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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2019.

Save the Date!

Next Jukai Ceremony

September 15

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

Teisho by Roshi Egyoku

Thursday, August 22, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

 

 

 

Meditation for Career Fulfillment

Led by Nem Etsugen Bajra

Bi-Weekly Fridays, 7:30-9 p.m.

Aug 23; Sep 6, 20; Oct 11

Thinking of starting a new business or managing your work more effectively?  Meditation can help you.  We invite you to join this sitting group.  An engineer, entrepreneur and Zen pratitioner, Nem Etsugen Bajra will share a path leading to career fulfillment in which work can be financially rewarding, personally fulfilling and beneficial to the community by integrating meditation with business and personal development skills. 

RSVP to nembajra@yahoo.com.

For more information: www.mitrapath.org and for flyer click here

 

 

ZCLA Garden Film Series: Film: Ottomaticake by Gemma Cubero del Barrio ( Sōji)

Genre: Documentary. Duration: 62 minutes.

Saturday, August 24, 7:45 p.m. (GATE CLOSES AND WE HIT PLAY!)

(The days are getting shorter so we are starting a bit early)

Link to an article on MovieMaker Magazine:

 https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/moviemaking/gemma-cubero-del-barrios-doc-ottomaticake/

More on the film here: http://talcualfilms.com

If interested there will be a Q&A after. The editor Kyung Lee will also be there.

Location and what you need to bring:  ZCLA Garden. Bring everything you need, blankets, whatever you want to drink (NOT ALCOHOL PLEASE) or eat, chairs if you want to... your loved one. We only ask that you take care of them while here. Also that we leave no trace after...

After this screening Soji will announce the next set of films for September and moving forward through the fall.

 

Again film starts at 7:45 gate will open an hour before you can come help set up or watch the sunset or stay to break down.

 

 

 

 

 

Dharma Chat on "Trauma and Centering the Body in Practice"

Sunday, August 25, 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.

Led by Kristie Valdez-Guillen

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.

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: The Zen Center is closed for Summer Recess from Monday, August 26 through Tuesday, September 3. We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday, September 5.

 

 

Personal Practice Talk by John Kyogen Rosania

Thursday, September 5, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

During Personal Practice talks, the speaker introduces their spiritual journey to the Sangha, focusing on the themes that have run through their lives and the insights, people, and events that have deepened and transformed their understanding of life itself. Come take this opportunity to get to know your fellow sangha member in a deeper way. Everyone is welcome to attend. Followed by tea and cookies. And please come early for service!

 

 

 

 

 

Tangaryo

Saturday, September 7, 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. Please rsvp by Friday, September 7 Noon to programsteward@zcla.org, so we can get a tenzo count. 

To fill out an application, click here.

For the schedule, click here.

 

 

 

 

49th Day Memorial Service for Charles Duran

Sunday, September 8, 9:45 a.m.

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and a short period of Zazen at 9:00 a.m.

Everyone is encouraged to come to this service for our beloved long-time Sangha member and resident.

 

 

 

Conscious Breathing Technique Workshop with Shuso Jonathan Kaigen Levy

Sunday, September 8, 11:00 a.m.

Followed by Sangha Lunch at 12:15 p.m.

 

 

Personal Practice Talk by Gemma Soji Cubero

Thursday, September 12, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

During Personal Practice talks, the speaker introduces their spiritual journey to the Sangha, focusing on the themes that have run through their lives and the insights, people, and events that have deepened and transformed their understanding of life itself. Come take this opportunity to get to know your fellow sangha member in a deeper way. Everyone is welcome to attend. Followed by tea and cookies. And please come early for service!

 

 

 

2019 Precepts & Jukai Class Series

Led by Tom Dharma-Joy Reichert

Precepts Study Series: Introduction to the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts

Saturdays, 9-11:45 a.m. 

September 14 & 21; October 5, 12, 26;

Jukai (Receiving the Precepts) Class Series

Saturdays, 9-11:15 a.m.

November 9 & 23

For details on the class, click here

 

 

Jukai (Ceremony for Receiving the Precepts)

Sunday, September 15, 10:30 a.m.

Sensei Faith-Mind, Preceptor

Several of our beloved Sangha members will be receiving Jukai. Everyone is encouraged to support and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage for Lina Bahn, Karina Beltran, Erin Moore, and Harlan Pace.

 

 

 

Dharma Talk: “How to live Here and Now – Engagement from the One and Half Person Perspective"

Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 p.m. 

by the Sotoshu's Specially Dispatched Teacher Rev. Sensho Watanabe

Rev. Sensho Watanabe will share the value of living and engaging in this life from the One and a Half Person Perspective through the teachings of the Shakyamuni Buddha, Dogen Zenji and Keizan Zenji. Followed by tea and cookies reception at 8:00 p.m.  Everyone is encouraged to attend this special event.

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Practice Talk by Tim Taikan Zamora

Thursday, September 19, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

During Personal Practice talks, the speaker introduces their spiritual journey to the Sangha, focusing on the themes that have run through their lives and the insights, people, and events that have deepened and transformed their understanding of life itself. Come take this opportunity to get to know your fellow sangha member in a deeper way. Everyone is welcome to attend. Followed by tea and cookies. And please come early for service!

 

 

Personal Practice Talk by Pater Ryugen Sample

Thursday, September 26, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

During Personal Practice talks, the speaker introduces their spiritual journey to the Sangha, focusing on the themes that have run through their lives and the insights, people, and events that have deepened and transformed their understanding of life itself. Come take this opportunity to get to know your fellow sangha member in a deeper way. Everyone is welcome to attend. Followed by tea and cookies. And please come early for service!

 

 

 

 

Autumn Wind Sesshin

October 13 eve. - October 20, 2019

Led by Roshi Egyoku

Sesshin, "to unify the mind," is an essential practice for the deepening for one's zazen. It is an extended, silent retreat in which most of the normal schedule of the Zen Center is set aside to allow for a more focused zazen practice, integrated with walking meditation, face-to-face meetings with a teacher, work practice, chanting, rest, oryoki meals, and talks.

 

Part time and full time participation is welcomed. Part time consists of at least a half a day, including all scheduled activities. Please fill out application online.

 

A fee of $25 will be added after Wednesday, October 9 Noon, for any late registrations, schedule changes or dropping out (with rare emergency exceptions). No applications will be admitted after sesshin has started. Housing is not guaranteed and is on a first come basis.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for rough schedule click here.

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday June 23, we welcomed four new baby buddhas in jukai. In the group photo above from left: Brian Sōtetsu Huff, Robert Kanzan Swan, Gemma Sōji Cubero del Barrio, and Christiaan Ekan Manno. Roshi Egyoku Preceptor in the center.

 

 

THE SANGHA SUTRA - ETHICS DOCUMENT

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