March Zazenkai 2024

Friday, March 15 (eve) – Saturday, March 16

Led by Dharma-Holder Nem Etsugen Bajra


Zazenkai is a daylong retreat devoted to samadhi practice, with Great Silence observed throughout the day. This Zazenkai, offered both in-person at ZCLA and via Zoom, is an opportunity to intensify and deepen your practice through the experience of periods of uninterrupted meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), a dharma talk, service, face-to-face meetings with Dharma-Holder Nem Etsugen Bajra, as well as time for mindful work practice (samu) and meals. Zoom participants will have time to eat, walk and do their own samu at home, then link back into the sesshin schedule. Full time participation is encouraged. If you wish to participate part time, please let Myoki know your precise attendance, including expected arrival and departure times. Part time consists of at least a half a day, including all scheduled activities. Housing is not guaranteed. First come, first served. Newcomers please also fill out the application online. Both first time* and seasoned practitioners are encouraged and welcome to participate.
In-person participation is limited. Please register early to guarantee a seat in the Zendo.

Click here to view schedule.

In-person participants: Click here to view fee structure.


$25 fee for dropping out or registering past posted deadlines.

Zoom Participants:

Members: $40 / day; $40 full-time

Non-Members: $60 / day; $60 full-time


Email to all participants will go out the morning of Friday, March 15.


*Non-members and new members: Attending an in-person “Introduction to Zen Meditation Class” is a prerequisite for attending all onsite activities. If you have concerns about payments click here to request Dharma Training Fund. If you have any other questions, please contact Myoki at


Check off your days:
*Part time consists of at least a half a day, including all scheduled activities.

Enter any additional notes regarding your retreat registration including food allergies and housing requests. If you are commuting or a part-time participant, please use this field to indicate your expected arrival and departure times:

Nem Etsugen Bajra has been a member of ZCLA since 2007.  He completed training as Head Trainee under the guidance of Roshi Egyoku in 2021 and was designated as Dharma Holder by Roshi Ryodo in 2022.  He served as a Co-Steward of the ZCLA Tenzo Circle for four years.  Etsugen continues to offer “Introduction to Zen Mediation” classes on Sundays and “Explore Your Practice” meetings on Wednesday nights.   He also serves as a member of the ZCLA Board and a member of Buddha Hand Circle (BHC).  He is offering bi-weekly meditation classes and quarterly Zazenkai to the business community members.  He is currently CEO of Calsoft Systems, an IT company.