Independent Meditation Center Guide

""Karma," he [Buddha] often said, "is intention": i.e., a movement of the mind that occurs each time we think, speak, or act. By being mindful of this process, we come to understand how intentions lead to habitual patterns of behavior, which in turn affect the quality of our experience."
Stephen Batchelor, Buddhism Without Beliefs.

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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