2022 Autumn Wind Sesshin

A 7-day meditation retreat
(available via Zoom with some limited on-site participation)

Sunday, October 9(eve.) – Sunday, October 16

Led by Kipp Roshi Ryodo Hawley, Sensei Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen & Dharma-Holder Lorraine Gessho Kumpf


Sesshin, “to unify the mind,” is an essential training for the deepening of one’s zazen. Everyone is invited to participate in this extended, silent training week either in person or virtually. The emphasis is on a more focused zazen practice and working face-to-face with the teachers. The schedule includes walking meditation, work practice, chanting, rest, meals, and Dharma talks. For those participating virtually, you will have time to eat, walk and do your own samu at home, then link back into the sesshin schedule. This Autumn Wind Sesshin will be co-led by Roshi Ryodo,  ZCLA Abbot Sensei Faith-Mind, and Dharma-Holder Gessho. The theme for the week will be fundamentals of Zen and Buddhism, such as the nature of dukkha, samadhi practices and taking refuge. Face-to-Face will be available both in-person and virtually via Zoom. Everyone is encouraged to Zoom in for the dharma talks. During this week, Head Trainee Reeb Kaizen Venners will be present in person to complete his training. The week will culminate in his Dharma Combat with the Sangha.
Part time and full time participation is welcomed. Part time consists of at least a half a day, including all scheduled activities.
Onsite participants: Deadline to register is Wednesday, September 28, noon.

A $25 fee will be charged for dropping out or registering after posted deadlines.

A $50 fee will be charged for dropping out or registering within 48 hours of event.

Click here for fee structure.

Zoom participants: Deadline to register is 9 a.m. Sunday, October 9.


All Participants: No registrations will be accepted after sesshin has started.


Housing is not guaranteed and is on a first come basis. Please request housing via email: gueststeward@zcla.org, CC programsteward@zcla.org.


In-person participation is limited. Commuters are encouraged.


Click here to request Dharma Training Fund.

Click here to view schedule.



Please note: All participants must be fully vaccinated and be prepared to show proof of vaccination upon arrival. Stay-over guests are asked to bring along two at-home Covid tests and provide an emergency contact number. Housing fees must be paid separately. Non-members and new members: Attending an in-person “Introduction to Zen Meditation Class” is a prerequisite for attending all onsite activities. If you have concerns about payments or any other questions, please contact Myoki at programsteward@zcla.org

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Roshi Ryodo entered formal studies at the Zen Center of Los Angeles in 1980, working directly with Charlotte Joko Beck and Genpo Merzel Roshi as well as Taizan Maezumi Roshi, the founding Abbot of ZCLA. He received Dharma Transmission from Roshi Egyoku Nakao, in 2007, empowerment as lay preceptor in 2015, and inka shomei in 2019.

Roshi Ryodo is the author of the Zen Mindfulness Cloudbook, an online manual for the Zen-rooted method of mindfulness he has been teaching since 2002. He has led the Westchester Zen Circle since 2009. He is the current president of the board of the White Plum Asanga, the peer group of teachers in the lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, as well being a member of the American Zen Teachers Association and the Lay Zen Teachers Association.


Sensei Faith-Mind began her practice in the mid-1980’s. She was drawn to The Mountain Center in Idyllwild, which was a part of ZCLA at the time.  She began her studies with Roshi Egyoku in 1999, became a Dharma Holder in 2016 and received Dharma Transmission (Denbo) from Roshi Egyoku in 2018. Faith-Mind has taught many of the classes required for Jukai and enjoys carpentry, gardening and sharing the Dharma with everyone that shows up. She became the fourth Abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles in 2019.


DH Lorraine Gessho Kumpf has been a ZCLA member since 1978. She is a Preceptor and a Dharma Holder. As the Senior Resident, her role is to promote the Resident Training Program and encourage community practice in all forms. She is the Steward of the HEAR Circle, which is concerned with ethics policies and practices in the Sangha, and instructs various classes offered at ZCLA.