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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2019.

Save the Date!

Day of Dead Retreat

November 1 & 2



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. 



TRAFFIC WARNING: It is time for the annual Korean Festival.  San Marino is closed to through traffic.  They are also setting up food vendors on San Marino near the corner of Irolo on the Nilotpala side of the street. 




Special Guest Speaker Lawrence Shainberg

Sunday, September 22 10:45 a.m.

Renowned author Lawrence Shainberg will be reading from and speaking about his

recently released memoir, Four Men Shaking: Searching For Sanity With Samuel Beckett, Norman Mailer, And My Perfect Zen Teacher.


He is the author of three novels: One on One, Memories of Amnesia and Crust -- and the non-fiction books, Brain Surgeon: An Intimate View of His World and Ambivalent Zen.  His fiction and journalism have appeared in Esquire, Harpers, Tricycle and The New York Times Magazine. He was the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for a monograph on Samuel Beckett, published in the Paris Review. 


For more about Lawrence Shainberg, click here 




Tenzo Practice Introductory Class

Sunday, September 22 10:30 a.m.-Noon

Meditation Practice in the Kitchen

Class is limited to 4 people. RSVP required.

This class will introduce cooking as Practice and will include instruction in nutrition, safety, knife etiquette, food preparation, serving, meal service and reading from Dogen Zenji’s Instructions to the Cook. The class is now full but if you are interested in participating more in the tenzo sphere, email








Personal Practice Talk by Gemma Soji Cubero

Thursday, September 26, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

During Personal Practice talks, the speaker introduces their spiritual journey to the Sangha, focusing on the themes that have run through their lives and the insights, people, and events that have deepened and transformed their understanding of life itself. Come take this opportunity to get to know your fellow sangha member in a deeper way. Everyone is welcome to attend. Followed by tea and cookies. And please come early for service!




Fall Practice Period Entering and Head Trainee Entering and Leave-taking Ceremonies

Saturday, September 28, 9:00 a.m.

Join us as we open the Practice Period with an Entering Ceremony in the Zendo. 

Please consider the commitment you can make to focus your Zen training. The emphasis is on focusing and not stressing yourself by adding more activities. What is doable and sustainable for you for a week, for a month, for three months? Is there something that you can set aside or do less of, such as less time surfing the web or playing computer games? How will you hone your inborn urge to live awake here and now?


We will hold the following commitments in common:

Daily zazen. What is a realistic daily commitment for you?

Face-to-face meetings with a teacher. How often can you meet?


Zazenkai or Sesshin. Can you do all or part of a zazenkai or sesshin?

For a copy of our 2019 Fall Commitment form, click here

For instructional letter on how to fill out form, click here


Fall Practice Period Commitment Circle

Saturday, September 28, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

After morning sitting and a short snack, we will meet in the Dharma Hall for a Practice Period Commitment Circle where we can discuss our commitments for this practice period and share and receive the support of the Sangha.




Exploring Householder Koans: A 3-class series led by Roshi Egyoku

Thursdays, October 10, November 7, December 5; 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The very life you are living is the fertile ground for awakening. In this series, we will explore actual situations from our lives as Koans. Forget everything you know about Koans and come ready to inquire, explore, and experiment.  ZCLA Members: $30 per class; Non-Members: $40 per class

Must Rsvp to



Meditation for Career Fulfillment

Led by Nem Etsugen Bajra

Friday, Oct 11, 7:30-9 p.m.

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. 


For more information: and for flyer click here




Day of Reflection on Precept #6: The Practice of Not Speaking About Others Errors & Faults

Saturday, October 12, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Christina Tchoren Carvalho

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




Autumn Wind Sesshin

October 13 eve. - October 20, 2019

Led by Roshi Egyoku

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 Zen 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. Please fill out application online.


A fee of $25 will be added after Wednesday, October 9 Noon, 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 rough schedule click here.







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



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