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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

Save the Date!

Saturday, June 17

ZCLA 50th Anniversary Celebration


For  a copy of the ZCLA50 WPA & Homecoming schedule (June 15-18) click here




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 Zazen and A Practice Day classes. The Buddha Hand Circle (BHC) oversees the application and admission process. Interested parties can contact for information and requirements. We currently have a studio and a two-bedroom apartment available.  For the application and additional information, click here. 





Sangha Forum

Sunday, February 19, 10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

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.





Zen Peacemakers Gathering

Sunday, February 19, 2-4 p.m. (Rsvps only)

Hosted by Roshi Egyoku, a founding ZPO member

Sangha members are invited to attend the gathering-in of the Zen Peacemaker Order (ZPO) Los Angeles. The Zen Peacemakers engage in social action by practicing The Three Tenets of Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action. We will hear from a few Zen Peacemakers about ongoing social action projects. The current times are calling us to action as well-informed, creative, and upright bodhisattvas. In Los Angeles alone, the ongoing inequities and injustices of our society are urgently calling us forth. 

If you are interested or just plain curious about the ZPO, you are enthusiastically welcome to this gathering.  Please RSVP by Feb 15 to Dharma-Holder Dokai at:




Bearing Witness Council: Embracing the Shadow

Thursday, February 23, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

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. There will be a seat for the shadow, which will be represented by a symbol that evokes the shadow.  This is a practice of not turning away


The first Bearing Witness Council will be held on Thursday, February 23. It will be led by Tina Jitsujo Gauthier. We will council on President Trump and the shadow issues he provokes in you.



Prayer-Chant Circle

Saturday, February 25, 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Chant Circle for all those suffering the effects of domination or oppression.

In the Buddha Hall (open to all.)




Saturday, February 25, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tangaryo is an all-day sitting without a timekeeper which is open to all and required of members to do at least once. No fee but donations appreciated. For the Tangaryo schedule click here. To rsvp, please sign-up on the bulletin board or email SILENCE is maintained all day. The Zendo remains open for members to join in the sitting.




Showing of Documentary Film "The Origins: Fragments of the Hunt"

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

Written, directed, filmed and edited by Zen Peacemaker Mikko Ijäs

Two Zen-practitioners and Zen Peacemakers from Finland will be at ZCLA at the end of a national tour to show their new documentary.  The Origins presents a compelling argument that human imagination and art was evolved due to ancient art of persistence hunting (running and tracking down animals).  74 minutes running time. To be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. All welcome.

For more about the film, click here

The movie website:
The movie Facebook page:
Mikko's article on Zen Peacemakers website about peacemaking among the indigenous cultures:






Introduction to Sesshin

March 9 eve. - March 11

Led by Dharma-Holder Jeanne Dokai Dickenson

Sesshin, "to unify the mind," is an essential practice for the deepening for one's zazen. This introductory sesshin is designed to introduce you to sesshin practice by providing more opportunities for instruction, questions, and explanations. Full time participation is encouraged as it’s only a little over two days. If you wish to participate part time, please let Senshin know your precise attendance. Deadline to register is Friday, March 3.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for schedule click here.






Film Showing: Children of Beqaa

Sunday, March 19, 10:30 a.m.

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen at 9:00 a.m. Followed by Sangha Lunch at 12:30. Open to all.


Children of Beqaa documents director Elias Matar and his daughter Lyla, traveling to the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon in June of 2016 to work with Salam LADC, a local NGO. Here in the Beqaa, there are over 800,000 Syrian refugees who have been living in a state of limbo for the past 5 years. These refugees are left in the dark; they have no country, nearly no rights, very little education and not enough food. Children of Beqaa gives a voice to the refugees, who just want their stories to be heard.  Running time: 78 minutes.


For the trailor to the film:





Dharma Chat: "Homelessness and the Three Tenets"

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

Led by Bob Doetsu Ross

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.




Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, April 20, 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.




Still time to give to ZCLA'S ANNUAL FUND:


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        ZCLA, 923 S. Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA  90006

  • Place cash or checks in the donation box located in the Sangha House.




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