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Weekly Announcements
Hello Sangha Members,

Cambridge Zen Center announcements for the week beginning September 14th, 2014.

Dharma talk Thursday, September 18th at 7:30pm at the Cambridge Zen Center 


The intro talk will be given by Andrew Wood. Andrew has been a member of the KUSZ for five years and a resident of CZC for three.  He took his Dharma Teacher-in-Training precepts two years ago and is our Housemaster. He is a psychotherapist in private practice.

Answering questions will be Abbot and Senior Dharma Teacher Tom Johnson.  Tom is the Abbot of Cambridge Zen Center and a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen.  He is a long-time member of the Board of Directors at Cambridge Zen Center and has taught Zen for many years at the Adult Education center in Brookline.  He has a “Dear Abbot” feature on our website and has produced over 150 short videos of Dharma Talks on UTube.   He is a lawyer and manages law offices in Boston and Connecticut.   He is father of two and grandfather of two.


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

 YMJJ September 27-28 with guest teacher Koen Vermeulen, JDPSN

Koen Vermeulen JDPSN began practicing in the Kwan Um School of Zen in 1992.   He trained at Paris Zen Center and completed a three month Kyol Che retreat in 1998.  He received Inka from Zen Master Wu Bong in Do AM Sah Temple in Poland in March 2013. 

Koen received a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the university of KU Leuven in 1989 and in Quantitaf Marketing from the University of Grenoble-II in 1990.  In his current job of Secretary General of the Belgian Buddhist Union, he is in contact with many Buddhist associations.  The main projects are related to the recognition of Buddhism in Belgium and to training programs in Buddhist philosophy and ethics, Buddhist counseling in the health sector, and prison work.

Koen Poep Sa lives with his wife and two sons at Brussels Zen Center.   In his free time he loves to compose music and play piano.

  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.

2014 Dharma Teacher Retreat for all DTIT's, DT's and SDT's at PZC this weekend, September 20-21st

Please join us for the 2014 Dharma Teacher Retreat on September 20 & 21 at the Providence Zen Center in Cumberland, RI. As many previous attendees will tell you, each retreat gets better and better – and we’re sure this will be the best so far! Anyone who is a Dharma Teacher in Training, Dharma Teacher, Senior Dharma Teacher or Bodhisattva Teacher with the Kwan Um School of Zen is welcome to attend! Registration is now open. Please return to this page and check your emails for more detailed information as it becomes available.

All sessions and workshops have not yet been finalized, but you will find a preliminary schedule below.   To register go to:

Preliminary Schedule

Saturday, September 20
5:00…… Practice
7:00…… Breakfast
8:00…… Coffee with the Teachers & Registration
9:00…… Introductions & Opening Exercise
10:00…. Plenary Session
11:00….. Breakout Sessions
12:00….. Lunch; Open AA Meeting (upstairs dharma room)
1:30……. Breakout Sessions
4:00……. Free time
5:00……. Dinner
6:00……. Chanting
7:15……… Refreshments & Movie

Sunday, September 21
5:00……. Practice
7:00……. Breakfast
8:15…….. Breakout Sessions
12:00…… Closing Circle Talk
1:00…….. Lunch



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Open Meadow Zen in Lexington

One-Day retreat on October 5th

The Open Meadow Zen Group was founded by Zen Master Bon Haeng (Mark Houghton). We meet every Monday and Wednesday nights (7:30 pm), Monday morning (6:30 am), and Friday morning (6:30 am) for regular meditation practice which includes sitting, walking meditation, chanting, and a short Dharma reading. Practice takes place in the tranquil Dharma room, with expansive views of town conservation land. The property is located at 212 Marrett Rd (Rt 2A), Lexington, Massachusetts. Regular Kong-An (Koan) interviews with Zen Master Bon Haeng are conducted as part of the evening practice. All practitioners are welcome; please call 617-512-2518, email D6F636E2F6F686169704E656A777F6461656D6E65607F6 or visit

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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