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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2018.

Save the Dates!

Ango Entering Ceremony

Saturday, September 29

Roshi's Teisho & Birthday Celebration

Sunday, September 30

 

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 Residency@ZCLA.org for information and requirements.   For the application and additional information, click here. 

 

 

 

Annual Koreatown Community Cleanup

Saturday, September 15, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

ZCLA will join in this annual neighborhood cleanup to prevent litter from flowing into our oceans!

Registration 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Lunch will be provided.

Sign up to be a volunteer at www.kyccla.org/volunteer-events/

Meet at: Hoover St. Elementary School, 2726 Francis Avenue, LA, CA  90005

 

 

 

Personal Practice Talk by Bill Earth-Mirror Corcoran

Sunday, September 16, 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.

During Personal Practice talks, the speaker introduces their spiritual journey to the Sangha, focusing on the themes that have run through their lives and the insights, people, and events that have deepened and transformed their understanding of life itself. Come take this opportunity to get to know your fellow sangha member in a deeper way. Everyone is welcome to attend. Followed by tea and cookies. And please come early for service!

 

 

 

Personal Practice Talk by Jonathan Kaigen Levy

Thursday, September 20, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

During Personal Practice talks, the speaker introduces their spiritual journey to the Sangha, focusing on the themes that have run through their lives and the insights, people, and events that have deepened and transformed their understanding of life itself. Come take this opportunity to get to know your fellow sangha member in a deeper way. Everyone is welcome to attend. Followed by tea and cookies. And please come early for service!

 

 

Day of Reflection on Precept #10: The Practice of Not Thinking Ill of the Three Treasures

Saturday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Diane True-Joy Fazio

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.

 

 

 

2018 Precepts & Jukai Class Series

Led by Sensei Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

Precepts Study Series: Introduction to the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts

Saturdays, 9-11:45 a.m. 

September 22; October 6, 13, 27; November 3

Jukai (Receiving the Precepts) Class Series

Saturdays, 9-11:15 a.m.

November 17 & December 15

For details on the class, click here

 

 

 

 

Dharma Chat: "How do you understand and practice Ritual?​"

Sunday, September 23, 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.

Led by Peter Ryugen Sample

On the last Sunday of most months, we have an hour-long Dharma Chat led by a Sangha member on a various topics of interest. We discuss how we practice in everyday life situations and other issues. This chat will be a chance to hear about the meditation practices of others and share your own, including the current challenges/struggles we are working with.

 

 

MEDITACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL

Wednesday, September 26, 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 2018 dates for the classes are:

míercoles, septiembre 26

míercoles, octubre 31

míercoles, noviembre 28

míercoles, deciembre 19

 

 

Personal Practice Talk by Geri Meiho Bryan

Thursday, September 27, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

During Personal Practice talks, the speaker introduces their spiritual journey to the Sangha, focusing on the themes that have run through their lives and the insights, people, and events that have deepened and transformed their understanding of life itself. Come take this opportunity to get to know your fellow sangha member in a deeper way. Everyone is welcome to attend. Followed by tea and cookies. And please come early for service!

 

 

 

Fall Practice Period Entering and Head Trainee Entering and Leave-taking Ceremonies

Saturday, September 29, 9:00 a.m.

Join us as we open the Practice Period with an Entering Ceremony in the Zendo. 

 

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

 

 

Fall Practice Period Commitment Circle

Saturday, September 29, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

After morning sitting and a short snack, we will meet in the Dharma Hall for a Practice Period Commitment Circle where we can discuss our commitments for this practice period and share and receive the support of the Sangha.

 

 

 

Teisho* by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA and special Birthday Celebration

Sunday, September 30, 10:30 a.m.

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen at 9:00 a.m. 

This is Roshi's birthday.  After her teisho, we will have a special celebration, including Syrian lunch prepared by the Trads family who cooked for our 50th Anniversary. (*A teisho is a Japanese term used to describe the dharma talk that the Zen master gives.) What a auspicious way to begin our Fall Practice Period.  Please join us.

 

 

 

Autumn Wind Sesshin

October 14 eve. - October 21, 2018

Led by Roshi Egyoku

 

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 Zen 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. Please fill out application online.

 

A fee of $25 will be added after Wednesday, October 10 Noon, 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 the tentative schedule click here.

 

 

 

 

Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, November 1, 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.  Followed by tea and cookies.  Preceded by service at 7:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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