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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.



Dharma Talk by Co-Temple Director Darla Myoho Fjeld

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

On Thursday nights, we offer a series of Dharma Talks. Everyone is welcome to attend. No charge.


Spring Garden Zazen

Saturday, May 9, 6:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Garden Zazen: Bare bones zazen in the ZCLA Garden.  Please bring a beach towel or blanket on which to place a zabuton on the grass if you intend to sit outside. You may return to your seat up to 8 minutes past the hour.  Please email if you plan on attending.  For complete schedule, click here.

Garden Zazen will be followed by:


Saturday, May 9, 11:00 a.m.

In the Dharma Hall

Dale Jamieson and Bonnie Myosen Nadzam will be reading selections from their

collaborative work “LOVE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE” and hoping for great

discussion and feedback. The book explores love stories from a possible future: how might human love and relationships look like in a world in which nature is

almost entirely human-made? O/R Books is releasing the book this September.

Dale Jamieson is Professor of Environmental Studies; Director of Animal Studies Initiative; Professor of Philosophy, and Affiliated Professor Law at New York University. He has published dozens of articles and several books, most recently “Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed, and What it Means for Our Future” (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Bonnie Myosen Nadzam is an essayist and fiction writer whose work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Orion Magazine, Granta, The Iowa Review, Tweed’s, and many other fine journals and magazines. Her first novel, Lamb, won the 2011 Center for Fiction’s first novel prize; her second novel, Lions, will be out next year from Grove Atlantic.  She is a member of ZCLA and on our Tenzo Circle.



Dharma Talk by Katherine Senshin Griffith

Sunday, May 10, 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.


Day of Reflection on Precept #7: The Practice of Not Elevating Myself and

Blaming Others

Saturday, May 16, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Ellen Reigen Ledley

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.


Growing a Plum Blossom Sesshin

Wednesday, May. 20 eve. - Sunday, May 24

Led by Roshi Egyoku

During this sesshin, Zazen is the teacher. The schedule is spare: Zazen, Walking, Eating, Working, Resting - breath by breath, step by step, bite by bite, moment by moment. We will look directly at the conditioned mind and taste the freedom of forgetting the self. We will grow a plum blossom with the raw materials inherent in each of us, which is all we ever need to awaken.  Please note: This meals will be One Bowl (non-oryoki) Minimum commitment is one full day of sesshin. Deadline to register: Wednesday, May 14. Housing is limited and not guaranteed. First come, first served.

To register, click here.

for fee structure click here.

For tentative schedule, click here


Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, June 4, 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.


It’s Alive! Exploring Our Life through Koans - Class #3

Thursday, June 11, 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). 

The koan from the last class to study is "I'm not asking you about before the full moon.  Say a word or two about after the full moon.  The teacher answered, 'Every day is a good day.'"

Attending every class is not necessary but is encouraged.  The last class is July 16. 

ZCLA Members: $40 per class

Non-Members:  $60 per class

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


Ways to Give to ZCLA:


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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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