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 3 – Tuesday, June 2, 7-8 p.m.

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 will take place on Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m. We encourage everyone to buy the book in advance.  $15 a class or $50 for the series of five classes.  No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Here are the koans for the next few classes:

June 2 – Andrea: Nothing

June 9 – Robin: Unripe Fruit

June 16 – Christina: How Pathetic Am I?

For this class we will send out a separate zoom link for registered participants only.  If you’ve already paid for the series, you are on the list.  If you just paid for one class, you need to pay/register for additional classes.  If you haven’t attended a class yet, you can join the series at any time but you must register (& pay) in advance.

Householder Koan Class Series 2020


Service & Showing of film “Zen Center: A Portrait of an American Zen Community” Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – Service in the Zendo

9:30 a.m. – Showing of “Zen Center: A Portrait of an American Zen Community.” (54:23 minutes). We will view the documentary that captures the 1983 upheaval at ZCLA. Following the viewing, Roshi Egyoku will host a Q&A.

Here is link to a Tricycle article for the Sangha about it by filmmaker Anne Cushman https://tricycle.org/magazine/under-lens-american-zen-community-crisis/


Virtual Ceremony of Atonement, Thursday, June 4, 7:00 p.m.






Online Dharma Talk by Elizabeth Jiei Cole, Thursday, June 11, 7-8:30 p.m.






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. 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.