2022 Year-End Sesshin

A 3-day meditation retreat

(Available via Zoom with some limited on-site participation available)

Led by Sensei Mark Shogen Bloodgood

Tuesday, December 27 (eve) – Friday, December 30 (eve)

The focus of this sesshin that comes just before the western New Year is enlivening our practice. The Chinese New Year begins on January 22nd. This is the Year of the Rabbit which is a symbol of gentleness and serenity. The schedule is spare: Just Zazen, Just Walking, Just Eating, Just Working, Just Resting – breath by breath, step by step, bite by bite, moment by moment. We will look directly at the conditioned mind and taste the freedom of forgetting the self. A wonderful opportunity to empty out and go deep as we end the year.


View tentative schedule.

In-person participants:

Click here to view fee structure.


$25 fee for dropping out or registering past posted deadlines.

Zoom Participants:

Members: $40/day, $120/Fulltime; Non-Members. $60/day, $180


Email to all participants will go out Tuesday December 27 @ 10 a.m.





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 click here to request Dharma Training Fund. If you have any other questions, please contact Myoki at programsteward@zcla.org.

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Growing up in the Episcopal Church, Sensei Mark Kizan Shōgen Angyo Bloodgood aspired to become an Episcopal priest during his pre-college years. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a “subtle feeling” nudged Shōgen to read Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, Shunryū Suzuki’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Philip Kapleau’s The Three Pillars of Zen, Huston Smith’s The Religions of Man and many of the writings of Alan Watts and D.T. Suzuki. Thus began a love of Eastern religion and philosophy that continues to this day. During this period Shōgen spent time in the Religious Studies Department at Cal State Northridge, California, where he furthered his studies of religion, existentialism, and Buddhism.

Shōgen remained a “closet-intellectual-Buddhist” for decades. On his 50th birthday, during a camping trip in Big Sur, he read an article in Tricycle magazine celebrating the anniversary of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha. Shōgen realized he needed to deepen his meditation practice and look for a teacher. In October of 1999 he found his way to the Zen Center of Los Angeles and became a student of Roshi Egyoku Nakao. He received Jukai in 2005, Tokudo in 2012, Denkai in 2016, was empowered as a Dharma Holder in April of 2019 and received Dharma Transmission on December 14, 2019.

Sensei Shōgen has led the SLO Zen Circle for over 17 years. He also leads a prison sangha at the California Men’s Colony, where inmates meet weekly for service, meditation, and Dharma teachings. He recently retired from service as a hospice chaplain. He is a member of the White Plum Asanga, the Zen Peacemakers, the American Zen Teachers Association, and an associate member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association.

Active in the local interfaith community, Shōgen is a member of the San Luis Obispo Ministerial Association and the group Opening Doors of Interfaith Understanding.

Shōgen lives in Los Osos, California, with his wife, Karla.