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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2015.

Save the Date!

Sunday, December 13

Reading & talk by Joseph Bobrow Roshi of Deep Streams Zen Institute

(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 introductory Zen practice classes, ZP1 through ZP3. The Buddha Hand Circle (BHC) oversees the application and admission process. Interested parties can contact Betsy Enduring-Vow Brown via Senshin, the ZCLA Program Steward at for information and requirements.


Coming Up!


NOTE: The Zen Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays Monday, November 23- Tuesday, December 1.


SPECIAL EVENT: Showing of Film "Flight of the Refugees"

Thursday, December 3, 8:00 p.m. (7:15 Service; 7:30 Zazen)

Followed by discussion with filmmakers Ginger Fung and Elias Matar

On Thursday nights,  Everyone is welcome to attend. No charge, donations welcome. Followed by tea and cookies. And please come early for service!



Rohatsu Sesshin

Friday, December 4, 6:00 p.m. (supper and registration); 7:30 p.m. (sesshin begins) to Saturday, December 12, 5:00 p.m.

Led by Roshi Egyoku

“Sesshin” means “to collect one’s heart-mind.” This sesshin commemorates the Buddha’s enlightenment, traditionally designated as having occurred on Rohatsu (“eighth day, twelfth month”). Sesshin is highly recommended for deepening one’s practice. The schedule includes zazen, chanting, Face-to-Face meetings with Roshi, Teishos, work, rest, and three vegetarian oryoki meals daily.

Deadline to register: Wednesday, December 2, but don't delay as there are limited overnight accommodations available and housing is not guaranteed. Open to both full- or part-time participation. Please register by filling an application online. 

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for tentative schedule, click here


Reading from "Waking up from War" & talk by Joseph Bobrow Roshi

Sunday, December 13, 10:45 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.

      Joseph Bobrow Roshi is a Zen master and founding director of Deep Streams Zen Institute. A Dharma heir of Robert Aitken Roshi, he also studied with Yamada Koun Roshi of the Sanbo Kyodan with headquarters in Kamakura, Japan. In the early 1980's Joseph lived and studied with Thich Nhat Hanh in Plum Village, where he co-translated his Guide to Walking Meditation.

     Joseph practiced psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for thirty-five years and is the author of Zen and Psychotherapy: Partners in Liberation (2010) and Waking Up from War: A Better Way Home for Veterans and Nations (2015, foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama).

He is the founding director of Coming Home Project, a community service of Deep Streams Institute whose mission is Zen practice, interdisciplinary education, and community service. Since 2006, Coming Home has served thousands of returning veterans, and their families and caregivers, with integrative, evidence-based retreats and psychological counseling. Joseph has taught throughout the U.S. and abroad. He lives in Santa Barbara.

     "Waking up from War" argues that the elements that contribute to healing war trauma—including safety, connection, community, dialogue, mutual respect, diversity, and compassion—can help build a stronger nation. But this message comes with a warning and a challenge not just for caregivers, veterans service organizations, governmental departments, Congress, and the White House, but for all Americans. War creates incalculable suffering—not only among those on the front lines, but also among those left behind. For every soldier killed or injured on the battlefield, countless others are affected—particularly relatives and friends—often in isolation and silence. As a nation, the U.S. must do everything it can to repair the injuries caused by war, whether physical, emotional, or moral, both for those who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, and for the country itself. Only after the nation provides the top-quality care our veterans have earned will we be able to begin to end our reliance on war and truly build a durable peace.  To purchse the book on Amazon, click here.


Annual Teisho on "Polishing the Bones"

by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Sunday, December 20, 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.



2015 MuGon End-of-Year Reflection Retreat

Sunday, Dec. 27 (eve.) - Wednesday, Dec. 30

Led by Roshi Egyoku

MuGon means “No Words.” During this sesshin, the Great Silence of No Words 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. Absolute Deadline to register: Wednesday, December 18. We are requesting payment by that time.

A fee of $25 will be added after Wednesday, December 18, 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 tentative schedule click here.



New Year's Eve Events

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Please join us for some or all of these events to mark the end of 2015. An rsvp to is greatly appreciated. 

2:00-4:00 p.m. Sangha Year-End Council -- Dharma Hall

4-4:25 p.m. Sangha Members Annual Memorial Service -- Buddha Hall 

4:30 p.m. Dedication for the Kanzeon Arundo Donax - Zendo Garden

4:45 p.m. Informal supper -- Sangha House

6:00 p.m. Purification -- Zendo

6:10 p.m. Be in your seat

6:15 p.m. Atonement Ceremony

7:45 p.m. Ringing of 108 bells & Zazen Fire Ceremony

8:15-8:45 p.m. New Years Revolving the Sutras Service -- Buddha Hall 

9:00 Celebratory cake & cider toast for the New Year – Sangha House

9:30 End




2015 Fall Practice Period October 3 - December 31


We are still accepting the Fall Practice Period Commitment forms.  Please hand in your form so we can add your name on the Sangha Training Board and in the next edition of the WaterWheel Newsletter.

For a copy of the Practice Period Commitment form, click here. 

For a copy of the Song of Gratefulness, click here.

For more information on the Practice Period and filling out the form, click here


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