April 2013 Update

April has come and finally we were able to get some three hour long retreats scheduled before the summer. The first of the retreats is on April 28 from 2 – 5 pm at Namo Yoga, 21 Belmont Street in Cambridge. Please consider joining us for the sit – there is so little opportunity to practice together and we appreciate each participant.

Shukō has suggested that we “formalize” our “casual” sits, and they will be shown on the calendar as such. For these casual sits sitting will be informal, no need for robes or ceremonial opening and closing. This is an opportunity to just come by and sit in comfortable clothes, without the formality of traditional form. The number of periods of Zazen will remain the same, three sits of 20 minutes.

The Body Mind Integration Center will close its location at 118 Main Street at the end of June 2013. At that date Charles River Zen will change its meeting location to the Watertown Center for Healing Arts ( at 22 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown. The WCHA is the sister organization to the Body Mind Integration Center and is just around the corner on Mt. Auburn Street. For those riding the trolley bus #71 it will be one stop closer to Harvard Square. We’re glad that the management of WCHA is giving us the opportunity to continue our sittings and we will keep the same schedule of Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

April 8 is the Buddhas’s birthday, and we also wanted to acknowledge Joshu Roshi’s 106th birthday which we commemorated on April 1st. We all look forward to seeing you at the sittings and hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to practice in a supportive environment.