On November 1st at 11am, Zenshuji will again host Chasen Kuyo. Tickets for
seeing the Tea Ceremony combined with a beautiful Vegetarian Luncheon are priced
at $40.00 per person. For more information please call Zenshuji at 213-624-8658 Reservation Form (Please reserve by 10/26.)
On November 8th, Zenshuji will be having the Shichi Go San service celebrating
and blessing the health and well being of 3 & 7 year old girls and 5 year old boys.
The service will be at 11am and those wishing to participate should contact the Temple.
The cost will be $30.00 per child. Photography will be handled by Toyo Miyatake Studio
and should be contacted directly. Reservation Form
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came to my last Sermon and
going away party. Everyone had such encouraging words for me as well as heartfelt
parting thoughts of thanks. Certainly a highlight was getting everyone up to dance
and then to learn it Hawaiian style! I cannot remember having so much fun at a going
away party! Kind of amazing. A special thanks has to go out to Glenda Ujiie for engineering
that bit of mayhem! Many, many thanks for the thoughtful gifts.
There are many people to thank and I will get that more privately however I have
to give Our President (and fearless leader) Carolyn Hashiba a special thanks for
organizing this event and for her years of support and friendship.
I was really touched by everyone's kind words that people had for me throughout the
day. I have felt at home at Zenshuji and now that I am leaving I know I will miss
everyone from my first spiritual home. I hope that I have given more than I have
received for what you all have given to me over the years has been beyond value.
And that I will cherish, always.
Rohatsu Sesshin is soon to be here once again. This annual one week-long zazen
will start on November 29th and go through December 5th. Sitting will start at 6:30pm
on the 29th. On Monday, the 30th and for the rest of the week,
sitting will start at 6am and go throughout the day until 8pm.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served for those who can stay. Please join in
for whatever time you can. The sesshin culminates on the last day, Saturday, where
we sit until midnight and have a short service in the Hondo. Hope to see you there!!!
Here is the detailed schedule.
If you are planning to do some fall cleaning, please keep us in mind. Zenshuji is
always looking for useful office items, kitchen items and business supplies. In the
past, we have received donations of a large conference table, copy machine, fax machine,
computers. monitors, copy machine paper, etc. If you see supply coupons or sale
items and you have a rewards card, please think of us as you make your purchase.
We appreciate your thoughtfulness.
YEAR END ACTIVITIES
November is around the corner and there are many things that need to get done. If
you have some free time, join the Tuesday group to help the Temple prepare for the
end of the year activities and get ready for the New Year. Please look at your calendar
and help use whenever you have a few free hours. We have many important services
up coming and of course our important fund raiser: Mochitsuki. We look forward to
your participation and joyful company.
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS
If you have family members or friends that need to do some community service hours,
please refer them to Carolyn Hashiba or Rev. Kojima. We have some activities like
Garden Cleaning, Mochitsuki, Temple cleaning, Hanamatsuri fund raiser, Hanamatsuri
hanamido decorating, etc. where students can earn service hours. Some students are
looking to just volunteer with no hours needed, so we welcome them too. You do not
have to be a student. You could be an adult looking for something to do, and we have
just the thing for you!