The Human Route
that is human.
When you are born, where do you come from?
When you die, where do you go?
Life is like a floating cloud
Death is like a floating cloud
The floating cloud itself
Originally does not exist.
Life and death, coming and going,
are also like that.
But there is one thing
which always remains clear.
It is pure and clear,
not depending on life and death.
Then what is the one
pure and clear thing?
--Ancient Zen poem
Through the Cambridge Zen Center, programs for Zen meditation are accessible both at the center and at various
locations throughout the greater Boston area. At our center, extensive training is also available for deepening
our path of the bodhisattva. Opportunities for longer retreats and kyol che (three month long Zen meditation
retreats) are also available through the affiliated Kwan Um School of Zen temples and centers worldwide.
Zen training consists of formal and informal training. Formal training is provided at our center following the
tradition and forms of Korean Zen Buddhist teaching and principles. Sitting, bowing and chanting are the
main practice forms, along with kong-an interviews with a Zen master or Ji Do Poep Sa Nim (certified teacher).
Practice is available morning and evening, 365 days a year. Retreats from one day up to three months are offered
for extensive meditation experience.
Informally, the center provides residential and non-residential training in community life. Zen master Seung Sahn
teaches us that the best way to attain enlightenment and change our karma is by living and practicing together.
Through the structure and support of living together, we can skillfully use our practice in our everyday life to
help all beings in all situations, moment to moment.