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





Day of Reflection on The Three Pure Precepts (The Three Tenets), Saturday, November 21, 9-11:15 a.m.

Led by Harlan Jindo Pace

9-9:15 a.m.         Precept Reading

9:15-9:45             Zazen

9:45-10                 Precept Talk on The Three Tenets

10:15-11:15         Precept Council

Day of Reflection chantsheet

Day of Reflection Transference of Merit


The Zen Center is closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays from Monday, November 23 through Tuesday, December 1.  We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday, December 2.






Rohatsu Sesshin
Sunday, December 6 (eve) – Sunday, December 13 (noon)
Led by Roshi Egyoku, Sensei Kizan Shogen & Sensei Daiki Senshin

“Sesshin” means “to collect one’s heart-mind.” This online sesshin commemorates the Buddha’s enlightenment, traditionally designated as having occurred on Rohatsu (“eighth day, twelfth month”) and is considered the most important sesshin of our year. Sesshin is highly recommended for deepening one’s practice. The schedule includes zazen, chanting, Face-to-Face meetings with Roshi and other teachers, dharma talks and time for work and rest.

Rohatsu Sesshin 2020 schedule

Click here to register and pay for Rohatsu Sesshin



“Polishing the Bones” Teisho by Roshi Egyoku — Thursday, December 17, 7:00-8:30 p.m.





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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. 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.