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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

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Fall Practice Period Entering & Head Trainee Entering & Exiting Ceremonies

Saturday, September 30



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 Zen Meditation and A Practice Day classes. The Buddha Hand Circle (BHC) oversees the application and admission process. Interested parties can contact for information and requirements.   For the application and additional information, click here. 







Friday, August 11 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by Bill Earth-Mirror Corcoran

The Zen Center is in Silent Retreat.  Zendo is open to members during all sitting periods and service.  For schedule click here.



Jukai (Ceremony for Receiving the Precepts)

Sunday, August 13, 10:30 a.m.

Roshi Egyoku, Preceptor

Several of our beloved Sangha members will be receiving Jukai. Everyone is encouraged to support and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage for Geri Bryan, Glenn Davis, Peter Sample, Julie Suhr and Tim Vreeland.



Jukai (Ceremony for Receiving the Precepts) for Helena Harvilicz

Thursday, August 17, 7:30 p.m.

Dharma-Holder Faith-Mind Thoresen, Preceptor

Another Sangha member will be receiving Jukai and it will be Dharma-Holder Faith-Mind's first time as a preceptor. Another momentous occasion. Please come show your support.




Day of Reflection on Precept #1: The Practice of Not Killing

Saturday, August 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Jonathan Kaigen Levy

Approximately 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.



Dharma Talk by Mark Shogen Bloodgood

Sunday, August 20, 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.





Showing of Healthy People, Healthy Environment

Saturday, August 26, 6:00 p.m.

The Brown-Green Circle, in conjunction with the San Diego office of Population Connection, is offering a video about the intersection of ecology and population, showing the connection between nature and community in undeveloped areas.  We'll meet in the Dharma Hall to introduce ourselves and watch the video.  Open to all.    Healthy People, Healthy Environment is the recipient of a 2013 Silver Telly Award for outstanding film/video. With nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.




Public Face-to-Face with Sensei Ryodo

Sunday, September 10, 11:00 a.m.

Sensei Ryodo will pose a question or theme to the Sangha and we will take turns engaging with him in this Public Face-to-Face with a teacher. A wonderful opportunity to ask a question and learn from others. Everyone welcome.




2017 Precepts & Jukai Class Series

Led by Dharma-Holder Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

Precepts Study Series: Introduction to the Sixteen Bodhisattva PreceptsSaturdays, 9-11:45 a.m. 

September 23; October 7, 14, 28; November 4

 Jukai (Receiving the Precepts) Class Series

Saturdays, 9-11:15 a.m.

November 18 & December 16

For details on the class, click here




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