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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2019.

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Abbot Succession Events

May 5, 12, 19

(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. 





Bearing Witness Council: "Hidden Assumptions"

Thursday, March 28, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Led by George Mukei Horner

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. This is a practice of not turning away. Followed by tea and cookies. All welcome.



Dharma Chat: "Zen Practice, Art Practice & Life as Art Practice"

Sunday, March 31, 11:00 a.m.

Led by John Kyogen Rosania

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.

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.







Buddha's Birthday Sesshin

Tuesday, April 2 (eve) - Saturday, April 6

Led by Roshi Ryodo and Sensei Faith-Mind

Come join us in this sesshin the week before we celebrate the Buddha's birthday. This is open to all. Full and part-time welcome. Deadline to register is Friday, March 29 at NOON. 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 schedule, click here.



Buddha’s Birthday Service & Celebration

Sunday, April 7

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. Everyone is invited to bring a small bouquet of flowers as an offering during the service. Friends, family and especially children are welcome. 



Dharma Holder Installation, Presentation & Exchange with Mark Shogen Bloodgood

Sunday, April 14, 10:45 a.m.

Followed by Group Photo and Celebratory Lunch at 12:15. Open to all.

During this Sunday morning program, Shogen will be named as a Dharma-Holder by Roshi Egyoku. This acknowledges him as an assistant Zen teacher who is entering the final stages of his formal training with Roshi. As part of this rite of passage, Shogen will give a talk and invite all of you to a Dharma exchange. (This exchange is much more informal than Dharma Combat at the conclusion of a year-long Head Trainee/Shuso training.) This is open to everyone. These passages are a joyful and important time for our Sangha and the continuation of our Lineage.




Day of Reflection on Precept #10: The Practice of Not Speaking Ill of the Three Treasures (or "Don't talk trash about our Zen Club")

Saturday, April 13, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Jim Dojun Hanson

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.





Teisho by Roshi Egyoku

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

Please come early for service. Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.

A teisho is the Buddhist term that describes the dharma talk that the Zen master gives to her Sangha. 





Meditation for Career Fulfillment

Led by Nem Etsugen Bajra

Bi-Weekly Fridays starting May 3, 7:30-9 p.m.

May 3, 17; 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






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






Abbot Succession Events

Descending the Mountain Teisho by Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.

Roshi will give her reflections on her 20 years as Abbot. This is a very important talk and all Sangha Members are encouraged to attend and show our gratitude.


Ascending the Mountain Dharma Talk

Sunday, May 12 11:00 a.m.

Sensei Faith-Mind offers a Dharma Talk which includes her reflections on becoming our new Abbot.


Ceremony for Ascending & Descending the Mountain

Sunday, May 19, 10:30 a.m.

Roshi Egyoku will be stepping down as Abbot after 20 years.  Sensei Faith-Mind will be stepping up as our new Abbot.  Roshi Egyoku will remain in residence as ZCLA's Head Teacher.  This day will be one of auspicious ceremony and celebration.


These are significant events at ZCLA and everyone is encourged to attend.


Roshi Egyoku accepting the Abbot's Seal from Roshi Bernie Glassman in 1999.






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