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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

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Fall Practice Period Entering & Head Trainee Entering & Exiting Ceremonies

Saturday, September 30



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. 



NOTE THE ZEN CENTER is CLOSED this week for all of Wednesday and also Thursday morning.  We will resume our usual activities on Thursday evening.




Bearing Witness Council on "The Space In Between"

Thursday, July 27, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Led by Betsy Enduring-Vow Brown

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 on "Friendship"

Led by Ingeborg Buzan Prochazka

Sunday, July 30, 11:00 a.m.

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, August 3, 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 and especially those who are about to receive jukai!





Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, August 6, 11:00 a.m.

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 George Mukei Horner

Thursday, August 10, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

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






Friday, August 11 eve. 7:00 p.m (registration). Zazenkai begins 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, August 12 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. Zendo remains open for non-participants. Deadline to register is Wednesday, August 9 (a $25 fee will be charged for any changes after this date). Housing not guaranteed. First come, first served.

for application click here.

for fee structure click here.

for schedule click here.






Jukai (Ceremony for Receiving the Precepts)

Sunday, August 13, 10:30 a.m.

Roshi Egyoku, Preceptor

Several of our beloved Sangha members will be receiving Jukai. Everyone is encouraged to support and witness together this important Sangha rite of passage. 



Jukai (Ceremony for Receiving the Precepts) for Helena Harvilicz

Thursday, August 17, 7:30 p.m.

Dharma-Holder Faith-Mind Thoresen, Preceptor

Another Sangha member will be receiving Jukai and it will be Dharma-Holder Faith-Mind's first time as a preceptor. Another momentous occasion. Please come show your support.




Day of Reflection on Precept #1: The Practice of Not Killing

Saturday, August 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Jonathan Kaigen Levy

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.





2017 Precepts & Jukai Class Series

Led by Dharma-Holder Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

Precepts Study Series: Introduction to the Sixteen Bodhisattva PreceptsSaturdays, 9-11:45 a.m. 

September 23; October 7, 14, 28; November 4

 Jukai (Receiving the Precepts) Class Series

Saturdays, 9-11:15 a.m.

November 18 & December 16

For details on the class, click here




Please give to ZCLA'S Dharma Training FUND:


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  • Mail a check marked Dharma Training Fund to:

        ZCLA, 923 S. Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA  90006

  • Place cash or checks in the donation box located in the Sangha House.




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