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Zazen Instruction for Newcomers

Zazen Instruction for Newcomers (ZP Series)
ZCLA is committed to offering meditation instruction to all who enter the temple gate, as we have done for almost 40 years. Our introductory Zen practice program includes beginning meditation instruction (ZP 1 and ZP 2), a full day of practice at ZCLA (ZP 3), and Tangaryo, an important step to becoming a formal member of the Center.

ZP 1: Introduction to Zen Practice
Instruction on the basics of Zen sitting and walking practices, specifically focusing on postures of the body, breath, and mind. There is opportunity for short practice sessions and questions and answers. This class is offered every Sunday morning from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Please arrive by 8:15 a.m.
Attendees are also invited to a Dharma talk or Dharma Chat offered on most Sunday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch. Advance registration is not required.

The suggested fee is $20. Nobody is turned away for the lack of fund.

ZP 2: Refining Your Practice
A follow-up to ZP 1, this class gives newcomers the opportunity to return for further guidance from an instructor. The class is held on Sundays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Please arrive by 8:15 a.m.
Includes attending the Zen Buddhist service at 8:30 a.m. and sitting one period in the Zendo at 9:45 a.m. Attendees are also invited to a Dharma Talk or chat offered on most Sunday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch. ZP 1 is prerequisite, but advance registration is not required.

The suggested fee is $20. Nobody is turned away for the lack of fund.

ZP 3: A Practice Day at ZCLA
For those who wish to explore practice at the Center, a senior student will take you through an entire day of practice at ZCLA. You will experience morning service, zazen, face-to-face meeting with a Zen teacher, a Precept Circle, and the monthly Day of Reflection where the focus is on personal practice with the Bodhisattva precepts. There will be ample time for questions and discussions with the instructor. From 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ZP3 takes place on the third Saturday of every month. Please register in advance by calling the office. Prerequisite: ZP 1 and ZP 2, or established Zen practice at another center.

The suggested fee for the day is $20. Nobody is turned away for the lack of fund. For precise schedule click here.

ZP 4: Tangaryo
Traditionally, Tangaryo is an all-day sitting done by members upon entering the temple. At ZCLA, while Tangaryo is required of new members, it is open to all, and group Tangaryo days are frequently attended by long-time zen students. During this day, practice is unstructured: no bells, no teacher. Typically the sitting lasts from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with an hour off for lunch and a tea/discussion to end the day. Silent, informal lunch is provided. Fee on donation base.


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