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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2015.

Save the Date!

 Sunday, June 14,

10:30 a.m.

Jukai - Receiving the Precepts Ceremony

(See information 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.



Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Thursday, May 28, 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.


Introduction to Sacred Circle Dance Workshop

Saturday, May 30, 1:00-2:45 p.m.

Led by Joan Rawles-Davis

Sacred Circle Dance is a way of celebrating our connection to the rhythms of the earth, to each other, and our spiritual selves; people have been doing these dances for centuries. It is the expression of prayer through the language of the body. By experiencing the inner dimension of movement, isolation is overcome and body, mind and soul are reconnected.

All are welcome. No prior experience necessary.
Suggested $20 donation. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

RSVP a must.  Please rsvp to

For more information, click here.


Review of ZCLA Statements of Ethical Conduct

Sunday, May 31, 10:30am-Noon

Led by the HEAR Circle

All Sangha members are invited to this open forum to gather feedback on our statements of Ethical Conduct.


Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, June 4, 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.


Rubber Block Printmaking Class

Saturday, June 6, 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Led by Loren Kantor

Learn how to carve your own rubber blocks and make custom prints, including those dragons, Buddhas, ensos, Jizos, Japanese characters, lotus flowers, portraits of Leonard Cohen, the Dude from the Big Lebowski and more.  Students use a gouge to carve a soft rubber block.  The carved block is then used to make custom prints with colored inks.  The process is relaxing, meditative and fun.  Materials, Designs, directions and encouragement are supplied by the instructor.  $20 Fee.  You can keep the block you make.  Must rsvp to

ZCLA member Conrad Butsugen Romo (pictured below) highly recommends the class.

Loren Kantor is a Los Angeles based woodcut artist and printmaker.  His work is featured in galleries and museums across the country as well as a spate of magazines, periodicals, book covers and his own blog at woodcutting  He currently teaches block printmaking classes at parks and recreation centers and senior facilities across Southern California.


It’s Alive! Exploring Our Life through Koans - Class #3

Thursday, June 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

A four-class series led by Roshi Egyoku

Come with an open mind and heart as we enter koans at the place of intersection with our own personal experiences and listen to what is arising. No experience with koans is necessary.  No text required but suggested reading if desired is John Tarrant’s Bring Me the Rhinoceros: And Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life (Harmony Books, 2004). 

The koan from the last class to study is "I'm not asking you about before the full moon.  Say a word or two about after the full moon.  The teacher answered, 'Every day is a good day.'"

Attending every class is not necessary but is encouraged.  The last class is July 16. 

ZCLA Members: $40 per class

Non-Members:  $60 per class

You don't have to attend every class but you must rsvp to Senshin (only once) at



Friday, June 12 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, June 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by Mark Shogen Bloodgood

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 10.  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 14, 10:30 a.m.

Roshi Egyoku, Preceptor

Nine of our beloved Sangha members will be receiving Jukai in the ZCLA garden.  Those participating are Maria Collantes, Michael Davis, Eleanor Heaphy, Jeff LaCoss, Frank Martinez, Patricia Pfost, Kane Phelps, Bob Ross and Cathy Sammons.  Everyone is encouraged to support and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage.  Parking will be very limited so we encourage you to find street parking if possible.  A special thank you to Faith-Mind Thoresen for overseeing and helping them to sew their rakusus.

NOTE: Our next Precept/Jukai Class Series will start in late September.

Dharma Talk by George Mukei Horner, Zendo Steward

Thursday, June 18, 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.


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

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

Led by Reeb Kaizen Venners

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.


Ways to Give to ZCLA:


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Mail a check marked Dharma Training Fund to:

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

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



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