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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Dharma Talk by Tom Dharma-Joy Reichert
Thursday, March 5, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)
On Thursday nights, we offer a series of free Dharma Talks, followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.
ZCLA Volunteers at Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Saturday, March 7, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
We will be volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on Saturday, March 7. You need to register directly with the LA Food Bank. We sent out an email with the link to do that. If you have any further questions or interest, please email email@example.com. It also helps if you sign-up on the Bulletin Board or email us to let us know you are coming. Part 2 of our SALA (Social Action Loving Action) Project.
Saturday, March 7, 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 onece. No fee but donations appreciated. For the Tangaryo schedule click here. To rsvp, please sign-up on the bulletin board or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dharma Talk: “The Diamond Sutra"
Sunday, March 8, 11:00 a.m. (8:30 Service; 9-10:30 a.m. Zazen)
by Special Guest Rev. Mujiin Sunim
All are welcome to attend this special talk by our Guest Resident. After completing studies in psychology and pedagogy, Ven. Mujin Sunim was ordained in Sri Lanka under Ven. B. Ananda Maitreya Maha Nayaka Thera in 1976. She took bhikkhuni ordination in 1985 under In-hong Sunim at Soknam-sa. In 1987 she co-founded Lotus Lantern International Buddhist Center and in 2005 she opened Popkye-sa / Dharma Realm in Switzerland. Her particular interests are in training and freedom. Since the death of her uncle, Douglas A. Campbell, in 2008, she has been running his foundation which tries to do good projects in different countries.
It’s Alive! Exploring Our Life through Koans
A four-class series led by Roshi Egyoku
4 Thursday night classes: March 12, April 9, June 11 and July 16. All 7:30-9:30 p.m.
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.
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.
If interested, please email Senshin at email@example.com.
Day of Reflection on Precept #2: The Practice of Not Stealing
Saturday, March 14, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Led by Bill Earth-Mirror Corcoran
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.
Tokudo (Priest Ordination) for Jonathan Kaigen Levy from Roshi Egyoku
Sunday, March 15 10:30 a.m.
Everyone is encouraged to support and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage.
Introduction to Sesshin
March 19 eve. - March 21
Led by Dokai Dickenson
Sesshin, "to unify the mind," is an essential practice for the deepening for one's zazen. This introductory sesshin is designed to introduce you to sesshin practice by providing more opportunities for instruction, questions, and explanations. Full time participation is encouraged as it’s only a little over two days. If you wish to participate part time, please let Senshin know your precise attendance. Deadline to register is Friday, March 13.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Ways to give:
To donate now with a credit/debit card, Click Here
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