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Yong Maeng Jong Jin (YMJJ) Retreat
Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion. Yong Maeng Jong Jin means "to leap like a tiger while sitting," a Korean term traditionally used to describe intensive Zen meditation. It points to the state of clarity and wisdom we experience that is both relaxed and wide like space, and clear and meticulous as the tip of a needle, so that we can use our experience to help ourselves and this world, moment to moment.

2015 Upcoming YMJJ Retreat Schedule
All YMJJ retreats consist of sitting and walking meditation, bowing, chanting, kong-an interviews, formal meals and work practice.

Upcoming retreats will be held at CZC on the following dates:

Dec 13
One Day Retreat with Zen Master Bon Yeon (Jane McLaughlin-Dobisz)

Jan 9-10
2 day YMJJ with Barry Briggs, JDPSN

2 day YMJJ date and teacher to be determined

Mar 12-13
2 day YMJJ with Nancy Brown Hedgpeth, JDPSN

Apr 23-24
2 day YMJJ with Zen Master Bon Shim

May 14-15
2 day YMJJ with Zen Master Wu Kwang

Jun 11-12
2 day YMJJ with Zen Master Bon Shim

Entry Times

  • Newcomers: Orientation is Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and Sunday at 8:00 a.m. (Only one orientation is necessary.)
  • Previous Retreatants: 4:30 a.m. on Saturday or Sunday. If you are coming from a distance, it is possible to enter at 8:00 a.m.
  • Another optional entry time is at 6:15 p.m. on the evening before a retreat day for which you have registered.

Completing Registration

The CZC office (617-576-3229) is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Registration for each retreat ends at noon on the Thursday before the retreat. The costs for our retreat: $35 per day for college students with ID as well as Dharma Teachers and Dharma Teachers in Training in the Kwan Um School of Zen (KUSZ); $45 per day for senior citizens and members of the KUSZ; and $65 per day for the general public.

Registration for our one-day retreat on December 13 is now open. Please register using our secure online form.

Overnight Retreat Lodging

Those who live a short distance from Cambridge Zen Center may wish to sleep at home during our retreats. Staying at Cambridge Zen Center during a retreat is available and included in the retreat fee. You are welcome to stay with us the night before any day of retreat. If you are sitting both days of a weekend retreat, you are welcome to spend Friday and Saturday night, or just Saturday night. Once you have registered, please let our director know your plans by emailing D6F636E2E656A7567646962726D616360427F6473656279646.

Transportation & Parking

We are located not far from the Central Square T stop at 199 Auburn Street between Magazine and River. Parking in Cambridge is tightly enforced every day of the week except Sunday, when you can park anywhere in our neighborhood. There is a public city-owned garage on Green Street a few blocks away. At many times of year, we may be able to accommodate your car in our lot or provide a parking permit for leaving your car on the street; just ask.

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