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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2014.

Save the Date!

  Sunday, November 2

Day of the Dead/Obon Celebration





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.


Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbott of ZCLA

Thursday, October 2, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Everyone is welcome to attend. No charge.



HIGH HOLIDAYS 2014 / 5775 Shir Hadash Contemplative Community

Wednesday, September 24 to Saturday, October 4, 2014

Led by Rabbi Don Ani Shalom Singer

This New Year, 5775, Shir Hadash Contemplative Community will celebrate the High Holiday / Days of Awe at The Village Church of Westwood, CA. It is minutes from the Sunset Bvdl. exit off the 405 Freeway.   In 1964, Rabbi Don Singer was ordained Rabbi at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati Ohio, the mother school of Liberal Judaism. This year 2014/5775 marks his 50th year of service as Rabbi and his 20th anniversary of having received Dharma Transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman.  Please join us, old friends and new to celebrate the Days of Awe, led by our rabbi in his "Golden Year."  For information & schedule: click here.


Friday, Oct. 3, Evening Service-Kol Nidre 8:00pm

Saturday, Oct.4, Morning service-Yom Kippur service, quiet meditation, Yiskor Memorial service, Neilah Closing service, and break-the-fast.

Special Notte:  The Shofar will be played by Brian Rich who also went with Roshi Bernie to the Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats.

Any questions contact Rabbi Don Singer,  or (310) 454-8324.  To register, click here. Walk-up and last-minute guests are welcome.


Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, October 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.


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.


Day of Reflection on Precept #9: The Practice of Not Being Angry

Saturday, October 18, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Nem Etsugen Bajra

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.


Autumn Wind Sesshin

October 19 eve. - October 26, 2014

Led by Roshi Egyoku

Sesshin, "to unify the mind," is an essential practice for the deepening for one's zazen. It is an extended, silent retreat in which most of the normal schedule of the Zen Center is set aside to allow for a more focused zazen practice, integrated with walking meditation, face-to-face meetings with a teacher, work practice, chanting, rest, oryoki meals, and talks.

Part time and full time participation is welcomed. Part time consists of at least a half a day, including all scheduled activities. Please fill out application online.

A fee of $25 will be added after Thursday, October 16 9:30 a.m., for any late registrations, schedule changes or dropping out (with rare emergency exceptions). No applications will be admitted after sesshin has started. Housing is not guaranteed and is on a first come basis.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for tentative schedule click here.


Honsaku Gyocha -- Ritual presentation of Head Trainee's Case & Tea

Saturday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend this ritual in the Zendo.

Shuso (Head Trainee) Hossen for Mark Shogen Bloodgood

Sunday, October 26, 11:00 a.m.

Head-Trainee Mark Shogen Bloodgood’s year’s training as Head Trainee will culminate with the ancient ceremony of Dharma Combat with the Sangha. The Head-Trainee has been working on a case koan, which he will present to the Sangha and challenge the dragons and elephants (you!) to dharma combat. This is an important rite of passage for the Head-Trainee and for the Sangha, so please plan on participating to support this practice effort. Followed by group photo and celebration.


2014 Fall Practice Period

September 29 - 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?

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

Please turn in your form NOW so we can enter your name on the Sangha Training Board and in the next edition of the WaterWheel Newsletter.

For a copy of the Sutra Writing document for you to print out and use for your writing commitment, click here.   You don't have to turn these in with your commitment forms and can use them throughout the Ango.


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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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