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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 apartments buildings for its Residential Training Program. There is currently a 2-bedroom apartment open at ZCLA. It is located in the Pundarika building on the ZCLA campus and comes with one on-campus parking spot per resident. 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 introductory Zen practice classes, ZP1 through ZP3. The Buddha Hand Circle (BHC) oversees the application and admission process. Interested parties can contact the Jitsujo Gauthier via Senshin, the ZCLA Program Steward at email@example.com for information and requirements.
Growing a Plum Blossom Sesshin
Tuesday, May. 21 eve. - Sunday, May 26, 2012
Led by Roshi Egyoku
Please note that the Zen Center is in silent retreat this week.
Friday, June 7 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, June 8 at 5:00 p.m.
Led by Mark Shogen Bloodgood
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. Fee: $40; $75 for nonmembers. Zendo remains open for non-participants.
Sunday, June 9, 10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
Led by Dharma-Joy Reichert and Myoho Fjeld
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.
Thursday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.
Led by Sensei Shingetsu
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.
Day of Reflection on Precept #5: The Practice of Not Being Deluded
Saturday, June 15, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Led by Dokai Dickenson
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.
Guest Lecture: "The Six Perfections: Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character
Sunday, June 23, 10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
Led by Professor Dale Wright
Professor Dale Wright is the David B. and Mary H. Gamble Distinguished Professor of Religion at Occidental College in Los Angeles. As chair of Occidental’s Asian studies program, he has expertise in cross-cultural philosophy of religion and the history of Chinese and Japanese philosophy and religion and has been a visiting professor at Waseda University, Japan. His research focuses on Buddhist philosophy, particularly the types that developed in Japan and China, Hua-yen Buddhism and Zen or Ch'an Buddhism. Wright is the author or co-author of a number of books, including Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism (2008) and The Six Perfections: Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character (2009). Everyone is welcome to hear Dr. Wright’s insights from his latest book.
Tokudo (Priest Ordination) for Darla Myoho Fjeldfrom Roshi Egyoku
Sunday, July 14 11:00 a.m.
Everyone is encouraged to support and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage.
Just Summer Sesshin
July 21 eve. - July 27, 2013
Led by Roshi Egyoku
Sesshin, "to unify the mind," is an essential practice for the deepending for one's zazen. It is an extended, silent retreat in which most of the normal schedule of the 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. Your application must be submitted no later than Wednesday. July 17, after which there will be a $25 fee 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.