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On behalf of the Ministers, President and the Board of Directors, we would like to thank each one of you for your support, participation and time spent to attend the various events sponsored by Zenshuji.   You are an important part of our Team and we feel honored that you enjoy the activities we have set up during the calendar year.   


Thank you for hosting the various services for deceased family members and joyous occasions such as weddings, special birthdays and other family events.   We are here to serve your needs and please feel free to ask us any questions you may have.  We try to accommodate and work around everyone’s schedule.


We wish everyone a Happy Year of The Rooster, 2017.

ZEN AEROBICS: A Healthy Living Class


Starting on January 22, Sunday, Zenshuji will be offering a new class, Zen Aerobics: A Healthy Living Class, 14 Sundays from January 22 to April 30, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Zen Aerobics: A Healthy Living Class is a new program based on the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha.  The goal of the class is to improve and maintain health and spiritual well being using the Shorinji Kempo self defense philosophy that the body and mind are one, 拳禅一如, Ken Zen Ichi Nyo.  The students will be instructed 1) Physical exercise,  

2) Spiritual exercise, 3) Relaxation. ALL AGES WELCOME!


Instructor: Ted Uekuma, 7th Dan, Shorinji Kempo South Bay Branch Master


Location: Zenshuji social hall


Fee: Non-member $60, Temple Member $40 or pay what you can


Please make your reservation at or

call the temple at 213-624-8658.





The Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2017. It will begin with the Monthly Memorial Service at 2 PM. The General Meeting will follow the service at 3 PM. This is when members and organizations can hear the various reports from Zenshuji Board and the organizations participating at the Temple. Then the topics for discussions will be presented such as the budget for 2017 and the schedule (Calendar of Events) for 2017. Your presence will be important to the members of the Board. We look forward to your opinions and suggestions. Many of our activities and events were developed from suggestions and ideas presented by the members of our congregation. This is the ideal opportunity for you to express any needs and wants or suggestions for improvement. Please mark your calendar and we look forward to your presence.


The New Year Party will follow the General Meeting. Join the Board Members, friends and guests for an evening of socialization and entertainment. Please make your Bento box reservation soon. You may contact Rev. Kojima or Rev. Toho for further information at (213) 624-8658.



JAN:       1st      Shusho-E: New Year’s Service   10 am

               2nd - 4th     Temple closed

              10th      Board Meeting    7:30 pm

              16th     Martin Luther King Jr. Day  - temple closed EXCEPT

                          Noh and Tsuzumi Dedication Ceremony  1pm

              22nd    Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  11 am

                          Zen Aerobics starts  3 pm

               28th    Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in English  11 am

               29th    Fujinkai Meeting  1 pm

                           Monthly Service & Memorial   2 pm

                           Annual All Members’ General Meeting    3 pm

                           New Year’s Party   5pm


FEB:      5th      Setsubun-E; Bean-Throwing Ceremony   1:30 pm

             14th     Directors’ Meeting   7:30 pm

             19th     Fujinkai Meeting  10 am

                         Nehan-E, Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

              20th    President’s Day - temple closed

              25th    Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in English  11 am

              26th    Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  11 am




This service 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.  


At Zenshuji those born the year of the Chinese Zodiac Animal, which this year is the Rooster,  will throw the beans while yelling: “Fuku wa uchi; oni was soto” or “Good Luck enter; devil depart”.  If one eats these roasted beans equal in number to one’s own age, good luck will follow.     Here is the Application for the Rooster -Year Bean Thrower.


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 a fund-rising raffle will follow the service. Raffle tickets are $20.00 donation per book or $2.00 donation per ticket, 10 tickets per book.


1st Prize: $500.00

2nd Prize: $400.00

3rd Prize: $300.00

4th Prize: $200.00

5th Prize: $100.00


You are cordially invited to attend the Setsubun Service at Zenshuji on Sunday, February 5th at 1:30pm.  We look forward to your attendance and taking home some of the bags with mame(beans) that will be thrown at the service.