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Weekly Announcements
Hello Sangha Members,

Cambridge Zen Center announcements for the week beginning June 26th, 2016.

Dharma Talk this Thursday June 30th at 7:30pm 


The intro talk will be given by Paul Laurey.  Paul holds 10 precepts in the Kwan Um School of Zen and is a dharma teacher in training. He has been a resident at CZC since 2015 and is now serving as Housemaster. Paul earned a PhD in psychology and cognitive neuroscience in 2003 and a MFA in dance theatre in 2014. He works as a dance artist, a writer, and as operations manager of Green Street Studios.

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 locally for many years. He has a “Dear Abbot” feature on our website and has produced over 200 short videos of Dharma talks on YouTube. He is a lawyer and manages law offices in Boston and Connecticut. He is a father of two and grandfather of two. He is also an avid hiker and travels widely.

Zen Store: Books by Zen Master Seung Sahn and other teachers of the KUSZ, including our guiding teacher Zen Master Bon Yeon, One Hundred Days of Solitude, CD’s of KUSZ chanting & Dharma talks by Zen Master Seung Sahn, and T-shirts for sale at CZC after the talk. Please inquire for details.

YMJJ Retreat July 9-10th

Led by resident teacher Barry Briggs, JDPSN

You can participate in one or both days.

Barry Briggs JDPSN began training in the Kwan Um School of Zen in 1990 and took Bodhisattva Teacher precepts in 2001. In 2005 he retired from a career as a senior manager in the software and Internet industries. He received inka from Zen Master Soeng Hyang in 2013 and travels widely to lead retreats around the world. He is resident teacher of CZC, and Guiding Teacher of Cape Cod Zen Center and Plymouth Zen Group.

Orientation for newcomers is Saturday and Sunday at 8am. You can register here, by writing to D6F636E2E656A7567646962726D616360427F6473656279646 or calling 617-576-3229. 

Please note: If you are a Senior (age 65) you have the option of entering the retreat up until 10 am and also leaving before the evening begins at 6:30 pm on Saturday. Please request this at time of registration. 

$65 per day for non-members

$45 per day for KUSZ members

$35 per day for Dharma Teachers or DTITs

$35 per day for undergraduates with ID



We are looking for a few essays for our next newsletter. If you are a member and have taken five precepts, please consider submitting a short piece based on your personal experience of practicing the Dharma. You can focus on why you practice, your experience with practice, and if possible tie it to a Dharma teaching in our tradition. Perhaps something that would be helpful for either beginners or continuing students, because it was helpful to you.  

We are looking for approximately two pages double-spaced. It will be edited professionally and needs to be submitted by the end of July to D6F636E2E656A7567646962726D616360427F6473656279646. You contribution will be much appreciated!


Providence Zen Center, Cumberland, Rhode Island

Kyol Che practice clarifies our direction, resulting in a more harmonious relationship with all aspects of life. The daily schedule, conducted in silence, includes sitting, chanting, walking, and bowing meditations, as well as work practice. Meals are eaten in traditional temple style. Retreat leaders give weekly dharma talks and regular kong-an interviews.

Entry and exit will be on Saturdays and Wednesdays at 8:00am

  • Saturday July 9th to Saturday July 16th: Zen Master Bon Hae
  • Saturday July 16th to Wednesday July 20: Lincoln Rhodes, JDPSN
  • Wednesday July 20th to Saturday July 23rd: Zen Master Bon Haeng
  • Saturday 23rd to Saturday July 30th: Paul Majchrzyk, JDPSN
  • Saturday July 30th to Friday August 5th: Zen Master Soeng Hyang

Please register online at

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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.

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