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NOV:       5th      Chasen Kuyo (tea ceremony)   11am    

                11th    Veteran’s Day - Temple closed

               12th    Shichi-Go-San   11 am & 2 pm

               14th    Board Meeting   7:30 pm

               19th    Fujinkai Meeting  10 am

                           Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

               23rd    Thanksgiving Day - Temple closed

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

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

               26th - Dec 2   Rohatsu Sesshin (a week- long Zazen meditation)   6 am - 8 pm


DEC:      2nd     Rohatsu Sesshin ends

               3rd      Fujinkai Meeting  10 am

                           Jodo-E & Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

              10th     Garden Cleaning/Omigaki   9 am

                           Goeika Osame   1 pm

              12th     Directors’ Meeting   7:30 pm

              16th     Mochigome Washing    8 am

              17th     Mochitsuki   7 am

              25th     Christmas Day - Temple closed

              31st     Year End Service   4 pm



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.



Zenshuji cordially invites you to the annual Zenshuji Chasen Kuyo Tea Ceremony & Vegetarian Luncheon on Sunday, November 5th from 11am. Please fill out the registration form below or call the temple for more information.


Registration form





Zenshuji Temple’s celebration for children’s Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3 years old) will be held on Sunday, November 12th at 11:00 am AND 2 pm.  You can pick either time to register.


Usually girls of seven years, boys of 5 years and boys and girls of 3 years go to the local shrine to express gratitude to the Gods for their growth and continued blessings.  The children dress in colorful traditional kimono as they enter the shrine.  If Western attire is worn, the children dress up in party dresses and suits. The children are given candy called “chitoseame” (thousand year candy) to promise them long life.  We order these candies from Japan.  Pictures are taken by the proud parents for these mile stones.  We will have Alan Miyatake of Toyo Miyatake Studio, San Gabriel taking pictures for this memorable event.  Come early to take your pictures before the service.  Alan will be downstairs. All children must register with the ministers at Zenshuji.  Please call (213) 624-8658 and make your reservation.

ROHATSU SESSHIN - NOV 26th to DEC 2nd      


You are all invited to attend Rohatsu Sesshin, our one and only

sesshin of the year at Zenshuji. (A sesshin is a week-long retreat

in which people devote themselves to zazen.) This year, Rohatsu

Sesshin will begin on Sunday, Nov. 26th, and conclude at

midnight on Sat. Dec. 2nd.


Three meals will be served each day. For those who plan to join us for meals, it would be good to know if you are planning to eat with us. If you are planning to sit for quite a bit of the sesshin, please send an email to to register. We often get more people sitting with us on Sunday and particularly on Saturday, the last day. There is a suggested donation of $50- 150, on a sliding scale depending on your situation. Please come and join us, even if you can only sit for an hour or two.




Here is the mochi order form of this year. Please order by 12/12.

mochi order 2017.pdf