AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2013 EVENTS
OBON CARNIVAL - FUN, FUN, FUN! - Another Success
Thanks to Sunil Vernaker, Brian Avila and Kevin Hudnell and committee members for their hard work and endless hours of labor. Assisted and guided by Bishop Rumme, Rev. Kojima and Rev. Toho, our members, families and friends had a wonderful time. Everyone looks forward to this event every year to rekindle memories, traditions, catch up on news, and make new friends.
Mrs. Hiroko Seki put together a wonderful entertainment program. A variety of performers put on a spectacular show each day. The highlight was the return of the Zendeko Alumni Group headed by Vivian and Doug Seki. What a treat for our members and friends. They still have the touch!
A DAY OF ZAZEN: One Day of Sitting Meditation
The Zazenkai holds One Day sitting, “A Day of Zazen” almost every month. It will be from 7:10am to 4:40 pm, include 8 periods of zazen, a Dharma talk by Daigaku Sokan, breakfast, lunch and a question period. Please see the flyer for the dates and detailed schedule for 2013. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend.
MONTHLY POT-LUCK LUNCHEON
Join us for the ‘POT-LUCK LUNCHEON’ after Monthly / Memorial Service each month at Zenshuji. Pot-Luck Luncheon will replace the Daruma-Kai (club) Luncheon. We invite everyone to participate in the social hour by bringing a simple favorite dish. We have many talented cooks so just bring a dish or pick up a dish from your favorite local place. If you have a busy schedule and can’t cook that Sunday, please join us anyway. We continue to welcome everyone to eat, talk and relax before hitting the road home.
THANK YOU TO DARUMA-KAI and FUJINKAI! The Daruma-Kai and Fujinkai have been very generous over the past decade to provide lunch for our members. The idea to relax and enjoy each other’s company with a little food was developed by MR. MINORU MATSUMOTO, MR. HENRY MATSUMOTO and MR. BEN MURA. Since many of our member and families come from the Los Angeles and Orange County suburbs, they decided to form a social group so after service everyone can talk and catch up on the latest news, sing songs, play games, celebrate birthdays, etc. We will continue to talk, share news, celebrate birthdays, etc. before heading home. We hope that by having everyone participate, the members will be more comfortable staying and enjoying lunch together.
OTAKIAGE; Burning Ceremony - Sep 29th
We will have our Annual Burning Ceremony at Huntington State Beach on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Remember: this event is to have service for all those religious and important items that you do not want to just throw away. We have burned successful darumas (both eyes colored in), butsudan from deceased relatives, personal family items that are no longer wanted, pictures, etc. We hope that you will be able to attend this event but if you can’t, call the ministers at Zenshuji to make arrangements or answer any questions you might have. The temple provides a tent, tables and chairs, hamburgers and hotdogs for a luncheon after the ceremony. We pot-luck any side dishes. The kids and adults enjoy the dip in the ocean while others sit and enjoy the company. Please join us this year and have a relaxing few hours at the beach.
INTRODUCTION TO ZEN MEDITATION
4 Thursday evenings; September 5th, 12th, 19th, Oct 3rd
From 7:30 to 8:45 p.m
This class series provides an introduction to Zen meditation for
beginners. It is open to people of all faiths. The classes include a
presentation of the basic principles of Zen and zazen meditation,
and discussions of how to practice Zen in daily life – while at work
and at leisure. Each class includes zazen meditation, beginning with 10 minutes during the first class, and working up to 30 minutes at the end of the series. Each class also includes walking meditation. Cost: $60 for the series ($30 for temple members). Register by calling Zenshuji (213) 617-0100 or by email to email@example.com. Include your name and contact information. Payment may be made at the first class. Scholarships are also available. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
SPECIAL DHARMA TALK by a guest monk from Japan on Higan-E
Rev. Shunya Sano from Hokkaido, Japan will give Special Dharma Talk titled Learning Together, Living Together on September 22nd, the same day as Higan-E and Keiro-kai Luncheon. Please come and join us. Admission free (Donation welcome).