Zenshuji Soto Mission needs many volunteers to help with our annual Mochitsuki
rice pounding event. Every year Zenshuji endeavours to make about 1000 pounds of
mochi for it's members and the community at large. This event has become a fun and
rewarding cultural activity for anyone who wishes to participate. We especially need
volunteers in the early morning. All are welcome!!!!
Start time for Mochitsuki is 7am on Dec. 19th until all the rice is pounded!
We even have a childrens pounding time at 10am; Coffee, tea, donuts and lunch will
be served to our valued volunteers! Start time for Mochigome Washing is 8am on Dec.
18th and usually only takes the morning to complete. For more information or directions
please call: 213-624-8658.
O-MOCHI ORDER FORM お餅申し込みのご案内
Pounding Mochi or mochitsuki and eating the delicious mochi in the New Year is
a Japanese tradition which goes back to the beginning of Japanese history. A special
sweet rice is washed, cooked and pounded in a large mortar with a heavy wooden mallet
and formed into rounded rice cakes. Traditionally, mochi was only eaten on special
occasions. Kagami-Mochi or Okasane-Mochi are larger mochi which decorate each Japanese
home during the New Year as a symbol of good luck. It is said to bring good luck,
health and a long life. Hand made mochi is a tradition at Zenshuji, please join us
in this wonderful and interesting tradition.
Zenshuji is dedicated to serving our members and the community, as well as the ongoing
improvement of events and activities, clubs and organizations, facilities and services
offered. Let your voice be heard! Your input is crucial in shaping the mission statement
and organization description that the Board of Directors will present at the General
Board Meeting on Sunday January 30th, 2011.
What does Zenshuji mean to you? What existing activities do you enjoy? What new activities
would like to see? How can we fulfill your spiritual and cultural needs better? Do
you have other comments or suggestions?
and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to the temple, or drop it in the
suggestion box at the temple. Thank you very much for your participation.
PROJECT: ZENSHUJI BEAUTIFICATION
The big double doors by the office have been replaced. The old worn out doors are
gone. The committee pick a dark shade of purple for the color and it looks beautiful.
The next time you visit the Temple, please admire the doors. Thanks to Atsuko Kubota
and Andrew Wolff for providing the committee with the variation of color samples.
Soon the Nikko building will have their doors painted and the beautification of
the Temple has begun.
Bishop Daigaku and Zazenkai sponsored a recent meditation and lecture session, entitled
‘The Essence of Zen’. From the fee donation, the group has decided to donate $1,00.00
to the Management/Maintenance Fund. The Thursday night sessions have been successful
with people who have interest in expanding their knowledge of Buddhism. Please look
for more information next year for the next lecture session. Thank you Bishop Daigaku
and Zazenkai for your generous donation! Please be on the look out for the next
session of meditation/lecture session to be held early 2011.
This brings the fund raising total to $4,000.00. The Goal is $10,000.00 for the
first year ending in July, 2011 and another $10,000.00 by the end of July, 2012.
By the 90th Anniversary in mid 2012, we should have beautified the Temple with
many major projects completed. Please look for more information on how you can
help contribute to the fund raising at the beginning of 2011.
DECEMBER 2010 & JANUARY 2011 EVENTS
DECEMBER: Nov.28th-Dec 4th Rohatsu Sesshin (one week concentrated zen sittings
5th Jodo-E, Monthly Service & Memorial 11am
12th Garden Cleaning and Omigaki 9am
14th Director’s meeting 7:30pm
18th Mochigome Washing 8am
19th Mochitsuki 7am
25th Christmas day - temple closed
31st Year-End Service 4pm
JANUARY: 1st Shusyo-E 10am
2nd, 3rd, 4th - Temple Closed
9th One Day Zazen Sitting 7:10am-5pm
17th Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Temple Closed
23rd Dr Kato’s Buddhism Lecture (Japanese) 10am
30th Fujinkai Meeting 1pm
Monthly Service & Memorial 2pm
Members General Meeting 3pm
New Year’s Party 5pm
LOOKING FOR BUSSHIN ARTICLES
All organizations affiliated with Zenshuji is welcomed to write articles for the
Busshin. Let us know what is happening in your organization. Have your secretary
e-mail or write the article and give it to Rev. Kojima or Carolyn Hashiba. We will
also be glad to help you write your article. Advertise upcoming events, write about
events that have happened, write monthly about a member in your organization, etc.
Many things are happening in the different organizations and we would like to hear
RŌHATSU SESSHIN 臘八摂心
Rohatsu Sesshin is soon to be here once again. This annual one week-long zazen
sittings will start on November 28th and go through December 4th. 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!!!