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Sesshins held at ZCLA in 2018.

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Ango Entering Ceremony

Saturday, September 29

Roshi's Teisho & Birthday Celebration

Sunday, September 30


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. 




Dharma Chat: "How do you understand and practice Ritual?​"

Sunday, September 23, 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.

Led by Peter Ryugen Sample

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.




Wednesday, September 26, 7-9 p.m.

Día: El último Míercoles de cada mes

Horio:  7:15–9:00 p.m.  (por favor lleguen a las 7:00 p.m.)

Led by Rosa Ando Martinez

We are starting a new Introduction to Zen Meditation class in Spanish.  It will generally be held on the last Wednesday of the month.  Please help spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested.  For flyer in Spanish, click here.

The 2018 dates for the classes are:

míercoles, septiembre 26

míercoles, octubre 31

míercoles, noviembre 28

míercoles, deciembre 19



Personal Practice Talk by Geri Meiho Bryan

Thursday, September 27, 8:00 p.m. (Service 7:15 p.m.; Zazen 7:30 p.m.)

During Personal Practice talks, the speaker introduces their spiritual journey to the Sangha, focusing on the themes that have run through their lives and the insights, people, and events that have deepened and transformed their understanding of life itself. Come take this opportunity to get to know your fellow sangha member in a deeper way. Everyone is welcome to attend. Followed by tea and cookies. And please come early for service!




Fall Practice Period Entering and Head Trainee Entering and Leave-taking Ceremonies

Saturday, September 29, 9:00 a.m.

Join us as we open the Practice Period with an Entering Ceremony in the Zendo. 


Please consider the commitment you can make to focus your Zen training. The emphasis is on focusing and not stressing yourself by adding more activities. What is doable and sustainable for you for a week, for a month, for three months? Is there something that you can set aside or do less of, such as less time surfing the web or playing computer games? How will you hone your inborn urge to live awake here and now?


We will hold the following commitments in common:

Daily zazen. What is a realistic daily commitment for you?

Face-to-face meetings with a teacher. How often can you meet?

Zazenkai or Sesshin. Can you do all or part of a zazenkai or sesshin?


For a copy of our 2018 Fall Commitment form, click here

For instructional letter on how to fill out form, click here



Fall Practice Period Commitment Circle

Saturday, September 29, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

After morning sitting and a short snack, we will meet in the Dharma Hall for a Practice Period Commitment Circle where we can discuss our commitments for this practice period and share and receive the support of the Sangha.




Teisho by Roshi Egyoku, Abbot of ZCLA and special Birthday Celebration

Sunday, September 30, 10:30 a.m.

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and Zazen at 9:00 a.m. 

This is Roshi's birthday.  After her teisho, we will have a special celebration, including Syrian lunch prepared by the Trads family who cooked for our 50th Anniversary. What an auspicious way to begin our Fall Practice Period.  Please join us.



The Art of Positive Emotions

A 3-class series led by Roshi Egyoku

Thursdays, October 11, November 15, December 13. 7:30-9:30 p.m.

ZCLA Members: $30 per class; Non-Members: $45 per class

This class will focus on how to increase the positive emotions of happiness, joy, and love in our lives. We will have fun exploring these emotions and creating our own practices. Our aim will be to experience these emotions on a more consistent basis and create new habit patterns. Small group work and class sharing will be important components of the course.    Must Rsvp to




Day of Reflection on Precept #6: The Practice of Not Speaking Ill of Others Erros and Faults

Saturday, October 13, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Led by Jenny Jusen Bright

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.




49th Day Memorial Service for Nina Reiju Wasserman

Sunday, October 14, 10:30 a.m.

Preceded by Gate of Sweet Nectar Service at 8:30 a.m. and a short period of Zazen at 9:00 a.m.

Everyone is encouraged to come to this service for our beloved long-time Sangha member.





Autumn Wind Sesshin

October 14 eve. - October 21, 2018

Led by Roshi Egyoku


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 Zen 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. Please fill out application online.


A fee of $25 will be added after Wednesday, October 10 Noon, 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 the schedule click here.





Atonement Ceremony

Thursday, November 1, 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.  Followed by tea and cookies.  Preceded by service at 7:15 p.m.





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