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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 Residency@ZCLA.org for information and requirements. We currently have a studio apartment available. For the application and additional information, click here.
Growing a Plum Blossom Sesshin
Wednesday, May. 24 eve. - Sunday, May 28
Led by Roshi Egyoku
This week the Zen Center is in silent retreat. The Zendo is open to members during all scheduled sitting periods. For schedule, click here
Dharma Talk by Guest Speaker Reverend Issho Fujita
Thursday, June 1, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)
Reverend Issho Fujita was born in Japan in 1954. He studied developmental/clinical psychology at University of Tokyo. Besides academic study, he intensively practiced aikido and Noguchi Exercise. When he was a PhD. Student at the age of 27, he was recommended by a master of Chinese medicine to attend a week-long Zen sesshin at Enkaku-ji, traditional Rinzai monastery in Kamakura. Through this experience he was deeply fascinated by zazen practice. Eventually he dropped out from the graduate school to study Zen full time and entered into Antai-ji, Soto Zen monastery in the tradition of Kodo Sawaki, Kosho Uchiyama.
In 1987 he was dispatched by his teacher to be a resident teacher at Pioneer Valley Zendo in Massachusetts. During his stay until 2005, he also taught at various colleges and institutions, such as Smith College, Amherst College, Mt Holyoke College, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.
In 2010 he was assigned to be a Director of Soto Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco. He is visiting many Zen centers and temples worldwide to teach Soto Zen teaching and practice. Reverend Issho is interested in inventing new and fun ways how to articulate the depth of simple practice of shikantaza (just sitting).
Everyone is welcome to attend. No charge, donations welcome. And please come early for service!
Public Face-to-Face with Roshi Egyoku
Sunday, June 4, 11:00 a.m.
Roshi will pose a question or theme to the Sangha and we will take turns engaging with her in this Public Face-to-Face with a teacher. A wonderful opportunity to ask a question and learn from others. Everyone welcome.
Thursday, June 8, 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.
Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA
Sunday, June 11, 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. Thank you, Roshi, for your 20 years of leadership at ZCLA!!
ZCLA 50th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 17
For more info and the schedule of events, click here
Day of Reflection on Precept #5: The Practice of Not Being Ignorant
Saturday, June 24, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Led by Joel Mitsujo Latimer
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.
Just Summer Sesshin
July 16 eve. - July 22
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 13, 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.
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Bearing Witness Council
Thursday, July 27, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Led by Betsy Enduring-Vow Brown
Most months on the last Thursday evening, we will hold a Bearing Witness Council focused on a shadow issue. This is an issue in which we are unaware of its aspects (i.e., in shadow) or something that we have difficulty facing or including. The councils will be from 7:30 to 9:30 in the Dharma Hall in lieu of the usual Dharma Talk. There will be a seat for the shadow, which will be represented by a symbol that evokes the shadow. This is a practice of not turning away.
Sunday, July 30, 11:00 a.m.
On the last Sunday of most months, we have an hour-long Dharma Chat led by a Sangha member on a various topics of interest. We discuss how we practice in everyday life situations and other issues. This chat will be a chance to hear about the meditation practices of others and share your own, including the current challenges/struggles we are working with.