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Busshin  - April

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Busshin  - February

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SEP:     3rd      Introduction to Zen Meditation   7:15pm

             6th       A Day of Zazen; Half-Day Sitting Meditation   7:10 am

              6-10    Tassajara Retreat 2

             7th       Labor Day - temple closed

             8th       Board Meeting   7:30pm

            13th      Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                          Higan-E, Monthly Service & Memorial   11:00am

                          Special Dharma Talk   11:30am

                          Keiro-kai Luncheon   12:30pm

             20th     Garden Cleaning   9am

             27th     Otakiage (Burning Ceremony)   11am  at Huntington State Beach

             29th  - 10/1   ASZB Meeting


OCT:     12th     Columbus Day - temple closed

             13th     Board Meeting   7:30pm

             18th     Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                          Eitaikyo, Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

                          Potluck Luncheon   12:00pm

                          Hosho-E  1:30pm

              20th    Gasan Zenji 650th Memorial

              25th    Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  10am

                          Halloween Party   2pm




Oct 21: Meet at Daihonzan Sojiji in Yokohama

Oct 22: Attend the 650th Memorial Ceremony of Gasan Zenji at Sojiji

             Travel to Wakura hot springs in Ishikawa prefecture by Hokuriku Shinkansen

              (a newly built Bullet train rail)

Oct 23: Sightseeing Sojiji Soin, Yokoji, and Wajima. Stay in Kanazawa

Oct 24: Sightseeing in Kawazawa, Travel to Daihonzan Eiheiji in Fukui prefecture.

             Dinner and stay at Eiheiji

Oct 25: Tour ends upon arrival in Kanazawa


Three meals and an English guide included.

Please contact Zenshuji if you are interested in this tour.


A DAY OF ZAZEN: Half Day of Sitting Meditation


There will be a Half-Day sitting, “A Day of Zazen” on Sunday, September 6th. It will be from 7:10 am to noon, includes 4 periods of zazen, breakfast and a cleaning period. Please see the flyer for the detailed schedule. Please email if you are planning to attend.



We are happy to announce that Zenshuji will host a Special Dharma Talk by a dispatched priest, Rev. Shiju Sakagawa from Japan on Sunday, September 13th at 11:30 am after the 11:00 am Higan-E service. His lecture is entitled, “The Easy Way to Become a Buddha”. Also Rev. Daigaku Rumme will be visiting Zenshuji for the first time after he left his position as Sokan and he will be translating the lecture from Japanese into English. It is free to the public and everyone is welcome.


Following the lecture, there will be a Keiro-kai Luncheon to respect the elders. A reservation is $15 for a bento box.  We will also have a Bake/Craft Sale at the lobby before and after the service/lecture.

OTAKIAGE; Burning Ceremony - Sep 27th


We will have the Annual Burning Ceremony at Huntington State Beach on Sunday, September 27th.  This event is to have a burning 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 and have a relaxing few hours at the beach.


Otakiage Map