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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2019.

Save the Date!

Jukai Ceremony

June 23

(see 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. 




Buddha’s First Sermons: The Deepest Origins of Zen Class #2

Taught by Roshi Ryodo Hawley

Thursday, June 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, expounded the foundational principles of Buddhism in his first sermons. The first class explored the path laid out by Shakyamuni Buddha. This second class will focus on accomplishing this path, this Buddha Way.


Specific topics will include:

• The Aggregates

• The Doctrine of Dependent Origination

•  Stages of Enlightenment and why we don't often talk about them

• Origins of Zen forms in Buddha's original teachings

• How modern practices like the Three Tenets and 3-step Zen extend basic Buddhist principles


ZCLA & Westchester Zen Circle Members: $30 per class;

Non-Members: $40 per class

Prefer RSVP to but you can also just show up and pay at door.  You don't have to have attended the first class, to participate in this one.




June Zazenkai -- on the eve of the Jukai Ceremony

Friday, June 21 eve. 7:00 p.m ( self-check in). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by Lorraine Gessho Kumpf

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, June 19 (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.



Jukai (Ceremony for Receiving the Precepts)

Sunday, June 23, 10:30 a.m.

Roshi Egyoku, Preceptor

Several of our beloved Sangha members will be receiving Jukai. Everyone is encouraged to support and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage for Gemma Cubero, Brian Huff, Christiaan Manno and Bob Swan.





Teisho by Roshi Egyoku

Thursday, June 27, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.



Meditation for Career Fulfillment

Led by Nem Etsugen Bajra

Bi-Weekly Fridays, 7:30-9 p.m.

June 28; July 19; Aug 2, 23; Sep 6, 20; Oct 11, 25; Nov 8, 22

Thinking of starting a new business or managing your work more effectively?  Meditation can help you.  We invite you to join this sitting group.  An engineer, entrepreneur and Zen pratitioner, Nem Etsugen Bajra will share a path leading to career fulfillment in which work can be financially rewarding, personally fulfilling and beneficial to the community by integrating meditation with business and personal development skills. 


For more information: and for flyer click here



Sangha Forum

Sunday, June 30, 10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Led by Myoho Fjeld and Sensei Faith-Mind Thoresen

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.




Bearing Witness Council

Thursday, July 11, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Led by Dharma-Holder Senshin Griffith

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 Talk by Sensei Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

Sunday, July 14 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. 

Everyone is encouraged to attend.






Day of Reflection on Precept #5: The Practice of Not Being Deluded

Saturday, July 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Betty Jiei Cole

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.





Just Summer Sesshin

July 21 eve. - July 27

Led by Sensei Ryodo Hawley 

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 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. Your application must be submitted no later than NOON Thursday, July 18, after which there will be a $25 fee 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 schedule click here.




Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, August 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 (or will receive them) are asked to attend on a regular basis.




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