The purpose of Zen practice is to settle into non-conceptual mind - our being prior to any computer print out or gridwork we lay on reality - it is experiencing reality as it is, directly and functioning it 24 hours a day. It is the manifestation of the completely mature
The Zen Center offers morning and evening meditation sessions( zazen), monthly weekend retreats,and talks on the Buddhist Sutras and past and present Buddhist teachers.
650 S Cochran Ave #3, Los Angeles, California 90036, United States
Mon.-Fri. 5:45am; 6:25am; 7:40pm (zazen)
Sat. 5:45am; 6:25am (zazen); 8:00am oryoki breakfast; 9:30am (zazen); 10:00am- talk; 11 am -2pm -tea and work.
Two day retreat (sesshin) the third weekend of every month
Introductory classes on Tues. and Thurs. at 7:40 pm
Zazen is allowing the mind to settle into the present moment. It is realizing that the present moment contains the entire universe.Our unhappiness in life is because we do not accept this reality and create a gap between ourselves and other things.
We think we need to be or do something different. That creates a gap, a sense of dis-ease, unrest, and unhappiness. Zazen allows us to see our true self, a self that is the entire universe itself.
Spiritual practice is not just done on your cushion. It must be manifested in your daily life. How you relate with your family, friends, your co-workers, the cashier at the Supermarket,and even how you cook your food is your practice. It is relating to eveything as Buddha, part of you, and treating it with deepest respect.
We have formal talks and discussion on the various Buddhist texts such as the Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Noble Path, The Blue Cliff Record, and Dogen Zenji as well as other great teachers of the past and present.