Zenshuji Temple’s celebration for children’s Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3 years old) will
be held on Sunday, November 17th at 11:00 am AND 2 pm. You can pick either time
Usually girls of 7 years, boys of 5 years and boys and girls of 3 years old go to
the local shrine to express gratitude to the Gods for their growth and continued
blessings. The children dress in colorful traditional kimono 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 taking
pictures for this memorable event. Come early to take your pictures before the service.
Alan will be downstairs. All children must call the temple and register with the
ministers at Zenshuji. Please see the flyer for more information. Also you can ask
Ms. Akutagawa for kimono rental and/or dressing. Please call her for pricing and
detail at 805-404-7635.
ROHATSU SESSHIN - DEC 1st to DEC 7th
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, Dec. 1st, and conclude at
midnight on Sat. Dec. 7th.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.