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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






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.

Our revised Bodhisattva vows!

Numberless beings, I vow to serve them.

Inexhaustible delusions, I vow to end them.

Boundless Dharmas, I vow to practice them.

Unsurpassable Buddha Way, I vow to embody it.



Service Position Training

Saturday, March 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Led by Ceremonial Co-Stewards Shogen Bloodgood and Dharma-Joy Reichert

In our services, we function as One Body acting through many hands and eyes. Present in the moment, attending to what needs to be done, we connect an ancient heritage to our practice right here-now. Join us as we embody the physicality of Zen training and working together. We will demonstrate and practice various service positions, and then do a few run-throughs.  If interested, sign-up on the flyer on the Sangha House lounge bulletin board or email  Let us know what you'd like to learn or for senior students, what you would like to teach.


Dharma Chat on ZCLA's Social Action Loving Action (SALA) project

Sunday, March 29, 11:00 a.m. (8:30 a.m. Service; 9-10:30 a.m. Zazen)

Led by SALA Stewards Tom Yudo Burger and George Mukei Horner

On the last Sunday of most months, we 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. All welcome.



Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

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

Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.



Buddha’s Birthday Service & Celebration

Sunday, April 5

Come and help decorate at 7:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. Service & Storytelling

Join in celebrating the birth of the Buddha and all of us baby Buddhas in the Zen Center’s Garden. A tiny house decorated with flowers will be erected in the garden for a special service. Afterwards, the Birth Story of the Buddha and his first steps in the world will be told.  Everyone is invited to bring a small bouquet of flowers as an offering during the service.  Friends, family and especially Children are welcome.


It’s Alive! Exploring Our Life through Koans - Class #2

Thursday, April 9, 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). Attending every class is not necessary but is encouraged.  The other 2 classes are on June 11 and July 16. ZCLA Members: $40 each class or $150 for the entire series if paid in advance.

Non-Members:  $60 each class or $230 for the entire series if paid in advance.

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


Buddha's Birthday Zazenkai

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

Led by Katherine Senshin Griffith

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.  Deadline to register is Wednesday, April 8.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for schedule click here.



Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, April 16, 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.


Day of Reflection on Precept #10: The Practice of Not Speaking Ill of the Three Treasures

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

Led by Tina Jitsujo Gauthier

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.



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

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If interested, please email


Annual Appeal

Dear Friends and Sangha Members,


We are just about $4000 short of our goal for the Annual Fund.  If you haven't given yet, please consider making a donation today to help sustain the Zen Center of Los Angeles.


Thank you!


Ways to give:



To donate now with a credit/debit card, Click Here


Mail a check marked Annual 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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