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Weekly Announcements
Hello Sangha Members,

Cambridge Zen Center announcements for the week beginning June 28th, 2015.


Dharma talk this Thursday, July 2nd at 7:30pm at the Cambridge Zen Center 

 The intro talk will be given by Christopher Raiche.  Christopher has been practicing Buddhism for about 20 years.  He holds five precepts in the Kwan Um School, and has lived at Cambridge Zen Center for a number of years, on and off since 2001.  He has taught college philosophy and religion, has been a recording and touring musician, and a Buddhist monk. He was a residential student with Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, and other Buddhist teachers.  Christopher is now a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School studying Buddhist Philosophy and Comparative Social Ethics.

 Answering questions will be Abbot and Senior Dharma Teacher Tom Johnson.  Tom is the Abbot of Cambridge Zen Center and a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen.  He is a long-time member of the Board of Directors at Cambridge Zen Center and has taught Zen for many years at the Adult Education center in Brookline.  He has a “Dear Abbot” feature on our website and has produced over 200 short videos of Dharma Talks on UTube.   He is a lawyer and manages law offices in Boston and Connecticut.   He is father of two and grandfather of two.


Community Cooks this Sunday, July 5th at 2pm

We need volunteers to cook a meal for a woman's shelter in the Cambridge area.  If you can help out,  please email D6F636E2E656A7567646962726D616360427F6473656279646 or D6F636E2C69616D6760416A65656D65656C6.   

 YMJJ retreat on July 11th-12th 

led by Visiting Teacher Linc Rhodes, JDPSN

 You can register for retreat at    Registration ends Thursday, July 9th at noon.

Our July retreat is an opportunity to sit with Lincoln Rhodes, JDPSN. Currently guiding teacher of the Indianapolis Zen Center, Rhodes was instrumental in literally building the Providence Zen Center in Cumberland, Rhode Island and was one of the first westerners to begin studying with Zen Master Seung Sahn. Rhodes will give a dharma talk before our retreat at CZC at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 10. Please join us! 

$65 per day for non-members

$45 per day for KUSZ members and Seniors

$35 per day for Dharma Teachers or DTIT’s

$35 per day concession for undergraduates with ID

Limited work-study available.  Orientation for newcomers: Saturday 8:00 am, and Sunday 8am.   You can register at or by writing to: D6F636E2E656A7567646962726D616360427F6473656279646 or calling 617 576 3229 M-Th, 9am-12pm. Please register with payment in advance, payable by PayPal on our retreat page, online. Checks received by July 9th also ok.  Vegetarian meal included. 

Precepts at PZC on August 1st

Taking precepts is a powerful practice and the path of Bodhisattvas. By keeping precepts, not only do we cultivate a strong center, but we also perform the highest service to all sentient beings. The upcoming precepts ceremony will be August 1, Founders' Day at Providence Zen Center. If anyone is interested in taking precepts or would just like to know more about precepts, Please contact Jim Kopcienski, our head dharma teacher or D6F636E2E656A7567646962726D616360427F6473656279646.  Applications are due to KUSZ 10 days in advance of the precepts ceremony.  

Summer Kyol Che Monday July 6th-July 31st 2015 at Providence Zen Center, Diamond Hill Monastery

Entry and exits are Saturday and Wednesday mornings 8AM only.  Minimum 3 days.

July 6 – 11:    Terry Cronin JDPSN                                                                      

July 11 – 15:  Nancy Hedgpeth JDPSN  

July 15 – 18:  Lincoln Rhodes JDPSN

July 18 – 25:  Paul Majchrzyk JDPSN

July 25 – 31:  Zen Master Soeng Hyang (Barbara Rhodes)

Kyol Che is a time to investigate your life closely. This experience can bring about a clearer, more compassionate direction, and more harmonious relationships within all aspects of life. Conducted in silence, the daily schedule includes sitting, chanting, walking, and bowing meditations, as well as work practice.  Meals are eaten in silence in traditional temple style. The retreat leader gives dharma talks and kong-an teaching interviews. Retreat ends with lunch on the last day.

Scholarships Available Through The Kwan Um School of Zen

(Please see Guiding Teachers for more information) 

Daily Retreat Fees

Dharma teachers and DTIT 35
Members and full-time students 45
Non- and associate members 65 

To register for your retreat online – fill out the registration form at:

Two original paintings for donation from Sangha member Theodora Francis D6F636E2F6F68616970483E616276647.  They are both oil on canvas and are hanging on the wall in the wood stove room near the windows.  Please take a look!

The Hermitage,

Providence Zen Center (2015)

Suggested donation $285

Caught (2015)

Suggested donation $250

Watch the Dharma Talk

 Video of the Week!      

If you would like to see a short excerpt of one of our teacher's Dharma talks, just click on the button above. (You can also put the address in your brower.) So, if you missed it, or want to hear it again, check it out!

Please join us for our delicious vegetarian community dinner held every Tuesday at 5:30pm!      RSVP by emailing D6F636E2E656A7567646962726D616360427F6473656279646 or calling 617-576-3229.

Join us also for our weekly Sunday morning sitting from 9:00-11:30am, followed by refreshments. You can come for one, two, three, or all four sittings; just enter during walking meditation.

Your questions answered on our website!

If you have any questions please check out our website. There is a section called "Dear Abbot" where you can ask any kind of question and it will be answered by our Abbot. You can choose to remain anonymous.


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