COVID-19 Closure

Please be aware that because of the pandemic in person events at Charles River Zen are suspended until further notice. There are online events in the Rinzai tradition available, which are open to the public.


Regular sitting

One we reopen, we will hold formal meditation sessions every week in the evenings, on Wednesdays between 7:30 pm and 9:00 pm. The event listing on this site indicates the actual schedule, so be careful and check it if you are unsure.
The regular sitting schedule consists of the following portions:

7:30 Setup and Opening
7:35 Zazen, Kinhin
8:05 Zazen, Kinhin
8:30 Zazen
8:45 Sarei
8:55 Closing and Clean-up

Zazen (seated meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation) make up approximately thirty minutes. The sitting portion lasts between 20 and 23 minutes. The sitting is led by a timekeeper (jikijitsu) who performs the opening and closing ceremony of the zendō and uses a bell and clappers to indicate the various portions of the evening.
Tea is served by the teaserver (shoji) in a formal way called sarei. The closing of the evening includes a short chant followed by prostrations.

New to Meditation?

Please feel free to send us an email, call, or stop by, we are always ready to help you with an introduction – no strings attached. We welcome your interest!