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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2015.

Save the Date!

November 11 (eve)-12

The Order of Disorder Sesshin

Led by Moshe Yoowho Cohen and Michel NoCanDo Dobbs, a fool & Dharma heir of Peter Muryo Mattiessen 





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 the ZCLA Program Steward at for information and requirements.  For the application and additional information, click here. 




Showing of the film EXODUS

Sunday, September 25, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for this special screening of the film EXODUS by director Elias Matar, who brought us his film FLIGHT OF THE REFUGEES last year. 

     EXODUS documents the journey of Syrian refugees as they cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Greece. In the winter of 2015, over three thousand refugees attempted this treacherous crossing everyday, all in hope of seeking asylum in the European Union. It’s a life and death gamble that they are willing to take, all for a chance at a new life away from their war-torn homeland.

     The running time is 70 minutes and here is a link to more information about the film:


Personal Practice Talk by Kathy Myoan Solomon

Thursday, September 29, 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 and Head Trainee Entering Ceremony

Saturday, October 1, 9:00 a.m.

Join us as we open the Practice Period with an Entering Ceremony in the Zendo. Six Sanghas will be participating, from Los Angeles to New Jersey.

For the 2016 Fall Practice Period Commitment form, click here

For the letter from Senshin with instructions on how to fill out the form, click here

NOTE: We are requesting the forms be turned in by Wednesday, September 28.

Fall Practice Period Commitment Circle

Saturday, October 1, 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.

Return of the Three Tenets Mala Making workshop

Saturday, October 1, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

For our Fall Practice Period, Roshi created a new practice called “The Three Tenets Mala.” It is a process mala which incorporates the practice of The Three Tenets — Not Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action — into a clear framework of Zen Buddhist practice. The fee is $10 per person per mala.We are scheduling this additional session due to the strong interest.  Join us after our Fall Practice Period Commitment Circle and make your own mala. Please rsvp to programsteward

For the instructions on the Three Tenets Mala Practice, click here.

For the crib sheet, for the Three Tenets Mala Practice, click here



Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, October 6, 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.


Autumn Wind Sesshin

October 9 eve. - October 16, 2016

Led by Roshis 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 5 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.


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

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

Led by John Kyogen Rosania

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.




Ways to give to ZCLA:


  • 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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