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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. 





Dharma Talk by Dharma-Holder Katherine Senshin Griffith

Sunday, August 19, 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.




Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Thursday, August 23, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please come early for service. Followed by tea and cookies.





Jukai (Ceremony for Receiving the Precepts) for Emily Donahue O'Keefe

Sunday, August 26, 11:00 a.m.

Roshi Egyoku, Preceptor

Everyone is encouraged to support and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage. 





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



Day of Reflection

Saturday, September 15, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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 Entering and Head Trainee Entering and Leave-taking Ceremonies

Saturday, September 29, 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?



Fall Practice Period Commitment Circle

Saturday, September 30, 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.




Autumn Wind Sesshin

October 14 eve. - October 21, 2018

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 10 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 the tentative schedule click here.





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.





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