26th Otakiage (Burning Ceremony) at Huntington State Beach 11
Please NOTE: NOKOTSUDO will be closed from June to early September this year due
ZEN-BAZURU PROJECT for 100TH ANNIVERSARY
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.
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
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
Rev. Shumyo Kojima, Zenshuji Head Minister
Rev. Daiki Toho, Zenshuji Minister
Howard Miyoshi, Zenshuji President
Carolyn Abe Hashiba, Chairperson of Board of Directors