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Weekly Announcements
Hello Sangha Members,

Cambridge Zen Center announcements for the week beginning July 24th, 2016.

Dharma Talk this Thursday July 28th 7:30pm 


The intro talk will be given by Emily Levin. Emily holds 5 precepts in the Kwan Um School of Zen and has been a resident of Cambridge Zen Center for the past two years. She is a neuroscientist working at Boston University.  She will begin a PhD program in cognitive science at Brown University this fall.  She enjoys practicing with inmates at MCI Shirley. She has just completed two weeks of Kyol Che at Diamond Hill Monastery. 


Answering questions will be Zen Master Soeng Hyang (Barbara Rhodes). Zen Master Soeng Hyang is the School Zen Master and Guiding Dharma Teacher of the Kwan Um School of Zen. She received dharma transmission from Zen Master Seung Sahn on October 10, 1992. She was one of Zen Master Seung Sahn's first American students and studied with him since 1972. She was given inka in 1977. A registered nurse since 1969, she worked for Hospice Care of Rhode Island for many years. She helped found Providence Zen Center, and lived there for seventeen years, serving in a number of administrative capacities. She also initiated Providence Zen Center's ongoing series of Christian-Buddhist gatherings. Zen Master Soeng Hyang has a daughter and grandaughter and lives with her wife Mary, in Berkeley, California. 

 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 August 20-21st

Led by Steven Cohen,  JDPSN

You can participate in either day or both days

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 60) you have the option of entering the retreat up until 10 am and also leaving before the evening begins at 6:30 or 7:30 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


Essays needed for our newsletter

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!


*Last two entry times are Wednesday and Saturday

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

 Founder's Day & Precepts Ceremony at Providence Zen Center August 6th*

*Call for rides or to offer rides to Cumberland, R. I.


9:00 am Sangha coffee hour with the teachers

10:00 am Founder’s Day Ceremony

11:30 pm lunch

3:00 pm Precepts Ceremony

5:00 pm dinner

6:00 pm evening chanting

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, please go to our website at and click on the "Video of the Week" button. If you missed it, or want to hear it again, check it out!

Cambridge Zen Center is active on social media. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Meetup!

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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