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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 apartments 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 introductory Zen practice classes, ZP1 through ZP3. The Buddha Hand Circle (BHC) oversees the application and admission process. Interested parties can contact Betsy Enduring-Vow Brown via Senshin, the ZCLA Program Steward at firstname.lastname@example.org information and requirements. We currently have a studio apartment available.
Friday, December 6, 6:00 p.m. (supper and registration); 7:30 p.m. (sesshin begins) to Saturday, December 14, 5:00 p.m.
Led by Roshi Egyoku
This week the Zen Center is in silent retreat. Registration is full at this time.
The Zendo remains open to Members during all scheduled sitting periods. For a copy of the schedule, click here.
Day of Reflection on the First of the Three Tenets: Not Knowing
Saturday, December 21, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Led by Rosa Ando Martinez
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.
Teisho on "Polishing the Bones"
by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA
Sunday, December 22, 11:00 a.m.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
2013 End-of-Year MuGon Sesshin
Friday, Dec. 27 (at 9:00 a.m.) - Monday, Dec. 30
Led by Roshi Egyoku
MuGon means “No Words.” During this sesshin, the Great Silence of No Words 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 no Dharma Talks, Interviews, or Oryoki-style meals. Minimum commitment is one full day of sesshin. Absolute Deadline to register: Wednesday, December 18. We are requesting payment by that time.
A fee of $25 will be added after Wednesday, December 18, 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.
New Year's Eve Events
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Please join us for some or all of these events to mark the end of 2013.
2:00 p.m. Sangha Year-End Council (Dharma Hall)
4:00 p.m. Sangha Members’ Annual Memorial Service (Buddha Hall)
4:30 p.m. Informal supper (Sangha House) with music by Dylan Neal
6:00 p.m. Purification (Zendo)
6:10 p.m. Be in your seat
6:15 p.m. Atonement Ceremony
7:45 p.m. Ringing of 108 Bells, Zazen & Fire Ceremony
8:15 p.m. Revolving the Sutra Service (Buddha Hall)
followed by a celebratory cake & cider toast for the New Year 2013 (Sangha House)
NOTE: The Zen Center will be in Winter Recess from January 1-7, 2014
The Annual Fund is essential in supporting all of our rich and varied Dharma offerings, ranging from zazen to picking up neighborhood trash, from investigating an ethical life to supporting the spiritual growth of inmates. The Fund is necessary to keep the Zen Center organization healthy, the buildings and grounds in good condition, and our staff supported.
In light of our anticipated needs, we have set a goal of $60,000 for this year’s Annual Fund, and we ask for your generous donations to help meet this goal.
For a copy of Roshi's Annual Fund letter to the Sangha, click here.
To make a contribution now, through Pay Pal, click here.
Or you can send a check made out to ZCLA to our office at 923 South Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006.