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Weekly Announcements
Hello Sangha Members,

Cambridge Zen Center announcements for the week beginning August 31st, 2014.

Dharma talk Thursday, September 4th at 7:30pm at the Cambridge Zen Center 


The intro talk will be given by Willy  Garver.  Willy began her Zen practice in 1989, when she moved to Geneva, Switzerland. She became a Dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen in 2011.   She is a member of the Open Meadow Zen Sangha in Lexington. She lives in Lexington with her husband.    She is an artist and a grandmother.  

Answering questions is 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 has practiced at the Providence Zen Center and frequently at Open Meadow.  She lives in Winchester and has two grown children. She is a health care data analyst.


 Please check out our exciting new Zen Store after the talk! T-shirts, jewelry, malas, Zen books for sale and more!

Providence Zen Center One Day Retreat this Saturday

in beautiful Cumberland, Rhode Island

One day retreats consist of sitting and walking meditation from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm followed by an informal meal. Includes kong-an teaching interviews with a zen teacher. There is an orientation at 8:45 am for first-time retreat members. Prior meditation experience or attendance at a meditation instruction class is recommended.

Prices: non members $65, members $45, Dharma teachers and Dharma teachers in training $35

To register for your retreat online – fill out the retreat registration form at

Save the Date YMJJ September 27-28 with guest teacher from Belgium.

Retreat cost:  (50% deposit required for registration, which you can do on the retreat page or by mailing a check to CZC.)  You can register for either day or both, just let us know.        

$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 for students with ID

Limited work-study available.

Orientation for newcomers: Saturday 8:00 am & Sunday 8:00 am

Registration by Thursday, September 25ths at noon by writing to D6F636E2E656A7567646962726D616360427F6473656279646

or calling 617 576-3229.



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.


Canoe Trip/Picnic Sunday, September 14th at 9am.

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!   $20 to hold reservation. Please email or call with your reservation.  Payment in advance is appreciated!  Two people in each canoe and a third can fit in the middle but cannot row. (Bring your children!) We'll carpool at 9am from CZC.  Foote Brothers most popular trip, this takes about four hours plus stopping for picnic and swimming (optional).  Paddle downstream to Willowdale Dam through the wildlife sanctuary, state parks and Wenham wetlands.   


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, just click on the button above. (You can also put the address in your brower.) So, if you missed it, or want to hear it again, check it out!

You Can Be a Part of It!

We appreciate your practice at the Cambridge Zen Center. Please consider becoming a member here. Your membership dues help support teaching activities on a local, national and international level. As one of the Three Jewels, Sangha, or community, is precious beyond measure. The infusion of strength we feel when we become connected to a practicing community cannot be underestimated. If you enjoy coming here to practice, or find our teacher's talks helpful, or benefit from interviews; please understand that membership is what makes this all possible. There are also many tangible benefits that come from membership; from discounts on retreats and guest stays, to receiving Primary Point magazine and newsletters from the Kwan Um school.

It's very simple: you can find an application on our website at, under "Membership" and either mail it or fax it to PZC. Or go directly to:  There are also applications in our reception room on the top shelf. Please call 617-576-3229 if you’d like more information. Thank you!

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.

Your questions answered on our website!

If you have any questions please check out our website. There is a section called "Dear Abbot" where you can ask any kind of question and it will be answered by our Abbot. You can choose to remain anonymous.


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