Residency and Guest Information

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. The Zen Center of Los Angeles (ZCLA) has two apartment buildings for its Residential Training Program. 

On our campus, we have 2-bedroom apartments, 1-bedroom apartments and studios. Availability changes from time to time. Please contact to find out the current opportunities.

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.

To download the Resident Training Application Form, click here.


Guest Practice

We also offer a short-term guest practice opportunity, for up to one month when approved by the Abbot. For more information and requirements about the Guest Program, please click here.


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