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Below schedule is subject to change due to the health department regulations.


OCT:      12th   Columbus Day - Temple closed

              13th    Board Meeting   6:30 pm

              18th    Eitaikyo, Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am   Facebook Live


NOV:      10th    Board Meeting   6:30 pm

              11th    Veteran’s Day - Temple closed

              15th    Shichi Go San 753 Children’s Service   11 am & 2 pm

              22nd   Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

              26th    Thanksgiving Day - Temple closed



We have finally set up online donation. Please check the DONATION page using the fourth navigation tab on the left. If you have any questions, please email

JIZO-BON Service with BUTSUGENJI Livestreamed


Jizo-bon ceremony was held outside on Sunday, August 16th in

front of the Jizo statues at Zenshuji. Dharma Eye temple,

Butsugenji in Oregon participated by Zoom and a Dharma talk

was given by Butsugenji’s abbot, Rev. Ejo McMullen. You can

see the videos of the service on Zenshuji Facebook page. There

are a longer version of the video (1:15:32) and a shorter version

(49:34) which was edited by Rev. Kojima. Please click on the

link here and enjoy.

Jizo-Bon with

Butsugenji, Oregon

Hannya Shingyo (Heart Sutra) Masks on Sale


We made Hannya Shingyo (Heart Sutra) masks which were

blessed at the Tendoku Daihannya prayer service for the early containment of COVID-19 on August 23rd. You can buy them

at the temple in person or order by mail or online at SHOP page.

If you have questions, please call the temple at 213-624-8658

or email




Zenshuji Temple’s celebration for children’s Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3 years old) will be held on Sunday, November 15th 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.  

All children must call the temple and register with the ministers at Zenshuji.


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.  Please call Alan for reservation at (626) 289-5674. He will be downstairs. Also you can ask Ms. Akutagawa for kimono rental and/or dressing. Please call her for pricing and detail at 805-404-7635.