Buddha’s Birthday Sesshin 2022

A 3-day meditation retreat
(available via Zoom with some limited on-site participation available)

Wednesday, April 6 (eve.) – Saturday, April 9

Led by Sensei Faith-Mind, Sensei Daiki Senshin and Rev. Dharma Joy
(with Roshi Egyoku in attendance)


This sesshin will be one of deep silence, in honor of the major transitions at ZCLA. On the Sunday after sesshin, Roshi Egyoku Nakao will step down as Head Teacher, Head Priest and Resident Teacher and the new seats will be installed. It is also our first sesshin in two years with meals and non-resident/staff in-person attendance. We will remember Sensei Ensho Berge with a memorial service on the 5th anniversary of his passing, do the daily 49 day memorial service for Roshi Kodo Boyd and on Saturday morning we will listen to a talk she gave on the exact date six years ago at the first Successors Sesshin in 2016. (Note: the official 49th Day Memorial Service for Roshi Kodo will be Saturday afternoon after sesshin is over.) Roshi Egyoku will be in attendance with the Three Seats as we all dive deep into samadhi together. One bowl meals for on-site participants. Zoom participants will have time to eat, walk and do your own samu at home, then link back into the sesshin schedule. Commuting members are welcome. ZCLA senior students and stewards are especially encouraged to attend.

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Deadline to register: Sunday, April 3. After the posted deadline, a fee of $25 will be added for any late registrations, schedule changes or dropping out (with rare emergency exceptions). On-site participation is limited to members only. Housing is limited and not guaranteed. First come, first served.

(If you have concerns about payments or any other questions, please contact programsteward@zcla.org)


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The 3 Seats (Abbot, Head Priest and Head Teacher) will be leading this retreat, with Roshi Egyoku in attendance. See below for more info on the teachers.

Sensei Senshin 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 Program Steward from 2010 till this year. 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 will be installed as Head Teacher on April 10.

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.

Reverend Dharma-Joy first came to ZCLA in 1999. He received, Jukai in 2001 from Roshi Egyoku and Novice Priest Ordination (Tokudo) in August 2011 and full Priest/Preceptor Empowerment
(Denkai) in August 2019. He was named a Dharma-Holder in June 2020. He also served for several years on the Zen Center Board of Directors. He has served as a Ceremonial Co-Steward
since September 2011.