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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2018.

Save the Date!

Celebrating Roshi Bernie Glassman

Sunday, December 16


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. 





Day of Reflection on Precept #9: The Practice of Not Being Angry

Saturday, November 17, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Chris Daian Fields

Approximately every third Saturday is devoted to the Zen Bodhisattva Precepts. The day begins with a recitation of the precepts and includes zazen and face-to-face meetings with our teachers, a brief precept talk, and a precept circle. Open to everyone. For precise schedule click here.




Dialogue on Shelter & Homelessness

Led by Special Guest Mike Dickerson from Shelter All Koreatown

Sunday, November 18, 11:00-Noon

This will be a talk with Q & A to explore this very pressing issue.



NOTE: The Zen Center is closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays from Monday, November 19 to Tuesday, November 27.  We will re-open on Wednesday, November 28, which is the DEADLINE to sign-up for Rohatsu Sesshin!





Wednesday, November 28, 7-9 p.m.

Día: El último Míercoles de cada mes

Horio:  7:15–9:00 p.m.  (por favor lleguen a las 7:00 p.m.)

Led by Rosa Ando Martinez

We are starting a new Introduction to Zen Meditation class in Spanish.  It will generally be held on the last Wednesday of the month.  Please help spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested.  For flyer in Spanish, click here.

The remaining date for the 2018 classes are:

míercoles, deciembre 19




Bearing Witness Council on "Detangling Spiritual Authority"

Thursday, November 29, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Led by Tchoren Christina Carvalho

Most months on the last Thursday evening, we will hold a Bearing Witness Council focused on a shadow issue. This is an issue in which we are unaware of its aspects (i.e., in shadow) or something that we have difficulty facing or including. The councils will be from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Dharma Hall in lieu of the usual Dharma Talk. This is a practice of not turning away. Followed by tea and cookies. All welcome.



Rohatsu Sesshin

Friday, November 30, 6:00 p.m. (supper and registration); 7:30 p.m. (sesshin begins) to Saturday, December 8, 5:00 p.m.

Led by Roshi Egyoku

“Sesshin” means “to collect one’s heart-mind.” This sesshin commemorates the Buddha’s enlightenment, traditionally designated as having occurred on Rohatsu (“eighth day, twelfth month”) and is considered the most important sesshin of our year. Sesshin is highly recommended for deepening one’s practice. The schedule includes zazen, chanting, Face-to-Face meetings with Roshi, dharma talks, work, rest, and three vegetarian oryoki meals daily.


Deadline to register: Wednesday, November 28. Our housing fills up quickly for this sesshin and is not guaranteed.  Both full- and part-time participation welcome. Please register by filling an application online. 

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

For tentative schedule, click here



Blue Rakusu Presentation to Betsy Enduring-Vow Brown

Sunday, December 9, 9:00 a.m.

Having completed her Shuso year as Head Trainee, Enduring-Vow will be presented with a Blue Rakusu just before the first period of Zazen. Come join us and show her your gratitude.




Pilgrimage Sharing

Sunday, December 9, 11:00 a.m.

Nem Etsugen Bajra and Yoko Gyokuren Bajra will share with the Sangha their recent pilgrimages.

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Followed by Sangha Lunch at 12:15. Open to all.








The Art of Positive Emotions

The last class in a three class series led by Roshi Egyoku

Thursday, December 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

ZCLA Members: $30 per class; Non-Members: $45 per class

This class will focus on how to increase the positive emotions of happiness, joy, and love in our lives. We will have fun exploring these emotions and creating our own practices. Our aim will be to experience these emotions on a more consistent basis and create new habit patterns. Small group work and class sharing will be important components of the course.   

You can attend this class without having attended the first two but contact to rsvp and get assignments.




Celebrating Roshi Bernie Glassman

Sunday, December 16, 2018

In honor of the 49th Day of his passing, we will spend a special day celebrating the second abbot of ZCLA.  The schedule will be as follows:

6-7 a.m. — Open Zazen

7:30-8:30 —Breakfast Snack

9:00 - 9:40 — Zazen

10:00 — Gate of Sweet Nectar in the Garden

10:45 (following Gate) — Reflections by Roshi Egyoku on Bernie and Open Sharing in Dharma Hall

12:15 PM — Pizza lunch (Bernie loved pizza!)








2018 Year-End Sesshin

Thursday, Dec. 27 (eve.) - Sunday, Dec. 30

Led by Dharma-Holder Faith-Mind Thoresen

During this sesshin, the Great Silence is the teacher. The schedule is spare: Just Zazen, Just Walking, Just Eating, Just Working, Just Resting - breath by breath, step by step, bite by bite, moment by moment. We will look directly at the conditioned mind and taste the freedom of forgetting the self. A wonderful opportunity to empty out and go deep as we end the year.


There will be one-Bowl style meals, not Oryoki-style.

Deadline to register: Sunday, December 16. 

A fee of $25 will be added after Sunday, December 16, for any schedule changes or dropping out (with rare emergency exceptions). Housing is limited and not guaranteed. First come, first served.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for schedule, click here.






Please consider the commitment you can make to focus your Zen training. The emphasis is on focusing and not stressing yourself by adding more activities. What is doable and sustainable for you for a week, for a month, for three months? Is there something that you can set aside or do less of, such as less time surfing the web or playing computer games? How will you hone your inborn urge to live awake here and now?


We will hold the following commitments in common:

  • Daily zazen. What is a realistic daily commitment for you?
  • Face-to-face meetings with a teacher. How often can you meet?
  • Zazenkai or Sesshin. Can you do all or part of a zazenkai or sesshin?


For a copy of our 2018 Fall Commitment form, click here 

For instructional letter on how to fill out form, click here

We are still accepting commitment forms.  Send to

There are also copies in the Sangha House lounge.  You can put them in the Program Steward gray mail slot.






For a pdf, of our 2018 Sesshins and Retreats, click here