Upcoming Events

VIRTUAL DHARMA SCHEDULE (no on-site activities till further notice )

Here are some current ways to practice together online.  We will be adding more ways on an ongoing basis, so stay tuned to this page and our calendar.   Please maintain Zendo decorum for all activities.  If you need to take care of personal needs, please turn off your video screen.  If you are on our email list, you have been sent the links for all streaming events.  If you are not on our email list and wish to participate, please email programsteward@zcla.org.


Streaming Morning Zazen from our Zendo: Wednesday – Friday 6:00-7:00 a.m. Followed by morning service

Streaming End Your Day Zazen Every Wednesday, 7:15-8:00 p.m.: Service, Zazen, Four Vows, Bows, Evening Gatha



Householder Koan Class Fall Series led by Roshi Egyoku – Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Roshi Egyoku will offer another installment of her popular class series: The Book of Householder Koans: Waking Up in the Land of Attachments. In this series, we will explore the householder koans, mining its compassionate wisdom and receiving what it offers for our spiritual training of being awake in the midst of our very own circumstances. In each class, we will work on one of the koans and  explore how learning to sit own in our very own lives is the portal to awakening.   The classes will take place on Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.  We encourage everyone to buy the book in advance.  $15 a class or $50 for the series of five classes.  The dates of the classes are: October 6, 20, 27; November 3 & 10.

Click here to register and pay for the class 


Living the Life of the Buddha: Writing the Precepts on our Hearts  A 6-class series led by Rev. Darla Myoho Fjeld. Saturdays 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (PT); October 10 – December 5

This fall we are offering an online class series on the Zen Bodhisattva Precepts. There will be 6 classes at 2 hours each (with perhaps a short personal-needs break in the middle).  Everyone is invited to attend.  Beginners are especially encouraged.  $150 for Members; $240 for Non-Members.  If interested, contact programsteward@zcla.org or click below:

Fall 2020 Precept Class




Golden Wind Sesshin, Sunday, October 11 (eve) – Sunday, October 18 (morning)

Led by Roshi Egyoku, Sensei Kizan Shogen & Sensei Daiki Senshin

Everyone is invited to participate in this six and a half day online sesshin. The sesshin will include dharma talks, zazen periods, group chants, services and face-to-face opportunities with the teachers. You will have time to eat, walk and do your own samu (work) at home, then link back into the sesshin schedule.  This particular sesshin will culminate in the Head Trainee Hosen (Dharma Combat) of Rosa Ando Martinez.  $40 per day for Members; $65 a day for Non-Members.

Golden Wind Tentative Schedule


2020 Golden Wind Sesshin


Jukai Class Series – 3 Saturdays:  Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5, 10:15-11:45 a.m.

Led by Rev. Dharma-Joy

In this series of three classes, we will explore jukai – receiving the Zen Bodhisattva Precepts and vowing to live an awakened life.  We will pay attention to our lineage and ancestors, with special attention to ZCLA’s founders, founding family and our teachers’ teachers.  We will also look at the practices of Gassho and bowing, and the Verse of the Kesa.  Finally, we will consider the requirements to receive jukai, the rakusu, and the ceremony itself.

If you wish to receive jukai, this is a required class, but our exploration will encompass more than the ceremony, and everyone is welcome to join us.  The pre-requisite is to have taken the precept class at some point before this.  $45 for members; $75 for Non-Members.

Donations are always appreciated: https://zcla.org/product/donate-to-zcla/


Note: Zoom Protocol

1. Develop Focus. Distraction is especially easy during online meetings. Bring the same intentionality to online meetings as you bring to the zendo. Consider ZCLA zoom events as if on the grounds of the Zen Center. Dress appropriately, wear rakusu if received jukai, don’t multitask and close other windows on the computer, and consider sitting for a few minutes before talks and events.

2. Practice mindful screen habits. Those zooming in need to be mindful of themselves on screen as their actions can disrupt the zoom session for others. Refrain from walking around with computer or phone, eating on screen, and other actions that may distract others. If you need to eat, take a break, use the bathroom or move around, please turn off your video.

3. Refrain from photos. Please do not screen shot or photograph ZCLA zoom meetings or share on social media.