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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

Save the Date!

Saturday, June 17

ZCLA 50th Anniversary Celebration

For more info and the schedule of events, click here




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 Zen Meditation and A Practice Day classes. The Buddha Hand Circle (BHC) oversees the application and admission process. Interested parties can contact for information and requirements. We currently have a studio apartment available.  For the application and additional information, click here. 





NOTE: The Zen Center is in Spring Recess from Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 2.





Pilgrimage to Manzanar

Saturday, April 29

Friday, April 28 Orientation

Zen Center is having a Bearing Witness Manzanar Retreat, April 28-29, 2017.  On February 19, 1942, Executive Order No. 9066 required all persons of Japanese ancestry, including American citizens to be interned in concentration camps during WWII.  Manzanar is one of the 10 concentration camps where people were interned during the war.  The camp is located in the Owens Valley, about 3 ½ hours drive from Los Angeles.  We will meet Friday evening at Zen Center to begin the plunge.  We’ll have breakfast early and depart for Manzanar.  We are renting vans so early RSVPs are essential.  Breakfast and a picnic lunch will be provided.    


The retreat fee is $50.  Although the Zen Center is officially closed that weekend, those who would like to stay over at the center Friday evening may do so provided you bring all of your own linens/towels, etc.  RSVP to Enduring-Vow no later than Wednesday April 12.   We’ll be sending out a more detailed email that covers what to bring, wear, etc. to confirmed participants.


Below is the tentative schedule.  Times are fluid and may shift as needed. 

Retreat Fee:  $50.00


Tentative Manzanar 2017 Schedule


Friday, April 28

7:00 – 9 pm – Dharma Hall 

Introductory evening on bearing witness and place as teacher.


Saturday, April 29

5:45 – 6:15 am           Breakfast / Sangha House

6:30 am                       Depart for Manzanar from ZCLA

10:20 am                     Arrive Manzanar

10:30 -11:30 am        Exploring Manzanar

11:30 – 4:30               Manzanar / Program / Picnic Lunch / Council

4:45 pm                       Return to ZCLA


If you have any questions, please contact





Dharma Talk by Tina Jitsujo Gauthier

Thursday, May 4, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

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




Public Memorial Service for Sensei Raul Ensho Berge

Saturday, May 6, 10:30 a.m.

The public Memorial Service for Sensei Raul Ensho Berge will be held on Saturday, May 6th, at 10:30 AM at the Zen Center Garden. We would appreciate an RSVP if you plan to attend. You can reply through the beautiful memorial website created by his daughter Lilly at or through




Dharma Talk by Sensei Ryodo Hawley

Sunday, May 7, 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.





Class #3 of the Three Class Series on The Three Tenets

Thursday, May 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Led by Roshi Egoyku

Roshi Egyoku will lead three classes on further exploration of the Zen Peacemaker’s Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action. The Tenets are foundational to ZCLA and to our practice. The classes will be a combination of a short lecture by Roshi, a video or reading, small group discussion, mala exploration, and class discussion. If you have a Three Tenets Mala, please bring it along with the instructions. A Three Tenets mala is not required for the class. 

ZCLA Members: $30 each class

Non-Members:  $45 each class

RSVPs requested: Please email Senshin at

You can take this class even if you missed the first two.




Spring Garden Zazen

Saturday, May 13, 6:00 a.m. - Noon

Garden Zazen: Bare bones zazen in the ZCLA Garden. This is a once a year event that everyone is encouraged to attend! Please bring a beach towel or blanket on which to place a zabuton on the grass if you intend to sit outside. And don't forget sunscreen and a hat. You may participate for all or part of it and may join or return to your seat up to 8 minutes past the hour. 

For the Garden Zazen Schedule, click here.





Bearing Witness Council

Thursday, May 18, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Led by Tom Dharma-Joy Reichert

Most months on the last Thursday evening, we will hold a Bearing Witness Council focused on a shadow issue. This is an issue in which we are unaware of its aspects (i.e., in shadow) or something that we have difficulty facing or including. The councils will be from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Dharma Hall in lieu of the usual Dharma Talk. There will be a seat for the shadow, which will be represented by a symbol that evokes the shadow. This is a practice of not turning away. 





Day of Reflection on Precept #6: The Practice of Not Talking About Others Errors and Faults

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

Led by Reeb Kaizen Venners

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.





Growing a Plum Blossom Sesshin

Wednesday, May. 24 eve. - Sunday, May 28

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: The meals will be One Bowl (non-oryoki). Deadline to register: Thursday, May 18. Housing is limited and not guaranteed. First come, first served.

To register, click here for application

For fee structure click here.

For schedule, click here



Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, June 4, 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.



Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, June 8, 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.





Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Sunday, June 11, 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.  Thank you, Roshi, for your 20 years of leadership at ZCLA!!





Still time to give to ZCLA'S ANNUAL FUND:


  • 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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