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


AUG:     10th    Board Meeting   6:30 pm

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

               21st    White Elephant-Rummage Sale   8 am - 12 noon


SEP:        5th    Garden Cleaning   9 am

                6th    Labor Day - Temple closed

               14th    Board Meeting   6:30 pm

               19th    Higan-E, & Monthly Service 11 am    Facebook Live

                           Keiro-Kai Bento Drive-through  12 pm-

                26th    Otakiage (Burning Ceremony) at Huntington State Beach  11 am


Please NOTE: NOKOTSUDO will be closed from June to early September 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.




Obon services were held on July 17th & 18th in person and online. Here are the videos which was live-streamed on Facebook Live.  Dharma talks were given in English by Rev. Gyokei Yukinori Yokoyama and in Japanese by Rev. Daiki Toho on the 17th, in English by Rev. Howard Miyoshi and in Japanese by Rev. Ryoko Miyazaki on the 18th.

Obon Service -17th

Talks by Rev Yokoyama in Eng

& by Rev Toho in Jpn

Obon Service -18th

Talks by Rev Miyoshi in Eng

& by Rev Miyazaki in Jpn



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

HIGAN-E & KEIRO-KAI BENTO Drive-Through - Sep 19th


We are planning Keiro-kai Bento Drive-through. Please check back here for the order form which will be uploaded when it’s available.



We will hold a White Elephant-Rummage Sale on August 21st

from 8 am to 12 pm. If you miss our Obon white elephant, here is

the chance. Come early for best buys!