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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.



Soto Zen Shumucho (administrative offices) made videos to show our activities in North America. The first one will show you the current stream of Soto Zen in North America, how the Zen is synchronizing in the daily life of the people who live there.

In the second one, almost 100 year-history in North America can be seen including Zenshuji. Soto Zen Buddhism was originally begun for Japanese immigrants. But now, there are so many Zen centers for the practitioners in North America.

The Advancement of Soto Zen

in North America

Soto Zen As a new style of living



AUG:       4th     LABCC Summer Camp Ends

              14th    Board Meeting   7:30 pm

              19th    Fujinkai Meeting  10 am

                         Jizo-Bon, Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

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

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

SEP:       3rd      Labor Day - Temple closed

              9th      Garden Cleaning   9 am

              11th    Board Meeting   7:30 pm

              16th    Fujinkai Meeting  10 am

                          Higan-E, Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

                          Keiro-Kai Luncheon   12 noon

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

              23rd    Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  11 am

              30th    Otakiage (Burning Ceremony)   11 am




It’s time to renew your temple membership. Please use the form here and mail it to the temple with a check. Thank you very much for your continuous support!


HIGAN-E with BAKE SALE & KEIRO-KAI Luncheon - Sep 16th


Our O-HIGAN service from 11 am on Sunday, September 16th has a lot to enjoy. Not just you get free Ohagi at the service, but also we have Bake & Craft sale by the Nagamine family, followed by Keiro-Kai luncheon with Terakoya kids entertainment. Please come and enjoy all the activities with us. For the Keiro-Kai luncheon’s bento box lunch order, please contact the temple.

OTAKIAGE; Burning Ceremony - Sep 30th


We will have the Annual Burning Ceremony at Huntington State Beach on Sunday, September 30th.  This event is to have a burning 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.


Otakiage Map