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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 information and requirements. We currently have one studio apartment available.
Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbott of ZCLA
Thursday, October 2, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)
Everyone is welcome to attend. No charge.
HIGH HOLIDAYS 2014 / 5775 Shir Hadash Contemplative Community
Wednesday, September 24 to Saturday, October 4, 2014
Led by Rabbi Don Ani Shalom Singer
This New Year, 5775, Shir Hadash Contemplative Community will celebrate the High Holiday / Days of Awe at The Village Church of Westwood, CA. It is minutes from the Sunset Bvdl. exit off the 405 Freeway. In 1964, Rabbi Don Singer was ordained Rabbi at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati Ohio, the mother school of Liberal Judaism. This year 2014/5775 marks his 50th year of service as Rabbi and his 20th anniversary of having received Dharma Transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman. Please join us, old friends and new to celebrate the Days of Awe, led by our rabbi in his "Golden Year." For information & schedule: click here.
Friday, Oct. 3, Evening Service-Kol Nidre 8:00pm
Saturday, Oct.4, Morning service-Yom Kippur service, quiet meditation, Yiskor Memorial service, Neilah Closing service, and break-the-fast.
Special Notte: The Shofar will be played by Brian Rich who also went with Roshi Bernie to the Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats.
Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku
Sunday, October 5, 11:00 a.m.
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.
The Practice of Perfection: The Ten Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective Class #8 Pranidhana
Thursday, October 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
A ten-class series led by Roshi Egyoku
The remaining Thursday night class dates are:
November 20 and December 18.
ZCLA Members: $20 per class; Non-Members: $30 per class
RSVPS only. The class is full but if interested, please email email@example.com.
Friday, October 10 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, October 11 at 5:00 p.m.
Led by Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen
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. Fee: $40-50; $75 for nonmembers. Zendo remains open for non-participants.
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Day of Reflection on Precept #9: The Practice of Not Being Angry
Saturday, October 18, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Led by Nem Etsugen Bajra
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.
Autumn Wind Sesshin
October 19 eve. - October 26, 2014
Led by Roshi Egyoku
Sesshin, "to unify the mind," is an essential practice for the deepening for one's zazen. It is an extended, silent retreat in which most of the normal schedule of the Zen Center is set aside to allow for a more focused zazen practice, integrated with walking meditation, face-to-face meetings with a teacher, work practice, chanting, rest, oryoki meals, and talks.
Part time and full time participation is welcomed. Part time consists of at least a half a day, including all scheduled activities. Please fill out application online.
A fee of $25 will be added after Thursday, October 16 9:30 a.m., for any late registrations, schedule changes or dropping out (with rare emergency exceptions). No applications will be admitted after sesshin has started. Housing is not guaranteed and is on a first come basis.
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for application click here.
for tentative schedule click here.
Honsaku Gyocha -- Ritual presentation of Head Trainee's Case & Tea
Saturday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to attend this ritual in the Zendo.
Shuso (Head Trainee) Hossen for Mark Shogen Bloodgood
Sunday, October 26, 11:00 a.m.
Head-Trainee Mark Shogen Bloodgood’s year’s training as Head Trainee will culminate with the ancient ceremony of Dharma Combat with the Sangha. The Head-Trainee has been working on a case koan, which he will present to the Sangha and challenge the dragons and elephants (you!) to dharma combat. This is an important rite of passage for the Head-Trainee and for the Sangha, so please plan on participating to support this practice effort. Followed by group photo and celebration.
2014 Fall Practice Period
September 29 - December 31, 2014