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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 email@example.com information and requirements.
January is Bare Bones Month with only scheduled sitting on the weekends.
Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA
Sunday, February 1, 11:00 a.m. (Service 8:30 a.m.; Zazen 9:00 a.m.)
Our Bare Bones Month ends as Roshi gives a teisho to start us off in the New Year. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Dharma Talk: "The Garden of Eden"
by Special Guest Sensei Ilia Shinko Perez, Abbess of Maitreya Abbey in Colorado
Thursday, February 5, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 a.m.)
Sensei Ilia Shinko Perez, a successor of Roshi Shishin Wick (White Plum Asangha), will speak about her spiritual journey and the divine feminine. All welcome. Followed by tea and cookies.
Shinko Ilia Perez, Sensei, after 25 years of training with prominent Zen masters, became a Zen teacher in 2000. Since then she had been teaching and leading traditional Zen retreats and is now co-spiritual director of the Great Mountain Zen Center, Lafayette, CO. She is the co-author of The Great Heart Way and the creator and leader of Great Heart retreats as well as Great Heart Zen inspired retreats on The Sacred Feminine and Painting from the Unknown. She has led retreats in the Caribbean, Mexico, Spain and in several Western US states. Shinko continues her spiritual journey in the Tibetan Bön tradition in order to recover the ancient Feminine Wisdom and to bring the power of visualization and dreams into the Zen tradition.
Friday, February 13 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, February 14 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 for members; $75 for nonmembers.
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Dear Friends and Sangha Members,
In August we held a Sangha Celebration honoring the many hours of service given by our Sangha members. We especially honored 20 Sangha Guardians for their 14 years of continuous and consistent service to the Zen Center. I have been reflecting with gratitude on all the care, time, and support that you - and the numerous people who have come through our temple gates - have so generously given to ensure that the Zen Center continues to thrive.
Raising a healthy Annual Fund is essential for supporting the Zen Center's foundational Dharma offerings: zazen in the zendo, sutra chanting and memorial services in the Buddha Hall, personal guidance from our teachers, monthly zazenkai, six sesshin, a 90-day Practice Period, weekly Dharma talks, numerous workshops and classes, council practice, and shared stewardship training throughout the year.
In addition to sustaining these foundational offerings, this year ZCLA affected the larger community in other important ways:
anniversary of the genocide. I served as one of the retreat
council facilitators and, upon my return, spoke and wrote about the process of forgiveness based on the events that unfolded during the retreat.
We convened a Lay Path Mitra (Friend) Group for serious, long-term Zen students whose primary calling is to serve the secular world through their diverse vocations. The spheres of engagement include prison chaplaincy, socially engaged business, training in non-violence for youth at risk, education, theater, environmental work, and the practice of council in prisons and the non-profit spheres.
We sponsored a lively workshop based on the landmark book "The Hidden Lamp: Stories of
Twenty-five Centuries of Awakened
Women" (Wisdom Publications). This important collection features one hundred koans and stories of Buddhist women from the time of the Buddha to the present day, each accompanied by a refl ection by a contemporary woman teacher, such as my successor Sensei Merle Kodo Boyd. I am a contributing author to this book, as well as to "Seeds of Virtue, Seeds of Change: A Collection of Zen Teachings" (Temple Ground Press), featuring writings by contemporary Soto Zen women teachers.
Every day, I keep in my heart the Zen Center's vision of a world free of suffering, in which all beings live in harmony, where everyone has enough, deep wisdom is realized and compassion flows unhindered. I have committed my life's work to this vision and ask that you join me in supporting it by giving generously to the Zen Center Annual Fund.
Please take a few minutes right now to send in your contribution so that the light from our community will continue to shine throughout the world.
Ways to give:
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Mail a check marked Annual Fund 2014 to:
ZCLA, 923 S. Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Place cash or checks in the donation box located in the Sangha House
Save the Date - 2015
THROUGH THE GATE OF SWEET NECTAR: Learning the Heart Liturgy of Feeding the Hungry Spirits
Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26, 2015
Led by Roshi Bernie Glassman & Roshi Egyoku
Details TBD. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to Enduring-Vow and Peace Over Violence for bringing Marie Misukyo and Obed Musimbwa from the DR Congo based SOFIBEF to ZCLA to share their inspiring work. If you'd like to support their visit to the U.S. and the work they do to end the violence against women, please go to our donation page or send in a check to ZCLA and mark it SOFIBEF. Thank you!
May All Beings Be Well.