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WHAT AM I?

 

In this whole world everyone searches for happiness outside, but nobody understands their true self inside. Everybody says, “I.” “I want this, I am like that...” but nobody understands this “I”. Before you were born, where did you come from? When you die where do you go? If you sincerely ask, “What am I?” sooner or later you will run into a wall where all thinking is cut off. We call this “Don’t know.” Zen is keeping this don’t-know mind always and everywhere.

 

ABOUT THE CENTER

Dharma Zen Center (DZC) is located at 1025 S. Cloverdale Avenue, two blocks west of La Brea Avenue, just south of Olympic Boulevard. The center was founded by Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1974 as a place where monks and lay people from all countries can practice Zen together and find their true selves. We have formal meditation practice — bowing, chanting, and sitting Zen — in the mornings and evenings for both our resident Zen students and outside members. 

 
 
 

Weekly PRACTICE Schedule

 
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MONDAYS &
WEDNESDAYS

Morning Practice (5:30am-6:50am)
5:30-5:45: 108 Bows
6:00-6:15: Chanting
6:15-6:45: Sitting
6:45-6:50: Short Zen Reading

Long Evening Practice (6:30-9:25pm)
6:30-7:20: Chanting
7:20-9:15: Sitting and Walking Meditation
9:15-9:25: Chanting

TUESDAYs &
THURSDAYS

Morning Practice (5:30am-6:50am)
5:30-5:45: 108 Bows
6:00-6:15: Chanting
6:15-6:45: Sitting
6:45-6:50: Short Zen Reading

Short Evening Practice (7:00pm-9:25pm)
7:00-7:50: Chanting
7:50-8:20: Sitting and Walking Meditation
8:20-8:25: Short Zen Reading

SATURDAYS

Morning Practice (5:30am-6:50am)
5:30-5:45: 108 Bows
6:00-6:15: Chanting
6:15-6:45: Sitting
6:45-6:50: Short Zen Reading

Evening Practice (4pm-6pm) with retreat at the Center from 1pm-4pm on the 2nd Saturday of the month

SUNDAYS
(COMMUNITY DAY)

Morning Practice (10:00am-11:00am) with kung-an interview first Sunday of each month. Each Sunday practice ends with a circle talk or dharma talk follow by questions and answers. Sundays are a great day for newcomers to check out DZC.

Practice is open to the public and is donation-based. First-time meditators are encouraged to call before to schedule an intro session. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. 


First time AT DZC? NO PROBleM.

We offer an introduction to meditation by appointment. Please arrange a time in advance by calling (323) 934-0330. There is a suggested donation of $10. However, no one is ever turned away for an inability to donate.

 
 

UPCOMING RETREATS
AT DZC

 
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ABOUT RETREATS

Retreats are held at the Dharma Zen Center in Los Angeles. They're a time to step away from the frenetic pace of life and sit quietly, looking into ourselves and the nature of who we are. Retreats at DZC are led by Zen Masters or Guiding Teachers. Retreats are held in silence, beginning with dharma talks on Friday night, and concluding Sundays afternoons. Meals are held in traditional Zen style (4 bowls). If you're not sure what that means, don't worry! We'll show you everything you need to know. It's okay to make mistakes!

 
 

2018

 

NOV 10 2018 (SAT)

HALF-DAY RETREAT AT DZC

The half-day retreat goes from 1pm-4:30pm.  We will sit for five 30 minute periods with walking meditation between each sitting period. The cost in $15 for all participants.


NOV 3-4 2018 (SAT, SUN)

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2-DAY RETREAT AT DZC WITH ZEN MASTER BOBBY RHODES

Bobby Rhoades (Soeng Hyang) is the head of the Kwan Um School -- our greater organization.  The retreat will be on the weekend of November 3rd (Saturday) and November 4th (Sunday).  There will be a Dharma Talk and Question & Answer session that Friday. 


DEC 8 2018 (SAT)

HALF-DAY RETREAT AT DZC

The half-day retreat goes from 1pm-4:30pm.  We will sit for five 30 minute periods with walking meditation between each sitting period. The cost in $15 for all participants.

 

 
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