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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2019.

Save the Date!

End of Year Sesshin

December 27 eve -30



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. 




Atonement Ceremony

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





Dharma Chat on "Not Knowing"

Led by Burt Wetanson

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Open to all.

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.





Exploring Householder Koans: Class #3 of a 3-class series

Thursday, December 5; 7:30-9:30 p.m.

led by Roshi Egyoku

The very life you are living is the fertile ground for awakening. In this series, we will explore actual situations from our lives as Koans. Forget everything you know about Koans and come ready to inquire, explore, and experiment.  ZCLA Members: $30 per class; Non-Members: $40 per class

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Rohatsu Sesshin

Friday, December 6, 6:00 p.m. (supper and registration); 7:30 p.m. (sesshin begins) to Saturday, December 14, 5:00 p.m.

Led by Roshi Egyoku

“Sesshin” means “to collect one’s heart-mind.” This sesshin commemorates the Buddha’s enlightenment, traditionally designated as having occurred on Rohatsu (“eighth day, twelfth month”) and is considered the most important sesshin of our year. Sesshin is highly recommended for deepening one’s practice. The schedule includes zazen, chanting, Face-to-Face meetings with Roshi, dharma talks, work, rest, and three vegetarian oryoki meals daily.

Deadline to register: Noon Saturday, November 23. Our housing is already filling up fast. Both full- and part-time participation welcome. Please register by filling an application online. 

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for tentative schedule click here




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