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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2017.

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Bearing Witness to the Atomic Bombings

Sunday, August 5



Residential Training Opportunity

Resident training offers Zen students the opportunity to deepen their practice by living with a resident teacher and a community of practitioners. Residents combine Zen training with family and careers, engage in shared stewardship, and explore the dynamic life of Sangha. Zen Center of Los Angeles (ZCLA) has two apartment buildings for its Residential Training Program.   Applicants with either a little or a lot of experience as a Zen student may apply. Before the application process begins, prospective residents are asked to complete the Introduction to Zen Meditation and A Practice Day classes. The Buddha Hand Circle (BHC) oversees the application and admission process. Interested parties can contact for information and requirements.   For the application and additional information, click here. 






Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, June 21, 7:30 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.



Day of Reflection on Precept #7: The Practice of Not Elevating Myself and Blaming Others

Saturday, June 23, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Frank Genku Martinez

Approximately every third Saturday is devoted to the Zen Bodhisattva Precepts. The day begins with a recitation of the precepts and includes zazen and face-to-face meetings with our teachers, a brief precept talk, and a precept circle. Open to everyone. For precise schedule click here.




Guest Speaker: Roshi James Myoun Ismael Ford

Sunday, June 24, 10:30 a.m.

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen from 9:00-10:15 a.m. Followed by Book Signing with tea and cookies 11:50-12:15. Open to all.

Roshi Myoun will give a talk and read from his new book Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the Language of Dragons.  After a Q & A, there will be a book signing in the Sangha House.  There will be copies of the book available in our bookstore.


For more about the book, click here.


Roshi James Ismael Ford is the Senior Priest at the Blue Cliff Zen Network. James has been a student of Zen for fifty years. He is dually credentialed as a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and as a Unitarian Universalist minister. He lives with his spouse Jan Seymour-Ford and their three-legged cat Cassie in Long Beach, California. 




Dharma Talk by Lorraine Gessho Kumpf

Thursday, June 28, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.



PLEASE NOTE: The Zen Center is closed for the Independence Day holiday from Saturday, June 30 through Friday, July 6. We will resume our regular schedule on Saturday, July 8. The Office will re-open on Wednesday, July 11.




Dharma Talk by Sensei Faith-Mind Thoresen

Sunday, July 8, 11:00 a.m.

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Followed by Sangha Lunch at 12:15. Open to all.





Dharma Talk by Darla Myoho Fjeld

Thursday, July 14, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

Followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome to attend.





Just Summer Sesshin

July 15 eve. - July 21

Led by Sensei Ryodo Hawley 

Sesshin, "to unify the mind," is an essential practice for the deepening for one's zazen. It is an extended, silent retreat in which most of the normal schedule of the Center is set aside to allow for a more focused zazen practice, integrated with walking meditation, face-to-face meetings with a teacher, work practice, chanting, rest, oryoki meals, and talks.


Part time and full time participation is welcomed. Part time consists of at least a half a day, including all scheduled activities. Your application must be submitted no later than NOON Thursday, July 12, after which there will be a $25 fee for any late registrations, schedule changes or dropping out (with rare emergency exceptions). No applications will be admitted after sesshin has started. Housing is not guaranteed and is on a first come basis.

for fee structure click here.

for application click here.

for schedule click here.




Congratulations to beautiful new baby Buddhas (from left): David Taian Goodsmith, Marley Jakuan Dowling, Jenny Jūsen Bright, Nancy Teiju Marquez, & Yoko Gyokuren Bajra.  They received jukai on June 10 from Preceptor Roshi Egyoku (center).



2018 Precepts & Jukai Class Series

Led by Sensei Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

Precepts Study Series: Introduction to the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts

Saturdays, 9-11:45 a.m. 

September 22; October 6, 13, 27; November 3

Jukai (Receiving the Precepts) Class Series

Saturdays, 9-11:15 a.m.

November 17 & December 15

For details on the class, click here






For a pdf, of our 2018 Sesshins and Retreats, click here