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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

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Beginner's Mind Sesshin

March 15 (eve)-17



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.   For the application and additional information, click here.  We currently have several apartments available.



Happy New Year!

2018 is the Year of the Brown Earth Dog



For a pdf, of our 2018 Sesshins and Retreats, click here



Day of Reflection on Precept #10: The Practice of Not Thinking Ill of the Three Treasures

Saturday, February 17, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Pam Myogetsu Smith

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.





Sangha Forum

Sunday, February 18, 10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Led by Temple Development Steward Darla Myoho Fjeld

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.



Bearing Witness Council: Embracing the "Shadow in Our Families"

Thursday, February 22, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Led by Dharma-Holder Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

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





Saturday, February 24, 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. SILENCE is maintained all day. The Zendo remains open for members to join in the sitting. For the Tangaryo schedule click here. 


To rsvp, please click here for application.  




Dharma Chat: "Reflecting on Martin Luther King"

Sunday, February 25, 11:00 a.m.

Led by Patti Muso Giggans

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.




Dharma Talk by Dharma-Holder Dokai Dickenson

Thursday, March 1, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please come early for service.





Teisho on Integral Zen by Special Guest Roshi Joshin Althouse

Sunday, March 4, 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.


Robert Joshin Althouse is a Sōtō Zen teacher and member of the White Plum Asanga, a dharma successor of Jikyo Nicolee McMahon Roshi. He is the current abbot of Zen Life and Meditation Center of Chicago in Illinois. He founded the Zen Center of Hawaii in 1993 and later received Dharma transmission in 1999 and inka in 2008.

He served as Director of the Zen Peacemaker Order for two years and was also on the Board of Directors of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship founded by Robert Aitken and others. Following the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, Althouse began giving “Inner Disarmement” workshops, aimed at gaining better communication skills in order to generate healthy conflict resolution.

In addition to Jikyo Nicolee McMahon, Althouse has studied with other teachers such as Tetsugen Bernard Glassman, Taizan Maezumi, Robert Aitken, Chogyam Trungpa and Gyatrul Rinpoche. He has also studied Nonviolent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg.



The Art of Being Uncomfortable

The second class in this 2-class series led by Roshi Egyoku

Thursday, March 8 -- 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Roshi Egyoku will explore skillful ways of being with emotions. We will identify our deeply held beliefs about emotions including what we think Zen practice is asking of us, our own unique emotional patterns, & skillful ways to experience & integrate our emotional life.  You don't need to have attended the first class. ZCLA Members: $30 per class; Non-Members: $40 per class.    Must Rsvp to


Founders Service

Saturday, March 10, 8:30 a.m.

Once a month we hold a special service to honor our founders, Baian Hakujun Daiosho and Taizan Maezumi Honored One, and the main ancestors of our Lineage.  All welcome!




Dharma Talk by George Mukei Horner

Sunday, March 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.





Beginner's Mind Sesshin

March 15 eve. - March 17

Led by Katherine Senshin Griffith

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 9.

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Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, April 1, 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.

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.