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NOV:      6th      Chasen Kuyo Tea Ceremony   11 am - 3 pm

               8th      Board Meeting    7:30 pm

              11th     Veteran’s Day observed - temple closed

              13th     Children’s Shichi-Go-San   11 am and 2 pm

               20th    Fujinkai Meeting  10 am

                           Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

                           Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  11 am

              24th     Thanksgiving holiday - temple closed

              26th     Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in English  11 am

              27th - Dec 3rd   Rohatsu Sesshin   6 am - 8 pm


DEC:     Nov 27th - Dec 3rd   Rohatsu Sesshin   6 am - 8 pm

              4th       Fujinkai Meeting  10 am

                          Jodo-E, Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

              11th     Omigaki, Garden Cleaning   9am

                          Goeika Osame   1pm

             13th     Directors’ Meeting   7:30 pm

             17th     Mochigome Washing   8am

             18th     Mochitsuki   7 am

              24th    Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in English  11 am

              25th    Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  11 am

              26th    Christmas Day Observed - temple closed

              31st    Year-end Service   4 pm



Zenshuji Temple’s celebration for children’s Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3 years old) will be held on Sunday, November 13th at 11:00 am AND 2 pm.  Because this event is very popular, we are holding the service twice this year, so those who would like to participate can sign up for either time.


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 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.



Zenshuji cordially invites you to the annual Zenshuji Chasen Kuyo Tea Ceremony & Vegetarian Luncheon on Sunday, November 6th. Please see the invitation below.


Chasen Kuyo Registration Form


ROHATSU SESSHIN - NOV 27th to DEC 3rd      


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. 27th, and conclude at

midnight on Sat. Dec. 3rd.


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.