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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2015.

Save the Date!

Sunday, June 12

Jukai Ceremony

 (See details below) 





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. 



PLEASE NOTE: The Zen Center is closed for Spring Recess from Monday, April 25 through Tuesday, May 3. We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday, May 4.



Dharma Talk by George Mukei Horner

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

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


Spring Garden Zazen

Saturday, May 7, 6:00 a.m. - Noon

Garden Zazen: Bare bones zazen in the ZCLA Garden. Please bring a beach towel or blanket on which to place a zabuton on the grass if you intend to sit outside. You may return to your seat up to 8 minutes past the hour. Please email if you plan on attending. 


Dharma Talk by Katherine Senshin Griffith

Sunday, May 8, 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.



Living With Vow Class #3

Thursday, May 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

A four-class series led by Roshi Egyoku

In this engaging four-part series led by Roshi Egyoku, we will 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.  The last class is Thursday, June 9.

The text will be “The Vow-Powered Life: A Simple Method for Living with Purpose” by Roshi Jan Chozen Bays.  Limited copies are available in our bookstore.  For this next class, Roshi has requested that participants read as much as they can of the book.

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


Maezumi Roshi Memorial Founders Service

Saturday, May 14, 8:30 a.m.

This Saturday morning we will be observing the 21st Anniversary of the passing of Maezumi Roshi, Founding Abbot of ZCLA, who died on May 15, 1995 in Japan.  Please join us as we offer or gratitude and appreciation to Maezumi Roshi, who left his home country and came to the United States as a young monk in order to spread the Dharma in the West.


Day of Reflection on Precept #4: The Practice of Not Lying

Saturday, May 21, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Diane True-Joy Fazio

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.


Growing a Plum Blossom Sesshin

Wednesday, May. 25 eve. - Sunday, May 29

Led by Roshi Egyoku

During this sesshin, Zazen is the teacher. The schedule is spare: Zazen, Walking, Eating, Working, 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. We will grow a plum blossom with the raw materials inherent in each of us, which is all we ever need to awaken. Please note: The meals will be One Bowl (non-oryoki). Deadline to register: Thursday, May 19. Housing is limited and not guaranteed. First come, first served.

To register, click here.

for fee structure click here.

For schedule, 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, 1:00-4:00 p.m., $50

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 it’s 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.  

     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.



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 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.



Ways to give to ZCLA:


  • To donate now with a credit/debit card, Click Here
  • Mail a check marked Annual Fund 2015 to:

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

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


To download our Annual Fund Appeal Letter and read about all the wonderful things we have accomplished and experienced this last year, click here.



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