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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2014.

Save the Date!

  Saturday, August 9 Sangha Celebration

3 to 5:30 p.m.

Deadline to RSVP this

Thursday, July 31



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 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 info@zcla.orgfor information and requirements. We currently have two studio apartments available.


The Practice of Perfection: The Ten Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective Class # 6

Thursday, July 31, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

A ten-class series led by Roshi Egyoku

The remaining Thursday night class dates are:

August 21, October 16, November 20, and December 18. 

ZCLA Members: $20 per class; Non-Members: $30 per class

RSVPS only. The class is full but if interested, please email


Public Face-to-Face with Sensei Daishin Buksbazen

Sunday, August 3, 11:00 a.m.

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


Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, August 7, 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.


Sangha Celebration: Honoring our Sangha Guardians Growing Together in Service

Saturday, August 9, 3-5:30 p.m.

We invite you and your friends and family to join us for this special afternoon of food, music and appreciation in the Zen Center garden. There is no charge but an RSVP is required, the earlier the better to help with planning (Deadline to RSVP July 31). 

Please email with the names in your party who will be attending. We look forward to seeing you all there – old friends and new!




Day of Reflection on Precept #5: The Practice of Not Being Deluded

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

Led by Conrad Butsugen Romo

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.


Zen Men Meeting

Sunday August 24, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

A forum for male Sangha members to share personal and life concerns in a safe and confidential environment. Meets in the Dharma Hall.


Dharma Training Fund Appeal


A monk asked Hui-hai, "By what means can the gateway of our school be entered?"

Hui-hai said, "By means of the Dana Paramita."

Dear Bodhisattvas,

It is a long-standing tradition of the Zen Center to support the practice and training of all who enter our gates regardless of income. We turn no one away for lack of funds. 

Your loving generosity allows us to continue in this tradition. 


Sangha Discussion

Over the past year, 15 Zen students directly benefitted from and were able to carry on their full activities at the Zen Center because of the Dharma Training Fund. One such student offered the following:

 "Receiving DTF not only allowed me to remain a member of ZCLA and take part in sesshins and special programs when I did not have the finances -- the deeper part of DTF is that through it, I experienced generosity, service, gratitude, unconditional love and support, and it made me want to give back in a similar way, to the Zen Center, and also beyond. Thus, through this great practice, I am experiencing how the dharma grows, from one action to another and another and another, radiating out and touching all beings everywhere!" 

In addition, well over a hundred students indirectly benefited from the Dharma Training Fund through its support of the Zen Center's many regular offerings and programs, such as our monthly Days of Reflection, Zazenkais and Sesshins. The Dharma Training Fund also helped to support Roshi Egyoku's Paramita Series, Roshi Bernie Glassman's Workshop, and the Hidden Lamp Workshop as well as our Jukai class series and our Priest Training Retreats.

We are so blessed to have a Sangha where everyone is encouraged to awaken.

Please join us by giving a gift to support the Dharma Training Fund. 

Again, thank you for your gift of generosity. 


With deep gratitude,

The Development Circle

Muso, Myoho, Plum-Hermit, Enduring-Vow, Jiho and Faith-Mind


Ways to give:


To donate now with a credit/debit card, Click Here

Mail a check marked DTF to:

ZCLA, 923 S. Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA  90006


Place cash or checks in the donation box located in the Sangha House








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