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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 email@example.com information and requirements. We currently have a studio apartment and a two-bedroom apartment available.
An Introduction to Somatic Therapy
Saturday, March 8, 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Led by ZCLA Member Ellen Reigen Ledley, LCSW, BCD, EMDR, & Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP)
This workshop will be an introduction to the somatic or biological understanding of trauma. Trauma is defined as anything that is overwhelming to the nervous system of an individual, so it may include birth, surgery, accidents and injuries, emotional or physical shock, abuse, or even discouraging messages about ourselves. Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-oriented psychotherapy that offers help in healing trauma. Peter Levine, the developer of SE, observed that animals in the wild survive by their inborn immunity to trauma. He discovered that human beings have the same natural immunity, but that our more highly developed brains actual get in the way of these instinctive processes. Somatic Experiencing helps us access our own natural healing ability. Human responses to threat and danger comprise 3 innate action plans: fight, flight, freeze. These 3 responses are common to all mammals. But unless we’re able to discharge the fight-or-flight energy our bodies mobilize in response to trauma, we may remain stuck in the “freeze” state. The effects of our traumatic experiences remain lodged in our bodies, creating emotional and often, physical distress. When we understand that these are normal biological responses to extraordinary events we understand the symptoms people have are biological rather than pathological or mental weakness. Symptoms are understood as the body’s attempt to re-establish balance and resiliency to the nervous system. No cost. RSVPs appreciated via firstname.lastname@example.org
Fushinzamu: Kitchen Cleaning
Sunday, March 9, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Please join in the practice of the Sangha working together (Fushinzamu) to clean our kitchen. Come for all or part-time. Make it one of your commitments to the Zen Center! Great way for newcomers to get involved and serve.
Introduction to Sesshin
March 13 eve. - March 15
Led by Roshi Egyoku
Sesshin, "to unify the mind," is an essential practice for the depending for one's zazen. This introductory sesshin is designed to introduce you to sesshin practice by providing more opportunities for instruction, questions, and explanations. Full time participation is encouraged as it’s only a little over two days. If you wish to participate part time, please let Senshin know your precise attendance.
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Jukai (Ceremony for Receiving the Precepts) for Jim Hanson & Nan Merritt
Sunday, March 16, 10:45 a.m.
Roshi Egyoku, Preceptor
Everyone is encouraged to support and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage.
The Practice of Perfection: The Ten Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective
A ten-class series led by Roshi Egyoku
Held on 1 Thursday each month starting February 20, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. A Paramita is a virtue or quality developed and practiced by a Bodhisattva on her/his way to becoming a Buddha. These practices are fundamental to Buddhism and can give us insight and inspiration into how to practice in the midst of the challenges and suffering abundant in each of our lives.
The remaining Thursday night class dates are:
March 20, April 3, May 15, June 12, July 31, August 21, October 16, November 20, and December 18. All from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
ZCLA Members: $20 per class or $175 for 10 class series if paid in advance.
Non-Members: $30 per class or $250 for 10 class series if paid in advance.
The class is full now but if you are still interested in attending, please email Senshin at email@example.com.
Day of Reflection on Precept #5: The Practice of Not Being Ignorant
Saturday, March 22, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Led by KiMu DeBacco
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.
Dharma talk on "The Cookie Sutra"
by Guest Speaker Thich Minh Nhat aka Sensei Nagacitta Buckley or "Nagy"
Thursday, March 27, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)
On Thursday nights, we offer a series of Dharma Talks. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Council Training Two Day Workshop
Sat., March 29 & Sun., March 30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Must attend both days
Led by ZCLA member Jared ŌShin Seide, Director of the Center for Council Practice, at The Ojai Foundation
Lunch provided. ZCLA Members $250; Non-Members $300
Council is a practice of speaking and listening from the heart. Through compassionate, heartfelt expression and empathic, attentive listening, council inspires a non-hierarchical form of deep communication that reveals a group's vision and purpose. Practiced around the world in communities, organizations and educational settings (including more than 63 public and private LA-area schools), Council helps to nurture the deep, authentic connections often neglected in our ever-faster, multi-tasking culture.
This two day workshop offers an introduction to and grounding in Council practice, guided by two experienced trainers from The Ojai Foundation, as well as hands-on experience. You will learn about and experience the dynamics of creating a container for truly seeing and being seen, as a foundational practice for honoring individuals and deepening community.
It’s a core practice at ZCLA. Only 10 spots left!
If interested please email Senshin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buddha’s Birthday Service & Celebration
Sunday, April 6, 11:00 a.m.
Our annual ceremony and celebration of the Buddha's birth. Children especially welcome.
The Annual Fund is essential in supporting all of our rich and varied Dharma offerings, ranging from zazen to picking up neighborhood trash, from investigating an ethical life to supporting the spiritual growth of inmates. The Fund is necessary to keep the Zen Center organization healthy, the buildings and grounds in good condition, and our staff supported.
In light of our anticipated needs, we have set a goal of $60,000 for this year’s Annual Fund, and we ask for your generous donations to help meet this goal.
For a copy of Roshi's Annual Fund letter to the Sangha, click here.
To make a contribution now, through Pay Pal, click here.
Or you can send a check made out to ZCLA to our office at 923 South Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006.