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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

Save the Date!

Saturday, June 17

ZCLA 50th Anniversary 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 Introduction to Zazen and A Practice Day classes. The Buddha Hand Circle (BHC) oversees the application and admission process. Interested parties can contact for information and requirements. 

We currently have a studio and a two-bedroom apartment available.

For the application and additional information, click here. 

Happy New Year!

2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster

REMINDER:  This is a Bare Bones Month with only scheduled sitting on the weekends. No Face-to-face interviews or lunches.



Women's March  Los Angeles

Saturday, January 21, 9 am – 4 pm

Pershing Square, Downtown LA 90013

     This year in lieu of our January Day of Reflection, ZCLA Sangha members will be encouraged to attend the Women’s March Los Angeles.  It is open to everyone (men and women) who stands for human rights, civil liberties, tolerance of diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity.

     Participants will stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

    A group of us will be meeting at ZCLA at 8:30 and then walking to the Metro red line at Normandie and Wilshire.  Please feel free to join us.  If you need to leave the rally early, be aware parking on ZCLA grounds is stacked.

   Wear your Rakusu's and/or Buddhist garb.




Evergreen Cemetery visit for Nyogen Senzaki Roshi

Sunday, January 22, 10:45 a.m.

Annual visit to the Evergreen Cemetery gravesite of Zen pioneer Nyogen Senzaki and Japanese-American Buddhist ancestors. Meet in the Sangha House driveway for carpooling at 10:45 a.m. For an excellent book of Senzaki Sensei’s writings, see Eloquent Silence, Wisdom Publications, 2008. For more information on Nyogen Senzaki, click here. If interested in coming, please let Shogen know at All are welcome to join us as we honor our ancestors. We should be back by 1:00 p.m. 


January 23-29 is the last week of our Bare Bones Month. We resume our regular schedule on Wednesday, February 1. 



Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

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

Our Bare Bones Month ends as Roshi gives a teisho to start us off in the New Year. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please come early for service.



Annual Donors Memorial Service

Saturday, February 4, 8:30 a.m.

This Saturday is our yearly Donors Memorial Service. We will be thanking and recognizing all the Donors that have contributed to the Zen Center through the years and naming each of them in this ceremony. This is a wonderful opportunity to gaze into the faces of the pictures on the Altar and thank them and to appreciate their gifts, however they came to us and to honor and remember that people have donated so that we may be here and now practicing in this incredible place.


May we all be Donors some day and offer opportunity to serve others in our lifetimes and in our passings. All encouraged to attend.




Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, February 5, 11:00 a.m.

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Followed by Sangha Lunch at 12:15. Open to all.

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.



Lovingkindness (Cultivating Chesed)

Sunday, February 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

This day-long workshop led by Zoketsu Norman Fischer and Rabbi Shefa Gold is co-sponsored by ZCLA.  For registration and more information, go to

For the flyer for this event, click here



Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, February 9, 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.





Parinirvana Zazenkai

Friday, February 10 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. on Friday through Saturday, February 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, February 8.

for application click here.

for fee structure, click here.

for schedule click here.



Parinirvana Service

Saturday, February 11, 8:30 a.m.

We commemorate Shakyamuni Buddha’s passing from this world. The Parinirvana scroll, a temple treasure, will be displayed in the Buddha Hall. Come and see for yourself. All welcome to attend.


Dharma Talk by Bill Earth-Mirror Corcoran

Sunday, February 12, 11:00 a.m.

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Followed by Sangha Lunch at 12:15. Open to all.


Race/Privilege, Dharma, Collective Liberation Meeting

Sunday, February 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

After lunch and clean-up, Earth-Mirror will also lead this meeting for anyone who wants to attend and explore more deeply these issues.




Special Day of Reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, February 18, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

On this month's Day of Reflection, we will engage in an exploration and reflection on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Our council will also be on a theme inspired by Martin Luther King. For the complete schedule for our Day of Reflection, click here.




Sangha Forum

Sunday, February 19, 10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Our coming together will offer a forum for everyone to learn about the rich and varied working and teaching life of the Center. Here’s an opportunity for Sangha members to share with each other what’s going on around the Center. Part town hall meeting, part feedback loop, come join us as we practice with not-knowing to co-create this gathering of the Sangha.





Still time to give to ZCLA'S ANNUAL FUND:


  • To donate now with a credit/debit card, Click Here
  • Mail a check marked Annual Fund 2016 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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