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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2014.

Save the Date!

  Sunday, December 21

Celebrating Sensei Shingetsu

11 am

See info below





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 info@zcla.orgfor information and requirements. We currently have one studio apartment available.


Dharma Chat: “Buddhist Practice/Christian Practice"

Sunday, November 23, 11:00 a.m.

Led by Elizabeth Jiei Cole

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.



The Zen Center of Los Angeles will be closed for Thanksgiving holidays from Monday, November 24 through Tuesday, December 2. 

If you’d like to register for our upcoming Rohatsu Sesshin (see info below), please fill out an application online.  The deadline is Wed. Dec. 3 which is when the office will reopen.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Dharma talk by Katherine Senshin Griffith

Thursday, December 4, 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.



Rohatsu Sesshin

Friday, December 5, 6:00 p.m. (supper and registration); 7:30 p.m. (sesshin begins) to Saturday, December 13, 5:00 p.m.

Led by Roshi Egyoku

“Sesshin” means “to collect one’s heart-mind.” This sesshin commemorates the Buddha’s enlightenment, traditionally designated as having occurred on Rohatsu (“eighth day, twelfth month”). Sesshin is highly recommended for deepening one’s practice. The schedule includes zazen, chanting, Face-to-Face meetings with Roshi, Teishos, work, rest, and three vegetarian oryoki meals daily.

Limited overnight accommodations available and is not guaranteed. Fee: $320 practicing members, $600 nonmembers.  Housing fees additional.  Open to both full- or part-time participation. Please contact Senshin for more details and to register. Deadline to register: Wednesday, December 3.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for schedule click here.



The Practice of Perfection: The Ten Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective Class #10 Knowledge (Jnana).

Thursday, December 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Everyone is also enouraged to attend Service at 7:15 p.m.

A ten-class series led by Roshi Egyoku

ZCLA Members: $20 per class; Non-Members: $30 per class

RSVPS only. If you have attended any class, you are on the list.  If you would like to attend for the first time, please email


Day of Reflection on Precept #8: The Practice of Not Being Stingy

Saturday, December 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Tara Jiho Sterling

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.


Celebrating Sensei Shingetsu

Sunday, December 21 11am

Beloved teacher, Sensei Patricia Shingetsu Guzy has announced her retirement from formal teaching at ZCLA, effective at the end of this year. She will be devoting her time and energies to the thriving Valley Sangha, which she began 23 years ago in her home, and shifting into a more spacious phase in her life. Sensei began practice at ZCLA in 1989 under the guidance of Taizan Maezumi, Roshi, practicing steadily and with great heart through Zen Center's many transitional phases. Fifteen years ago, Sensei received priest ordination from Roshi Egyoku. In 2006, she became a full priest and, in 2009, she received Dharma Transmission. Please join us in honoring Sensei Shingetsu for her many years of spiritual friendship and contributions to our Sangha. 


2014 MuGon End-of-Year Reflection Retreat

Saturday, Dec. 27 (eve.) - Tuesday, Dec. 30

Led by Roshi Egyoku

MuGon means “No Words.” During this sesshin, the Great Silence of No Words is the teacher. The schedule is spare: Just Zazen, Just Walking, Just Eating, Just Working, Just 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. A wonderful opportunity to empty out and go deep as we end the year.

There will be one-Bowl style meals, not Oryoki-style.  Absolute Deadline to register: Wednesday, December 17. We are requesting payment by that time.

A fee of $25 will be added after Wednesday, December 17, for any schedule changes or dropping out (with rare emergency exceptions). Housing is limited and not guaranteed. First come, first served.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for tentative schedule click here.


New Year's Eve Events

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Please join us for some or all of these events to mark the end of 2013. An rsvp to is greatly appreciated.  For a copy of that day's schedule, click here.


Save the Date - 2015

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

Details TBD.  If interested, please email


Thank you!

Thank you to Enduring-Vow and Peace Over Violence for bringing Marie Misukyo and Obed Musimbwa from the DR Congo based SOFIBEF to ZCLA to share their inspiring work.  If you'd like to support their visit to the U.S. and the work they do to end the violence against women, please go to our donation page or send in a check to ZCLA and mark it SOFIBEF.  Thank you!



May All Beings Be Well.





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