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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2015.

Save the Date!

Sunday, April 10

Buddha's Birthday Service and Peace Pole Installation 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 Introduction to Zazen and A Practice Day classes. 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.  For the application and additional information, click here. We have a 2 bedroom now available. 




Friday, February 12 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. on Friday through Saturday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m. 

The Zen Center is in silent retreat so there is no regular Saturday schedule.  The Zendo remains open to member during all scheduled sitting periods.  For schedule click here.


Parinirvana Service

Saturday, February 13, 8:30 a.m.

We commemorate Shakyamuni Buddha’s passing from this world. The Parinirvana scroll, a temple treasure, will be displayed in the Buddha Hall. Come and see for yourself. All welcome to attend.


Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Sunday, February 14, 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.


Dharma Talk by Katherine Senshin Griffith

Thursday, February 18, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.



Day of Reflection on Precept #5: The Practice of Not Being Deluded

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

Led by Tara Jiho Sterling

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.


Intro to Tenzo Practice at ZCLA: How To Cook For 40 & Kitchen Tools Class 

Sunday, February 21, 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (followed by lunch)

Led by Tim Zamora

Find out about kitchen Zen practice at ZCLA, as well as the practical side of preparing a Sunday lunch. The class will focus on use of ZCLA kitchen tools, including mandolin, food processor and immersion blender to prepare a lasagna using zucchini squash as substitute for pasta, a green mango salad and a fresh almond-coconut milk drink.  

Topics Covered:

• ZCLA kitchen basics.

• Cooking as Zen practice.

• Hands-on preparation of a meal for 40, including planning, prep, cooking and meal service. Emphasis on efficient use of kitchen tools to speed of meal preparation. 

• Instruction on kitchen/dining room rituals and service. 

• Giver, Receiver, and Gift: Enjoy the meal with the Sangha.

After this class you will be ready to Tenzo a Sunday meal! 

Class size is limited to 6, so rsvp now! Meet in the Sangha house kitchen. Tea and light breakfast will be served. Cost: free, but a $5 or more donation is suggested which will go toward our kitchen improved fund. Questions & rsvp: Contact 


Sangha Forum

Sunday, February 21, 10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Led by Myoho Fjeld and Faith-Mind Thoresen

Our coming together will offer a forum for everyone to learn about the rich and varied working and teaching life of the Center. Here’s an opportunity for Sangha members to share with each other what’s going on around the Center. Part town hall meeting, part feedback loop, come join us as we practice with not-knowing to co-create this gathering of the Sangha.



Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, February 25, 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.




Saturday, February 27, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tangaryo is an all-day sitting without a timekeeper which is open to all and required of members to do at least once. No fee but donations appreciated. For the Tangaryo schedule click here. To rsvp, please sign-up on the bulletin board or email SILENCE is maintained all day. The Zendo remains open for members to join in the sitting.


ZCLA Volunteers at Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

Saturday, March 12, 8:30 a.m. to Noon

We will be volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on Saturday, March 12. We are limited to only 30 volunteers and the list is filling up fast. You need to register directly with the LA Food Bank.  If you are interested, please email and then we will send you out an email with the link to do that. Above, is a picture of some of those that went last year.



Introduction to Sesshin

March 17 eve. - March 19

Led by Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

Sesshin, "to unify the mind," is an essential practice for the deepening for one's zazen. This introductory sesshin is designed to introduce you to sesshin practice by providing more opportunities for instruction, questions, and explanations. Full time participation is encouraged as it’s only a little over two days. If you wish to participate part time, please let Senshin know your precise attendance. Deadline to register is Friday, March 11.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for schedule click here.



Fushinzamu: Kitchen Cleaning

Sunday, March 20, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Please join in the practice of the Sangha working together (Fushinzamu) to clean our kitchen. Come for all or part-time. Make it one of your commitments to the Zen Center! Great way for newcomers to get involved, serve and say thank you for all the wonderful meals you've had here.




Ways to give to ZCLA:


  • To donate now with a credit/debit card, Click Here
  • Mail a check marked Annual Fund 2015 to:

        ZCLA, 923 S. Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA  90006

  • Place cash or checks in the donation box located in the Sangha House.


To download our Annual Fund Appeal Letter and read about all the wonderful things we have accomplished and experienced this last year, click here.



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