Little Tokyo / 100th Anniversary of Zenshuji Soto Temple Lecture / Encountering Buddhism in North America: Study & Practice, In-person & Online, Sept. 17, 5:00-6:00PM, PT

Forwarded for Zenkai of Zenshuji Soto Mission

Dear Zazenkai members and friends,

This is a reminder: The 8th lecture of Zenshuji 100th Anniversary A Series of Lectures and Conversations, The Rise of Nisei Buddhism after World War II by Prof. Michael Masatsugu, Comment by Susannah Duerr will be held this Saturday, the 20th online only from 5 pm.

To register for zoom and get the link, please click below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting:

The 9th lecture will be held on September 17th in-person and online, Encountering Buddhism in North America: Study & Practice. A Conversation with Prof. Lori Meeks (USC) and Rev. Dōshin Diana Johnson (Sozenji Temple).

Thanks to Kevin again, the video of the 7th lecture was uploaded to Zenshuji YouTube;

And here is the lecture series web page which has everything about the lectures:

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday.

Zenshuji Zazenkai



Zenshuji Zasenkai Presents A Series of Lectures and Conversations

This series commemorates Zenshuji Soto Mission’s 100th Anniversary. The temple was founded in 1922 as the first official branch of Soto Zen in North America. Events in the series explore the diverse and emerging story of American Zen, and Zenshuji’s contribution to it.

Events begin at 5:00 pm and, unless online only, are held at Zenshuji Soto Mission at 123 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Live and in-person events are subject to current COVID protocols. Email for Zoom link.

January 22 (in-person & online) Zen at the Half-Century: Zenshuji Temple and the WWII Incarceration of Japanese Americans. A talk by Prof. Duncan Ryuken Williams (University of Southern California)

February 5 (online only) Asian Americans and the Zen Boom: Prof. Dana Takagi (UC Santa Cruz) and Roshi Jakusho Kwong (Sonoma Mt. Zen Center) discuss the Flowering of Zen in San Francisco, including video comments by Dr. Kazumitsu Wako Kato (CSU Los Angeles and Zenshuji Temple)

March 12 (online only) Reflections of a Life of Zen: A talk by Roshi Daigaku Rumme (Confluence Zen Center)

April 16 (online only) One Nun, Two Faiths, and Two Countries: A talk by Rev. Yuko Wakayama (Aiichi Soto Zen Women’s Monastery and Shogakuji Temple – Japan)

May 21 (in-person & online) Mottainai: Zen Approach to Sustainability. A talk by Amy Honjiya (Sustainable Little Tokyo and Zenshuji Temple)

June 25 (in-person & online) Zen-Shin Dialogue: A Conversation with Bishop Marvin Harada (Buddhist Churches of America) and Bishop Noriaki Ito (Higashi Honganji North American District). Moderated by Prof. Duncan Ryuken Williams (University of Southern California)

July 30 (in-person & online) Growing Up Zen: A Conversion with Rev. Nyoze Kwong (Sonoma Mt. Zen Center) and filmmaker Yoko Okumura

August 20 (online only) The Rise of Nisei Buddhism after World War II: A talk by Prof. Michael Masatsugu (Towson State University)

September 17 (in-person & online) How Americans See Buddhism: A Conversation with Prof. Lori Meeks (University of Southern California) and Rev. Doshin Diana Johnson (Sozenji Temple)

October 15 (in-person & online) Hosen Isobe and the Founding of North American’s First Soto Zen Temple: A Seminar Discussion of Pre-circulated Reading

November 12 (in-person & online) The Present and Future of American Zen: A talk by Abbot Konjin Gaelyn Godwin (Soto Zen Buddhism International Center and Houston Zen Center)