Autumn Wind Sesshin 2023

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

Sunday, October 15(eve.) – Sunday, October 21

Led by Sensei Katherine Senshin Griffith & Sensei Darla Myoho Fjeld


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, oryoki 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 led by Sensei Katherine Senshin Griffith. 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.
Part time and full time participation is welcomed. Part time consists of at least a half a day, including all scheduled activities.

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


Click here to view schedule.

In-Person Participants:
$25 fee will be charged for dropping out or registering past posted deadlines.

Housing is not guaranteed and is on a first come basis.

In-person participation is limited. Please register early to guarantee a seat in the Zendo.

ZCLA does NOT have my personal/emergency/medical information on file: Click here to fill out program application.


Zoom Participants:

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

Members: $40/Day; $240/Fulltime

Non-Members: $60/Day; $360/Fulltime



You can buy your oryoki bowls here: Oryoki Set – Zen Center of Los Angeles (

Oryoki intruction will be offered in-person only on the first night.


Click here to request Dharma Training Fund.

(If you have concerns about payments or any other questions, please contact

*Non-members and new members: Attending an in-person “Introduction to Zen Meditation Class” is a prerequisite for attending all onsite activities.

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Sensei Katherine Senshin Griffith started studying Zen in the Rinzai tradition at New York Zendo Shobo-Ji in Manhattan in 1987. At Dai Bosatsu Zendo, she received Jukai in 1994 from Eido Shimano Roshi, with whom she studied until 2000 when she moved to Los Angeles. She became a member of ZCLA in 2001 and began her studies with Roshi Egyoku. During her time in New York, Sensei Senshin also studied with various Tibetan teachers and at Fire Lotus Zendo. She was the ZCLA Program Steward from 2010 to 2022. On the Teacher’s Circle since 2016, Sensei Senshin was empowered as Dharma Holder in 2018 and as an independent Zen Teacher and Preceptor in 2019. She is a member of the Lay Zen Teachers Association (LZTA), the American Zen Teachers Association (AZTA), the White Plum Asanga (WPA) and the Zen Peacemaker’s Order of Disorder. She was installed as Head Teacher on April 10, 2022.

Sensei Darla Myoho Fjeld is a Zen Buddhist priest and Temple Development Steward at the Zen Center of Los Angeles. She began her practice at the Zen Studies Society in New York in 1996 and in 1997 began practicing at the Fire Lotus Zendo in New York. While in New York she was a political organizer and then spent 9 years as a Research Associate for the Auburn Seminary Center for the Study of Theological Education. She began her practice at ZCLA in 2001. She was the Development Director and then the Executive Director of Coalition LA, a poor people’s organization for 8 years. She earned a M.Div and STM from Union Theological Seminary in New York from 1981-1985. She has a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Religion from Drew University, Madison, NJ and taught at El Camino College in Torrance, CA for 20 years.