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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.



NOV:      3rd      Chasen Kuyo Tea Ceremony   11 am

              10th     Fujinkai Meeting  10 am

                          Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

              11th    Veteran’s Day - Temple closed

              12th    Board Meeting   7:30 pm

              17th    Shichi Go San 753 Children’s Service   11 am & 2 pm

              24th    Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese  11 am

              28th    Thanksgiving Day - Temple closed


DEC:     1 - 7   Rohatsu Sesshin    all day

              8th     Fujinkai Meeting  10 am

                         Jodo-E, Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

              10th    Directors’ Meeting   7:30 pm

              15th   Garden Cleaning/Omigaki   9 am

                         Goeika Osame    1 pm

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

              25th   Christmas Day - Temple closed

              28th    Mochigome Washing    8 am

              29th    Mochitsuki    7 am - 5 pm

              31st    Year-end Service   4 pm



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 cordially invites you to the annual Zenshuji Chasen Kuyo Tea Ceremony & Vegetarian Luncheon on Sunday, November 3rd from 11am.


Registration Form





Zenshuji Temple’s celebration for children’s Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3 years old) will be held on Sunday, November 17th 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 call the temple and register with the ministers at Zenshuji.  Please see the flyer for more information. Also you can ask Ms. Akutagawa for kimono rental and/or dressing. Please call her for pricing and detail at 805-404-7635.


ROHATSU SESSHIN - DEC 1st to DEC 7th      


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. 1st, and conclude at

midnight on Sat. Dec. 7th.


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.