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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2019.

Save the Date!

Day of Dead Retreat

November 1 & 2

See details 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 for information and requirements.   For the application and additional information, click here. 





Autumn Wind Sesshin

October 13 eve. - October 20, 2019

Led by Roshi Egyoku

The Zen Center is in silent retreat. The Zendo remains open to members during all scheduled sitting periods.  For schedule click here.




Everyone is also invited to attend:

Honsaku Gyocha -- Ritual presentation of Head Trainee's Case & Tea

Saturday, October 19, 7:30 p.m. (Zazen at 7:00 p.m.)

In the Zendo. Please arrive on time for Zazen at 7:00 p.m.



Shuso (Head Trainee) Hossen for Jonathan Kaigen Levy

Sunday, October 20, 11:00 a.m.

Shuso Jonathan Kaigen Levy's year’s training as Head Trainee will culminate with the ancient ceremony of Dharma Combat with the Sangha. The Shuso has been working on a case koan, which he will present to the Sangha and challenge the dragons and elephants (you!) to dharma combat. This is an important rite of passage for the Head-Trainee and for the Sangha, so please plan on participating to support this practice effort. Followed by group photo and celebratory lunch.


To get on the list to ask Kaigen a question in Dharma Combat, email

Or sign-up on the Sangha House Bulletin Board.


For a copy of his case, click here


Please allow time for parking as we expect it to be a very well-attended event.  For a map to a near by parking structure, click here






Dharma Talk by Darla Myoho Fjeld

Thursday, October 24, 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.




Workshop on Folding Peace Cranes

Sunday, October 27, 10:45 a.m. - Noon

Led by Roshi Egyoku

How does a paper crane fly? Join Roshi Egyoku to learn how to fold an origami peace crane. Paper will be provided, but you may bring your own if you have square paper of any size. You can donate your crane to the Tsuru for Solidarity 2020 protest of immigrant detention, hang your crane on a tree in your neighborhood, give it to a loved one or a friend as a blessing of peace, or an action of your own making.  RSVP and $5 materials fee requested.

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen from 9:00-10:30 a.m. 



ZCLA Garden Film Series: Film: Coco

Thursday, October 31, 7:30 p.m. (GATE CLOSES AND WE HIT PLAY!)

In preparation for our upcoming Day of Dead Retreat, we will be showing the 3D computer-animated fantasy Coco


The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead, where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living and to reverse his family's ban on music.


The film was praised for its animation, voice acting, music, emotional story, and respect for Mexican culture. Recipient of several accolades, Coco was chosen by the National Board of Review as the Best Animated Film of 2017. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Remember Me"). Additionally, it also won the Best Animated Film at the BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Critic's Choice Movie Awards, and Annie Awards.


Location and what you need to bring: ZCLA Garden. Bring everything you need, blankets, whatever you want to drink (NOT ALCOHOL PLEASE) or eat, chairs if you want to... your loved one. We only ask that you take care of them while here. Also that we leave no trace after...



Day of Dead Retreat culminates at Night!

Friday, November 1 (eve) - Saturday, November 2

This year our ZCLA Day of Dead will be in the form of a retreat.  It will start on Friday night, November 1 (All Saints Day) with meditation and reflections dedicated to all the children who have died (born and unborn).  The retreat will continue into Saturday, November 2 (All Saints Day) and include periods of zazen, the making of ancestral lanterns and culminate in an evening service of the Gate of Sweet Nectar and a lantern lit Day of Dead ceremony in the garden, where we call forth, honor and celebrate our ancestors. As with our zazenkai's, participants may spend the night but it is not necessary.  Priority for housing will be given to those who live far away.  To register, click here.




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



Founders Service

Saturday, November 16, 8:30 a.m.

Once a month we hold a special service to honor our founders, Baian Hakujun Daiosho and Taizan Maezumi Honored One, and the main ancestors of our Lineage. All welcome!




Day of Reflection on Precept #7: The Practice of Not Elevating Yourself and Blaming Others

Saturday, November 16, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Chris Daian Fields

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






Fall Practice Period Commitments

We are still accepting Fall Practice Period Commitments.

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







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