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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

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Bearing Witness at the Gravesites of Veterans on Memorial Day

Monday, May 28



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.  We currently have several apartments available.



Chanting Workshop at Zen Center of Los Angeles 

Saturday, April 21, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Led by Peacemaker Maija Ijäs from Helsinki, Finland

Vocal training, listening and chanting together

During this two hour session we will study how to understand the meaning of listening while chanting. The color of the shared tone clarifies and unifies when we develop our skill of listening to the overtones of our own voice and the voices of others. Listening is the key to become one with others. Chanting will become more effortless and beautiful when we learn how to bind and blend our voices together. During this workshop we will also study concepts such as vocal color and how to tune in and chant together with the temple instruments. Through listening and chanting we will become one with everything and learn how to see the interconnectedness of all life, and learn how to create peace and harmony. This workshop is open for everyone, no prior experience needed. 

$20 ZCLA Members; $30 Non-Members.  Please rsvp to





Earth Day Dharma Chat: "A Movement with No Name"

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

Led by ZCLA's Brown-Green Circle

In 2007 Paul Hawken published a book, Blessed Unrest, subtitled “How the largest movement in the world came into being and why no one noticed.” All around the world people have been joining together, acting locally to address a specific problem in their community and in their lives, giving birth to an incredible variety of responses that share one encompassing realization: Here is a situation that causes harm and we can do something about it, while taking care to not cause harm ourselves.

It is the next great turning of the Wheel of Dharma. It is giving life through our actions to the many hands and eyes of Kanzeon Bodhisattva. It is humanity’s immune response to every variety of injustice.

What have each of us seen in our own lives, where, bearing witness to harm, we gave birth to an action? Let’s have a conversation, explore, and share.






NOTE: The Zen Center is in Spring Recess from Monday, April 23 through Tuesday, May 1.




Dharma Talk by Tom Dharma-Joy Reichert

Thursday, May 3, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

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




Spring Garden Zazen

Saturday, May 5, 6:00 a.m. - Noon

Garden Zazen: Bare bones zazen in the ZCLA Garden. This is a once a year event that everyone is encouraged to attend! Please bring a beach towel or blanket on which to place a zabuton on the grass if you intend to sit outside. And don't forget sunscreen and a hat. You may participate for all or part of it and may join or return to your seat up to 8 minutes past the hour. 

For the Garden Zazen Schedule, click here.



Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Sunday, May 6, 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 12:15Open to all. 




Special Talk by celebrated tenzo Edward Espe Brown

Thursday, May 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

$20 ZCLA Members; $30 Non-Members.  RSVP requested to

Beginning with The Tassajara Bread Book in 1970 Edward Espe Brown has been inspiring cooks

and bakers to wake up and realize their capacity to nourish themselves and others with their labors in the kitchen.


Ordained as a zen priest by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1971, he has been leading meditation retreats and cooking classes for more than 30 years. His book of talks edited by Suzuki Roshi Not Always So was published in 2001.


Along with zen and cooking he has been interested in poetry, yoga, qigong, Mindfulness Touch (hands-on healing), Liberation Through Handwriting Change, clowning, and improvisational theater.


The subject of a documentary movie How to Cook Your Life, directed by Doris Dörrie (2007), his Complete Tassajara Cookbook came out in September, 2009.  His new book No Recipe, published by Sounds True, debuts May 1st of 2018. 


We have copies of his new book in our bookstore and can offer it to you for a competitive price with Amazon.  Ed will do a book-signing after his talk.




Special Mother's Day Benefit Concert by Jane Radiant-Joy Chen

"I love you Mom!" A Tribute to My Mother (and Yours)

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - Noon

ZCLA Member Jane Radiant-Joy Chen is offering a special concert to benefit ZCLA, the Mother Temple of the White Plum Lineage.  Radiant-Joy will present a salon of songs in dedication to her late mother, with Genku Martinez, Mike Appy, and special guests from Jane Chen Vocal Studio.

As anyone who heard her sing at our 50th Anniversary Celebration can attest, she truly has a wonderful voice. Bring your pocket books to help benfit ZCLA.  Suggested donation: $20 ZCLA members; $30 Non-Members




Day of Reflection on Precept #4: The Practice of Not Lying

Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Darla Myoho Fjeld

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.




Dharma Chat: "What's in a Name?"

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

Led by Marley Klaus Dowling

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.



Growing a Plum Blossom Sesshin

Wednesday, May. 23 eve. - Sunday, May 27

Led by Roshi Egyoku

During this sesshin, Zazen is the teacher. The schedule is spare: Zazen, Walking, Eating, Working, Resting - breath by breath, step by step, bite by bite, moment by moment. We will look directly at the conditioned mind and taste the freedom of forgetting the self. We will grow a plum blossom with the raw materials inherent in each of us, which is all we ever need to awaken. Please note: The meals will be One Bowl (non-oryoki). Deadline to register: Thursday, May 17. Housing is limited and not guaranteed. First come, first served.

To register, click here for application

For fee structure click here.

For schedule, click here




Bearing Witness to Our Veterans

Monday, May 28

Led by Roshi Egyoku

Zen Center members will spend the morning visiting the gravesites of Veterans, which will be followed by a picnic lunch and Bearing Witness Council.  Details to follow.






Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, June 3, 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.

Roshi will pose a question or theme to the Sangha and we will take turns engaging with her in this Public Face-to-Face with a teacher. A wonderful opportunity to ask a question and learn from others. Everyone welcome.




June Zazenkai -- on the eve of the Jukai Ceremony

Friday, June 8 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, June 9 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by Mark Shogen Bloodgood

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 6 (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 10, 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.




Reading and Talk by Melina Sempill Watts, the author of "Tree"

Sunday, June 17, 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.

“Tree” is not a typical novel. Watts wrote the story, centered on a sentient tree, in the genre of magical realism, which basically means her story is based at once on fact, fiction, a little bit of magic and a whole lot of charm and fantastic out-of-the-box thinking. “Tree lives in one place and the world comes to it,” Watts said, as she attempted to convey the mystery and scope of the story. The tree lives for a long, long time, so life around the tree—and life in the Santa Monica Mountains— evolves into multiple stories that encompass scientific facts about hydrology and geology and historical lore such as that of the Chumash Indians. Open to all.




Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, June 21, 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.





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