ceremony
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 Boar, 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.
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 fund-raiser raffles 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 3rd at 11:00 am. We scheduled
the service earlier this year so people can watch the Super Bowl
in the afternoon. We look forward to your attendance and taking
home some of the bags with mame (beans) that will be thrown