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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

Save the Date!

ZCLA at the Lotus Festival!

Saturday, July 15 & Sunday July 16

ZCLA has applied to have a booth at the Lotus Festival in Echo Park.  If you'd like to take turns at the booth and help offer zazen instruction, contact 


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. 



Dharma Talk by George Mukei Horner

Thursday, June 22, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.





Day of Reflection on Precept #5: The Practice of Not Being Ignorant

Saturday, June 24, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Joel Mitsujo Latimer

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.




Workshop: Voice Production in Speech and Singing

Led by Maija Ijas from Finland

Sunday, June 25, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen from 9:00-10:30 a.m.  No fee.  All welcome.



There is a myriad of misconceptions and false beliefs related to the voice production, and especially to singing. My own experience as a singer, as a student of voice production, and as a composer, has lead me to understand that many of these beliefs are completely artificial and they make voice production and singing even more difficult to learn.

Ultimately it is only about the practice, but the practices for voice production have to be functional and they have to be understandable for everyone.

In this workshop we will get to know the physiology and the physics behind voice production. We will also study the overtones that give the nature and color for our individual voices. The overtones are the overlooked, and almost forgotten part of the soundscape of the modern cultures. The production of overtones, and the ability to recognize them, is the key for creating the deep experience of interconnectedness, harmony, peace, and oneness. Everyone can learn how to recognize and to hear the individual overtones. In this workshop we will use listening practices in which we will learn how to hear and sense these overtones. We will also learn how to recognize, produce and intensify the overtones in our own voice.

This workshop is open for everyone who are interested deepening their practice through chanting. We all have our individual, unique and beautiful voice. Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend the workshop! No prior experience needed




Dharma Talk by Tom Dharma-Joy Reichert

Thursday, June 29, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.  This is the last event of the week before our break for the Independence Day holiday.





PLEASE NOTE: The Zen Center is closed for the Independence Day holiday from Friday, June 30 through Friday, July 7. We will resume our regular schedule on Saturday, July 8. The Office will re-open on Wednesday, July 12.



Sangha Forum

Sunday, July 9, 10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

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.





Dharma Talk by this year's Head Trainee Darla Myoho Fjeld

Thursday, July 13, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend. 





Just Summer Sesshin

July 16 eve. - July 22

Led by Sensei Ryodo Hawley 

Sesshin, "to unify the mind," is an essential practice for the deepening 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 NOON Thursday, July 13, 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.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for schedule click here.




Dharma Talk by Katherine Senshin Griffith

Sunday, July 23, 11:00 a.m.

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.






Bearing Witness Council

Thursday, July 27, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Led by Betsy Enduring-Vow Brown

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 9:30 in the Dharma Hall in lieu of the usual Dharma Talk. There will be a seat for the shadow, which will be represented by a symbol that evokes the shadow. This is a practice of not turning away. 




Dharma Chat

Sunday, July 30, 11:00 a.m.

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.





Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, August 3, 7:30 p.m.

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.




Jukai (Ceremony for Receiving the Precepts)

Sunday, August 13, 10:30 a.m.

Roshi Egyoku, Preceptor

Several of our beloved Sangha members will be receiving Jukai. Everyone is encouraged to support and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage. 





Please give to ZCLA'S Dharma Training FUND:


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  • Mail a check marked Dharma Training Fund 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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