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Hello Sangha Members,

Cambridge Zen Center announcements for the week beginning May 22nd, 2016.

Dharma Talk on Thursday May 26th at 7:30pm 


The intro talk will be given by Mark O'Leary.  Mark is a Dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen.  He began studying meditation in 1995 and practiced in a variety of meditative traditions before becoming a Zen student in 2008. He holds ten precepts in the Kwan Um School of Zen and practices at the Cambridge Zen Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A former actor, television producer, folk musician, and truck driver, Mark currently works as a volunteer with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections teaching mindfulness meditation as part of a social and emotional intelligence curriculum at several state prisons. He also facilitates weekly Zen meditation groups for inmates and periodic retreats in correctional facilities. He lives in Boston with his wife Nancy. They have three adult children.

Answering questions will be Zen Master Bon Shim. Aleksandra Porter met Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1978 and started practicing under his guidance. She moved to Warsaw Zen Center in 1988 and served as abbot there for many years. She received inka in 1992 from Zen Master Seung Sahn and transmission in 2006 from Zen Master Wu Bong. She is the Guiding Teacher of many KUSZ centers and groups in Poland and Spain, and travels and teaches extensively in Europe, the USA, and recently also in Korea.

YMJJ Retreat with Zen Master Bon Shim, Aleksandra Porter June 11-12th


Orientation for newcomers is Saturday and Sunday at 8am. You can register here, by writing to D6F636E2E656A7567646962726D616360427F6473656279646, or by calling 617 576-3229. Please register with payment by June 9th at noon payable by PayPal on our online retreat page. Checks received by deadline also okay. Limited work-study available.  Vegetarian meals and accommodation included.

$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

  Eye-Opening Ceremony, Sunday June 26th at 3pm

On June 26th CZC will replace its long-serving Buddha statue with a statue of Kwan Seum Bosal, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.  In keeping with tradition, we'll welcome the new statue with a ceremony.   We'll see the statue for the first time; it will see us for the first time.   May it support all beings in awakening!

Please join us for this one hour ceremony, followed by refreshments. 


Providence Zen Center, in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

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 Saturday July 23rd TBA
Saturday 23rd to Saturday July 30th
Paul Majchrzyk JDPSN
Saturday July 30th to Friday July August 5th Zen Master Soeng Hyang

Please register online at

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

Now is your chance!   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

Dear Sangha,

PBS came to Cambridge Zen Center  recently to include Zen Master Bon Yeon and some practitioners in a short on-line video about unplugging in its' Religion and Ethics forum.   It's called "Digital Addiction" and our part begins at about 5 minute in.   Check it out!

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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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