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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2018.

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ZCLA Day of the Dead

Sunday, November 4


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. 





Shuso (Head Trainee) Hossen for Betsy Enduring-Vow Brown

Sunday, October 21, 11:00 a.m.

Shuso Betsy Enduring-Vow Brown’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 she 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, Enduring-Vow a question in Dharma Combat, email or sign-up on the Sangha House Bulletin Board. For a copy of her Case, click here. 



Bearing Witness Council on "Uncovering the Roots of Assumption"

Thursday, October 25, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Led by Betty Jiei Cole

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. Followed by tea and cookies. All welcome.





Dharma Chat: "Waste and Practice"

Sunday, October 28, 11:00-Noon

Led by Nancy Teiju Marquez

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.




Wednesday, October 31, 7-9 p.m.

Día: El último Míercoles de cada mes

Horio:  7:15–9:00 p.m.  (por favor lleguen a las 7:00 p.m.)

Led by Rosa Ando Martinez

We are starting a new Introduction to Zen Meditation class in Spanish.  It will generally be held on the last Wednesday of the month.  Please help spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested.  For flyer in Spanish, click here.

The remaining dates for the 2018 classes are:

míercoles, noviembre 28

míercoles, deciembre 19




Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, November 1, 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.



Day of the Dead -- Altars set-up

Saturday, November 3, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Please come join us for all or part of the Altar set-up this Saturday in preparation for Sunday's big event. Those who help will be treated to pizza and salad.



ZCLA Annual Day of the Dead

Sunday, November 4, 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

The theme of this Fall Practice Period is "The Art of Positive Emotions."  With that in mind, this year's Day of Dead will be a particularly Joyous Celebration in which we express love, joy, compassion and gratitude to our ancestors and all our loved ones who have died.  We will laugh and dance with Death as we march in a New Orleans style funeral procession.  Details to follow.





Personal Practice Talk by Christina Tchoren Caravalho

Thursday, November 8, 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!





Friday, November 9 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, November 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by George Mukei Horner

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. Zendo remains open for non-participants. Deadline to register is Wednesday, November 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.



Guest Speaker Eberhard Fetz: “It’s all done with neurons”  

Sunday, November 11, 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. Open to all.

We are lucky to have such a renowned brain scientist as part of our Sangha. On his way back from San Diego where he will have received a big honor, he will generously share his insights with us.  For more about Dr. Fetz, click here.




The Art of Positive Emotions

The 2nd class in a three class series led by Roshi Egyoku

Thursday, November 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

ZCLA Members: $30 per class; Non-Members: $45 per class

This class will focus on how to increase the positive emotions of happiness, joy, and love in our lives. We will have fun exploring these emotions and creating our own practices. Our aim will be to experience these emotions on a more consistent basis and create new habit patterns. Small group work and class sharing will be important components of the course.    The third class is December 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

You can attend the last two classes without having attended the first but conact to rsvp and get assignments.





Day of Reflection on Precept #8: The Practice of Not Being Angry

Saturday, November 17, 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.






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 2018 Fall Commitment form, click here 

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

We are still accepting commitment forms.  Send to

There are also copies in the Sangha House lounge.  You can put them in the Program Steward gray mail slot.






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