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: Monday – Friday 6:00-7:00 a.m.

Streaming End Your Day Zazen Every Wednesday, 7:30-8:00 p.m.: Zazen, Four Vows, Bows, Evening Gatha


Householder Koan Class Series led by Roshi Egyoku – Class 9 – Tuesday, July 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

 The koan for this class is: “Roland Stepping Backward”

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. The book has five sections: Home, Raising Children, Work, Loss/Illness/Old Age/Death, and Many Gates of Practice. Every koan is a portal for us, so don’t be misled by the section titles. In each class, we will work on a koan from one of the sections with the intention of working through the entire book of sixty-six koans. Let’s come together to explore how learning to sit own in our very own lives is the portal to awakening.   The classes take place on Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.  We encourage everyone to check in at 6:50 p.m. and settle.

$15 a class or $50 for the series of five classes.  No one is turned away for lack of funds.  You can join the series at any time.  We thank you in advance for your financial support to make this series possible.

The koan for the last class will be:

July 21: Walter: No Labels

A separate zoom link for registered participants only.  For questions or RSVPS, email: programsteward@zcla.org

Householder Koan Class Series 2020

Sangha Forum, Thursday, July 9, 7-8:30 p.m.

Led by Dharma-Holder Darla Myoho Fjeld

Part town hall meeting, part feedback loop, our Sangha Forums are important opportunities for the Sangha to gather and discuss what issues are coming up for them and to learn about the rich and varied working and teaching life of the Center.   This will be our first Forum during the Covid pandemic. Everyone is invited to zoom in and join us as we practice with not-knowing to co-create this gathering of the Sangha.


Investigating Your Life: Working With the Sixteen Zen Bodhisattva Precepts

Led by Rev. Dharma-Joy Reichert

Classes will be on Saturday mornings, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. (PT).  The class dates are: July 11, 18; August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; September 12, 19, 26.

Each year, ZCLA offers a class series on the Zen Bodhisattva Precepts.  This year, we will be offering the precepts class entirely online.  There will be 10 classes, and each will be 90 minutes.  The classes involve some lecturing, but a large portion of each class is devoted to sharing our own experiences of investigation into how the precepts are functioning in our own lives.   $150 members; $250 nonmembers.  Includes pdf of Precepts and Study Workbook.  No one is turned away for lack of funds.

2020 Precept Class



Dharma Talk by George Mukei Horner, Thursday, July 16, 7-8:30 p.m.





Day of Reflection on Precept #9 “Don’t Be Angry,” Saturday, July 18, 9:00-11:15 a.m.

Led by Conrad Butsugen Romo
9-9:15 a.m.         Precept Reading
9:15-9:45             Zazen
9:45-10                 Precept Talk on Precept #9: Don’t Be Angry
10:15-11:15         Precept Council on Precept #9

Day of Reflection chantsheet

Day of Reflection Transference of Merit



Bringing it Home Sesshin, Wed. July 22 (eve) – Sat. July 25

Led by Roshi Ryodo & Sensei Daiki Senshin

Everyone is invited to participate in this three day online Sesshin. The sesshin will include dharma talks, zazen periods, a closing circle, group chants and face-to-face opportunities with Roshi Ryodo and Sensei Daiki Senshin for registered participants. You will have time to eat, walk and do your own samu at home, then link back into the sesshin schedule.  Face-to-Face and Final Council will be for registrants only.


Bringing it Home Sesshin schedule 2020

Bringing It Home Sesshin




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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. Refain 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.