Just Summer Sesshin 2022

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

Sunday, July 17 (eve.) – Sunday, July 24

Led by Roshi Egyoku Nakao, Sensei Katherine Senshin Griffith & Sensei Myoho Fjeld

With Dharma Talks also by Dharma-Holder Dharma-Joy & Dharma-Holder Mukei


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 Just Summer Sesshin will be co-led by Roshi Egyoku, Sensei Senshin, and Sensei Myoho. Roshi Egyoku will offer in-person Face-to-Face only; Sensei’s Senshin and Myoho will be available virtually. Dharma-Holder Dharma-Joy and Dharma-Holder Mukei will also give talks. During this week, Shuso Tchoren Carvalho from Brazil will be present in person to complete her training as Shuso (Head Monk). The week will culminate in her 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. Your application must be submitted no later than NOON Wenesday, July 6. No applications will be admitted after sesshin has started. Housing is not guaranteed and is on a first come basis.
In-person participation is limited. Commuters are encouraged.
Schedule to follow.


Deadline to register: Wednesday, July 6.



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 Egyoku, the Senior Dharma Teacher at ZCLA, now resides on the shore of the Puget Sound estuary. She is Abbot Emeritus (1999-2019) and Emeritus Head Teacher, Head Priest, and Resident Teacher, having held these positions for over twenty years. She trained with her root teacher Ven. Taizan Maezumi Roshi for seventeen years until his death in 1995. She received Dharma Transmission and Inka from Roshi Bernie Glassman and trained with him until his passing in 2018.


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 was installed as Head Teacher on April 10.


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.