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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2018.

Save the Date!

"Advice for Future Corpses" workshop with Sallie Jiko Tisdales

Saturday, March 2, 1-4 p.m.


Residential Training Opportunity

Resident training offers Zen students the opportunity to deepen their practice by living with a resident teacher and a community of practitioners. Residents combine Zen training with family and careers, engage in shared stewardship, and explore the dynamic life of Sangha. Zen Center of Los Angeles (ZCLA) has two apartment buildings for its Residential Training Program.   Applicants with either a little or a lot of experience as a Zen student may apply. Before the application process begins, prospective residents are asked to complete the Introduction to Zen Meditation and A Practice Day classes. The Buddha Hand Circle (BHC) oversees the application and admission process. Interested parties can contact for information and requirements.   For the application and additional information, click here. 



January is Bare Bones Month

with only scheduled sitting on the weekends.




Special Day of Reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King

Saturday, January 12, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Rosa Ando Martinez

Ando will lead us in an exploration and reflection on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Our council will also be on a theme inspired by Martin Luther King.



Evergreen Cemetery visit for Nyogen Senzaki Roshi

Sunday, January 13, 10:45 a.m.

Annual visit to the Evergreen Cemetery gravesite of Zen pioneer Nyogen Senzaki and Japanese-American Buddhist ancestors. We will also to a service honoring the unclaimed dead of Los Angeles.  Each year, there are a number of people (around 1,500 each year) who die in Los Angeles whose bodies are unclaimed.  They are eventually cremated at a crematorium adjacent to Evergreen Cemetery and buried together. 

Meet in the Sangha House driveway for carpooling at 10:45 a.m. For an excellent book of Senzaki Sensei’s writings, see Eloquent Silence, Wisdom Publications, 2008. For more information on Nyogen Senzaki, click here.  All are welcome to join us as we honor our ancestors. We should be back by 1:00 p.m. 

Pictured above:  Maezumi Roshi bows to the smiling Soen Nakagawa Roshi in front of Nyogen Senzaki's grave.





Saturday, January 19, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tangaryo is an all-day sitting without a timekeeper which is open to all and required of members to do at least once. No fee but donations appreciated. For the Tangaryo schedule click here. To rsvp, please sign-up on the bulletin board or email SILENCE is maintained all day. The Zendo remains open for members to join in the sitting.





Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Thursday, January 31, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Our Bare Bones Month ends as Roshi gives a teisho to start us off in the New Year. Followed by tea and cookies.  Everyone is welcome to attend. 


For a pdf, of our 2019 Sesshins and Retreats, click here