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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


REMINDER: This is a Bare Bones Month with only scheduled sitting on the weekends. No Face-to-face interviews or lunches.



Founders Service

Saturday, January 20, 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!




Women's March Los Angeles

Saturday, January 20, 9 am – 4 pm

Pershing Square, Downtown LA 90013

This year in lieu of our January Day of Reflection, ZCLA Sangha members will be encouraged to attend the Women’s March Los Angeles. It is open to everyone (men and women) who stands for human rights, civil liberties, tolerance of diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity.  Participants will stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.


We learned from last year BUY YOUR METRO CARDS IN ADVANCE as the lines are very long.  Wear your Rakusu's and/or Buddhist garb.


If you're leaving from ZCLA, make sure you don't block anyone in and leave your name on your dashboard.  We will have Open Zazen at 9:00 a.m. that morning for those wishing to sit.  No candles, no jikido.




Evergreen Cemetery visit for Nyogen Senzaki Roshi

Sunday, January 21, 10:45 a.m.

Annual visit to the Evergreen Cemetery gravesite of Zen pioneer Nyogen Senzaki and Japanese-American Buddhist ancestors. We will also visit the mass grave site of the Unclaimed Dead.


Meet in the Sangha House driveway for carpooling at 10:45 a.m. For an excellent book of Senzaki Sensei’s writings, see Eloquent Silence, Wisdom Publications, 2008. For more information on Nyogen Senzaki, click here. 


If interested in coming, please let Shogen know at

All are welcome to join us as we honor our ancestors. We should be back by 1:00 p.m. 


Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

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

Our Bare Bones Month ends as Roshi gives a teisho to start us off in the New Year. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please come early for service.



Annual Donors Memorial Service

Saturday, February 3, 8:30 a.m.

This Saturday is our yearly Donors Memorial Service. We will be thanking and recognizing all the Donors that have contributed to the Zen Center through the years and naming each of them in this ceremony. This is a wonderful opportunity to gaze into the faces of the pictures on the Altar and thank them and to appreciate their gifts, however they came to us and to honor and remember that people have donated so that we may be here and now practicing in this incredible place.


May we all be Donors some day and offer opportunity to serve others in our lifetimes and in our passings. All encouraged to attend.



Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, February 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.

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, February 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.



Parinirvana Zazenkai

Friday, February 9 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. on Friday through Saturday, February 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by Darla Myoho Fjeld


Everyone is encouraged to come to this silent and restful day with zazen, service, work, meals, Dharma Talk, and face-to-face meeting. The schedule is similar to a day of sesshin. Open to everyone. Deadline to register is Wednesday, February 7.

for application click here.

for fee structure, click here.

for schedule click here.


Parinirvana Service

Saturday, February 10, 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.



Dharma Talk by Sensei Ryodo Hawley

Sunday, February 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.




The Art of Being Uncomfortable

A 2-class series led by Roshi Egyoku

Thursday, February 15 & 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.  ZCLA Members: $30 per class; Non-Members: $40 per class.    Must Rsvp to




Sangha Forum

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

Led by Temple Director 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

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




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.