Announcements for December 2018

Udon Sale - The Temple will hold its annual Udon Sale on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The price per bowl is still $7.00.  Chirashi-sushi, spam musubi and chicken katsu, prepared by the Fujinkai, will also be for sale, as well as some dessert items.  Enjoy a hot lunch with us!  Please bring your family and friends to this worthy and tasty fund raiser.

Need a last minute stocking stuffer for Christmas?  The Fujinkai will also be selling various craft items that would be perfect!  These items are handmade, so they are individually unique. 

The Temple will also be raffling a very large and beautiful gift basket full of goodies just in time for Christmas!  This awesome gift basket was donated by Mrs. Frances Nakashoji.

Osame Daishiko Service & Visiting Ministers! - The December Osame Daishiku service will be held a week earlier than normal on Sunday, December 9, 2018, starting at 1:30 p.m.  The date change is to accommodate visiting ministers from Japan who will assist Rev. Iwasawa in a special Goma Fire Ritual. We encourage all our members to attend this service.  The visiting ministers are:

    Rev. Kanpo Mimatsu from Gumyoji Temple, Yokohama, Japan (currently

        in training at the LA Koyasan Betsuin through January 8, 2019)

    Rev. Kandai Mimatsu from Gumyoji Temple, Yokohama, Japan

    Rev. Shoko Shimoda from Saikoji Temple, Yokohama, Japan

For the Goma Ritual, attendees will be asked to write down their wishes and dreams on specially prepared Soe Goma wood.  The wood will be burned during the prayer service to send the wishes to Buddha.

Following the service, refreshments will be served in the Social Hall so members can chat with the visiting ministers.

Evening Meditation Session - The December session is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11, 2018, starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Temple sanctuary.

Mochitsuki & Sale - The Temple will be making mochi to sell for its final fund raiser of the year.  The mochitsuki and sale will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018, with the mochi-making starting at 8:00 a.m.  Any volunteers available to help would be greatly appreciated!  The Temple will be taking orders until December 10, 2018.  Click on the link to download a pdf of the order form.

December Goeika Practice CANCELLED - Due to a scheduling conflict (mochitsuki noted above), the December 15 Goeika practice has been cancelled.

Joya Service - The end-of-year Joya Service will be held at the Temple on

Monday, December 31, 2018, starting at 5:30 p.m.

We’re on Facebook! - The Temple is now on Facebook!  (  Please check it out.  We’re posting upcoming events as well as pictures.

New Pictures! - New pictures have been added to the website, so the following pages have the most recent photos:

2018 Shichi-Go-San & Children’s Blessing

November 2018 Newsletter - The November 2018 Newsletter is available for viewing on the website.  Click on the link to view the pdf file

Trying to find a form?  Most Temple forms are available under the “Calendar” link above.  Go to the current year and then the month the event will be happening.  Links to the form are there by the date of the event.  Links are disabled after the event has passed.  Membership forms are under the “Membership” link above.

New Ojuzu - Some new bracelet ojuzu are now available.  Similar to the other bracelet types but without the tassel.  The large bead contains a gold picture of Kobo Daishi.  Click on the link to view the different types available. 

Update on Parking at the CALFIRE Parking Lot - CALFIRE is now allowing Temple guests to park in their lot as it was before the restaurant opened on the corner of 14th & V.  No placard is required.  As most Temple events occur on weekends or after office hours, the lot owner will not have cars towed.