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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2015.

Save the Date!

November 11 (eve)-12

The Order of Disorder Sesshin

Led by Moshe Yoowho Cohen and Michel NoCanDo Dobbs, a fool & Dharma heir of Peter Muryo Mattiessen 





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 the ZCLA Program Steward at for information and requirements.  For the application and additional information, click here. 


We are now in our intensive Fall Practice Period.

October 1 - December 31, 2016

Six Sanghas are participating, from Los Angeles to New Jersey.  Join us in making a commitment to intensify and deepen your practice and share and receive the support of the Sangha. We are still accepting commitment forms.

For the 2016 Fall Practice Period Commitment form, click here

For the letter from Senshin with instructions on how to fill out the form, click here

For the instructions on the Three Tenets Mala Practice, click here.

For the crib sheet, for the Three Tenets Mala Practice, click here


Day of Reflection on Precept #9: The Practice of Not Being Angry

Saturday, October 22, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by John Kyogen Rosania

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.


Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Sunday, October 23, 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.  Now that we are in our Fall Practice Period, there is an additional period of Open Zazen from 6:00-7:00 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday morning.


Dharma Talk by Tom Dharma-Joy Reichert

Thursday, October 27, 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.  Followed by tea & cookies.


ZCLA Annual Day of the Dead

Sunday, October 30

Each year we celebrate our departed ancestors, Bodhisattvas and those who have died.  Face painting starts at 8:00 a.m. and it goes through a celebratory lunch at 12:15.

This year at the Day of the Dead, we will have a “Wind Phone” for talking to the dead. The inspiration for this comes from a man in Japan who lost his best friend. Missing his friend, the man placed a phone booth with an unconnected phone in his garden so that he could talk to his best friend. After the devastating 2011 tsunami, survivors were drawn to the phone booth and randomly arrived to talk to their deceased family and friends. Click this link to listen to the recordings on This American Life:



Dharma Talk by Special Guest Speaker Pamela Ayo Yetunde, Th.D.

Thursday, November 3, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Pamela Ayo Yetunde, Th.D. is a pastoral counselor, Community Dharma Leader, and the Visiting Scholar-in-Residence at University of the West.  She has contributed articles to Lion's Roar and Buddhadharma magazines.  Among other things, Ayo is interested in how Buddhist practice promotes Remarkable Relational Resilience. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Followed by tea & cookies.


Zen Center and KYCC Cleanup

Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Meet at: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 961 S Mariposa Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006 

(Just down the street from ZCLA)

For flyer, click here

What to bring: Sun hat, Gardening or work gloves

Feel free to stay for all or part of the two hour block.

Rsvp requested:




Talk on "Zen in Art through the Ages"

Wednesday, November 9, 7:30-9 p.m.

by James H. Austin, Author of "Zen & the Brain"

Everyone is welcome to attend. No charge.  Followed by a reception of tea & cookies with Dr. Austin.

James H. Austin is an American neurologist and author. He is the author of the book Zen and the Brain. It establishes links between the neurophysiology of the human brain and the practice of meditation, and won the Scientific and Medical Network Book Prize for 1998.[1] He has written five sequels: Zen-Brain Reflections (February, 2006), Meditating Selflessly (2009) Selfless Insight (2009), Zen Brain Horizons (2014) and Living Zen Remindfully (2016).


Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, November 17, 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.


Rohatsu Sesshin

Friday, December 2, 6:00 p.m. (supper and registration); 7:30 p.m. (sesshin begins) to Saturday, December 10, 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.

Deadline to register: Wednesday, November 30, but don't delay as there are limited overnight accommodations available and housing is not guaranteed. Open to both full- or part-time participation. Please register by filling an application online. 

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for schedule, click here



Ways to give to ZCLA:


  • 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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