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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

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Buddha's Birthday Celebration

Sunday, April 8



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



Beginner's Mind Sesshin

March 15 eve. - March 17

Led by Katherine Senshin Griffith

The Zen Center is in silent retreat. The Zendo remains open to member during all scheduled sitting periods. For schedule click here.




Dharma Talk by Dharma-Holder Faith-Mind Thoresen

Sunday, March 18, 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.  Beware that the L.A. Marathon is this Sunday and the street closures may affect you.  For the route map, click here.



Dharma Talk by Bill Earth-Mirror Corcoran

Thursday, March 22, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

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



Day of Reflection on Precept #10: The Practice of Not Killing

Saturday, March 24, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Pat Suigen Way

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.



Dharma Chat: "The lies we tell ourselves, the stories we carry around that don't belong to us, that don't serve us. ​"

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

Led by Marley Klaus Dowling

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.



Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, March 29, 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.




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.



Buddha's Birthday Sesshin

Tuesday, April 3 (eve) - Saturday, April 7

Led by Roshi Egyoku and several of her Successors

Come join us in this sesshin the week before we celebrate the Buddha's birthday.  Roshi will be leading along with several of her successors. They will variously give talks, offer face-to-face and enjoy a rare opportunity to just sit deeply together with each other and the sesshin participants. This is open to all. Full and part-time welcome. Deadline to register is Thursday, March 29 at NOON. Housing is very limited and available on a first come, first serve basis, with priority given to those coming from afar.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for schedule, click here.




Buddha’s Birthday Service & Celebration

Sunday, April 8

Come and help decorate at 7:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Service

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 12:00. Open to all.

Join in celebrating the birth of the Buddha and all of us baby Buddhas in the Zen Center’s Garden. A tiny house decorated with flowers will be erected in the garden for a special service. Everyone is invited to bring a small bouquet of flowers as an offering during the service. Friends, family and especially children are welcome.