AMAZON SMILE & ZENSHUJI
Now you can shop at Amazon and donate to Zenshuji at the same time! Here is the link to Zenshuji Amazon smile page;
Please follow their instruction there on how to do it.
APRIL & MAY 2020 EVENTS
CANCELLED EVENTS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Dear Zenshuji Members, Families, Friends and Community,
Zenshuji would like to “THANK” everyone for listening and following the guidelines of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti. You are very important to us and want you to take the precautions necessary for yourself and family.
With each passing day, the guidelines and mandates for the people of California keep changing. Currently we are under the “SAFER AT HOME” OR “STAY AT HOME” restrictions. Do not leave unless necessary. You may go to the Grocery Store, Pharmacy, Take Out Restaurants, or Work. We are thankful for those who are working at the Grocery Store, Gas Stations, Banks, Pharmacies, Restaurants, etc. and hope they will take the necessary steps to be safe.
Due to this stressful period, Zenshuji Ministers and Board of Directors have decided to ‘CANCEL ALL EVENTS AND ACTIVITES TIL FURTHER NOTICE! SOME NECESSARY APPOINTMENTS MAY HAPPEN BUT IT WILL BE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE MINISTERS. YOUR HEALTH AND WELL BEING IS IMPORTANT TO US!’
Zenshuji will remain open with at least 1 Minister available to answer calls, monitor the answer machine, return calls, respond to questions and give information as requested. Kojima Sensei has volunteered to be at the Temple most of the time and has released Rev. Toho and Rev. Miyazaki home to be with their families. Thank you Kojima Sensei for your leadership and guidance.
We would like everyone to continue their meditation, give blessings before and after meals, show compassion to those in need, support members who are alone, and yoga aerobics at home. We will keep you informed as new restrictions and information are available. Please stay in good health and take care of yourself during this challenging time.
Howard Miyoshi, President
Carolyn Abe Hashiba, Chairperson of the Board of Directors
TEMPLE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
It’s time to renew your temple membership. We have added Zenshuji 100th Anniversary donation section to the form. Please use the form on the right and mail it to the temple with a check. Thank you very much for your continuous support!
“VIRUS, HUMANITY and PRAJNA”
By Rev. Shumyo Kojima, Head Priest of Zenshuji
The word “Prajna” or wisdom is a Buddhist term that originates in India. It is a function of our mind that perceives, recognizes, and processes all phenomena and structure behind all phenomena. Wisdom is the key to the alleviation of human suffering.
We are right currently in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic: the novel coronavirus. Many people have already died, while even more people's lives are being threatened by this virus. We spend each day with an abnormal sense of mental and financial uncertainty, not knowing how long this will last. However, this is not the first time humanity has experienced such uncertainty. Indeed, throughout human history, our ancestors have confronted massive challenges.......................................
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曹洞宗北米別院 禅宗寺 国際布教主任 小島秀明
智慧という言葉はもともとインドからきた仏教用語です。すべての物事やその背景にある道 理を見きわめ、正しく判断し、処理する心の働きです。人間の苦しみを取り除く最大の鍵が この智慧です。
すでに多くの人が亡くなり、ウイルスの脅威に脅かされています。私たちは精神的にも経済 的にも不安を抱えていつまで続くのか分からないこの非日常の生活をおくっています。しか し、これは今に始まったことではありません。人類誕生以来、私たちの先祖が遭遇し格闘し てきた大問題です。.............................
By Rev. Duncan Ryūken Williams
Thus have we heard
At a time when physical distancing is required, yet social solidarity is so needed
The Great Physician Buddha offers medicine to alleviate the hurts of our world: