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Weekly Announcements
Hello Sangha Members,

Cambridge Zen Center announcements for the week beginning October 12th, 2014.

Dharma talk Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30pm at the Cambridge Zen Center 


The intro talk will be given by -to be announced.

 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 150 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.


 Please check out our exciting new Zen Store after the talk! T-shirts, jewelry, malas, Zen books for sale and more!

College Retreat this Saturday, October 25th led by Zen Master Bon Yeon

Once again the Cambridge Zen Center will be holding its’ popular biannual retreat for college students this Saturday, October 25th led by Zen Master Bon Yeon, Jane Dobisz.  This is a unique opportunity for students to do an intensive day of meditation with their peers in a non-threatening environment, and in a serene and lovely dharma room.  The retreat begins at 9am and ends by 3:30pm. The cost is $35.   Included is instruction, a dharma talk by Jane, a few hours of sitting meditation in 30 minute segments alternating with 10 minutes of walking meditation, a delicious vegetarian lunch, a walk outside, and a personal kong-an session with Jane.  The day is spent almost completely in silence, which sometimes is the most remarkable aspect for newcomers.  The day closes with a circle talk, dessert, and time to share the experience with others. A day of meditative retreat is a rare and precious opportunity for personal growth and insight.

Registration by Thursday, October 23rd at noon by writing to D6F636E2E656A7567646962726D616360427F6473656279646

or calling 617 576-3229. Please mention name of college and I.D. number.


Precepts Meeting Sunday, November 2nd at 11:45am 

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 December 6th, Buddha's Enlightenment Day at PZC. If anyone is interested in taking precepts or would just like to know more about precepts, a meeting will be held at CZC on Sunday, November 2nd at 11:45am. Everyone is welcome to participate, ask questions, share information or simply come and listen to the discussion. Dharma Teachers and Dharma Teachers in training are encouraged to join.  Applications are due to KUSZ 14 days in advance.  

Community Cooks - November 2nd

We will be cooking and delivering a meal once a month to a woman's shelter in the Cambridge area. If you'd like to be a part of this, please email D6F636E256A7567646962726D616360427F6473656279646.   The cooking will start in the early afternoon. Please write for more info. 

One Day retreat at Providence Zen Center in Cumberland, R.I. on November 1st led by Jose Ramirez

Providence Zen Center holds at least one retreat every month.  Participation in a retreat 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.
  • $65/day for non-members and associate members;
  • $45/day for students, clergy and school members;
  • $35/day for Dharma Teachers and Dharma Teachers in training in the Kwan Um School of Zen.

Retreat participants can also stay at the zen center for one night (either before or after the retreat) at no additional charge.

Participants should register at least 48 hours in advance  Beginners are very welcome. Please contact the Providence Zen Center for more information.

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!

You Can Be a Part of It!

We appreciate your practice at the Cambridge Zen Center. Please consider becoming a member here. Your membership dues help support teaching activities on a local, national and international level. As one of the Three Jewels, Sangha, or community, is precious beyond measure. The infusion of strength we feel when we become connected to a practicing community cannot be underestimated. If you enjoy coming here to practice, or find our teacher's talks helpful, or benefit from interviews; please understand that membership is what makes this all possible. There are also many tangible benefits that come from membership; from discounts on retreats and guest stays, to receiving Primary Point magazine and newsletters from the Kwan Um school.

It's very simple: you can find an application on our website at, under "Membership" and either mail it or fax it to PZC. Or go directly to:  There are also applications in our reception room on the top shelf. Please call 617-576-3229 if you’d like more information. Thank you!

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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