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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2015.

Save the Date!

Sunday, July 24

Sangha Forum 





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 Zazen and A Practice Day classes. The Buddha Hand Circle (BHC) oversees the application and admission process. Interested parties can contact the ZCLA Program Steward at for information and requirements.  For the application and additional information, click here. 



Dharma Talk by Darla Myoho Fjeld

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

Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.  This is the last event of the week before our break for the Independence Day holiday.

PLEASE NOTE: The Zen Center is closed for the Independence Day holiday from Friday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 5. We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday, July 6.



Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

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

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please come early for service.



Dharma Talk by Dharma-Holder Faith-Mind Thoresen

Sunday, July 10, 11:00 a.m.

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.


Dharma Talk by Jeanne Dokai Dickenson

Thursday, July 14, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please come early for service.




Day of Reflection on Precept #8: Don't Be Stingy

Saturday, July 16, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Jonathan Kaigen Levy

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.



Just Summer Sesshin

July 17 eve. - July 23

Led by Sensei Ryodo Hawley 


Join us for our Just Summer Sesshin this July! In years past the July retreat was often named the “Yasutani Roshi Memorial Sesshin”, and later it was the “Maezumi Roshi Memorial Sesshin”. Now it is “Just Summer”. Even though it isn’t a memorial, I do want to highlight the actual human beings who came before us by offering a series of dharma talks called “Meet the Masters”. Each will focus on one of our ancient forebears and attempt to reveal the spirit of their Zen by bringing up the koans they appear in along with historical details of their lives. Usually when we give talks we place the emphasis on specific koans and their dharma points, so I’m excited to spend quality time with these great teachers themselves. Can we see with the same eyes they saw with?



Sesshin, "to unify the mind," is an essential practice for the deepening for one's zazen. It is an extended, silent retreat in which most of the normal schedule of the Center is set aside to allow for a more focused zazen practice, integrated with walking meditation, face-to-face meetings with a teacher, work practice, chanting, rest, oryoki meals, and talks.

Part time and full time participation is welcomed. Part time consists of at least a half a day, including all scheduled activities. Your application must be submitted no later than Wednesday, July 13, after which there will be a $25 fee for any late registrations, schedule changes or dropping out (with rare emergency exceptions). No applications will be admitted after sesshin has started. Housing is not guaranteed and is on a first come basis.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for schedule click here.


Sangha Forum

Sunday, July 24, 10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Our coming together will offer a forum for everyone to learn about the rich and varied working and teaching life of the Center. Here’s an opportunity for Sangha members to share with each other what’s going on around the Center. Part town hall meeting, part feedback loop, come join us as we practice with not-knowing to co-create this gathering of the Sangha.



Dharma Talk by George Mukei Horner

Thursday, July 28, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please come early for service.


Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, August 4, 7:30 p.m.

During this ceremony of renewing the vows and Precepts, we each have an opportunity to bear witness to our conduct in thoughts, words, and actions. Everyone is welcome. Those who have received the Precepts are asked to attend on a regular basis.

Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, August 7, 11:00 a.m.

Roshi will pose a question or theme to the Sangha and we will take turns engaging with her in this Public Face-to-Face with a teacher.  A wonderful opportunity to ask a question and learn from others. Everyone welcome.


Teisho on the Negative Vow

Thursday, August 11, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

by Roshi Egyoku



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