Upcoming Events

VIRTUAL DHARMA SCHEDULE (All on-site activities require advanced registration for non-members)

Here are some current ways to practice together online and in person.  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 as well as sign-up sheets for on-site events.  If you are not on our email list and wish to participate, please sign-up for our email list at the bottom of our Home page. While Los Angeles County remains at a High Covid Community Level, masks will remain a requirement while indoors.

 

 

Streaming Morning Zazen from our Zendo:

Wednesday – Friday 6:00-7:00 a.m. Followed by morning service

In person practice opportunities for members and non-members.

Registration is required for non-member’s in-person attendance. Must attend in-person Intro to Meditation Class before registration.

Meeting ID: 592 934 8543
Passcode: Tiger22

Exploring Your Practice: Wednesdays, 7:00-8:15 p.m.

All welcome to drop in online weekly for zazen, a teaching and sharing about practice. No rsvp necessary.

Meeting ID: 815 7103 6299
Passcode: Wed22

 

In-Person Open Zazen — Wednesday evenings

7:00pm-8:00pm. Stretch bell at 7:30 p.m.

with: Sensei Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

Registration is required for non-member’s in-person attendance. Must attend in-person Intro to Meditation Class before registration.

 

 

 

 

In-person Introduction to Zen Meditation

Sunday, August 7, 8:30-10:30 a.m.: In-person only

This in-person introductory class is a prerequisite for non-members and new members who would like to begin attending onsite events. Ongoing members who would like a refresher course on form and zendo etiquette are also welcome to attend.

Click here to view our zendo guidelines.

Click here to view our zendo precautions.

 

 

 

Hidden Lamp Thursday Study

Stewarded by Sensei Senshin & Rev. Dharma-Joy

Thursday, August 11, 7-8:00 p.m.: Zoom only

Every other Thursday, calendar permitting, we will study together a chapter of “The Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women.” This week we will work with Chapter 5: “Manseong’s No Cultivation”. No sign-up needed, just zoom in. Everyone is encouraged to buy the book.

Click here to buy the book.

 

 

 

Saturday morning Zazen, August 13

Zoom & In-person

9-9:35 Zazen
9:35-9:45 Outside Walking
9:45-10:20 Zazen
10:20-10:30 4 Vows, Bows
10:30-10:45 Temple Caretaking Practice

11:30 Branching Streams: Being one and Many with D.H. Jitsujo Gauthier

 

 

 

Branching Streams: Being One & Many

A Five Class Zoom Series  Led by Dharma-Holder Jitsujo Gauthier

Saturday, August 13, 27 & September 10, 17: Zoom & In-person

This class will utilize the Infinite Mirror text by Chan Master Sheng-yen and the Infinite Circle text by Bernie Glassman. There will be 5 @ 1.25-hour classes consisting of a contemplative Zen practice on a themeless theme, recitation of the Identity of Relative and Absolute, a 20-minute teaching followed by group sharing and Q&A. Participants will be asked to practice a daily recitation of the “Identity of Relative and Absolute” (參同契) between classes. At the end of the series, participants will be asked to commit to memorize a translation of this poem over the next year to intimately realize the “Identity of Relative and Absolute.”

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Presentation of New Sensei Kaigen & Sensei Mukei

led by Roshi Egyoku, Sunday, August 14: Zoom & In-person

9-9:35 a.m.  Zazen (In-person F2F offered)
9:35-9:45 Outside Walking
9:45-10:20 Zazen (In-person F2F offered)
10:20-10:30 4 Vows, Bows, Closing Ceremony

10:45 Presentation of new Sensei Kaigen and Sensei Mukei

Followed by celebratory lunch.

 

 

 

Dharma Holder Presentation and Exchange for Christina Tchoren Carvalho

Thursday, August 18, 7-8:30 p.m.: Zoom & In-person

 

 

 

 

 

“Which Way to the Refuge?” Zazenkai

Friday, August 19(eve.)-Saturday, August 20

Led by Elizabeth Jiei Cole : Zoom & In-person

This  Zazenkai will include zazen, service, face-to-face interviews with a teacher, a dharma talk and time for samu and meals. It is a great way to deepen your practice.

New practitioners are especially encouraged to take this next step in their practice.

Limited onsite housing available. Commuters encouraged.

 

 

 

Sunday morning Zazen, August 21

Zoom & In-person

9-9:35 a.m.  Zazen (In-person F2F offered)
9:35-9:45 Outside Walking
9:45-10:20 Zazen (In-person F2F offered)
10:20-10:30 4 Vows, Bows, Closing Ceremony

11:00 Dharma talk by Sensei Jonathan Kaigen Levy

12:00 p.m. Encountering the Sutras Circle

 

 

The Four Great Bodhisattva Vows

A four class Zoom series Led by Sensei Jonathan Kaigen Levy

Tuesdays, August 23; September 6 & 20, 7-8:45 p.m.

Numberless beings, I vow to serve them.
Inexhaustible delusions, I vow to end them.
Boundless dharmas, I vow to practice them.
Unsurpassable Buddha Way, I vow to embody it.

Plunge into a series of four classes led by Sensei Jonathan Kaigen Levy.  Examine the vow’s ancestral history, discover their subtle meanings, and realize the essential non-dual nature of each Bodhisattva Vow. Penetrate deep into the oneness and heart of our Zen Buddhist practice by chanting them, in Japanese and English. Embody the enlightened way of all Buddhas, the true path of liberation, wisdom, and compassion.

$20 per class for Members; $30 per class for Non-Members

Click here to register.

 

 

 

Hidden Lamp Thursday Study

Stewarded by Sensei Senshin & Rev. Dharma-Joy

Thursday, August 25, 7-8:00 p.m.: Zoom only

Every other Thursday, calendar permitting, we will study together a chapter of “The Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women.” This week we will work with Chapter 6: “Bhadda-Kundalakesa Cannot Answer”. No sign-up needed, just zoom in. Everyone is encouraged to buy the book.

Click here to buy the book.

 

 

 

Day of Reflection on Precept: TBD

Saturday, August 27, 9-11:15 a.m.: Zoom Only

9-9:15 a.m.         Precept Reading
9:15-9:45             Zazen
9:45-10                 Precept Talk
10:15-11:15         Precept Council

Day of Reflection chantsheet

Day of Reflection Transference of Merit

 

 

 

 

Bearing Witness Council on Racism

Sunday, August 28, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.: Zoom & In-person

9-9:35 a.m.  Zazen (In-person F2F offered)
9:35-9:45 Outside Walking
9:45-10:20 Zazen (In-person F2F offered)
10:20-10:30 4 Vows, Bows, Closing Ceremony

11:00- 12:00 p.m. Bearing Witness Council on Racism: In-person only

Our Bearing Witness Councils focus on a shadow issue, an issue we are unaware of its aspects (i.e., in shadow) or something that we have difficulty facing or including. This is a practice of not turning away. At this in person only Council, which falls on the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, we will look at the shadow side of our own experiences with Racism.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.