CCZC Abbot Jim

We are happy and honored that you are visiting our web site. As a religious organization, we are always striving to find new ways to get our message out to current and prospective members. This web site allows us to reach people we may never have been able to contact before.
Please use this site to access the information you need about the Cape Cod Zen Center, and the Kwan Um School of Zen - as a resource for broadening your faith. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you might have. Pictured is 1) our Dharma (meditation) Room; 2) our CCZC Abbot, Bodhisattva Teacher Jim; and 3) our Vice Abbot Ann.

Please see our latest CCZC Newsletter, BELOW.

The Kwan Um School of Zen    Korean Buddhist Chogye Order
Cape Cod Zen Center
July 2018 Newsletter

Informal Meditation Practice - Unitarian Church of Barnstable, Route 6A, in Barnstable Village. We meet in the Library, behind the Sanctuary, upstairs. Tuesday mornings 8:00-9:15 a.m. Chanting, sitting and walking meditation, and discussions. Newcomers especially welcome!


CCZC Formal Meditation Practice - CCZC, 169 North Main Street, South Yarmouth

Sunday mornings 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. – chanting, sitting/walking meditation

Tuesday evenings 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. – Chanting, two periods of sitting/walking meditation.

Friday evenings 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. – Chanting, two periods of sitting/walking meditation. Interviews every Friday evening except for the last Friday of the month - a 6:30 p.m. Buddhist film (July – 7/27).

Meditation Instruction – For Meditation Instruction at Cape Cod Zen Center: please set up an appointment by e-mailing us at


July CCZC Events – Friday, 7/27 at 6:30 p.m. – Buddhist film and discussion,

Future CCZC Events – 1) The Last Friday of the Month film/discussion will continue through summer; 2) Saturday, September 22nd – One Day Retreat at CCZC with our Guiding Teacher, Terry Cronin JDPSN; 3) Monday, October 1st at 6:30 p.m. at CCZC – the annual CCZC Board of Directors meeting.

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 July Events – PZG Dharma Talk and PZG Consulting Interviews – to be announced; see PZG web site (


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


Summer Kyol Che at Providence Zen Center - July 7th to August 3rd. Summer Kyol Che is during July at Providence Zen Center; go to and click on Kyol Che for further information and registration. Sitting Kyol Che  - wonderful!!


CCZC Chanting Books. Some of our Chanting Books have “gone missing”; if have borrowed a CCZC chanting book, please return it to our Dharma Room. For help with chanting, go to the Kwan Um web site (above); it has both the words and audio - for all chants.


Abbot' s Corner: In June, we had a wonderful Kyol Che 4 Bowl Meal Workshop, led by our Vice Abbot Ann, and Siobhan. We also added Tuesday evening (6:30 p.m.) practice to our practice schedule; big thanks to Mark for initiating that! We will have a Buddhist film (with discussion) series, the last Friday of each month, this summer. There will be a Precepts ceremony on Saturday, August 4th – at Providence Zen Center; please see Jim or Craig if you wish information about, or are interested in taking, Precepts. We especially encourage you to sit retreats with our Guiding Teacher, Terry PSN. Come to CCZC practice, and see/use our new comfy chairs!       Yours in the Dharma, Jim

Teacher’s Teaching: Kong-an Practice  by Zen Master Bon Haeng

Kong-an practice means pulling the rug out from under your thinking. When you do this, it becomes starkly clear that thinking has nothing to do with your true nature. Your true nature is before thinking. Kong-ans can't be approached with your thinking, they must be approached with your confidence. This means asking, "Do I believe in myself? Can I trust life's experience this very moment?" We may think that confidence is an encyclopedia salesperson ringing a doorbell, confident in what she's selling. This isn't confidence, this is selling yourself something, selling yourself an idea and making it so strong, you can't be open to the universe. True confidence is completely accepting your not-knowing. It's accepting that no one knows and understanding that this is okay. When you do this, your universe becomes bigger. But when you take one idea, formulate something, and become attached to it, your universe shrinks. So let your universe become large. Let your sitting be without boundaries, and a good answer will appear all by itself.


A monk asked a Master, "I just became a monk and would like to know how to enter Buddhahood."
The master said, "Do you hear the waterfall?"
"Yes I do" replied the monk.
The Master said, "Enter there."


CCZC Guiding Teacher: Dharma Master Terry Cronin JDPSN

CCZC Abbot: Bodhisattva Teacher Jim Calvin

CCZC Vice Abbot: Senior Dharma Teacher Ann Miller

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

Cape Cod Zen Center

169 North Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664 •


The Great Way is not difficult
for those who have no preferences.
When love and hate are both absent
everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Make the smallest distinction, however,
and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.
                     - Hsin Hsin Ming, Seng Ts'an

Welcome to our Cape Cod Zen Center web site! 

The photo below shows our Cape Cod Zen Center Dharma Room (meditation room)! On this home page we'll introduce ourselves and highlight our schedule and important events. For Meditation Instruction, please see the Meditation Instruction page (in the tabs, above); thanks! For Membership, please see CCZC Membership page. Cape Cod Zen Center is a Zen center of the Kwan Um School of Zen -

Plymouth Zen Group 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:

CCZC Dharma Room

There are be 7 p.m. Interviews at CCZC, 169 North Main Street in South Yarmouth, on Friday evenings. LAST Friday of the month - Dharma Talk.

CCZC Vice Abbot Ann

 Cape Cod Zen Center