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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2019.

Save the Date!

Parinirvana Zazenkai

February 7 (eve)-8, 2020



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. 





January is Bare Bones Month

with only scheduled sitting on the weekends.





Saturday, January 18, 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 to do at least once. No fee but donations appreciated.  To rsvp, please sign-up on the bulletin board or email SILENCE is maintained all day. The Zendo remains open for members to join in the sitting.

For the Tangaryo schedule click here.

To register online, click here



Prayer-Chant Circle

Saturday, January 18, 8:30-9:00 a.m.

We will be chanting for the Health and Well-Being of the Earth and for all those working to save the Planet. In the Buddha Hall (open to all.)



Annual Donors Memorial Service

Saturday, February 1, 8:30 a.m.

This Saturday is our yearly Donors Memorial Service. We will be thanking and recognizing all the Donors that have contributed to the Zen Center through the years and naming each of them in this ceremony. This is a wonderful opportunity to gaze into the faces of the pictures on the Altar and thank them and to appreciate their gifts, however they came to us and to honor and remember that people have donated so that we may be here and now practicing in this incredible place.


May we all be Donors some day and offer opportunity to serve others in our lifetimes and in our passings. All encouraged to attend.



Parinirvana Zazenkai

Friday, February 7 eve. 7:00 p.m (check in). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. on Friday through Saturday, February 8 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by Jitsujo Gauthier

Everyone is encouraged to come to this silent and restful day with zazen, service, work, meals, Dharma Talk, and face-to-face meeting. The schedule is similar to a day of sesshin. Open to everyone. Deadline to register is Wednesday, February 5.

for application click here.

for fee structure, click here.

for schedule click here.


Parinirvana Service

Saturday, February 8, 8:30 a.m.

We commemorate Shakyamuni Buddha’s passing from this world. The Parinirvana scroll, a temple treasure, will be displayed in the Buddha Hall. Come and see for yourself. All welcome to attend.





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



For a pdf, of our 2020 Sesshins and Retreats, click here