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Below schedule is subject to change due to the health department regulations.

JULY:     4th & 5th    Independence Day - Temple closed

              11th      Container Cleanup   9 am

              13th      Board Meeting   6:30 pm

              16th     Obon Preparation   all day

            17th & 18th   Obon Services   1:30 pm   Facebook Live

            17th BBQ Chicken Drive-through   3 -5 pm

               20th     Carnival Cleanup   5 pm

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


AUGUST:     10th    Board Meeting   6:30 pm

                     15th    Jizo-Bon & Monthly Service & Memorial   11:00 am   Facebook Live

                     29th    Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese   11 am


Please NOTE: NOKOTSUDO will be closed from

June to August this year due to renovation.



Are you good at Origami? Help us make paper cranes for our 100th Anniversary! Please see the flyer on the right for more information.




June monthly service was held on June 13th in person and online. Here is the video which was live-streamed on Facebook Live.  Dharma talks were given in Japanese by Rev. Miyazaki and in English by Rev. Johnson.



For almost 100 years, Zenshuji Soto Mission has been providing spiritual needs and cultural attractions to Los Angeles and the surrounding communities.  We are grateful and appreciative to everyone for their support, dedication and endeavor especially our members, families and friends.  This past year has been challenging, stressful and restrictive but with the new and better vaccines and more information and knowledge about the Coronavirus, we will be able to continue with good health, mindfulness,  safety at home, and possibly one day meet together.


Ten years ago we made a major improvement at Zenshuji’s  90th Anniversary celebration.   Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to upgrade Zenshuji in various ways.  We painted the railings/fences, replace chain link fence with iron wrought, replaced a few of the sliding doors in the Nikko Building, replaced some windows in the main Temple, replaced entry doors w/windows, remodeled the social hall Kitchen, replace floor tiles and many smaller projects to bring Zenshuji into code.  


We are now approaching our 100th Anniversary in 2022 and look forward to more upgrades to Zenshuji.  Our ancestors have helped us tremendously to keep the Spiritual, Cultural and Educational Activities alive at Zenshuji.   We would like to continue with the various needs of the members and friends such as Monthly/Memorial   Services, Funerals, Personal Services, Buddhist Classes, Cultural Classes and Activities, Health and Safety Classes, and many other events.  Due to Covid-19 it has been difficult to hold many of these events and activities.   


The 100th Anniversary Committee, with Atsuko Kubota as Chairperson, is planning on activities for the upcoming event.  Major projects prioritized by the committee and ministers are: Expansion of the Nokotsudo, Repositioning the Handicap Parking and Ramp Location, Developing a Zenshuji History Book, Jukai-E Project, and staging a Ceremony and Banquet.  Your contribution will help make this event a proud moment for our ancestors and future generations.  We will inform you how to participate in our next letter.  


Professor Giacomo Bono once said, “Life is more meaningful when we express ‘gratitude’ regularly and intentionally.”  It’s a character strength within ourselves developed through our parents & grandparents and a character we want to instill in our next generation to be use in various ways.  Professor Bono also mentioned that “like mindfulness and meditation if you don’t practice ‘gratitude’ genuinely, then it just doesn’t work.”  


Zenshuji Soto Mission’s Ministers and Board of Directors are looking forward to the upcoming 100th Anniversary Year.  We hope to find a balance in the future with this pandemic and Zenshuji so we can all enjoy the festivities and each other’s company.  Zenshuji is looking forward to the future with gratitude, positive thoughts and happy gatherings.


In Gassho,  


Rev. Shumyo Kojima, Zenshuji Head Minister

Rev. Daiki Toho, Zenshuji Minister

Howard Miyoshi, Zenshuji President

Carolyn Abe Hashiba, Chairperson of Board of Directors

Atsuko Kubota, 100th Anniversary Committee Chairperson

OBON BBQ CHICKEN BENTO Drive-Through - July 17th


The time has come for our Annual Zenshuji Obon. We are selling BBQ chicken, Chirashi sushi and Okinawa Dango with pre-orders in a drive through style on July 17th, 2021 at 3pm to 5pm. Our volunteers also can deliver them to your house as long as you are in LA country or Orange county. If you would like to order, please fill in the form provided below and return it to Zenshuji by July 5, 2021.


BBQ Chicken with Rice and Fruit - $12

CHIRASHI - $6            OKINAWA DANGO - 5 pieces for $4



There will be Obon services at 1:30 pm on both Saturday,

July 17th and Sunday, 18th.


Also we are looking for volunteers for the garden cleaning and

Chochin hanging on June 27th from 9 am. If you have time,

please help us clean the temple and hang chochins for the

upcoming Obon.


We need volunteers on these days for Obon:

June 27 Chochin Hanging; July 11 Container Cleanup; July 16 Obon Preparation;

July 17 BBQ Chicken Drive-through; July 17 & 18 Obon Services; July 20 Carnival Cleanup


Please NOTE: NOKOTSUDO will be closed from June to August this year due to renovation.


Thank you always for your support.


Obon BBQ Drive-Through

Order Form

June Monthly Service

Talks by Rev Miyazaki in Jpn

& by Rev Johnson in Eng