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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2014.

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  Saturday, September 27

Practice Period & Shuso Entering 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 introductory Zen practice classes, ZP1 through ZP3. 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 info@zcla.orgfor information and requirements. We currently have one studio apartment available.


Dharma Chat:  "The Practice of Being Vulnerable"

Sunday August 24, 11:00 a.m.

Led by Tim Zamora

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 follows our usual Sunday program of Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen at 9:00 a.m.


Garden Zazen

Saturday, September 13, 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Prayer-Chant Circle at 8:30 a.m.

Bare bones zazen, sitting in meditation out in the ZCLA garden. Please rsvp to Senshin at if you will be there for the Buffet Breakfast.


Saturday, September 13, 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. Rsvp to

For Tangaryo/Garden zazen schedule, click here.


Day of Reflection on Precept #2: The Practice of Not Stealing

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

Led by George Mukei Horner

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.


ZCLA Precepts Study Series: Introduction to the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 29; Nov. 5

Led by Faith-Mind Thoresen & Dharma-Joy Reichert

The classes are open to all those interested in learning about the precepts and are highly recommended for everyone practicing at ZCLA. The classes will be a combination of lectures and discussion. Assignments will be given. It is a prerequisite for everyone interested in formally receiving the precepts (Jukai).  


The Precept Class topics include:

  • The Three Treasures 
  • The Three Tenets
  • The Three Vehicles
  • Cause and Effect     
  • The Ten Grave Precepts
  • Atonement
  • ZCLA’s Statement of Right Conduct


Tuition: $175 members; $300 nonmembers. Includes Precepts Study Workbook.  To register please, sign-up below and contact Senshin at


The Practice of Perfection: The Ten Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective Class # 8 Pranidhana

Thursday, October 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

A ten-class series led by Roshi Egyoku

The remaining Thursday night class dates are:

November 20 and December 18. 

ZCLA Members: $20 per class; Non-Members: $30 per class

RSVPS only. The class is full but if interested, please email



Friday, October 10 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, October 11 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

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: $40-50; $75 for nonmembers. Zendo remains open for non-participants.

for application click here.

for schedule click here.



Dharma Training Fund Appeal


A monk asked Hui-hai, "By what means can the gateway of our school be entered?"

Hui-hai said, "By means of the Dana Paramita."

Dear Bodhisattvas,

It is a long-standing tradition of the Zen Center to support the practice and training of all who enter our gates regardless of income. We turn no one away for lack of funds. 

Your loving generosity allows us to continue in this tradition. 


Sangha Discussion

Over the past year, 15 Zen students directly benefitted from and were able to carry on their full activities at the Zen Center because of the Dharma Training Fund. One such student offered the following:

 "Receiving DTF not only allowed me to remain a member of ZCLA and take part in sesshins and special programs when I did not have the finances -- the deeper part of DTF is that through it, I experienced generosity, service, gratitude, unconditional love and support, and it made me want to give back in a similar way, to the Zen Center, and also beyond. Thus, through this great practice, I am experiencing how the dharma grows, from one action to another and another and another, radiating out and touching all beings everywhere!" 

In addition, well over a hundred students indirectly benefited from the Dharma Training Fund through its support of the Zen Center's many regular offerings and programs, such as our monthly Days of Reflection, Zazenkais and Sesshins. The Dharma Training Fund also helped to support Roshi Egyoku's Paramita Series, Roshi Bernie Glassman's Workshop, and the Hidden Lamp Workshop as well as our Jukai class series and our Priest Training Retreats.

We are so blessed to have a Sangha where everyone is encouraged to awaken.

Please join us by giving a gift to support the Dharma Training Fund. 

Again, thank you for your gift of generosity. 


With deep gratitude,

The Development Circle

Muso, Myoho, Plum-Hermit, Enduring-Vow, Jiho and Faith-Mind


Ways to give:


To donate now with a credit/debit card, Click Here

Mail a check marked DTF to:

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


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








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