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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2015.

Save the Date!

 Sunday, April 5,

11:00 a.m.

Buddha's Birthday Celebration






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.

Our revised Bodhisattva vows!

Numberless beings, I vow to serve them.

Inexhaustible delusions, I vow to end them.

Boundless Dharmas, I vow to practice them.

Unsurpassable Buddha Way, I vow to embody it.


Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, February 26, 7:30 p.m.

Led by Deb Faith-mind Thoresen

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, March 1, 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.


Dharma Talk by Tom Dharma-Joy Reichert

Thursday, March 5, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

On Thursday nights, we offer a series of free Dharma Talks, followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.


ZCLA Volunteers at Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

Saturday, March 7, 8:30 a.m. to Noon

We will be volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on Saturday, March 7. You need to register directly with the LA Food Bank.  We sent out an email with the link to do that.  If you have any further questions or interest, please email  It also helps if you sign-up on the Bulletin Board or email us to let us know you are coming.  Part 2 of our SALA (Social Action Loving Action) Project.



Saturday, March 7, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tangaryo is an all-day sitting without a timekeeper which is open to all and required of members to do at least onece. No fee but donations appreciated.  For the Tangaryo schedule click here.  To rsvp, please sign-up on the bulletin board or email


It’s Alive! Exploring Our Life through Koans

A four-class series led by Roshi Egyoku

4 Thursday night classes: March 12, April 9, June 11 and July 16. All 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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)

ZCLA Members: $40 each class or $150 for the entire series if paid in advance.

Non-Members:  $60 each class or $230 for the entire series if paid in advance.

If interested, please email Senshin at


Day of Reflection on Precept #2: The Practice of Not Stealing

Saturday, March 14, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Bill Earth-Mirror Corcoran

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.



Tokudo (Priest Ordination) for Jonathan Kaigen Levy from Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, March 15 10:30 a.m.

Everyone is encouraged to support and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage.


Introduction to Sesshin

March 19 eve. - March 21

Led by Dokai Dickenson

Sesshin, "to unify the mind," is an essential practice for the deepening for one's zazen. This introductory sesshin is designed to introduce you to sesshin practice by providing more opportunities for instruction, questions, and explanations. Full time participation is encouraged as it’s only a little over two days. If you wish to participate part time, please let Senshin know your precise attendance. Deadline to register is Friday, March 13.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for schedule click here.


THROUGH THE GATE OF SWEET NECTAR:  Learning the Heart Liturgy of Feeding the Hungry Spirits

Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26, 2015

Led by Roshi Bernie Glassman & Roshi Egyoku

For more information, click here

If interested, please email


Annual Appeal

Dear Friends and Sangha Members,


We are just about $4000 short of our goal for the Annual Fund.  If you haven't given yet, please consider making a donation today to help sustain the Zen Center of Los Angeles.


Thank you!


Ways to give:



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


Mail a check marked Annual Fund 2014 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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