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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2015.

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       Saturday, September 12





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 for information and requirements.



Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, August 2, 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 by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Thursday, August 6, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

On Thursday nights, we offer a series of talks on the Dharma. Everyone is welcome to attend. No charge, donations welcome. Followed by tea and cookies. 



Friday, August 7 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, August 8 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by Tom Dharma-Joy Reichert

Everyone is encouraged to come to this silent and restful day with zazen, service, work, meals, Dharma Talk, and face-to-face meeting. The schedule is similar to a day of sesshin. Open to everyone. Zendo remains open for non-participants. Deadline to register is Wednesday, August 5 (a $25 fee will be charged for any changes after this date). Housing not guaranteed. First come, first served.

for application click here.

for fee structure click here.

for schedule click here.

Dharma Talk by Head Trainee Katherine Senshin Griffith

Sunday, August 9, 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.


Fushinzamu: Kitchen Cleaning

Sunday, August 9, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Please join in the practice of the Sangha working together (Fushinzamu) to clean our kitchen. Come for all or part-time. Make it one of your commitments to the Zen Center! Great way for newcomers to get involved, serve and say thank you for all the wonderful meals you've had here.



Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, August 13, 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.


Founders Service

Saturday, August 15, 8:30 a.m.

Once a month we hold a special service to honor our founders, Baian Hakujun Daiosho and Taizan Maezumi Honored One, and the main ancestors of our Lineage. Service is held in the Founders Room on the Saturday closest to the 14th of the month.  All welcome!


Dharma Talk by Luminous-Heart Tompson

Sunday, August 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.


Dharma Talk by Lorraine Gessho Kumpf

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

On Thursday nights, we offer a series of Dharma Talks. Everyone is welcome to attend. No charge, donations welcome.


Day of Reflection on Precept #9 Don't Be Angry

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

Led by Kathy Myoan Solomon

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.


Sacred Circle Dancing

Saturday, August 22, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

A new group is forming to explore Sacred Circle Dance on an on-going basis. They will most often meet in the afternoons of our Day of Reflections.  All welcome to attend. For more information on Sacred Circle Dancing, go to


Tenzo Practice at ZCLA: How to Cook for 40

Sunday, August 23, 8am - 12:15pm (followed by lunch) 

Taught by Jane Chen

Find out what Zen practice in the kitchen is all about, as well as the practical side of preparing a Sunday lunch at ZCLA. 

Topics Covered:

• Zcla kitchen basics

• Tenzo Study: cooking as practice

• Step by step guide to preparing a meal for 40, from planning through execution

• Hands-on training: prep and cook the meal with other practitioners

• Kitchen and dining room service

• Giver, Receiver, and Gift: Enjoy the meal with the Sangha

After this course, you will be well-equipped to Tenzo a future Sunday meal! 

Class size is limited to 6, so rsvp now!  First come, first in.  We will take a waiting list for any possible future classes. Cost: free, but you must rsvp to



For information on our next Precept/Jukai Class Series which will start in late September, please click here.



Ways to Give to ZCLA:


Our need this year for the Dharma Training Fund is to reach a goal of $10,000. We have $6000 to go. We are so blessed to have a Sangha where everyone is included. Please include yourself and give a gift to support the Dharma Training Fund. $10, $100, $1,000, $10,000 - no gift is too large or small. All make a difference and are deeply appreciated.


Ways to give:


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


  • Mail a check made out to ZCLA and marked Dharma Training Fund to: ZCLA, 923 S. Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA  90006

  • Place cash, checks or your credit card information in the donation box located in the Sangha House.

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