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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2019.

Save the Date!

Guest Speaker: Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara

May 30

(see 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 Introduction to Zen Meditation and A Practice Day classes. The Buddha Hand Circle (BHC) oversees the application and admission process. Interested parties can contact for information and requirements.   For the application and additional information, click here. 




Growing a Plum Blossom Sesshin

Wednesday, May. 22 eve. - Sunday, May 26

Led by Roshi Egyoku

The Zen Center is in silent retreat. The Zendo remains open to members during all scheduled sitting periods. For schedule, click here





Teisho by Guest Speaker Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara

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

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara serves as Abbot of the Village Zendo. She received priest ordination from Maezumi Roshi and Dharma Transmission and Inka from Bernie Tetsugen Glassman. Roshi Enkyo’s lineage comes through Maezumi Roshi whose teaching was uncommon, bringing together Soto priest training and study of the Rinzai koan system. Moreover, Roshi Glassman’s focus on social engagement and peacemaking underlies much of her vision of Zen practice.

Roshi is a Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Family, a spiritual and social action association. Roshi’s focus is on the expression of Zen through caring, service, and creative response. Her Five Expressions of Zen form the matrix of study at the Village Zendo: Meditation, Study, Communication, Action, and Caring.


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


Dharma Sisters Roshi Enkyo and Roshi Egoyku when they first became Roshi's in 2004.




Meditation for Career Fulfillment

Led by Nem Etsugen Bajra

Bi-Weekly Fridays, 7:30-9 p.m.

June 7, 28; July 19; Aug 2, 23; Sep 6, 20; Oct 11, 25; Nov 8, 22

Thinking of starting a new business or managing your work more effectively?  Meditation can help you.  We invite you to join this sitting group.  An engineer, entrepreneur and Zen pratitioner, Nem Etsugen Bajra will share a path leading to career fulfillment in which work can be financially rewarding, personally fulfilling and beneficial to the community by integrating meditation with business and personal development skills. 


For more information: and for flyer click here





Day of Reflection on Precept #8: The Practice of Not Being Stingy

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

Led by Nem Etsugen Bajra

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.





Buddha’s First Sermons: The Deepest Origins of Zen Class #2

Taught by Roshi Ryodo Hawley

Thursday, June 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, expounded the foundational principles of Buddhism in his first sermons. This is the second interactive class in a two-part series that explores those principles, how later streams of Buddhism such as Zen built upon them, and ultimately how they underlie our own individual spiritual practices.


Specific topics will include:

  • The Middle Way
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • The Aggregates
  • The Doctrine of Dependent Origination
  • Stages of Enlightenment and why we don’t often talk about them
  • How Zen and other Mahayana schools of Buddhism built on Buddha’s original teachings.

ZCLA & Westchester Zen Circle Members: $30 per class;

Non-Members: $40 per class

Prefer RSVP to but you can also just show up and pay at door.  You don't have to have attended the first class, to participate in this one.




June Zazenkai -- on the eve of the Jukai Ceremony

Friday, June 21 eve. 7:00 p.m ( self-check in). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by Lorraine Gessho Kumpf

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 19 (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.



Jukai (Ceremony for Receiving the Precepts)

Sunday, June 23, 10:30 a.m.

Roshi Egyoku, Preceptor

Several of our beloved Sangha members will be receiving Jukai. Everyone is encouraged to support and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage 





Teisho by Roshi Egyoku

Thursday, June 27, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

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





Dharma Talk by Sensei Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

Sunday, July 14 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. 

Everyone is encouraged to attend.






MEMBERS REMINDER: Turn in your Ethical Document Commitment form if you haven't already done so.  For the 2019 ZCLA Ethics document, click here



For a pdf, of our 2019 Sesshins and Retreats, click here