For almost 100 years, Zenshuji Soto Mission has been providing spiritual needs and
cultural attractions to Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. We are grateful
and appreciative to everyone for their support, dedication and endeavor especially
our members, families and friends. This past year has been challenging, stressful
and restrictive but with the new and better vaccines and more information and knowledge
about the Coronavirus, we will be able to continue with good health, mindfulness,
safety at home, and possibly one day meet together.
Ten years ago we made a major improvement at Zenshuji’s 90th Anniversary celebration.
Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to upgrade Zenshuji in various
ways. We painted the railings/fences, replace chain link fence with iron wrought,
replaced a few of the sliding doors in the Nikko Building, replaced some windows
in the main Temple, replaced entry doors w/windows, remodeled the social hall Kitchen,
replace floor tiles and many smaller projects to bring Zenshuji into code.
We are now approaching our 100th Anniversary in 2022 and look forward to more upgrades
to Zenshuji. Our ancestors have helped us tremendously to keep the Spiritual, Cultural
and Educational Activities alive at Zenshuji. We would like to continue with the
various needs of the members and friends such as Monthly/Memorial Services, Funerals,
Personal Services, Buddhist Classes, Cultural Classes and Activities, Health and
Safety Classes, and many other events. Due to Covid-19 it has been difficult to
hold many of these events and activities.
The 100th Anniversary Committee, with Atsuko Kubota as Chairperson, is planning on
activities for the upcoming event. Major projects prioritized by the committee and
ministers are: Expansion of the Nokotsudo, Repositioning the Handicap Parking and
Ramp Location, Developing a Zenshuji History Book, Jukai-E Project, and staging a
Ceremony and Banquet. Your contribution will help make this event a proud moment
for our ancestors and future generations. We will inform you how to participate
in our next letter.
Professor Giacomo Bono once said, “Life is more meaningful when we express ‘gratitude’
regularly and intentionally.” It’s a character strength within ourselves developed
through our parents & grandparents and a character we want to instill in our next
generation to be use in various ways. Professor Bono also mentioned that “like mindfulness
and meditation if you don’t practice ‘gratitude’ genuinely, then it just doesn’t
Zenshuji Soto Mission’s Ministers and Board of Directors are looking forward to the
upcoming 100th Anniversary Year. We hope to find a balance in the future with this
pandemic and Zenshuji so we can all enjoy the festivities and each other’s company.
Zenshuji is looking forward to the future with gratitude, positive thoughts and
Rev. Shumyo Kojima, Zenshuji Head Minister
Rev. Daiki Toho, Zenshuji Minister
Howard Miyoshi, Zenshuji President
Carolyn Abe Hashiba, Chairperson of Board of Directors
This year’s Los Angeles Buddhist Temples Federation (LABTF)'s Hanamasturi Service
(In commemoration of Buddha's Birthday) will be available for viewing via Facebook
Live as well as via Zoom starting at 10:30 am on Sunday, April 4th. This service
will take place at Zenshuji and the ministers from eight temples of LABTF (Higashi
Honganji, Jodo Shu, Koyasan, Long Beach Buddhist Church, Nichiren Shu, Nishi Honganji,
Senshin Buddhist Temple and Zenshuji) will all be in attendance. Dharma talks will
be given in English by Nishi Honganji’s Rev. William Briones and in Japanese by Zenshuji’s
Rev. Shumyo Kojima. Please join us online. Here is the Facebook link for the Hanamatsuri