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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

Save the Date!

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. 





Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA

Thursday, August 24, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

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






Showing of Healthy People, Healthy Environment

Saturday, August 26, 6:00 p.m.

The Brown-Green Circle, in conjunction with the San Diego office of Population Connection, is offering a video about the intersection of ecology and population, showing the connection between nature and community in undeveloped areas.  We'll meet in the Dharma Hall to introduce ourselves and watch the video.  Open to all.    Healthy People, Healthy Environment is the recipient of a 2013 Silver Telly Award for outstanding film/video. With nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.





Dharma Chat: " fussy, flustered, busted"

Sunday, August 27, 11:00 a.m.

Led by Tom Yudo Burger and Conrad Butsugen Romo

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.





Public Face-to-Face with Sensei Ryodo

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

Sensei Ryodo will pose a question or theme to the Sangha and we will take turns engaging with him in this Public Face-to-Face with a teacher. A wonderful opportunity to ask a question and learn from others. Everyone welcome.




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



Autumn Wind Sesshin

October 15 eve. - October 22, 2017

Led by Roshi Egyoku

Sesshin, "to unify the mind," is an essential practice for the deepening for one's zazen. It is an extended, silent retreat in which most of the normal schedule of the Zen Center is set aside to allow for a more focused zazen practice, integrated with walking meditation, face-to-face meetings with a teacher, work practice, chanting, rest, oryoki meals, and talks.


Part time and full time participation is welcomed. Part time consists of at least a half a day, including all scheduled activities. Please fill out application online.


A fee of $25 will be added after Wednesday, October 11 Noon, for any late registrations, schedule changes or dropping out (with rare emergency exceptions). No applications will be admitted after sesshin has started. Housing is not guaranteed and is on a first come basis.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for the tentative schedule click here.








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

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