Classes in meditation (Zazen) for those who are new to Zen practice. Also helpful for those new to ZCLA who have meditation experience with other groups. Check our curriculum for a description of these classes.
Day of Reflection
Bearing Witness Councils
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 9:00 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. Council is also a Core Practice at ZCLA. For a copy of the Council Handbook, click here. For a copy of the Council Facilitator's quick sheet, click here.
Once a month we hold a special service to honor our founders, Baian Hakujun Daiosho and Taizan Maezumi Honored One, and the main ancestors of our Lineage. Service is held in the Founders Room on the Saturday closest to the 14th of the month.
Ceremony of Atonement
Roshi or a Senior Teacher will pose a question or theme to the Sangha and we will take turns engaging with them in this Public Face-to-Face with a teacher. A wonderful opportunity to ask a question and learn from others. Everyone welcome.
Intensive Practice Periods
Every fall, the Zen Center has a 90 day intensive Practice Period in which Sangha Members and our affiliated Sangha Members make a commitment to deepen their practice.
SALA (Social Action Loving Action)
The Zen Center is increasing its involvment in Social Action Loving Action activities throughout the year.
The Zen Center also periodically offers Memorial Services.
The Zen Center also periodically offers various special events, workshops or classes. For information about our the Abbot Succession events click here.