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Hello Sangha Members,

Cambridge Zen Center announcements for the week beginning August 23rd, 2015.

Dharma talk this Thursday, August 27th at 7:30pm at the Cambridge Zen Center 

 The intro talk will be given by Kimball Amram. Kimball is a Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen since 1997.   He has been a resident of Providence Zen Center for many years and more recently became a resident of Cambridge. He is writing a book about Zen Master Seung Sahn and how he created the Kwan Um School here in the US and also selling Buddhist art online.

Answering questions will bRaimondas Lencevicius. Raimondas is a Senior Dharma Teacher who started practicing Zen in 1990 in Lithuania and led Zen group there. After moving to the US, he helped to begin a Santa Barbara Zen group. Raimondas has been a member of the Board of Directors of Cambridge Zen Center where he has practiced for many years.   He works as software researcher and developer and lives in Stoneham with his wife Diana.

 YMJJ Retreat September 12-13th with Barry Briggs, JDPSN

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.

  You can register for retreat at    Registration ends Thursday, September 10th at noon.

$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 September 10th also ok.  Vegetarian meals included. 

Have you ever wanted to live at the Cambridge Zen Center?

          Now is your chance!  We have a studio apartment available at 200 Auburn Street in August. (training fee is $1150.)  Bedroom, bath and large kitchen.  Maybe now is the time in your life to be part of this communal living experience while strengthening your Zen practice.   Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cambridge Zen Center is one of the largest urban, residential Zen training centers in the U.S. Zen Master Seung Sahn taught us that the fastest way to change our karma and become compassionate beings is by practicing and living together. The center provides residential training opportunity in an urban environment. Training includes practice & retreats, community work and service, outreach, sangha events, gatherings and much more to provide a supportive and nurturing environment in which to grow spiritually.  Public transportation is readily accessible. 

         If you are interested please contact the Zen Center office at 617-576-3229 for more information or write to D6F636E2E656A7567646962726D616360427F6473656279646



Please consider writing a short dharma piece for our fall newsletter if you have 5 precepts in the Kwan Um School and are currently a member.  It can make a difference in someone’s journey to share your own experience and how it relates to the teaching both for newcomers and also as encouragement for continuing students. The newsletter is circulated worldwide to the Kwan Um School.  It will be professionally edited.  Submissions are needed by September 7th.  Contact D6F636E2E656A7567646962726D616360427F6473656279646  to make arrangements.  Your submission is greatly appreciated.


DOWN THE IPSWICH RIVER.  No expereince necessary. This is a wonderful event each year with a scenic ride and relaxing picnic.  Come with your bathing suit!  Call for details.  $20 reservation.

 Open Meadow Zen One-day retreat on Sunday, August 30, 2015 led by Terry Cronin, JDPSN.

 We invite you to participate in our 1-day retreat at OMZ on Sunday, August 30, 2015 with Terry Cronin, JDPSN.  Terry Cronin, JDPSN started practicing Zen and Christian contemplation in 1980 while a  student at Yale Divinity School. Since 1986, he has trained in the Kwan Um School of Zen. He  is  Guiding teacher at the Northern Light Zen Center in Topsham, Maine, and received inka  from  Zen Master Soeng Hyang in April 2014. For the past 21 years he has worked in a variety  of roles  for hospice programs, currently serving as a hospice chaplain.

 The deadline for registration is Thursday, August 27, 2015.  If you are interested please email us at D6F636E2F6F686169704E656A777F6461656D6E65607F6 or call (781) 652-8303 for registration. We also need a retreat organizer and a cook so if you can help please let us know.

 Time:  6:15am to 4:00pm (please see note below)

Place: Open Meadow Zen, 212 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421 (Please park your car behind the barn) 


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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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