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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.  We currently have one Studio and one two-bedroom apartment available.




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



Dharma Chat: "Asking for Help"

Sunday, September 24, 11:00 a.m.

Led by Patricia Keian Pfost

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.




Personal Practice Talk by Joel Mitsujo Latimer

Thursday, September 28, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

During Personal Practice talks, the speaker introduces their spiritual journey to the Sangha, focusing on the themes that have run through their lives and the insights, people, and events that have deepened and transformed their understanding of life itself. Come take this opportunity to get to know your fellow sangha member in a deeper way. Everyone is welcome to attend. Followed by tea and cookies. And please come early for service!



Fall Practice Period Entering and Head Trainee Entering and Leave-taking Ceremonies

Saturday, September 30, 9:00 a.m.

Join us as we open the Practice Period with an Entering Ceremony in the Zendo. 


During the Practice Period, Zazen is the primary practice. We also emphasize training yourself in The Three Tenets throughout the day: train yourself to return to notknowing, train yourself to listen deeply, and train yourself to recognize whenever actions arise that serve the whole.

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?


Forgiveness is the theme of the ZCLA Practice Period. Roshi Egyoku will offer a class on Forgiveness, which will also be the focus of various Councils and discussions (see below).

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 the 2017 Fall Practice Period Commitment form, click here

For the letter from Senshin with instructions on how to fill out the form, click here

NOTE: We are requesting the forms be turned in by Wednesday, September 27.  May all beings benefit from your practice!





Fall Practice Period Commitment Circle

Saturday, September 30, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

After morning sitting and a short snack, we will meet in the Dharma Hall for a Practice Period Commitment Circle where we can discuss our commitments for this practice period and share and receive the support of the Sangha.




Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku

Sunday, October 1, 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.




Fushinzamu: Kitchen Cleaning

Sunday, October 1, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Please join in the practice of the Sangha working together (Fushinzamu) to clean our kitchen. Come for all or part-time. Make it one of your commitments to the Zen Center! Great way for newcomers to get involved, serve and say thank you for all the wonderful meals you've had here.



Two Class Series on "Forgiveness"

Thursdays, October 5 and November 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Led by Roshi Egyoku

The two-part class on Forgiveness will explore the basic components of the process of forgiveness and will include a workbook. There will be an opportunity to share our individual processes. ZCLA Members: $30 each class; Non-Members:  $45 each class



Special Class on the Diamond Sutra

Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

with renowned scholar Bill Red Pine Porter

The topic of the class will be The Diamond Sutra, which Red Pine translated with commentary in 2001 (published by Counterpoint Press).  $20 Fee for ZCLA & Rinzaiji members.  $30 for Non-Members.  RSVP requested.


Bill Porter translates under the pen-name Red Pine (Chinese: 赤松; pinyinChì Sōng). He specializes in Sanskrit and Chinese texts, primarily Taoist and Buddhist, including poetry and sūtras. He has lived and done monastic practice in Taiwan, traveled extensively in mainland China and currently lives in Port Townsend, WA.  His translations include a new rendering of Laozi's Daodejingthe Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra, and, most recently, The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse (Shiwu 石屋). In addition to Road to Heaven (which is widely read in China), his travel books include Yellow River Odyssey and The Silk Road: Taking the Bus to Pakistan.




Bearing Witness Council on "Forgiveness"

Thursday, October 12, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Led by Dharma-Holder Jeanne Dokai Dickenson

Forgiveness is the theme of the ZCLA Fall Practice Period.  Come join us in this deep exploration.  Council is a core practice at ZCLA and everyone is invited to attend.



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.





Talk by Guest Speaker Steve Gento Krieger

Thursday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. (Service 7:15)

Steve Gento Krieger will give a talk and read from his latest book.  All welcome to attend.





Dharma Chat: Is there A Buddha In Your House?: The Practice of Home Altars

Sunday, October 29, 11:00-Noon

Led by Enju and Ando

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.




Workshop: ZCLA Altars and Flowers

Sunday, October 29, 12:15-2:45

Led by Enju Katz, Altar Flower Group Coordinator, Ando Martinez and Mukei Horner

Light lunch will be provided for participants. Visit and learn about ZCLA altars.  Following there will be a hands-on class on altar flower arrangement.  Participation is by reservation only.  Contact Senshin or sign up in the Sangha House Bulletin Board by October 22.






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

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