6, 13, 20, 27, Mar 6 Introduction to Zen Meditation
11th Directors’ Meeting 7:30pm
16th Fujinkai Meeting 10am
Nehan-E, Monthly Service & Memorial 11am
17th President’s Day - temple closed
23rd A Day of Zazen: One Day of Sitting Meditation
Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese
GENERAL MEETING / NEW YEAR’S PARTY
The Annual Zenshuji General Meeting and New Year’s Party will be held following the
January Monthly and Memorial Service on Sunday, January 26, 2014 @ 3:00pm. The
General Meeting is an opportunity to express your appreciation, concerns, questions,
and opinions on the operation of Zenshuji. Your thoughts are very important to
us. So please come and be an active member and let the Board know if we are doing
well and what else we can do to improve ourselves.
The New Year’s Party will follow the General Meeting and this is an opportunity to
get together with friends and enjoy a delicious ‘bento’ meal ($15/person, reserve
in advance). Entertainment will be provided by members of Zenshuji. Come and
join us. Hope to see you!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014
On behalf of the Zenshuji Ministers, Board Of Directors, Volunteers and Staff,
I would like to extend our wishes for a Happy New Year and Prosperous 2014! We
hope that the New Year will continue to keep you in good health, memories with family
and friends, and new adventures to add to your life story.
We have been so fortunate to have many of you participate in our yearly events
and activities. Your many hours of volunteering in cleaning, preparing, sorting,
setting up, etc. means a great deal to us. We appreciate your contribution to the
Mission of Zenshuji Temple to share the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha.
As we look forward to the future, we hope to continuing addressing the needs
of the families, friends and community for their physical, spiritual and cultural
needs by: Sharing the Buddhadharma; Serving the Sangha; Leading the Community;
and Preserving the Cultural Heritage.
The New Calendar is available at the temple. Please join us in the many up
coming events. Thank you for your continued support and participation.
Carolyn Abe Hashiba
Chairperson of the BOD
INTRODUCTION TO ZEN MEDITATION
5 Thursday evenings
February 6th through March 6th, From 7:30 to 8:45 p.m
This class series provides an introduction to Zen meditation for
beginners. It is open to people of all faiths. The classes include a
presentation of the basic principles of Zen and zazen meditation,
and discussions of how to practice Zen in daily life – while at work
and at leisure. Each class includes zazen meditation, beginning with 10 minutes during
the first class, and working up to 30 minutes at the end of the series. Each class
also includes walking meditation. Cost: $70 for the series ($35 for temple members).
Register by calling Zenshuji (213) 617-0100 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include your name and contact information. Payment may be made at the first class.
Scholarships are also available. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
A DAY OF ZAZEN: One Day of Sitting Meditation
The Zazenkai holds One Day sitting, “A Day of Zazen” almost every month. It will
be from 7:10am to 4:40 pm, include 8 periods of zazen, a Dharma talk by Daigaku Sokan,
breakfast, lunch and a question period. Please see the flyer for the dates and detailed
schedule for 2014. Please email email@example.com if you are planning to attend.
SETSUBUNE - Bean throwing ceremony
To celebrate the last day of the lunar year, we will have the festive ceremony of
'bean throwing' (mamemaki) at 1:30pm on February 2nd. The dried roasted soy beans
are thrown to bring in good fortune and drive away evil spirits. Everyone yells,
"Fukuwauchi, oniwasoto!" Translated: In with good luck; away with demons. People
born under the zodiac sign of the year (12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, etc, year
old) are selected as bean throwers and the crowd of people try to catch the thrown
beans which are said to bring good fortune. Please come and join us. If you were
born in the year of Horse and would like to be a bean thrower on stage, wearing Kamishimo
(Japanese traditional costume), please fax this form below to the temple at (213)624-8650.