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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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org information and requirements. We currently have a studio apartment and a two-bedroom apartment available.
Day of Reflection on Precept #: The Practice of Not Speaking Ill of Others Errors and Faults
Saturday, April 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Led by 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.
Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 20, 10:45 a.m.
Led by the Brown-Green Circle
Join the Brown Green Circle for Earth Day. Together, we will create 4 sand paintings in celebration of the natural world, community, impermanence and the courage of not knowing. Meet in the Buddha Hall courtyard at 10:45. No experience necessary; materials provided; children welcome!
Saturday, May 10, 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Prayer-Chant circle at 8:30 a.m.
Bare bones zazen, sitting in meditation facing the wall, in the style of the great ancestor Bodhidharma.
Saturday, May 10, 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.
For the Wall-Gazing/Tangaryo schedule click here.
The Practice of Perfection: The Ten Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective
Class # 4
Thursday, May 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
A ten-class series led by Roshi Egyoku
The remaining Thursday night class dates are:
June 12, July 31, August 21, October 16, 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 email@example.com.
Growing a Plum Blossom Sesshin
Tuesday, May. 20 eve. - Sunday, May 25,
Led by Roshi Egyoku
During this sesshin, Zazen is the teacher. The schedule is spare: Zazen, Walking, Eating, Working, Resting - breath by breath, step by step, bite by bite, moment by moment. We will look directly at the conditioned mind and taste the freedom of forgetting the self. We will grow a plum blossom with the raw materials inherent in each of us, which is all we ever need to awaken.
Please note: Roshi will lead evening Practice Conversations but there will be no Dharma Talks, Interviews, or Oryoki-style meals. Minimum commitment is one full day of sesshin. Deadline to register: Wednesday, May 14. Housing is limited and not guaranteed. First come, first served.
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Thursday, June 5, 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.
The First Green Order Retreat
Tuesday, June 17(eve) – Friday, June 20
Led by James Soshin Thornton
What distinctive contribution can Buddhism make to the global environmental crisis? Much discussion of the environment has a negative focus. People often feel disempowered, that there is little they can do. How do we create a positive vision of a future in which people can fulfil their potential in a healthy natural world?
In this three day retreat, we will combine sitting with council process to investigate deeply how the Buddhist path may help us face our future on the planet together. We will use a text, The Manifesto for a Green Order, written by the retreat leader, as a focus for our discussions.
The text uses the Four Noble Truths to analyze our environmental present. It then offers a set of 10 awareness practices that focus on our own life and conduct, and outlines a green vision of the Buddhist precepts. This retreat is the first time this text will be shared with a group, allowing participants to have real input into its evolution, and into the notion of what a Green Order could offer. Fees & details to follow soon