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Busshin  - April

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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


DEC:     Nov.29th-Dec 5th    Rohatsu Sesshin 6am - 8pm

              6th       Fujinkai Meeting  10am

                          Jodo-E, Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

                          Porridge Luncheon   12:00pm

              8th      Board Meeting   7:30pm

              13th    Garden Cleaning/Omigaki/Goeika Osame

              20th     Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  10am

              25th     Christmas Day - temple closed

              26th    Mochigome Washing 8am

              27th    Mochitsuki    7am-4pm

              31st    Year-End Service    4pm




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.



Zenshuji cordially invites you to the annual Zenshuji Chasen Kuyo on Sunday, November 8th. Please see the invitation below.


Chasen Kuyo Application Form


ROHATSU SESSHIN - NOV 29th to DEC 5th      


You are all invited to attend Rohatsu Sesshin, our one and only

sesshin of the year at Zenshuji. (A sesshin is a week-long retreat

in which people devote themselves to zazen.) This year, Rohatsu

Sesshin will begin on Sunday, Nov. 29th, and conclude at

midnight on Sat. Dec. 5th.


Three meals will be served each day. For those who plan to join us for meals, it would be good to know if you are planning to eat with us. If you are planning to sit for quite a bit of the Sesshin, please send an email to to register. We often get more people sitting with us on Sunday and particularly on Saturday, the last day. There is a suggested donation of $50- 150, on a sliding scale depending on your situation. Please come and join us, even if you can only sit for an hour or two.