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


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


DEC:      6th     Jodo-E, Monthly Service & Memorial   11 am

               8th    Directors’ Meeting   6:30 pm

              13th   Garden Cleaning/Omigaki   9 am

                         Goeika Osame    1 pm

              25th   Christmas Day - Temple closed

              31st    Year-end Service   4 pm



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

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, 1 pm 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 milestones.  

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.


EITAIKYO Service Dharma Talks


Eitaikyo service was held on October 18th by the ministers and Dharma talks were given by Rev. Miyazaki in Japanese and by Rev. Doshin Johnson in English. Please enjoy the video here.

Dharma Talks at Eitaikyo

By Rev.Miyazaki in Jpn.

& Rev. Doshin in Eng.

T-shirt2020 orderform-letter.pdf



We usually make fundraising T-shirts at Obon, but this year we are making 2020 T-Shirts now! Please use the order form to the right to pre-order by mail by  November 30th.

T-shirt2020 letter-orderform.pdf