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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


NOV:     8th       Chasen Kuyo; Tea ceremony with vegetarian lunch   11am to 3pm

             10th      Board Meeting   7:30pm

             11th      Veteran’s Day - temple closed

             15th      Shichi-Go-San; Celebrating 7, 5, 3 year old Children   11am

             22nd     Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                           Monthly Service &  Memorial   11:00am

                           Potluck Luncheon   12:00pm

                           Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  10am

             26th      Thanksgiving Day - temple closed

             29th-Dec 5th    Rohatsu Sesshin 6am - 8pm




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.



Zenshuji’s Board Members and Zazenkai  will host their Annual Halloween Party for the young children of the Temple.  There will be table top activities, face painting, ghost stories and snack bags for all the kids who attend. We encourage all the little ones and big ones to come in their costumes on Sunday, October 25 @ 2:00pm.  See you then.




The Japanese Buddhist Temples have a ‘Eitaikyo Book’ which is a calendar book with names of deceased persons entered on the day of their death.  The service is dedicated in memory of the deceased and special sutras are chanted.   It is also translated as the ‘Perpetual Memorial Service” which means valid for a long time or occurring continually or indefinitely.    At the request of the family, the urn may be kept at the Temple; the Kaimyo (Buddhist Title) is kept on file at the Temple; Memorial Services may be held for the deceased even if the family decides to move away.


Zenshuji’s Eitaikyo Service will be held on Sunday, October 18th @ 11:00am.  We hope to see many families attend to pay respect to their deceased family members.




Zenshuji Temple’s celebration for children Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3 years old) will be held on Sunday, November 15 @ 11:00am.   Usually girls of seven years, boys of 5 years and boys and girls of 3 years go to the local shrine to express gratitude to the Gods for their growth and continued blessings.  The children dress in colorful traditional costumes as they enter the shrine.  If Western attire is worn, the children dress up in party dresses and suits. The children are given candy called “chitoseame” (thousand year candy) to promise them long life.  We need to order these candies from Japan.  Pictures are taken by the proud parents for these mile stones.  We will have Alan Miyatake of Toyo Miyatake Studio, San Gabriel taking pictures for this memorable event.  Come early to take your pictures before the service.  Alan will be downstairs. All children must register with the ministers at Zenshuji.  Please call (213) 624-8658 and make your reservation.


1ST STREET CONSTRUCTION from Oct 24th for 10 weeks


There is a street construction taking place at First Street between Alameda and Hewitt for 10 weeks starting October 24th. The use of the section will be limited. Please see the announcement HERE for more information.