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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2015.

Save the Date!

Sunday, April 10

Buddha's Birthday Service and Peace Pole Installation Ceremony  





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 Betsy Enduring-Vow Brown via Senshin, the ZCLA Program Steward at for information and requirements.  For the application and additional information, click here. We have a 2 bedroom now available. 



Annual Donors Memorial Service

Saturday, February 6, 8:30 a.m.

This Saturday is our yearly Donors memorial Service. We will be thanking and recognizing all the Donors that have contributed to the Zen Center through the years and naming each of them in this ceremony. This is a wonderful opportunity to gaze into the faces of the pictures on the Altar and thank them and to appreciate their gifts, however they came to us and to honor and remember that people have donated so that we may be here and now practicing in this incredible place.

May we all be Donors some day and offer opportunity to serve others in our lifetimes and in our passings. All encouraged to attend.


Sharing by Auschwitz/Berkinau Bearing Witness Retreat Participants

Sunday, February 7, 11:00 a.m. (Service 8:30 a.m.; Zazen 9:00 a.m.)

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Folllowed by Sangha Lunch.


Dharma Talk by Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen, Temple Co-Director of ZCLA

Thursday, February 11, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

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




Friday, February 12 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. on Friday through Saturday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by George Mukei Horner

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. Deadline to register is Wednesday, February 10.

for application click here.

for fee structure, click here.

for schedule click here.


Parinirvana Service

Saturday, February 13, 8:30 a.m.

We commemorate Shakyamuni Buddha’s passing from this world. The Parinirvana scroll, a temple treasure, will be displayed in the Buddha Hall. Come and see for yourself. All welcome to attend.


Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Sunday, February 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. Open to all.


Dharma Talk by Katherine Senshin Griffith

Thursday, February 18, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

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



Day of Reflection on Precept #5: The Practice of Not Being Deluded

Saturday, February 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Tara Jiho Sterling

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.


Tenzo Cooking Class

Sunday, February 21, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Tim Zamora

Details coming soon!


Sangha Forum

Sunday, February 21, 10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Led by Myoho Fjeld and Faith-Mind Thoresen

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.



Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, February 25, 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.




Saturday, February 27, 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 once. No fee but donations appreciated. For the Tangaryo schedule click here. To rsvp, please sign-up on the bulletin board or email SILENCE is maintained all day. The Zendo remains open for members to join in the sitting.


ZCLA Volunteers at Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

Saturday, March 12, 8:30 a.m. to Noon

We will be volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on Saturday, March 12. You need to register directly with the LA Food Bank. We will be sending out an email with the link to do that. If you have any further questions or interest, please email 



Ways to give to ZCLA:


  • To donate now with a credit/debit card, Click Here
  • Mail a check marked Annual Fund 2015 to:

        ZCLA, 923 S. Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA  90006

  • Place cash or checks in the donation box located in the Sangha House.


To download our Annual Fund Appeal Letter and read about all the wonderful things we have accomplished and experienced this last year, click here.



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