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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

Save the Date!

ZCLA's Annual

Day of the Dead

Sunday, November 5



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.  We currently have one two-bedroom apartment available.



Fall Practice Period Commitments

We are still accepting them.  Keep turning them in.

For the 2017 Fall Practice Period Commitment form, click here

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

For a copy of the 90 Days of Zazen Booklet, click here.

NOTE: We will accept your forms whenever you can get it to us.  May all beings benefit from your practice!



Autumn Wind Sesshin

October 15 eve. - October 22, 2017

Led by Roshi Egyoku

The Zen Center is in Silent Retreat. Zendo is open to members during all sitting periods and service. For schedule click here.




Shuso (Head Trainee) Hossen for Darla Myoho Fjeld

Sunday, October 22, 11:00 a.m.

Head-Trainee Darla Myoho Fjeld ’s year’s training as Head Trainee will culminate with the ancient ceremony of Dharma Combat with the Sangha. The Head-Trainee has been working on a case koan, which she will present to the Sangha and challenge the dragons and elephants (you!) to dharma combat. This is an important rite of passage for the Head-Trainee and for the Sangha, so please plan on participating to support this practice effort. Followed by group photo and celebration.


To get on the list to ask, Myoho a question in Dharma Combat, email or sign-up on the Sangha House Bulletin Board.  For a copy of her Case, click here. 


Everyone is also invited to attend:

Honsaku Gyocha -- Ritual presentation of Head Trainee's Case & Tea

Saturday, October 21, 7:30 p.m. (Zazen at 7:00 p.m.)

In the Zendo. Please arrive on time for Zazen at 7:00 p.m.




Talk by Guest Author Shozan Jack Haubner

Thursday, October 26, 7:45 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30)

Shozan Jack Haubner is the pen name of a Zen monk whose essays have appeared in The Sun, Tricycle, Buddhadharma, and the New York Times, as well as in the Best Buddhist Writing series. The winner of a 2012 Pushcart Prize, he is also the author of Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk.  He will discuss his latest book Single White Monk with the Sangha.  All welcome to attend.  For more information about his books, click here.




Dharma Chat: Is there A Buddha In Your House?: The Practice of Home Altars

Sunday, October 29, 11:00-Noon

Led by Enju and Ando

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.




Workshop: ZCLA Altars and Flowers

Sunday, October 29, 12:15-2:45

Led by Enju Katz, Altar Flower Group Coordinator, Ando Martinez and Mukei Horner

Light lunch will be provided for participants. Visit and learn about ZCLA altars.  Following there will be a hands-on class on altar flower arrangement.  Participation is by reservation only.  Contact Senshin or sign up in the Sangha House Bulletin Board by October 27.



Second Class on "Forgiveness"

Thursday, November 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Led by Roshi Egyoku

The two-part class series explores the basic components of the process of forgiveness and includes a workbook. There will be an opportunity to share our individual processes. ZCLA Members: $30 each class; Non-Members:  $45 each class  You can still attend the second class without having attended the first one.  If interested and not already on the list, please rsvp to




ZCLA Annual Day of the Dead

Sunday, November 5

Each year we celebrate our departed ancestors, Bodhisattvas and those who have died. Face painting starts at 7:30/8:00 a.m. and it goes through a celebratory lunch at 12:15.







Bearing Witness Council

Thursday, December 21, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Come join us in this deep exploration.  Council is a core practice at ZCLA and everyone is invited to attend.



Please give to ZCLA'S Anuual FUND:


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

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

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




Our Vision is an enlightened world free of suffering, in which the earth and all beings live in harmony, everyone has enough, deep wisdom is realized and compassion flows unhindered.






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