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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2019.

Save the Dates!

Abbot Succession Events

May 5, 12, 19

(see below)

 

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. 

 

 

 

Teisho by Roshi Egyoku

Thursday, April 18, 8:00 p.m.  (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Please come early for service. Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.

A teisho is the Buddhist term that describes the dharma talk that the Zen master gives to her Sangha. 

 

 

 

Buddha's Dream: A True Person of No-Rank Transforms the World

A workshop to benefit the ZCLA Dharma Training Fund

Led by Roshi Joe Bobrow

Saturday, April 20, 9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

(8:30 Service; 9-9:35 Zazen; 9:35 Class check in)

$30 Members; $40 Non-Members -- fees go towards our Dharma Training Fund

So come partake of this generous offering by Roshi Bobrow AND support ZCLA!

Please RSVP to programsteward@zcla.org

 

In this workshop Guest Teacher Roshi Joe Bobrow will explore with us:

  • What is Buddha's dream? How do we bring it alive in our idiom, our own practice, our own lives? No-self may be the most misunderstood element of Buddha's teaching. What are the sources of this confusion and the suffering it engenders? How can we cut through and liberate the fruits?
  • The 'True Person of No-Rank' is the Zen expression of no-self. Why bring person and personality into this? Shouldn't we be letting go of all that?
  • The trajectory of Zen practice involves letting go (falling away) and coming forth; it passes through absorption, realization and personalization. How does 'forgetting the self" permit us to generate the true person of no-rank? To give living idiomatic shape to our dream, our realization for the benefit of all?
  • The freedom of the Zen person lies in her openness and responsiveness. But this doesn't mean anything goes. Zen freedom conveys a tutored spontaneity, infused by experiential understanding of cause and effect, benevolence and affliction. How do we develop this 'tutored spontaneity,' cultivate the capacity to track the impacts of our actions, and see more clearly the motivations that are driving our actions and how they redound in relational living. Why do we need the 'power of no' as much as the 'power of now?’

 

Roshi Joseph Bobrow is a Zen teacher and Dharma heir of Robert Aitken-Roshi. He is also a practicing psychotherapist and the author of three books, Waking Up From War: A Better Way Home For Veterans And Nations, Pitchstone, 2015 (foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama), Zen And Psychotherapy: Partners in Liberation, Norton, 2010 (comments by Thich Nhat Hanh), and After Midnight: Selected Poems, Fisher King Press, 2016. Joseph also co-translated the first English version of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Guide to Walking Meditation when he lived with Thay in southern France in 1983.

 

Joseph is founding director of Deep Streams Zen Institute which for twenty years has offered Zen practice, interdisciplinary education, and peace-building programs that implement integrative models of transforming suffering. He has long been bringing together Buddhist practice with depth psychology to create communities that transform individual and collective anguish. These include a rural cooperative school, a program for high-conflict divorcing families, mentoring and meditation groups for incarcerated teenagers, and acclaimed reintegration retreats that mobilize the power of community to help veterans, their families, and their caregivers transform the traumas of war and find peace. Joseph lives in Los Angeles and teaches widely. www.JosephBobrow.com.

In 2015, Roshi Joe Bobrow spoke about his work with veterans to a captive ZCLA audience.

 

 

"Ritual, Art and Scraps: At Play in the Fields of Debris"

Sunday, April 21, 11:00 a.m.-Noon

In honor of Earth Day, the Brown-Green Circle invites you to a program about "stuff" entitled "Ritual, Art and Scraps: At Play in the Fields of Debris." Come by and see what they mean by this!

 

 

 

NOTE: The Zen Center is in Spring Recess from Monday, April 22 through Tuesday, April 30.

 

 

 

Dharma Talk by George Mukei Horner

Thursday, May 2, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

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

 

 

Meditation for Career Fulfillment

Led by Nem Etsugen Bajra

Bi-Weekly Fridays starting May 3, 7:30-9 p.m.

May 3, 17; June 7, 28; July 19; Aug 2, 23; Sep 6, 20; Oct 11, 25; Nov 8, 22

Thinking of starting a new business or managing your work more effectively?  Meditation can help you.  We invite you to join this sitting group.  An engineer, entrepreneur and Zen pratitioner, Nem Etsugen Bajra will share a path leading to career fulfillment in which work can be financially rewarding, personally fulfilling and beneficial to the community by integrating meditation with business and personal development skills. 

RSVP to nembajra@yahoo.com.

