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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

Save the Date!

Saturday, June 17

ZCLA 50th Anniversary Celebration

For more info and the schedule of events, click here




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 Zazen and A Practice Day classes. The Buddha Hand Circle (BHC) oversees the application and admission process. Interested parties can contact for information and requirements. We currently have a studio apartment available.  For the application and additional information, click here. 




Dharma Talk by Dharma-Holder Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

Thursday, March 23, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.




Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara Workshop

Saturday, March 25, 1-4 p.m.

Led by Ben Connelly

Guest Zen Teacher and author Ben Connelly will lead us in an in-depth workshop that will explore Vasubandhu's classic work "Thirty Verses of Consciousness Only." In this time of social and political turmoil, Ben will be using examples from our very current lives to talk about the practice of Yogacara.


Ben Connelly's Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara is a practical, down-to-earth guide to Vasubandhu's classic work "Thirty Verses of Consciousness Only" that can transform modern life and change how you see the world.  Connelly's warm and wise voice unpacks and contextualizes its wisdom, showing us how we can apply its ancient insights to our own modern lives, to create a life of engaged peace, harmony, compassion, and joy.  This is a great introduction to a philosophy, a master, and a work whose influence reverberates throughout modern Buddhism. 

Copies of the book can be purchased in the ZCLA bookstore. Ben will be available to sign the book.


Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He teaches at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center. Ben is also a professional musician and teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts. He lives in Minneapolis, MN.  His workshop at ZCLA, “Inside the Grass Hut” was very popular a few years ago.


$30 Members; $45 Non-Members.  Rsvps appreciated.

For more about the book, click here




Dharma Chat: "Homelessness and the Three Tenets"

Sunday, March 26, 11:00 a.m.

Led by Bob Doetsu Ross

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.




Bearing Witness Council: Embracing the Shadow

Thursday, March 30, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Led by Darla Myoho Fjeld

Most months on the last Thursday evening, we will hold a Bearing Witness Council focused on a shadow issue. This is an issue in which we are unaware of its aspects (i.e., in shadow) or something that we have difficulty facing or including. The councils will be from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Dharma Hall in lieu of the usual Dharma Talk. There will be a seat for the shadow, which will be represented by a symbol that evokes the shadow.  This is a practice of not turning away



Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, April 2, 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.

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.





Standing from left to right: Sensei Kipp Ryodo Hawley, Roshi Merle Kodo Boyd, Sensei Pat Shingetsu Guzy, Sensei Gary Koan Janka, Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao, Sensei Raul Ensho Berge.  Seated center: Sensei John Daishin Buksbazen


Buddha's Birthday Sesshin

Tuesday, April 4 (eve) - Saturday, April 8

Led by Roshi Egyoku and her Successors

This year we have a special sesshin in early April which Roshi will be leading along with her several of her successors. They will variously give talks, offer face-to-face and enjoy a rare opportunity to just sit deeply together with each other and the sesshin participants. This is open to all. Full and part-time welcome. Deadline to register is Friday, March 31. Housing is very limited and available on a first come, first serve basis, with priority given to those coming from afar.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for tentative schedule, click here.





Buddha’s Birthday Service & Celebration

Sunday, April 9

Come and help decorate at 7:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Service

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 12:00. Open to all.

Join in celebrating the birth of the Buddha and all of us baby Buddhas in the Zen Center’s Garden. A tiny house decorated with flowers will be erected in the garden for a special service. Afterwards, the Birth Story of the Buddha and his first steps in the world will be told. Everyone is invited to bring a small bouquet of flowers as an offering during the service. Friends, family and especially children are welcome.




Class #2 of the Three Class Series on The Three Tenets

Thursday, April 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The last class is May 11.

Led by Roshi Egoyku

Roshi Egyoku will lead three classes on further exploration of the Zen Peacemaker’s Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action. The Tenets are foundational to ZCLA and to our practice. The classes will be a combination of a short lecture by Roshi, a video or reading, small group discussion, mala exploration, and class discussion. If you have a Three Tenets Mala, please bring it along with the instructions. A Three Tenets mala is not required for the class. 

ZCLA Members: $30 each class

Non-Members:  $45 each class

RSVPs requested: Please email Senshin at

You can take these classes even if you missed the first one.



Day of Reflection on Precept #9: The Practice of Not Being Angry

Saturday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Jessica Oetsu Page

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.





Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, April 20, 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.




Still time to give to ZCLA'S ANNUAL FUND:


  • To donate now with a credit/debit card, Click Here
  • Mail a check marked Annual Fund 2016 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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