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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2015.

Save the Date!

 Sunday, July 12,

Sangha Forum

(see info below)






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.org for information and requirements.



Dharma Talk by DeWayne Gojitsu Snodgrass

Thursday, July 9, 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.


Sangha Forum

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

Led by Myoho Fjeld and Dharma-Joy Reichert

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.



It’s Alive! Exploring Our Life through Koans - Final Class (#4)

Thursday, July 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

A four-class series led by Roshi Egyoku

Come with an open mind and heart as we enter koans at the place of intersection with our own personal experiences and listen to what is arising. No experience with koans is necessary.  No text required but suggested reading if desired is John Tarrant’s Bring Me the Rhinoceros: And Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life (Harmony Books, 2004). 

The koan from the previous class to study is: Master Joshu often quoted a saying by Master Sengan "The Great Way is not difficult if you just don't pick and choose."

ZCLA Members: $40 per class

Non-Members:  $60 per class

If you are attending this class for the first time, please rsvp programsteward@zcla.org.


Day of Reflection on The Three Treasures (Refuges)

Saturday, July 18, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Mark Shogen Bloodgood

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 19 eve. - July 25

Led by Sensei Ryodo Hawley 

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 15, 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 tentative schedule click here.


Dharma Talk by Sensei Merle Kodo Boyd

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

We are happy to have visiting us from the East Coast, Sensei Kodo who is Roshi Egyoku's first Dharma Successor. For more on Sensei Kodo, click here.



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, June 10 (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.



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.


Congratulations to our new baby Buddhas who recently received jukai:

  • Maria Jūkō Collantes
  • Frank Genku Martinez
  • Bob Doetsu Ross
  • Cathy Jikan Sammons
  • Michael Jinsen Davis
  • Jeff Sekiun LaCoss
  • Eleanor Jōen Heaphy
  • Kane Buzen Phelps
  • Patricia Keian Pfost

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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