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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2019.

Save the Date!

"Advice for Future Corpses" workshop with Sallie Jiko Tisdale

Saturday, March 2, 1-4 p.m.


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 Tom Dharma-Joy Reichert

Thursday, February 21, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

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





Service Position Training

Saturday, February 23, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Led by Ceremonial Co-Steward Dharma-Joy Reichert

In our services, we function as One Body acting through many hands and eyes. Present in the moment, attending to what needs to be done, we connect an ancient heritage to our practice right here-now. Join us as we embody the physicality of Zen training and working together. We will demonstrate and practice various service positions, and then do a few run-throughs. If interested, sign-up on the flyer on the Sangha House lounge bulletin board or email Let us know what you'd like to learn or for senior students, what you would like to teach.




Sangha Forum

Sunday, February 24, 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.






Advice for Future Corpses: A Workshop on Preparing for Death

Saturday, March 2, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Led by Sallie Jiko Tisdale

Members: $40; Non-Members: $55

Each of us will die. Each of us will grieve people we love. We will do both those things in a culture uncomfortable with death, with little shared vocabulary for how we talk about it. How do we prepare for death when it is difficult to even talk about dying? Resistance is part of our relationship to death. How do we get ready to die? We start with not being ready. We start with the fact that we are afraid. 


In this workshop, participants will consider the questions and fears they carry about dying and death. How do we prepare for and react to the deaths of those we love? What do we mean by the phrase “a good death”? How do we plan for a mysterious event and then let go of our attachment to it?


Sallie Tisdale is a writer, Zen Buddhist teacher, and palliative care nurse. She is the author of nine books, most recently Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them), named one of the New York Times Book Critics’ top books of 2018. Her essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, and Tricycle, among other journals. Tisdale is a long-time member of PEN and an adjunct professor of writing. She has been a registered nurse for many years and is a certified End-of-Life Nursing Education Curriculum trainer. She currently works in a community-based palliative care program. Tisdale is the senior Lay Dharma Teacher at Dharma Rain Zen Center in Oregon, where she has practiced for more than thirty years.


Sallie will be available to sign copies of her book, which will soon be in our bookstore. To read reviews of the book, click here.



The Sangha Sutra Rollout

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

Led by Roshi Egyoku and the HEAR Circle

All Zen Center members are requested to attend the rollout of “The Sangha Sutra: ZCLA’s Ethics Practices.” This work has two main points: first, it makes explicit the spirit, culture, and vision of practice on our Zen mountain; second, it sets forth ZCLA’s ethics practices and policies. The Sutra, a milestone in our Sangha’s evolution, was recently emailed to you, and we encourage you to read it prior to this meeting.  All members will be asked to commit to the practices and policies contained in the documents, and you will have the opportunity to sign a commitment form to that effect.


Please make every effort to be present for the meeting. If you cannot attend, you will need to schedule an appointment with a Sangha Sutra Guide–a senior student who has been authorized to talk with you individually about the documents and your commitment.


For a pdf of the Sangha Sutra, click here





Beginner's Mind Sesshin

March 14 eve. - March 16

Led by Mark Shogen Bloodgood

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 8.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

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For a pdf, of our 2019 Sesshins and Retreats, click here