Fall Practice Period 2015

2015 Fall Practice Period October 3 - December 31

Fall Practice Period and Head Trainee Entering Ceremony

Saturday, October 3, 9:00 a.m.

Join us as we open the Practice Period with an Entering Ceremony in the Zendo. Five Sanghas will be participating, from Los Angeles to New Jersey.

For a copy of the Practice Period Commitment form, click here. 

For a copy of the Song of Gratefulness, click here.

We are still accepting the forms.  Please hand in your form by Friday, October 2 so we can enter your name on the Sangha Training Board and in the next edition of the WaterWheel Newsletter.

Fall Practice Period Commitment Circle

Saturday, October 3, 11:30 a.m.

After morning sitting, we will meet in the Dharma Hall for a Practice Period Commitment Circle where we can discuss our commitments for this practice period and share and receive the support of the Sangha.


Letter to the Sangha re: Practice Period Commitment Forms

Dear Sangha Members,

On behalf of our Zen teachers, we are pleased to issue the Commitment Form for our upcoming 2015 Fall Practice Period.   Five Sanghas will be participating, from Los Angeles to New Jersey.

Attached you will find the 2015 Ango Commitment form for you to fill out and return to me.  At a later date, we will be sending you a link so that you can hear how the song for the “Gratitude Practice” is sung.

The PDF is a fillable form for those who have Adobe Acrobat Pro only. After filling out the form, save the form by choosing "save as" and then rename the document as per this example: 2015 Ango Commitment Senshin Griffith.  Then you can just email the form to

Most everyone that has a computer has Adobe Reader. If not, you can download it by going to Once you've opened it in Adobe Reader, print it, fill it out and then mail it to: Zen Center of Los Angeles, Attention Program Steward, 923 South Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006. If you are a regular visitor of the Zen Center, you can bring it in and place it in the Program Steward mailbox that you'll find in the Sangha House coffee room.

We request that you send your forms in by Wednesday September 30 so we can enter your name on the Sangha Training Board.  Make that your first commitment.  Get your form to us on time! 

The Entering Ceremony for our Fall Practice Period (and our new Head Trainee) will be on Saturday, October 3 at 9:00 a.m.  After the usual periods of zazen, we will have a snack at 11:00 a.m. and a Practice Period Commitment Circle from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  We hope that you will all join us!

Please take advantage of our wonderful collective energy to make the commitments that will deepen your practice.

With gratitude,







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