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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2014.

Save the Date!

  Sunday, October 26

Shuso Hossen Ceremony for Mark Shogen Bloodgood




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 info@zcla.orgfor information and requirements. We currently have one studio apartment available.


Garden Zazen

Saturday, September 13, 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Prayer-Chant Circle at 8:30 a.m.

Bare bones zazen, sitting in meditation out in the ZCLA garden. Please rsvp to Senshin at if you will be there for the Buffet Breakfast.


Saturday, September 13, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tangaryo is an all-day sitting without a timekeeper which is open to all and required of members to do at least once. Rsvp to

For Tangaryo/Garden zazen schedule, click here.

Deadline to sign-up for either or both (meals) is Thursday, September 11.


Dharma Talk by Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

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

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nector 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.


Personal Practice Talk by Tom Yudo Burger

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

During Personal Practice talks, the speaker introduces their spiritual journey to the Sangha, focusing on the themes that have run through their lives and the insights, people, and events that have deepened and transformed their understanding of life itself.  Come take this opportunity to get to know your fellow sangha member in a deeper way.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Followed by tea and cookies.


Day of Reflection on Precept #2: The Practice of Not Stealing

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

Led by George Mukei Horner

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 Chat led by Sensei Daishin Buksbazen

Sunday, September 21, 11:00 a.m.

Once a month, we usually 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 follows our usual Sunday program of Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen at 9:00 a.m.


Precepts Study Series: Introduction to the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 29; Nov. 5

Led by Faith-Mind Thoresen & Dharma-Joy Reichert

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, and ZCLA’s Statement of Right Conduct. Tuition: $175 members; $300 non-members. Includes Precepts Study Workbook.  To register please, sign-up below and contact Senshin at  The deadline to sign-up is Wednesday, September 17. Full participation is requested.


Fall Practice Period and Shuso Entering Ceremony

Saturday, September 27, 9:00 a.m.

Join us as we open the Practice Period with an Entering Ceremony in the Zendo. Five Sanghas will be participating, from Los Angeles to New Jersey.

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

For a copy of the Sutra Writing document for you to print out and use for your writing commitment, click here.

Please hand in your form by Wednesday, Septmeber 25 so we can enter your name on the Sangha Training Board and in the next edition of the WaterWheel Newsletter.

Fall Practice Period Commitment Circle

Saturday, September 27, 11:30 a.m.

After morning sitting, we will meet in the Dharma Hall for a Practice Period Commitment Circle where we can discuss our commitments for this practice period and share and receive the support of the Sangha.


Showing of film "Falling for the Mountain" and Discussion

Sunday, September 28, 11:00 a.m.

This Sunday we will be showing the 26-minute poetic documentary written and directed by ZCLA member Susanna Knittel. In "Falling for the Mountain," a new generation learns to steward an inherited swiss alp and a new relating to land and people develops. The needs of land and buildings call into collective action.  After viewing this intimate look at one human family and their relationship to land and each other, we will have a discussion about our own relationships to land and others.


The Practice of Perfection: The Ten Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective Class #8 Pranidhana

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

A ten-class series led by Roshi Egyoku

The remaining Thursday night class dates are:

November 20 and December 18. 

ZCLA Members: $20 per class; Non-Members: $30 per class

RSVPS only. The class is full but if interested, please email




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

Led by Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

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. Fee: $40-50; $75 for nonmembers. Zendo remains open for non-participants.

for application click here.

for schedule click here.



2014 Fall Practice Period

October 3 - December 31, 2014



“Zazen” is the theme for our 2014 Practice Period.
In particular, we are emphasizing approaching every activity
of our daily life from the unity of zazen. We will
train ourselves by using the actions of our daily lives to
wake up and function from unity and love.

We ask you to consider what commitment you can
make to deepen your practice. The emphasis is on deepening,
not stressing yourself out unnecessarily by adding
more activities. What is doable and sustainable for you
for three months? Is there something unnecessary that
you can set aside? What will help you hone your inborn
urge to live awake here and now?

Circle News

Health Circle

The Caring Net is one program of the Health Circle. This group of volunteers offers support to ZCLA members who are experiencing acute medical issues. The forms of  assistance include food shopping, preparation of frozen meals, transportation, visits and meditation support. New volunteers are welcome and always encouraged.  To learn more, please contact Luminous Heart at


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