The Hidden Lamp Study Group
Stewarded by Sensei Katherine Senshin Griffith & Sensei Tom Dharma-Joy Reichert

Thursdays, 7-8:00 p.m.

On Zoom 

NOTE: Participants do not need to register, all may join via Zoom.


We are beginning a long-term study of “The Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women,” a collection of 100 koans centered on the experiences of women practitioners, which are accompanied by 100 commentaries by contemporary women teachers. This will be a study group where we activate the awakened wisdom of the whole. Koan experience is not required; all are welcome to join. We will meet via Zoom every other Thursday evening, calendar permitting, and explore a new koan each week.  No sign-up needed.  The paper edition of the book is no longer in print, however, you can purchase an electronic copy (Kindle, Apple Books, etc.)


Click here to join via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 830 6551 2700

Passcode: Chiyono


December 14 (Chapter 31: Ryonen Scars Her Face)



February 1 (Chapter 32: Vasumitra Teaches Freedom from Passion) & February 29 (Chapter 33: Zongchi and Bodhidharma’s Flesh)

March 14 (Chapter 34: The Zen Mirror of Tokeiji) & March 28 (Chapter 35: Yoshihime’s “Look, Look!”)

April 11 (Chapter 36: The Old Woman, Zhaozhou, and the Tiger) & April 25 (Chapter 37: Shotaku’s Paper Sword)

June 6 (Chapter 38: Dipa Ma’s Fearless Daughters) & June 20 (Chapter 39: Maylie Scott Meets Loneliness)

July 11 (Chapter 40: Yasodhara’s Path)

August 1 (Chapter 41: Bhadda Kapilani and Mahakassapa) & August 15 (Chapter 42: Ikkyu and Kannon’s Messenger)

September 5 (Chapter 43: Senjo and Her Soul Are Separated) & September 19 (Chapter 44: Iron Grindstone Liu’s Feast)

October 10  (Chapter 45: The Old Woman Recognizes Mazu) & October 24 (Chapter 46: Satsujo Overthrows Hakuin)

November 7  (Chapter 47: The Old Woman Steals Zhaozhou’s Bamboo Shoots)

December 26  (Chapter 48: The Old Woman’s Relatives)


This class is provided without a fee, but please consider making a small donation to ZCLA to support our programs.


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 Dharma-Joy first came to ZCLA in 1999. He received Jukai in 2001, Novice Priest Ordination (Tokudo) in August 2011 and full Priest/Preceptor Empowerment (Denkai) in August 2019, all from Roshi Egyoku. He was named a Dharma-Holder in June 2020, was installed as ZCLA’s Head Priest and Preceptor (Jūshoku) in April 2022, and received Dharma Transmission (Denbo) from Roshi Egyoku in December 2022.


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