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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

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Ango Entering Ceremony

Saturday, September 29



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. 




Just Summer Sesshin

July 15 eve. - July 21

Led by Sensei Ryodo Hawley 

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

For schedule click here.



Dharma Chat: "Expectations: tomato blessings and curses"

Sunday, July 22, 11:00 a.m.

Led by Jim Dojun Hanson

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. Open to all.

On the last Sunday of most months, we have an hour-long Dharma Chat led by a Sangha member on a various topics of interest. We discuss how we practice in everyday life situations and other issues. This chat will be a chance to hear about the meditation practices of others and share your own, including the current challenges/struggles we are working with.




Bearing Witness Council: "Investigating Aversion"

Thursday, July 26, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Led by Lorraine Gessho Kumpf

Most months on the last Thursday evening, we will hold a Bearing Witness Council focused on a shadow issue. This is an issue in which we are unaware of its aspects (i.e., in shadow) or something that we have difficulty facing or including. The councils will be from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Dharma Hall in lieu of the usual Dharma Talk.  This is a practice of not turning away.




Day of Reflection on Precept #4: The Practice of Non-Lying

Saturday, July 28, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Tim Taikan Zamora

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.




Sangha Forum

Sunday, July 29, 10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Led by Temple Development Steward Myoho Fjeld & Vice-Abbot Sensei Faith-Mind

Our coming together will offer a forum for everyone to learn about the rich and varied working and teaching life of the Center. Here’s an opportunity for Sangha members to share with each other what’s going on around the Center. Part town hall meeting, part feedback loop, come join us as we practice with not-knowing to co-create this gathering of the Sangha.

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



Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, August 5, 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 Ryodo will pose a question or theme to the Sangha and we will take turns engaging with him in this Public Face-to-Face with a teacher. A wonderful opportunity to ask a question and learn from others. Everyone welcome.





Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, August 9, 7:30 p.m.

During this ceremony of renewing the vows and Precepts, we each have an opportunity to bear witness to our conduct in thoughts, words, and actions. Everyone is welcome. Those who have received the Precepts are asked to attend on a regular basis.  Followed by tea and cookies.  Preceded by service at 7:15 p.m.





Friday, August 10 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, August 11 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by Tina 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, August 8 (a $25 fee will be charged for any changes after this date). Housing not guaranteed. First come, first served.

for application click here.

for fee structure click here.

for schedule click here.




Congratulations to beautiful new baby Buddhas (from left): David Taian Goodsmith, Marley Jakuan Dowling, Jenny Jūsen Bright, Nancy Teiju Marquez, & Yoko Gyokuren Bajra.  They received jukai on June 10 from Preceptor Roshi Egyoku (center).



2018 Precepts & Jukai Class Series

Led by Sensei Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

Precepts Study Series: Introduction to the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts

Saturdays, 9-11:45 a.m. 

September 22; October 6, 13, 27; November 3

Jukai (Receiving the Precepts) Class Series

Saturdays, 9-11:15 a.m.

November 17 & December 15

For details on the class, click here






For a pdf, of our 2018 Sesshins and Retreats, click here