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


JAN:      1st       Shusho-E   10 am   Facebook Live

              2 - 4    Temple closed

              10th     Board Meeting   6:30 pm

              16th    Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Temple closed

              29th    Monthly Service & Memorial   10 am   Facebook Live

                         Annual Temple Members General Meeting   11 am


FEB:       5th      Setsubun-E (Bean-Throwing Ceremony)   11:00 am

              14th    Directors’ Meeting   6:30 pm

              19th    Fujinkai Meeting  10 am

                          Nehan-E & Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am   Facebook Live

              20th    Presidents’ Day - Temple closed


Last Year we had a very successful lecture series, Zenshuji 100th Anniversary A Series of Lectures and Conversations. Thank you very much for your participation! If you are interested to listen to the lectures again, please see the lecture series page below for video links.


100th Anniversary Lecture Series



Now you can shop at Amazon and donate to Zenshuji at the same

time!   Here is the link to Zenshuji Amazon smile page;


Please follow their instruction there on how to do it.

WANTED! OLD PICTURES You Took at Zenshuji


We are starting to edit a commemorative booklet and create a slide

show for Zenshuji 100th Anniversary Banquet (Save this date May

27th, 2023). To use in the booklet and/or for the slide show, we are

looking for old pictures you took at Zenshuji. These photos can be

very old or relatively old. Please let us know if you have some

pictures to share with us for the celebration.


Happy New Year!


Thank you very much for all your support to Zenshuji last year and continuous support for this year!  


This year’s very special event will be on the weekend of May 27th & 28th for Zenshuji100th Anniversary ceremonies and banquet. We will send out more information when available. Please join us and celebrate 100 years of Zenshuji’s achievement.



Shusho-E service was held on January 1st in-person and online. A Dharma talk was given by Rev. Shumyo Kojima. Here is the video which was live-streamed on Facebook Live.

Shusho-E 1/1

Talk by Rev Kojima


SETSUBUN - Bean Throwing Ceremony


Setsubun service on Feb 5th is to celebrate the changing of the Winter Season to the Spring Season.  In the homes, a ‘mame-maki’ or bean throwing ceremony is held to drive out the evil spirits.  The beans are thrown and meant to pierce the devil’s eyes.  


Darumas are sold at the Setsubun Service as a symbol of Good Luck.  On the back side a message is written such as Good Family Health, Successful Business, etc. and the Darumas are blessed and taken home.  Come early to purchase and have your Daruma message blessed. Also fund-raiser raffles will follow the service. Raffle tickets are $20.00 donation per book or $2.00 donation per ticket, 10 tickets per book.


If you were born in the year of the Rabbit

and would like to be a bean thrower on

stage, wearing Kamishimo (Japanese

traditional costume) or without, please

call the temple at (213)624-8658. See

the letter and the flyer on the right.

(You don’t need to fill in a form anymore.)