For more information: www.mitrapath.org and for flyer click here

 

 

Spring Garden Zazen

Saturday, May 4, 6:00 a.m. - Noon

Garden Zazen: Bare bones zazen in the ZCLA Garden. This is a once a year event that everyone is encouraged to attend! Please bring a beach towel or blanket on which to place a zabuton on the grass if you intend to sit outside. And don't forget sunscreen and a hat. You may participate for all or part of it and may join or return to your seat up to 8 minutes past the hour. 

For the Garden Zazen Schedule, click here.

 

Prayer-Chant Circle

Saturday, May 4, 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Chant Circle for the 805 people who lost their lives due to homelessness in Los Angeles last year, and all those who suffer from homelessness in our neighborhood, city, country and throughout the world. In the Buddha Hall (open to all.)

 

 

Descending the Mountain Teisho by Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen at 9:00 a.m. Followed by Sangha Lunch at 12:15. 

Roshi will give her reflections on her 20 years as Abbot. This is a very important talk and all Sangha Members are encouraged to attend and show our gratitude.

 

 

 

Buddha’s First Sermons: The Deepest Origins of Zen

Taught by Roshi Ryodo Hawley

Thursday, May 9 and Thursday, June 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, expounded the foundational principles of Buddhism in his first sermons. This interactive two-part class will explore those principles, how later streams of Buddhism such as Zen built upon them, and ultimately how they underlie our own individual spiritual practices.

 

Specific topics will include:

  • The Middle Way
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • The Aggregates
  • The Doctrine of Dependent Origination
  • Stages of Enlightenment and why we don’t often talk about them
  • How Zen and other Mahayana schools of Buddhism built on Buddha’s original teachings.

ZCLA & Westchester Zen Circle Members: $30 per class;

Non-Members: $40 per class

 

RSVP to programsteward@zcla.org.

 

 

 

 

Day of Reflection on Precept #6 Don't Talk About Others Errors and Faults

Saturday, May 11, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Tina Jitsujo Gauthier

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.

 

 

 

Ascending the Mountain Dharma Talk by Sensei Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

Sunday, May 12 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. 

Sensei Faith-Mind offers a Dharma Talk which includes her reflections on becoming our new Abbot.

 

 

 

Dharma Talk by Dharma-Holder Katherine Senshin Griffith

Thursday, May 16, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ceremony for Ascending & Descending the Mountain

Sunday, May 19, 10:30 a.m.

Roshi Egyoku will be stepping down as Abbot after 20 years.  Sensei Faith-Mind will be stepping up as our new Abbot.  Roshi Egyoku will remain in residence as ZCLA's Head Teacher.  This day will be one of auspicious ceremony and celebration.  Must RSVP.  No parking on the grounds.

 

 

 

 

Growing a Plum Blossom Sesshin

Wednesday, May. 22 eve. - Sunday, May 26

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: The meals will be One Bowl (non-oryoki). Deadline to register: Thursday, May 16. Housing is limited and not guaranteed. First come, first served. Part-time participation allowed. Roshi will be offering face-to-face interviews.

To register, click here for application

For fee structure click here.

For schedule, click here

 

 

 

 

THE SANGHA SUTRA - ETHICS DOCUMENT

MEMBERS REMINDER: Turn in your Ethical Document Commitment form if you haven't already done so.  For the 2019 ZCLA Ethics document, click here

 

 

 

 

 

Abbot Succession Events

Descending the Mountain Teisho by Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.

Roshi will give her reflections on her 20 years as Abbot. This is a very important talk and all Sangha Members are encouraged to attend and show our gratitude.

 

Ascending the Mountain Dharma Talk

Sunday, May 12 11:00 a.m.

Sensei Faith-Mind offers a Dharma Talk which includes her reflections on becoming our new Abbot.

 

Ceremony for Ascending & Descending the Mountain

Sunday, May 19, 10:30 a.m.

Roshi Egyoku will be stepping down as Abbot after 20 years.  Sensei Faith-Mind will be stepping up as our new Abbot.  Roshi Egyoku will remain in residence as ZCLA's Head Teacher.  This day will be one of auspicious ceremony and celebration.  Must RSVP.

 

These are significant events at ZCLA and everyone is encourged to attend.

 

Roshi Egyoku accepting the Abbot's Seal from Roshi Bernie Glassman in 1999.

 

 

 

 

 

For a pdf, of our 2019 Sesshins and Retreats, click here