10th A Day of Zazen: One Day of Sitting Meditation 7:10a
12th Board Meeting 7:30pm
14th, 21st, 28th - Introduction to Zen Meditation 7:30pm
17th Fujinkai Meeting 10am
JIZO-BON & Monthly Service & Memorial 11am
31st Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese 10am
SEP: 1st Labor Day - temple closed
4th, 11th - Introduction to Zen Meditation 7:30pm
7th A Day of Zazen: One Day of Sitting Meditation 7:10a-5p
9th Board Meeting 7:30pm
14th Garden Cleaning/Omigaki 9pm
21st Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese 10am
Fujinkai Meeting 10am
HIGAN-E & Monthly Service & Memorial 11am
Special Dharma Talk by a guest priest 11:30am
Keiro-kai Luncheon 12pm
28th Otakiage (Burning Ceremony) at Huntington State Beach 11am
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend.
INTRODUCTION TO ZEN MEDITATION
5 Thursday evenings
August 14th through September 11th, 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 email@example.com.
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.
OTAKIAGE; Burning Ceremony - Sep 28th
We will have the Annual Burning Ceremony at Huntington State Beach on Sunday, September
28. Remember, this event is to have service for all those religious and important
items that you do not want to just throw away. We have burned successful darumas
(both eyes colored in), butsudan from deceased relatives, personal family items that
are no longer wanted, pictures, etc. We hope that you will be able to attend
this event but if you can’t, call the ministers at Zenshuji to make arrangements
or answer any questions you might have. The temple provides a tent, tables and
chairs, hamburgers and hotdogs for a luncheon after the ceremony. We pot-luck any
side dishes. The kids and adults enjoy the dip in the ocean while others sit and
enjoy the company. Please join us and have a relaxing few hours at the beach.
ZENSHUJI SUTRA BOOKS
We are excited to announce that our long awaited Zenshuji Sutra books have finally
arrived! Sokan Daigaku Rumme, who initiated this project 2 ½ years ago, felt a need
to publish our very own book filled with sutras typically chanted here at Zenshuji
during memorial/Sunday service and daily service and includes the meal verses as
well as other significant Mahayanan sutras. The sutras are written in English, Roma-ji
and Japanese. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the committee members, our
sutra book project has finally come to fruition. It was a labor of love and commitment
on the part of everyone involved. Thank you to Sokan Rumme, Kojima Sensei, Toho Sensei,
Julie Iwamoto, Atsuko Kubota and Sunil Vernekar.
The books will be available for use in the Hondo and also for sale to individuals
who would like their very own copy. They are hard bound and will sell for $25.00
each. For those who cannot pick up a copy from the Temple, we will be happy to sell
by mail order. which will include a shipping fee of $5. Mail Order Form here.
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- Japanese side -
JIZOBON ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 17
Every year at Obon, Kojima Sensei designs a T-Shirt for sale at Carnival. This year
he has a picture of a Jizo and Oni. What is the ‘JIZO’? Jizo is a bodhisattva,
known as a guardian of children and patron deity of deceased children and aborted
fetuses in Japanese Culture. Jizo statue is usually depicted as a Buddhist Monk.
The name may be translated as ‘Earth Womb’. Jizo is also known for his vow to
take responsibility for the instruction of all beings in the six worlds between death
of Sakyamuni Buddha and the rise of Maitreya Buddha, as well as his vow not to achieve
Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. Jizo is therefore often regarded as the
bodhisattva of hell beings.
You will see the six statues of Jizo before the entrance of the Temple. The
red hat and bid were sewn and donated by Mrs. Sawaye Inouye and flowers are placed
in front by Mrs. Fumie Yoshioka.
Jizobon Service will be held on Sunday, August 17 at 11:00am in front of the
Jizo Statues. Everyone is welcome to attend. We hope to see you there.