Retreats offer time devoted to focused formal practice, allowing us to fully engage in the meditative, contemplative aspect of Zen. Participating in a longer schedule prepares Zen students for several day-long retreats called sesshin. Week-long intensive retreats for students in the Rinzai-ji tradition are available in the western part of the US at Mt. Baldy Zen Center and Rinzai-ji Zen Center. On the east coast sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo in the Catskill mountains offers formal Rinzai Zen practice under the direction of Shinge-shitsu Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi and Dokuro Osho. The New York Zendo Shobo-ji offers weekend sesshin multiple times a year and all-day sits. Dokuro Osho leads two of the New York Zendo sesshin annually.
The styles of the Zen Studies Society and Rinzai-ji style are slightly different, however, the relationship between the two traditions is very close. Shunan Noritake Roshi, the abbot of Rinzai-ji has visited DBZ and led sesshin there as well.
Charles River Zen offers longer sits and strives to make these opportunities available. The schedule includes all the facets of formal practice that we encounter in the weekly sittings: seated meditation, walking meditation, chanting, formal tea. If the circumstances allow we will add formal meals to the schedule and opportunities for Zen in action: work practice. During the retreats there will also be the opportunity for private meetings with the Abbot.
Dokuro Osho will be leading the March-On Retreat at New York Zendo, beginning in the evening on March 9 and ending on Sunday, March 11, late afternoon.
Limited overnight accommodations are available at New York Zendo. Please reach out to NYZ directly.