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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2018.

Save the Date!

Celebrating Roshi Bernie Glassman

Sunday, December 16


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. 




Celebrating Roshi Bernie Glassman

Sunday, December 16, 2018

In honor of the 49th Day of his passing, we will spend a special day celebrating the second abbot of ZCLA.  The schedule will be as follows:

6-7 a.m. — Open Zazen

7:30-8:30 —Breakfast Snack

9:00 - 9:40 — Open Zazen

10:00 — Gate of Sweet Nectar in the Garden

11:00 — Reflections by Roshi Egyoku on Bernie and Open Sharing

12:30 PM — Pizza lunch (Bernie loved pizza!)







Wednesday, December 19, 7-9 p.m.

Día: El último Míercoles de cada mes

Horio:  7:15–9:00 p.m.  (por favor lleguen a las 7:00 p.m.)

Led by Rosa Ando Martinez

We are starting a new Introduction to Zen Meditation class in Spanish.  It will generally be held on the last Wednesday of the month.  Please help spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested.  For flyer in Spanish, click here.





Bearing Witness Council on “Facing fear and shame, the spiritual wounds of sickness and disease”

Thursday, December 20, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Led by Jonathan Kaigen Levy

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. This is a practice of not turning away. Followed by tea and cookies. All welcome.




2018 Year-End Sesshin

Thursday, Dec. 27 (eve.) - Sunday, Dec. 30

Led by Sensei 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 16. 

A fee of $25 will be added after Sunday, December 16, 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 schedule, click here.




New Year's Eve Events

Monday, December 31, 2018

Please join us for some or all of these events to mark the end of 2018. 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 Noodle 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 will be in Winter Recess From Tuesday, January 1 until Wednesday, January 9 when the office will re-open. Please note January is our Bare Bones Month and our only scheduled sitting periods are on the weekends beginning on Saturday, January 12. No Face-to-face interviews or lunches.






Please consider the commitment you can make to focus your Zen training. The emphasis is on focusing and not stressing yourself by adding more activities. What is doable and sustainable for you for a week, for a month, for three months? Is there something that you can set aside or do less of, such as less time surfing the web or playing computer games? How will you hone your inborn urge to live awake here and now?


We will hold the following commitments in common:

  • Daily zazen. What is a realistic daily commitment for you?
  • Face-to-face meetings with a teacher. How often can you meet?
  • Zazenkai or Sesshin. Can you do all or part of a zazenkai or sesshin?


For a copy of our 2018 Fall Commitment form, click here 

For instructional letter on how to fill out form, click here

We are still accepting commitment forms.  Send to

There are also copies in the Sangha House lounge.  You can put them in the Program Steward gray mail slot.






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