Dharma Zen Center

Los Angeles
United States

Dharma Zen Center is a sangha community that practices meditation and formal Zen. It was founded in Los Angeles by Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn who also founded the Kwan Um School of Zen. This community group practices and works together regularly. The objective is to learn how to act harmoniously, help other people with less focus on individualistic needs, and meditate deeply.

Tradition & Practice
Kind of Place

Practice and Meditation

At Dharma Zen Center teachers have years of formal training and focus on working together to help their students become in touch with their true self. They currently offer a hybrid of live and zoom training of meditation and dharma talk followed by Q&A where you can ask anything to the Zen teachers. Through constant Zen practice, students who choose to live at the Zen Center learn how to grow and strengthen together throughout their spiritual journey. They use the analogy of washing potatoes together in a big pot. As the potatoes bump into each other, they get cleaned quicker than if each potato was cleaned individually.

  • Meditation
  • Dharma talk
  • Chanting
  • Retreats

The Place

The Dharma Zen Community gather together in their beautiful garden located in Los Angeles to practice sitting and walking meditation. Due to the pandemic they are organizing meditation sessions and talks followed by a Q&A by their Zen Master teachers. They are also organizing a hybrid one-day retreat once a month with a visiting teacher. Dharma Zen Center was founded in Los Angeles by Zen Master Seung Sahn.

The Zen Master encourages his students to live together in Zen Centers so they support each other within their practice. Through continuous practice, students recognize how our individual opinions create problems by separating us from each other. The established rules within the center are designed to help people see how our opinions and inattentive minds create division and suffering. With effort and dedication, we can find relief from our suffering and overcome our hindrances.

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dharmazen.comdharmazencenter@gmail.com+1 323-934-0330
1025 S Cloverdale Ave
Los Angeles
CA 90019
United States

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