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NOV:      4th      Chasen Kuyo Tea Ceremony   11 am

              11th     Fujinkai Meeting  10 am

                          Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

                          Medicare Seminar   12:30 pm

                          CPR class   1 pm

              12th    Veteran’s Day Observed - Temple closed

              13th    Board Meeting   7:30 pm

              18th    Shichi Go San 753 Children’s Service   11 am & 2 pm

              22th    Thanksgiving Day - Temple closed

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


DEC:     2 - 8   Rohatsu Sesshin    all day

              9th     Fujinkai Meeting  10 am

                         Jodo-E, Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

              11th    Directors’ Meeting   7:30 pm

              16th   Garden Cleaning/Omigaki   9 am

                         Goeika Osame    1 pm

              25th   Christmas Day - Temple closed

              29th    Mochigome Washing    8 am

              30th    Mochitsuki    7 am - 5 pm

              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.



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!




Zenshuji Temple’s celebration for children’s Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3 years old) will be held on Sunday, November 18th at 11:00 am AND 2 pm.  You can pick either time to register.


Usually girls of 7 years, boys of 5 years and boys and girls of 3 years old 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 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.




Zenshuji cordially invites you to the annual Zenshuji Chasen Kuyo Tea Ceremony & Vegetarian Luncheon on Sunday, November 4th from 11am. $60 per person. Please fill out the registration form below.


Registration form


CPR CLASS after November Monthly Service


On Sunday, November 11th, Zen Aerobics class will host a special CPR workshop from 1 pm. To register, please call at the temple 213-624-8658 or email to




Also on Sunday, November 11th after the monthly service from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Mr. Harry Matsumoto, Zenshuji Carnival Treasurer/a long-time temple member, will share his knowledge about latest Medicare. Everyone is welcome and it’s free to attend. Please see the flyer on the right for more information.

ROHATSU SESSHIN - DEC 2nd to DEC 8th      


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, Dec. 2nd, and conclude at

midnight on Sat. Dec. 8th.


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.