and upcoming events

SLOZC · Upcoming Events


Friday evening, July 29 thru Saturday, July 30

The Zazenkai will include zazen, service, a work period (samu), meals (for those in-person), a dharma talk, and face-to-face meetings (daison) with a teacher. The schedule is similar to a day of sesshin (multi-day retreat). Open to everyone. If you haven't yet sat an all-day session, you're in for a treat! Attached is a sample schedule. This is a fine opportunity to deepen your practice, whether you're a veteran Zen student or are new to zazen.

This will be a hybrid offering with both in-person and on-line participation available. Please note that those who are up-to-date on their COVID vaccination schedule and who are free of cold or flu symptoms may attend in-person; those who are not up-to-date on their COVID vaccinations, or who are ill, may attend by Zoom For those visiting us in-person for the first time, please bring your proof of vaccination.

Our Zazenkai will be held in the serene surroundings of Crows End, our regular Thursday evening “home". Please reply to register as soon as you know you will be attending.

$50 for In-person participation (which includes meals)
$25 for on-line participation
(See payment options below)

Sample Schedule: click/tap here

TO REGISTER: email Sensei Shogen at Let us know if you wish to join us on-line or in-person.

All the key information, e.g. final schedule, chant cards, service book and Zoom link, will be sent out on Friday morning, July 29.

(Photo by Joe Johnston)

Zazenkai Payment Options

For PayPal: click/tap here
Or Mail Your Check to: SLOZC, P.O. Box 612, Arroyo Grande, CA 93421-0612
Or Pay at the Event

Never Turning Away: The Precepts and the Climate Crisis

3 Tuesday evenings · May 3, 17, 31 · 7pm - 8:30pm

Preceptor Bill Earth-Mirror Corcoran

The devastating effects of climate change occupy our hearts and minds, bringing grief, overwhelm, and anger. In this three-class on-line series, we will work with the Bodhisattva Precepts as a path for settling into the heart of crisis to bear witness and to act.

The series includes conversations, writing, and sharing our reflections. We’ll each create our own climate-inspired version of one or more of the precepts. Together, we will open up to our intimacy with the nature of the climate crisis and our response to it.

All are welcome to zoom in for this. $20 per class for Members; $30 per class for Non-Members

May Peace Prevail Sesshin

Wednesday evening, May 25 thru Sunday, May 29

Led by Sensei Katherine Daiki Senshin Griffith

This May Peace Prevail Sesshin will focus on awakening to our essential nature, the source of true peace. It will also include chants, metta prayers and Dharma talks dedicated to the peace of the world.

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 Center is set aside to allow for a more focused zazen practice, integrated with walking meditation, face-to-face meetings with a teacher, service, work practice, chanting, rest, yoga, meals, Dharma readings or talks, and a closing circle.

This sesshin is open to both zoom and in-person participants. In-person participants must be vaccinated. Housing is limited and commuting is encouraged.

Schedule click/tap here · Registration click/tap here

Exploring Your Zen Practice

Wednesdays · 7-8pm · On Zoom

Besides being a perfect follow-up for those who have already taken Intro to Zen Meditation, Wednesday evening’s Exploring Your Zen Practice is open to everyone: members of ZCLA, friends, and anyone with an interest in Zen practice.

Exploring Your Zen Practice takes place on Zoom and will be guided by a ZCLA Dharma Holder, who will answer questions you may have about your sitting practice, with special attention given to any problems you are encountering. In addition, discussions of other practice topics may arise when there is interest from participants.

The class takes place on Wednesdays, but there are some weeks throughout the year when ZCLA is closed or is in retreat, so check the full ZCLA calendar to make sure the class is happening on your chosen Wednesday.

Zoom · Link click/tap here · Meeting ID 592 934 8543 · Passcode Tiger22

For further ZCLA information, click/tap here

For any questions, please email Kaigen at <>