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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2019.

Save the Date!

"Advice for Future Corpses" workshop with Sallie Jiko Tisdales

Saturday, March 2, 1-4 p.m.


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. 



January is Bare Bones Month

with only scheduled sitting on the weekends.



Saturday, January 19, 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. For the Tangaryo schedule click here. To rsvp, please sign-up on the bulletin board or email SILENCE is maintained all day. The Zendo remains open for members to join in the sitting.



Prayer-Chant Circle

Saturday, January 19, 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Our Chanting Circle this morning, is dedicated to the approximately 15,000 (as reported by the London Guardian in December 2018) immigrant children and their families who have been detained by the United States Border Patrol. Several of these children have died, many are sick and all of them are suffering from abandonment issues.  In the Buddha Hall (open to all.)






Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Thursday, January 31, 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. Followed by tea and cookies.  Everyone is welcome to attend. 



Annual Donors Memorial Service

Saturday, February 2, 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.




Zendo Protocol Training

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Throughout the year on selected Saturdays, Zendo Steward Mukei Horner will be offering a Zendo protocol training during the last period of zazen.  All welcome.  No charge.  Let's all take this opportunity to sharpen our practice.



Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, February 3, 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. 

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.




Dharma Talk by Sensei Faith-Mind

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

Please come early for service.  Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.



Parinirvana Zazenkai

Friday, February 8 eve. 7:00 p.m (check in). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. on Friday through Saturday, February 9 at 5:00 p.m.

Led by Bill Earth-Mirror Corcoran

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 6.

for application click here.

for fee structure, click here.

for schedule click here.



Parinirvana Service

Saturday, February 9, 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 Darla Myoho Fjeld

Thursday, February 14, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Please come early for service.  Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.




Day of Reflection on Precept #4: The Practice of Not Lying

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

Led by Diane Enju Katz

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.




For a pdf, of our 2019 Sesshins and Retreats, click here