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                      The Kwan Um School of Zen    Korean Buddhist Chogye Order

Cape Cod Zen Center

March 2014 Newsletter

Informal 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!

CCZC Formal 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.  NOTE – this month, 3/28, there will NOT be a Dharma Talk at CCZC; instead, everyone is encouraged to go to the Dharma Talk with Barry Briggs JDPSN, at 7 p.m. on 3/28, at Plymouth Zen Group, 26 North Street in downtown Plymouth, MA.

Meditation Instruction – For Meditation Instruction at Cape Cod Zen Center, 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.

March CCZC Events – 1) Friday 3/28 7 p.m. Barry Briggs PSN at Plymouth Zen Group; 2) Saturday 3/29 9:15-3:30 One Day Retreat at CCZC in South Yarmouth with Barry Briggs JDPSN; further information will be sent out.

 (more information available on CCZC web site

Future CCZC Events to be announced.

The 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:

Plymouth Zen Group March Events – 1) PZG will have Consulting Interviews, with Senior Dharma Teacher Craig Richards, during practice on Wednesday evening (7-8:30 p.m.), March 12th; 2) Friday 3/28 7 p.m. Barry Briggs PSN Talk at Plymouth Zen Group.

Our School - The Kwan Um School of Zen web site is

Abbot' s Corner: February was another wonderful month at Cape Cod Zen Center. 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, sitting Kyol Che and/or Heart Kyol Che, bringing altar flowers, etc.  We are looking forward to our 3/29 CCZC Retreat with Barry Briggs JDPSN.  There will be a Precepts Ceremony, in Rhode Island, in early April; 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

Teacher’s Teaching: Bodhisattva Vow  by Zen Master Soeng Hyang

In order to have a great vow to attain enlightenment and save all people from suffering, one has to understand suffering.  Sometimes more suffering is necessary, that is sad but true.  Once suffering has reached a saturation point, most humans urgently want to find a way out of this suffering.  The “Bodhisattva Vow” appears when suffering and love become one.  This “Bodhisattva Vow” allows wisdom, compassion and generosity to deepen their roots into the ground of patience, endurance and urgency.

CCZC Guiding Teacher: Zen Master Bon Yeon (Jane Dobisz)

CCZC Abbot: Bodhisattva Teacher James Calvin 508-362-2410

CCZC Do Gam/Head Dharma Teacher: Senior Dharma Teacher Timothy Woollard 508-776-4741

PZG Abbot: Senior Dharma Teacher Craig Richards  PZG 781-733-9361  PZG Vice Abbot: Siobhan Green

Marlboro College (VT) Sitting Group – DTIT Jonathan Earle

Cape Cod Zen Center

169 North Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664 508-760-1814

Don't want anything.
Don't make anything.
Don't hold anything.

Don't attach to anything.
-Seung Sahn Zen Master

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

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