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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. 




Dharma Chat "Being Unqualified" led by Sarah McCarron

Sunday, August 28, 11:00 a.m.

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. This chat will be a chance to hear about the meditation practices of others and share your own, including the current challenges/struggles we are working with.


PLEASE NOTE: The Zen Center is closed for Summer Recess from Monday, August 29 through Tuesday, September 6. We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday, September 7.




Saturday, September 10, 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.  Please rsvp by Thursday, September 8 Noon to, so we can get a tenzo count.


Fall Personal Practice Talks

Thursdays in September, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

During Personal Practice talks, the speaker introduces their spiritual journey to the Sangha, focusing on the themes that have run through their lives and the insights, people, and events that have deepened and transformed their understanding of life itself. Come take this opportunity to get to know your fellow sangha member in a deeper way. Everyone is welcome to attend. Followed by tea and cookies. And please come early for service!

  • Thursday, September 8 -- Conrad Butsugen Romo
  • Thursday, September 15 -- Diane Enju Katz
  • Thursday, September 22 -- Nem Etsugen Bajra
  • Thursday, September 28 -- Kathy Myoan Solomon


Dharma Talk by Penelope Luminous-Heart Thompson

Sunday, September 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.


Three Tenet Mala Making

led by Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, September 11, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

For our Fall Practice Period, Roshi created a new practice called “The Three Tenets Mala.” It is a process mala which incorporates the practice of The Three Tenets — Not Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action — into a clear framework of Zen Buddhist practice. This Sunday afternoon, Roshi will offer a workshop on making The Three Tenets Mala. The class is $10 per person per mala.  We are requesting that you email Senshin at by Friday, September 9 so we can make sure we have enough supplies. She will also be speaking about the practice throughout the Fall Practice Period. 

For the accompanying handbook with clear instructions on how to make your own mala and how to do the practice, click here.

Precepts & Jukai Series

Led by Jeanne Dokai Dickenson & Mark Shogen Bloodgood

Precepts Study Series:  Introduction to the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts

Saturdays, 9-11:15 a.m. 

September 17, 24; October 8, 22, 29; November 5 (bonus class)

The classes are open to all those interested in learning about the precepts and are highly recommended for everyone practicing at ZCLA. Tuition for Precept Series: $175 members; $300 nonmembers Includes Precepts and Study Workbook text.

Jukai (Receiving the Precepts) Class Series

Saturdays, 9-11:15 a.m. November 19 & December 3

This two-class series is for those who wish to receive the precepts. Tuition for Jukai Series: $70 for members; $120 nonmembers. Tuition for both series: $200 members; $375 non-members. 

For more details about both class series, click here


Fushinzamu: Kitchen Cleaning

Sunday, September 18, 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.


Fall Practice Period and Head Trainee Entering Ceremony

Saturday, October 1, 9:00 a.m.

Join us as we open the Practice Period with an Entering Ceremony in the Zendo. Six Sanghas will be participating, from Los Angeles to New Jersey.

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

NOTE: We are requesting the forms be turned in by Wednesday, September 28.

Fall Practice Period Commitment Circle

Saturday, October 1, 11:30 a.m.

After morning sitting and a short snack, we will meet in the Dharma Hall for a Practice Period Commitment Circle where we can discuss our commitments for this practice period and share and receive the support of the Sangha.


Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, October 6, 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.


Autumn Wind Sesshin

October 9 eve. - October 16, 2016

Led by Roshis 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 Wednesday, October 5 Noon, 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.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for the tentative 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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