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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2019.

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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 for information and requirements.   For the application and additional information, click here. 




Dharma Talk by Lorraine Gessho Kumpf

Thursday, July 18, 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.

July 19; Aug 2, 23; Sep 6, 20; Oct 11, 25; Nov 8, 22

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. 


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Day of Reflection on Precept #5: The Practice of Not Being Deluded

Saturday, July 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Betty Jiei Cole

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.





Just Summer Sesshin

July 21 eve. - July 27

Led by Roshi Ryodo Hawley 



Join us for Just Summer Sesshin!

 We will be exploring the Soto way: talks and readings will be drawn from Master Tozan, founder of the Soto Zen school, along with major contributors Hong Zhi and Dogen Zenji.

 What were their fundamental principles, and how can insights into their work inspire our modern Zen practice?  I look forward to sitting with you!


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 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. Your application must be submitted no later than NOON Thursday, July 18, after which there will be a $25 fee 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.

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for application click here.

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DHARMA TALK: Wholehearted: Taking Refuge in the Three Treasures of Awakening, Receptivity and Community

Sunday, July 14 11:00 a.m.

Guest Speaker  Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison

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. 

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMin, is a best-selling author/editor and Zen teacher and psychotherapist. Appreciated for his guidance in helping people understand and apply time-tested Buddhist teachings as simple strategies for living in today’s chaotic world, Paley Ellison is a dynamic, original and visionary leader, teacher and speaker. He is a co-founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the author of Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up and an editor of the best-selling book Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.





Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, August 1, 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.




Friday, August 9 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, August 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by Tom Dharma-Joy Reichert

Everyone is encouraged to come to this silent and restful day with zazen, service, work, meals, Dharma Talk, and face-to-face meeting. The schedule is similar to a day of sesshin. Open to everyone. Deadline to register is Wednesday, August 8 (a $25 fee will be charged for any changes after this date). Housing not guaranteed. First come, first served.

for application click here.

for fee structure click here.

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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.






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.



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 11 & 23

For details on the class, 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