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 sign-up for our email list at the bottom of our Home page. 


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

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.



Atonement Ceremony: Thursday, July 29, 7-8:30 p.m.

During this ceremony of renewing the vows and Precepts, we each have an opportunity to bear witness to our conduct in thoughts, words, and actions. Everyone is welcome. Those who have received the Precepts are asked to attend on a regular basis.






Dharma Chat: All the Feelings: Fear, Anxiety and Depression as We Struggle to Emerge led by Julie Getsuan Suhr — Thursday, August 5, 7-8:15 p.m.






Memorial Service on the 76th Anniversary of the Dropping of the Atomic Bombs, commemorating all those who died or suffered harm — Friday, August 6, 7:00 a.m.





Day of Reflection on Precept #5: Not Being Deluded — Saturday, August 7, 9-11:15 a.m.

Led by Eberhard Konin Fetz
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





Dharma Talk by Rev. Dharma-Joy Reichert — Thursday, August 12, 7-8:30 p.m.







Dogen’s Three Minds of the Tenzo: Saturdays, August 14, 25, September 11; 1:30-3:00 p.m.

A Three Class Series Led by Reverend Jonathan Kaigen Levy

In the thirteenth century, Zen master Dōgen, the founder of the Japanese Soto Zen sect, wrote a practical manual, Instructions for the Zen Cook, Tenzo kyokun, in Japanese. In this class series, we will explore what Dogen refers to as the Three Minds of the Tenzo (the monastery cook):

 Joyful mind is one of gratefulness and buoyancy.

Parental mind loves and raises a child with care.

Magnanimous mind is like a mountain, stable and impartial.

Accepting everything just as it is, these three minds describe the internal world of the bodhisattva.

“When we live our life fully, using all the ingredients at hand, our life becomes what Zen Buddhists call “the supreme meal.” A person who knows how to plan, cook, appreciate, and offer the supreme meal of life, is called a Zen cook”.  — Roshi Bernie Glassman, from Instructions to the Cook, A Zen Master’s Lessons in Living a Life That Matters.

The classes will include readings from “Instructions of the Cook, and lots of opportunity for questions and discussion.  A PDF of “Instructions for the Cook”, translated by Griffith Foulk, will be forwarded when you register.

$30 for Members (or $10 per class); $45 for Non-Members ($15 per class)

Click here to register.


Playing with Great Wisdom: A Heart Sūtra Series

Offered by: Rev. Jitsujo Gauthier

4-classes via Zoom: 9:45 – 11:00am; Saturdays: Aug 14, 28; Sept 11, 25

Fee: $40 for the Series (or $20 per class) for Members; $60 for the Series (or $25 per class) for Non-Members;

The Heart Sūtra (Prajñāpāramitāhṛdaya प्रज्ञापारमिताहृदय or Xīnjīng 心經 ) is a Mahāyāna Buddhist text know to have originated in 7th Century China. Innumerous people have since hand-copied, chanted, recited, and painted the Heart Sūtra. As part of the Soto Zen tradition, we chant the Heart Sūtra at ZCLA during daily services. Such ritualize methods of recitation and memorization integrate seamlessly into daily life, permeate the bones, and allow this Perfection of Wisdom to deeply resonate.

This class will utilize the paintings of Japanese artist Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002) along with the writings and guiding questions of contemporary Buddhist scholar Paula Arai.

Click here for more information and to register.



Dharma Talk by Rev. Jitsujo Gauthier — Thursday, August 19, 7-8:30 p.m.






Zazenkai led by Preceptor Bill Earth-Mirror Corcoran: Friday, August 20 (eve) – Saturday, August 21

Like our online sesshins, 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. Newcomers especially welcome. $25 for Members; $40 for Non-Members. Deadline to register: Wednesday, August 18.

August Zazenkai Schedule 2021






Dharma Talk by Preceptor Lorraine Gessho Kumpf — Thursday, August 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m.











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.