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, the New York Zendo offers also weekend sesshin and all-day sits.. The style of the Zen Studies Society is a little different from the Rinzai-ji style, but the relationship between Rinzai-ji and the Zen Studies Society is very close. Shunan Noritake Roshi, the acting abbot of Rinzai-ji has visited DBZ and lead 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.
Saturday, February 11, 10am until 4pm we will offer a day sit at the Watertown Center for Healing Arts. Please join us.