The Kwan Um
School of Zen Korean Buddhist Chogye Order
December 2013 Newsletter
Meditation Practice - Unitarian
Church of Barnstable, Route 6A, Barnstable Village (downstairs - last room on
the left, at the end of the hall). Tuesday
mornings 8:00-9:30 a.m. Chanting,
sitting and walking meditation, discussions; newcomers especially welcome!
Meditation Practice - CCZC,
169 North Main Street, South Yarmouth
Sunday mornings 6:00 – 8:00 a.m. - Bowing,
chanting and two periods of sitting meditation
Monday evenings 6:30 - 8:15 p.m. - Special
and regular chanting, one period of sitting meditation
Wednesday mornings 6:00 – 8:00 a.m. -
Bowing, chanting and two periods of sitting meditation
Friday evenings* 6:30 - 8:15 p.m. – Special
chanting, 2 periods of sitting/walking meditation; anyone is welcome at any
practice, but Fridays are especially for guests and newcomers, with interviews
every Friday except for the last Friday of the month (this month – December
27th), when there will be a Dharma Talk and questions & answers.
– For Meditation Instruction at Cape Cod
169 North Main Street
in South Yarmouth, please set up an
appointment by phoning Tim (508-776-4741).
Please contact Head Dharma
Teacher Tim if Formal Practice times do not fit with your schedule.
CCZC Events (more information available on CCZC web site
Memorial Ceremony Workshop at CCZC –
9:30-noon on Saturday, December 21st, at CCZC; further
information will be sent out
Events – Precepts
Ceremony Workshop, 9:30-noon on Saturday, January 4th, at CCZC;
further information will be sent out
Plymouth Zen Group (PZG)
The Plymouth Zen Group
(PZG), under the leadership of Senior Dharma Teacher Craig Richards, PZG Abbot,
meets every Wednesday evening from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at 26 North Street, in
downtown Plymouth, MA.
PZG already has a large, active group; come to Plymouth
and sit with us! The Plymouth Zen Group web
site is: http://plymouthzen.com
Plymouth Zen Group December Events - PZG will have
with Senior Dharma Teacher Craig Richards,
during practice on Wednesday evening (7-8:30
p.m.), December 11th.
School - The Kwan Um School of Zen web site is www.kwanumzen.org
Corner: November was another
wonderful month at Cape Cod Zen Center.
Highlights included Barry Briggs JDPSN at Plymouth Zen Group on Wednesday
the 20th, Briggs PSN interviews on 11/22, and Briggs PSN leading a
wonderful, well attended One Day Retreat at CCZC on Saturday the 23rd. Bodhisattva Action Thanks - big thanks to
many for Bodhisattva action: being HDT or Moktak Master, doing morning or
Evening Bell Chants, giving talks and answering questions, bringing altar
flowers, etc. There will be a Precepts Ceremony, in Rhode Island, on Saturday,
December 7th; please see Jim or Timothy if you wish information about, or are
interested in taking, Precepts. We
especially encourage you to sit retreats with our Guiding Teacher, Zen Master
Bon Yeon. Please come practice or sit
Retreat with us when you can.
Yours in the Dharma, Jim
Sequence by Zen Master
Do you know an elevator’s job? Many people can push the button wanting
the elevator, but the elevator only comes when the proper floor and direction
appears. When the elevator is going up, it only stops for up-buttons and coming
down it only stops for down-buttons. The elevator understands its correct
action sequence. That is only going straight. If you put your mind in order,
then it works the same as a computer. Then you will understand your correct
action sequence. That is correct opinion, correct condition, and correct
situation—Zen mind. Also, that is great love and great compassion mind. If you
want that mind you must make your “I, My, Me” disappear. If you don’t hold your
opinion, your condition or your situation, then your original high-class
computer will work correctly. So, you must practice every day.
Your true self is always shining and free
Human beings make something and enter the ocean
Only without thinking can you return to your true
The high mountain is always blue, white clouds
Master Seung Sahn
Teacher: Zen Master
Bon Yeon (Jane Dobisz)
CCZC Abbot: Bodhisattva
James Calvin •
CCZC Do Gam/Head Dharma Teacher: Senior Dharma
PZG Abbot: Senior Dharma
Teacher Craig Richards PZG 781-733-9361 PZG Vice Abbot:
Group – DTIT Jonathan Earle
Cape Cod Zen Center
169 North Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA
02664 • 508-760-1814
email@example.com • http://www.capecodzen.com
If you wish to thoroughly understand
All the Buddhas of past, present and future,
Then you should view the nature of the whole universe
As being created by the mind alone.
--Gautama Buddha, Avatamsaka Sutra
Don't want anything.
Don't make anything.
Don't hold anything.
Don't attach to
-Seung Sahn Zen Master