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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2020



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. 



Governor Newsom has announced that “A state as large as ours, a nation-state, is many parts, but at the end of the day, we’re one body. There’s a mutuality, there’s a recognition of our interdependence that requires of this moment that we direct a statewide order for people to stay at home,” We know that you are juggling many things with your families, work, and school. We are all learning the new ways necessitated by the coronavirus.

Given these restrictions of life in Los Angeles, we have decided to extend the closure of ZCLA through April 2020. We will continually reassess our situation and keep you informed of any developments.

We encourage you to keep abreast with reliable sources of information. Be realistic and avoid falling into panic and hysteria. This is a time to really ground yourself in your practice, keep a clear head and open heart, and extend support to those in need as you best can. This is the true work of a Bodhisattva. During this time, we are asked to slow down the pace of our lives and to take care of ourselves and each other.

The staff and teachers are working hard remotely to bring you many different ways to engage and continue our Dharma practice together virtually.  Deep gratitude to our resident members who continue to care for the Center in seen and unseen ways.

Please take good care of yourself and feel free to contact us:



Here are some current ways to practice together online.  We will be adding more ways on an ongoing basis, so stay tuned to this page and our calendar.

To get the link to join the streaming events, please email

Please maintain Zendo decorum for all activities.  If you need to take care of personal needs, please turn off your video screen.

Streaming Morning Zazen from our Zendo

Monday - Friday 6:00-7:00 a.m.  

Streaming End Your Day Zazen

Every Wednesday, 7:30-8:00 p.m.

Zazen, Four Vows, Bows, Evening Gatha

Zoomed Teisho by Roshi Egyoku

Thursday, April 2, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Streaming Chant Circle of the Gate of Sweet Nectar

Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m.

Buddha's Birthday Online Sesshin

Wednesday, April 8 (eve) through Saturday, April 11.

Led by Roshi Egyoku

Details & Schedule to be announced soon.




MEMBERS REMINDER: Turn in your Ethical Document Commitment form if you haven't already done so.  For the ZCLA Ethics document, click here


For a pdf, of our 2020 Sesshins and Retreats, click here