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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2015.

Save the Date!

Sunday, August 14

Jukai (Ceremony of Receiving the Precepts) for Pam Smith 





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. 



Dharma Chat: "Harmony"

Sunday, July 31, 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 Patricia Keian Pfost

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.



Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, August 4, 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.

Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, August 7, 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.


Teisho on the Negative Vow

Thursday, August 11, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

by Roshi Egyoku



Friday, August 12 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, August 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by Lorraine Gessho Kumpf

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, August 10 (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) for Pam Smith

Sunday, August 14, 11:00 a.m.

Roshi Egyoku, Preceptor

This Sunday beloved Sangha member Pam Smith will be receiving Jukai. Everyone is encouraged to witness together this important Sangha rite of passage. Followed by Group photograph and Celebratory lunch.


Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Thursday, August 18, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please come early for service.


Day of Reflection on Precept #1: Non-Killing

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

Led by Kim KiMu DeBacco

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 Jeanne Dokai Dickenson

Sunday, August 21, 10:45 a.m.

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen at 9:00. Followed by Group Photo and Celebratory Lunch at 12:15. Open to all.

During this Sunday morning program, Dokai 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 Dokai and Roshi culminating on Saturday evening, August 20, in which Dokai will receive the Transmission of Preceptor and recognition as a Zen Buddhist Priest in a private ceremony. 

After her installation, Dharma Holder Dokai will present a case and invite all of you to a Dharma exchange. (This exchange is much more informal than Dharma Combat at the conclusion of a year-long Head Trainee/Shuso training.) 


Dharma Talk by Katherine Senshin Griffith

Thursday, August 25, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please come early for service.  Followed by tea and cookies.



Group photo of those gathered to support the Jukai Ceremony in June.

Precepts & Jukai Series

Led by Jeanne Dokai Dickenson & Mark Shogen Bloodgood

Precepts Study Series:  Introduction to the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts

Saturdays, 9-11:15 a.m. 

September 17, 24; October 8, 22, 29; November 6 (bonus class)

The classes are open to all those interested in learning about the precepts and are highly recommended for everyone practicing at ZCLA. The classes will be a combination of lectures and discussion. Assignments will be given. It is a prerequisite for everyone interested in formally receiving the precepts (Jukai).  


The Precept Class topics include:

  • The Three Treasures 
  • The Three Tenets
  • The Three Vehicles,
  • Cause and Effect    
  • The Ten Grave Precepts
  • Atonement
  • ZCLA’s Statement of Right Conduct


Tuition for Precept Series: $175 members; $300 nonmembers Includes Precepts and Study Workbook text.

Jukai (Receiving the Precepts) Class Series

Saturdays, 9-11:15 a.m. November 19 & December 3

This two-class series is for those who wish to receive the precepts. The Precepts Series is a prerequisite for these classes. The class topics include the Lineage, bowing practice, the Jukai Ceremony, the Rakusu (the Buddha’s robe), and the mudra of Gassho.

Tuition for Jukai Series: $70 for members; $120 nonmembers. Tuition for both series: $200 members; $375 non-members.  No one is turned away for lack of funds.




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        ZCLA, 923 S. Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA  90006

  • Place cash or checks in the donation box located in the Sangha House.




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