Click on the image for more information

Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

Save the Date!

Tokudo (Priest ordination) for Christina Eirin Carvalho

Sunday, December 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 a studio and a two-bedroom apartment available.



Tree of Vows Mural Mural Eye by Tina Jitsujo Gauthier





Blue Rakusu Presentation to Darla Myoho Fjeld

Sunday, December 10, 9:00 a.m.

Having completed her Shuso year as Head Trainee, Myoho will be presented with a Blue Rakusu just before the first period of Zazen.  Come join us and show her your gratitude.




Dharma Chat: "Holiday Dharma: Practicing with Families and Stuffed Days"

Sunday, December 10, 11:00 a.m.

Led By Katherine Senshin Griffith

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.




Annual Teisho on "Polishing the Bones"

by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Thursday, December 14, 8:00 p.m.

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



Day of Reflection on Precept #4: I will speak the truth and deceive no one. This is the practice of Non-lying. I will speak from the heart. I will see and act in accordance with what is.

Saturday, December 16, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Conrad Butsugen Romo

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.





Tokudo (Priest Ordination) for Christina Eirin Carvalho from Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, December 17 10:30 a.m.

Everyone is encouraged to support and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage.  Followed by group photograph and celebratory lunch.




Bearing Witness Council

Thursday, December 21, 7:30 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.)

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. 





2017 End-of-Year Reflection Retreat

Wednesday, Dec. 27 (eve.) - Saturday, Dec. 30

Led by Dharma-Holder Faith-Mind Thoresen

During this sesshin, the Great Silence is the teacher. The schedule is spare: Just Zazen, Just Walking, Just Eating, Just Working, Just 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. A wonderful opportunity to empty out and go deep as we end the year.


There will be one-Bowl style meals, not Oryoki-style.

Deadline to register: Sunday, December 17. 

A fee of $25 will be added after Sunday, December 17, for any schedule changes or dropping out (with rare emergency exceptions). Housing is limited and not guaranteed. First come, first served.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for tentative schedule, click here.



New Year's Eve Events

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Please join us for some or all of these events to mark the end of 2017. An rsvp to is greatly appreciated. 


2:00-4:00 p.m. Sangha Year-End Council -- Dharma Hall

4-4:30 p.m. Sangha Members Annual Memorial Service -- Buddha Hall 

4:35 p.m. Informal supper -- Sangha House

6:00 p.m. Purification -- Zendo

6:10 p.m. Be in your seat

6:15 p.m. Atonement Ceremony

7:45 p.m. Ringing of 108 bells & Zazen Fire Ceremony

8:15 p.m. New Year’s Revolving the Sutras Service -- Buddha Hall 

9:00 Celebratory cake & cider toast for the New Year – Sangha House

9:30-45 End & Clean-up


Free for members; Non-members: Suggested donation $20



The Zen Center is in Winter Recess until Wednesday, January 10 when the office will reopen. Please note January is our Bare Bones Month and our only scheduled sitting periods are on the weekends beginning on Saturday, January 13.