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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2015.

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Sunday, July 24

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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 Zazen and A Practice Day classes. The Buddha Hand Circle (BHC) oversees the application and admission process. Interested parties can contact the ZCLA Program Steward at for information and requirements.  For the application and additional information, click here. 



Funeral Service for Sensei Nagacitta Buckley

Sunday, May 29, 1:30 p.m.

In the ZCLA Garden.

The Services for Sensei Daniel Nagacitta Buckley (Ven. Thich Minh Nhat) will be held at the ZCLA Garden on Sunday, May 29th, at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the life of our beloved friend in Dharma. A reception will follow. Please RSVP to us by emailing if you plan to attend.

We encourage people to arrive at 12:30 and allow time for offsite parking.  Parking on ZCLA grounds is for Nagy's family only.  We strongly encourage you to find street parking.  There is NO parking at St. Mary's Church.  We have arranged for limited parking (30 spaces - 1st come, 1st served) at the nearby Johrei Fellowship, 3068 San Marino St., LA 90006 (3 blocks East of Normandie) from 11:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

The garden gets cool in the afternoon so please dress accordingly.

For more about Sensei Nagy, click here.



Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, June 2, 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 are asked to attend on a regular basis.



The Compassion of Hula Workshop

Saturday, June 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m., $35

Taught by June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue, Sensei and Kumu Hula

Called the “heartbeat of the Hawaiian people,” hula is a cultural dance practice that tells the stories of Hawaii through its mythology (gods and goddesses), ali’i (chiefs and chiefesses), and the beauty of everyday life.  Be prepared to become embodied and balanced through the practice of Hula connecting to the great earth.  You’ll learn basic feet and hand motions of this gentle but powerful practice that focuses on kindness and gentleness towards oneself as well as strengthening the mind-body connection. This is a beginning Hula workshop, no experience needed.  Please RSVP to if interested.   There are just a few spots left!

     Sensei June Ryushin Tanoue is a fully empowered Zen priest and teacher in the White Plum Lineage.  She and her husband Robert Joshin Althouse, Roshi co-founded the Zen Life & Meditation Center, Chicago and also worked with Bernie Glassman and the Peacemaker Community now the Zen Peacemaker Order.

     Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Kumu June studied with Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang in his Halau Hula Ka No’eau based in Waimea for 14 years.  She took part in traditional ‘uniki (graduation ceremonies) as an ‘olapa (dancer), ho’opa’a (keeper of the chants) and kumu hula (master teacher of the hula). She has been teaching hula since 2003.

     Kumu June began her hula school, Halau i Ka Pono – The Hula School of Chicago™ in 2009 based in Oak Park, IL.  Halau i Ka Pono means “school that cultivates the goodness.”  The purpose is to preserve authentic Hawaiian culture and stories through the Hula.

     She also studied la'au lapa'au, Hawaiian spiritual healing with herbs, with Henry Auwae. The la’au lapa’au practitioners were the medical doctors in old Hawaii. June has an MPH in Nutrition from the University of Hawaii and is also a Reiki master with her Reiki III attunement from Rose Mattax.  She has worked in food banking for nearly 25 years.



Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, June 5, 11:00 a.m.

Roshi will pose a question or theme to the Sangha and we will take turns engaging with her in this Public Face-to-Face with a teacher.  A wonderful opportunity to ask a question and learn from others. Everyone welcome.


Living With Vow Class #4

Thursday, June 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

A four-class series led by Roshi Egyoku

This is the last class in which we explore how personal vows function in our lives by examining the nature of vows, the vows we are actually living by, and clarifying new vows for ourselves. 

There are still copies of the text “The Vow-Powered Life: A Simple Method for Living with Purpose” by Roshi Jan Chozen Bays in our bookstore.  Our current assignment is: to continue doing the exercises in the book.  Read Chapter 4 and 5 in preparation for our last class.  And, if you'd like, write your life's mission statement.

ZCLA Members: $40 per class. Non-Members: $60 each class. If you'd like to join the series and have not yet rsvp'd, please email Senshin at




June Zazenkai -- on the eve of the Jukai Ceremony

Friday, June 10 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, June 11 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by Tina Jitsujo Gauthier

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. Zendo remains open for non-participants. Deadline to register is Wednesday, June 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.

for schedule click here.


Jukai (Ceremony for Receiving the Precepts)

Sunday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.

Roshi Egyoku, Preceptor

Several of our beloved Sangha members will be receiving Jukai.  Everyone is encouraged to support

Jane Chen, Laos Onshin Chuman, Nina Clark, Kamran Pourmorady, John Rosania and Tim Zamora and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage. 

A special thank you to Faith-Mind Thoresen for overseeing and helping them to sew their rakusus. 

Parking is very limited due to our Sunday programs and the Jukai ceremony. Please find parking on the street. Under no circumstances is parking allowed at St. Mary's. Their lot is for their parishioners attending the Sunday services.


Dharma Talk by Bill Earth-Mirror Corcoran

Thursday, June 16, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

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


Day of Reflection on The Third Refuge: I take Refuge in Sangha

Saturday, June 18, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Carol Flowing Mountain Schmitt

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.



Dharma Holder Presentation & Exchange with Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

Sunday, June 19, 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.

During this Sunday morning program, Faith-Mind will be named as a Dharma Holder and hold a Dharma Exchange with the Sangha. This is open to everyone.  These passages are a joyful and important time for our Sangha and the continuation of our Lineage.

This comes at the end of a practice retreat between Faith-Mind and Roshi culminating on Saturday evening, June 18th, in which Faith Mind will receive the Transmission of Preceptor and recognition as a Zen Buddhist Priest in a private ceremony. 


Dharma Chat: "The Hungry Tigress"

Sunday, June 26, 11:00 a.m.

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

Led by Dave Kakuon DeFrank

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.





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