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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 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 Residency@ZCLA.org for information and requirements. For the application and additional information, click here.
ZCLA ON-SITE ACTIVITIES CLOSED MARCH 12 - April 30
Governor Newsom has announced that “A state as large as ours, a nation-state, is many parts, but at the end of the day, we’re one body. There’s a mutuality, there’s a recognition of our interdependence that requires of this moment that we direct a statewide order for people to stay at home,” We know that you are juggling many things with your families, work, and school. We are all learning the new ways necessitated by the coronavirus.
Given these restrictions of life in Los Angeles, we have decided to extend the closure of ZCLA through April 2020. We will continually reassess our situation and keep you informed of any developments.
We encourage you to keep abreast with reliable sources of information. Be realistic and avoid falling into panic and hysteria. This is a time to really ground yourself in your practice, keep a clear head and open heart, and extend support to those in need as you best can. This is the true work of a Bodhisattva. During this time, we are asked to slow down the pace of our lives and to take care of ourselves and each other.
The staff and teachers are working hard remotely to bring you many different ways to engage and continue our Dharma practice together virtually. Deep gratitude to our resident members who continue to care for the Center in seen and unseen ways.
Please take good care of yourself and feel free to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
VIRTUAL DHARMA ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
Here are some current ways to practice together online. We will be adding more ways on an ongoing basis, so stay tuned to this page and our calendar.
To get the link to join the streaming events, please email email@example.com
Please maintain Zendo decorum for all activities. If you need to take care of personal needs, please turn off your video screen.
Streaming Morning Zazen from our Zendo
Monday - Friday 6:00-7:00 a.m.
Streaming End Your Day Zazen
Every Wednesday, 7:30-8:00 p.m.
Zazen, Four Vows, Bows, Evening Gatha
Streaming Chant Circle of the Gate of Sweet Nectar
Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m.
For the text of the Service, click here
Buddha's Birthday Online Sesshin
Wednesday, April 8 (eve) through Saturday, April 11.
Led by Roshi Egyoku
Details & Schedule to be announced soon.
Zoomed Teisho by Roshi Ryodo
Thursday, April 16, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Note: Zoom Protocol
1. Develop Focus. Distraction is especially easy during online meetings. Bring the same intentionality to online meetings as you bring to the zendo. Consider ZCLA zoom events as if on the grounds of the Zen Center. Dress appropriately, wear rakusu if received jukai, don't multitask and close other windows on the computer, and consider sitting for a few minutes before talks and events.
2. Practice mindful screen habits. Those zooming in need to be mindful of themselves on screen as their actions can disrupt the zoom session for others. Refain from walking around with computer or phone, eating on screen, and other actions that may distract others. If you need to eat, take a break, use the bathroom or move around, please turn off your video.
3. Refrain from photos. Please do not screen shot or photograph ZCLA zoom meetings or share on social media.
THE SANGHA SUTRA - ETHICS DOCUMENT
MEMBERS REMINDER: Turn in your Ethical Document Commitment form if you haven't already done so. For the ZCLA Ethics document, click here
For a pdf, of our 2020 Sesshins and Retreats, click here