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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 Residency@ZCLA.org for information and requirements. For the application and additional information, click here. We currently have a studio and a two-bedroom apartment available.
NOTE: The Zen Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays Monday, November 20- Tuesday, November 28.
Bearing Witness Council on Genocide
Thursday, November 30, 7:30 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.)Led by Frank Genku Martinez
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. This is a practice of not turning away.
This council will bear witness to genocide - especially to that of the Native Peoples of the Americas, who are still under threat today. What has the world community lost (in terms of the points of view, ways of being in relationship to the earth, spirituality with the genocide of Native Peoples?
Friday, December 1, 6:00 p.m. (supper and registration); 7:30 p.m. (sesshin begins) to Saturday, December 9, 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”). Sesshin is highly recommended for deepening one’s practice. The schedule includes zazen, chanting, Face-to-Face meetings with Roshi, Teishos, work, rest, and three vegetarian oryoki meals daily.
Deadline to register: Wednesday, November 29. Note: our housing is full but we have plenty of room for commuters, both full- and part-time participation welcome. Please register by filling an application online.
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Reading and Talk by Melina Sempill Watts, the author of "Tree"
Sunday, December 10, 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.
Annual Teisho on "Polishing the Bones"
by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA
Thursday, December 14, 8:00 p.m.
Day of Reflection on Precept #9: The Practice of Not Being Angry
Saturday, December 16, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Led by Tom Yudo Burger
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.
Tokudo (Priest Ordination) for Christina Eirin Carvalho from Roshi Egyoku
Sunday, December 17 10:30 a.m.
Everyone is encouraged to support and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage. Followed by group photograph and celebratory lunch.
Bearing Witness Council
Thursday, December 21, 7:30 p.m. (Service 7:15 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.
2017 End-of-Year Reflection Retreat
Wednesday, Dec. 27 (eve.) - Saturday, Dec. 30
Led by Dharma-Holder Faith-Mind Thoresen
During this sesshin, the Great Silence is the teacher. The schedule is spare: Just Zazen, Just Walking, Just Eating, Just Working, Just 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. A wonderful opportunity to empty out and go deep as we end the year.
There will be one-Bowl style meals, not Oryoki-style.
Deadline to register: Sunday, December 17.
A fee of $25 will be added after Sunday, December 17, for any schedule changes or dropping out (with rare emergency exceptions). Housing is limited and not guaranteed. First come, first served.
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for application click here.