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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2015.

Save the Date!

December 31, 2016

End-of-Year Council, Atonement & Revolving the Sutra 





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. 

We currently have a studio and a two-bedroom apartment available.

For the application and additional information, click here. 


Rohatsu Sesshin

Friday, December 2, 6:00 p.m. (supper and registration); 7:30 p.m. (sesshin begins) to Saturday, December 10, 5:00 p.m.

Led by Roshi Egyoku

This week the Zen Center is in silent retreat. Members may attend the scheduled sitting periods, samu and services (face-to-face, meals and yoga for participants only.) For schedule click here


Special Talk by Guest Activist Chas JewettRed Morning Star Woman from Standing Rock

Sunday, December 11, 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.

Chas Jewett Red Morning Star Woman is a Lakota from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota. Chas attended the first Zen Peacemaker Native American Bearing Witness Retreat in the Black Hill this past August 2015 and the Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat in November. After starting out in the environmental movement in 2002, Chas has been organizing in South Dakota for reproductive justice, human rights and peace. Chas hosts the No KXL Through Treaty Lands Facebook page that has 10,000 likes. She is an organizer of Rapid City Community Conversations, an organization that seeks to combat institutional and individual racism through conversations focused on relationship building and shared values.


Teisho on the Three Tenet Mala by Roshi Egyoku

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

Back by popular demand. Roshi will help us dive deeper into working with the The Three Tenets.  Everyone is welcome to attend. No charge, donations welcome. And please come early for service!


Day of Reflection on Precept #8: The Practice of Not Being Stingy

Saturday, December 16, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Ty Jotai Webb

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.


Annual Teisho on "Polishing the Bones"

by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Sunday, December 18, 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.


Dharma Talk by Zendo Steward George Mukei Horner

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

On Thursday nights, we offer a series of Dharma Talks. Everyone is welcome to attend. No charge, donations welcome. And please come early for service!



2016 End-of-Year Reflection Retreat

Tuesday, Dec. 27 (eve.) - Friday, Dec. 30

Led by Dharma-Holder Faith-Mind Thoresen

During this sesshin, the Great Silenc 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: Tuesday, December 20. 

A fee of $25 will be added after Tuesday, December 20, for any schedule changes or dropping out (with rare emergency exceptions). Housing is limited and not guaranteed. First come, first served.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for schedule click here.



We are now in our intensive Fall Practice Period.

October 1 - December 31, 2016

Six Sanghas are participating, from Los Angeles to New Jersey.  Join us in making a commitment to intensify and deepen your practice and share and receive the support of the Sangha. We are still accepting commitment forms.

For the 2016 Fall Practice Period Commitment form, click here

For the letter from Senshin with instructions on how to fill out the form, click here

For the instructions on the Three Tenets Mala Practice, click here.

For the crib sheet, for the Three Tenets Mala Practice, click here





Ways to give to ZCLA:


  • To donate now with a credit/debit card, Click Here
  • Mail a check marked Annual Fund 2016 to:

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

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




Our Vision is an enlightened world free of suffering, in which all beings live in harmony, everyone has enough, deep wisdom is realized and compassion flows unhindered.






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