12th, 19th, 26th, Mar 5th, 12th Introduction to Zen Meditation 7:30pm
15th Fujinkai Meeting 10am
Nehan-E, Monthly Service & Memorial 11am
Potluck Luncheon 12 noon
16th President Day - temple closed
22nd Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese 10am
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.
- English side -
- Japanese side -
INTRODUCTION TO ZEN MEDITATION
5 Thursday evenings
February 12th through March 12th, 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.
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 1st. 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 Sheep 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.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to extend our greeting for the
2015 New Year! We appreciate the trust, confidence, and support you have given
us to be your leaders for the Temple. We try our best to continue spreading the
teachings of Buddha and the Japanese Culture.
We look forward to the leadership of the young senior members for the upcoming year.
As we watch our older senior members getting smaller in size, it is up to the next
group of seniors to take over. As they say, it takes a village to build a support
system, and we need the people to step up. If we work together, the job will get
done quicker and in faster time. It is YOU, the congregation, the members, the
families and friends that makes it a wonderful spiritual place for all our activities.
We look forward to your participation and energy to have a great 2015! May the
2015 Year be filled with good health, much happiness, great prosperity and wonderful