Cape Cod Zen Center  

CCZC Vice Abbot Ann

          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
December 2017 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

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 (December tentatively 12/29) - a 7 p.m. Dharma Talk at CCZC.

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

December CCZC Events – TBA

Future CCZC Events – TBA

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 December Events – PZG Dharma Talk and PZG Consulting Interviews – to be announced; see PZG web site (above).

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

Abbot' s Corner: Things are changing at CCZC. The CCZC Board of Directors met on 10/9; with Barry PSN moving, we voted to ask Terry Cronin JDPSN to be out new Guiding Teacher. Terry PSN accepted our invitation; we are awaiting the Kwan Um Teachers Group to approve that. Big thanks to Barry Briggs JDPSN for being our Guiding Teacher for three years. To Barry: words cannot express the gratitude I/we have for your teaching, your many CCZC retreats, your work as our Guiding Teacher, and your example of Zen practice and life. Thank you!! We wish you well “out west” and we hope that you will return for Sangha weekends, and that we see you in the future. There will be a Precepts Ceremony, on Saturday 12/2, at Providence Zen Center in RI; Ann will be taking Senior Dharma Teacher Precepts; BIG thanks, Ann! 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. Come to CCZC practice, and see/use our new comfy chairs!       Yours in the Dharma, Jim

T-shirts: we have t-shirts available – for a small donation. We have light brown “What Would Tim Do” t-shirts available in a variety of sizes. These support CCZC, and honor Tim’s contributions to CCZC. See Jim – at Friday Practice.

Teacher’s Teaching: Cannot Practice Buddhism   by Zen Master Dae Kwang
Buddhism has a very radical teaching: there's no process, there's only this moment. You're always in the moment, but you think you aren't. That's all. Tell me the truth, does anybody ever have the past? If you can bring me even one molecule of it, you'll win the Nobel Prize in physics. You can think about the past, but you can never get it. The same is true of the future. Buddhism says that the past is dead and the future is just a dream. Maybe it's a good dream, or maybe it's a bad dream, but it's just a kind of dream. If you cut off all thinking, past and future are the same. That's very interesting; it means you can't ever practice Buddhism. It's not possible. We say, "practice Buddhism" or "practice Zen," but that's a mistake. It's not practice — it's your life, moment to moment to moment.

Right now, Buddha is born. Not 2,500 years ago. Right now is the awakening of Buddha. Zen can seem esoteric, but it's not about some strange thing. It's about finding our true self and manifesting it right now in the moment we live in.      Zen Master Bon Soeng

CCZC Guiding Teacher: Dharma Master Barry Briggs JDPSN
New CCZC Guiding Teacher: Terrry Cronin JDPSN
CCZC Abbot: Bodhisattva Teacher James Calvin
PZG Abbot: Senior Dharma Teacher Craig Richards     PZG 781-733-9361

Cape Cod Zen Center
169 North Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664 •

Sentient beings only know how to know; the don’t know how to “Don’t Know”…. Zen Master Mang Gong

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.