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Weekly Announcements
Hello Sangha Members,

Cambridge Zen Center announcements for the week beginning June 19th, 2016.

Dharma Talk this Thursday June 23th at 7:30pm 


The intro talk will be given by Andy Wood. Andy is a Dharma Teacher in Training in the Kwan Um School of Zen. He became a resident of CZC since 2005. He's served on the Board of Directors, and as our Garden Master and Work Master. He's a 6th grade teacher in the Newton Public Schools and the co-founder and co-director of the Boston Area Mindful Educators Network. Andy is in the middle of a sabbatical year to pursue intensive practice. He completed a 100-day retreat in Western Massachusetts, Winter Kyol Che in Korea, and he is just back from a month-long solo retreat in Maine.

Answering questions will be Senior Dharma Teacher Jean Murphy. Jean is a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen who began practicing at the Cambridge Zen Center in 1997.  She also practices at the Providence Zen Center and frequently at Open Meadow.  She lives in Winchester and has two grown children. She works as a Business Systems Analyst in the Health Insurance Industry.


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

  Eye-Opening Ceremony, this Sunday June 26th at 3pm with refreshments.

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. 

Zen Iconography Workshop

 this Saturday, June 25, 10:45 a.m.

Learn about the various Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Discover why the altar has rice, water and incense offerings. Find out about the ferocious guys who protect the Dharma.

You’ll learn this and more in an engaging workshop with Senior Dharma Teacher Seonjoon Young. Seonjoon trained for many years in Korea as a monastic and will help us uncover the significance of the various images associated with traditional Zen practice.

Please register in advance by emailing the director. $5 donation to cover the cost of materials.

Precepts meeting this Sunday, June 26th at 11:45am after long sitting

Taking precepts is a powerful practice and the path of Bodhisattvas. By keeping precepts, not only do we cultivate a strong center, but we also perform the highest service to all sentient beings. The upcoming precepts ceremony will be August 6th at PZC. If anyone is interested in taking precepts or would just like to know more about precepts, a meeting will be held at CZC on June 26th at 11:45am after long sitting.   Everyone is welcome to participate, ask questions, share information or simply come and listen to the discussion. Dharma Teachers and Dharma Teachers in training are encouraged to join.  Applications are due to KUSZ 10 days in advance of the ceremony.   


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 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 July August 5th Zen Master Soeng Hyang

Please register online at


We are looking for a few essays for our next newsletter. If you are a member and have taken 5 precepts and you can submit a short piece that is based on your own personal experience of practicing the Dharma; perhaps why you do it, what happened? and tying 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. Two pages double-spaced approximately.  It will be edited professionally and needs to be submitted by the end of July to D6F636E2E656A7567646962726D616360427F6473656279646. You contribution will be much appreciated.   

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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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