Independent Meditation Center Guide

"Am I inviting mindfulness into each moment, or indulging in mindless repetition of the forms of meditation practice, mistaking the form for the essence of it?"
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are.

Zen Center of Los Angeles, Buddha Essence Temple
923 South Normandie Avenue
Los Angeles,  California   90006-1301
(For best directions, please ask the center.)
Zen - Soto
Email Click to contact via e-mail
Phone 213 387-2351
Fax 213 387-2377
Center's Description
Since 1967, ZCLA / Buddha Essence Temple has provided the teachings and practice of Zen Buddhism to all who come and go through its temple gate. The core practice is zazen.

The Center provides a daily schedule of zazen, sutra chanting, and work. We also offer classes and workshops, interviews with Center teachers, Dharma talks, and Dharma circle and council practice. On a monthly basis, a Day of Reflection and a Ceremony of Atonement are offered. Frequent sesshins and zazenkais are held. Intensive training periods are offered three times a year. The Center also hosts interface gatherings with other spiritual communities.

ZCLA is also a residential community. In addition to long-term resident training, housing is available for visiting trainees.

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