Abbot Jim, Vice Abbot Tim

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 Guiding Teacher, Dharma Master Barry Briggs JDPSN; and 3) our Vice Abbot and Senior Dharma Teacher Tim, and Abbot and Bodhisattva Teacher Jim.

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 -

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

 Cape Cod Zen Center  

Please see our latest CCZC Newsletter, below.

The Kwan Um School of Zen    Korean Buddhist Chogye Order
Cape Cod Zen Center
December 2016 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

Monday evenings 6:30 - 8:15 p.m. - Special and regular chanting, one period of sitting meditation

Friday evenings 6:30 - 8:15 p.m. – Chanting, two periods of sitting/walking meditation

Anyone is welcome at any practice, but Friday evenings are especially for guests and newcomers, with interviews every Friday evening except for the last Friday of the month (December – 12/30) - a 7 p.m. Dharma Talk at CCZC.

Meditation Instruction – For Meditation Instruction at Cape Cod Zen Center, 169 North Main Street in South Yarmouth; please set up an appointment by e-mailing us at

December CCZC Events – A One Day Retreat at CCZC with Terry Cronin JDPSN, on Saturday, December 10th.

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 December Events – 1) PZG Abbot Craig will be answering questions following a Dharma Talk, on December 7th; 2) PZG will have Consulting Interviews with Senior Dharma Teacher Craig Richards, during practice on Wednesday evening, December 14th.

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

Abbot' s Corner: November was sadly marked by the death on November 2nd of our dear friend and Cape Cod Zen Center Vice Abbot Timothy Woollard; a 49 Day Ceremony will be held at Providence Zen Center on Tuesday, December 20th. Thanks to Zen Master Bon Haeng for coming to CCZC and doing interviews. Bodhisattva Action Thanks – for being HDT or Moktak Master, doing Bell Chants, giving talks and answering questions, updating web site or Facebook. And big thanks to those who made generous donations to CCZC. There will be a Precepts Ceremony at PZC in RI, on December 3rd; please see Jim if you wish information about, or are interested in taking, Precepts. We especially encourage you to sit retreats with our Guiding Teacher, Barry Briggs JDPSN.
Yours in the Dharma, Jim

Teacher’s Teaching: Correct Way  by Zen Master Dae Bong
Our great grandteacher, Man Gong Sunim, was once asked, "Why don't more people practice Zen?" He said, "Everybody wants a good thing, but most people don't understand that when you get a good thing you also get a bad thing. If they understood that, then they would practice Zen."
So our life is not about getting good things and avoiding bad things. It is about attaining how to correctly use each thing that appears. Good things come, we use them to go the correct way; bad things come, we use them to go the correct way.

Regardless of what you decide to do with your life, if you try something like meditation (and there are many kinds in the world), you can make peace. Not just good feeling, you can let your wisdom come out. Wisdom is not something we carry around in our head. That is like knowledge from books. Wisdom means this moment becoming one with the world and correct action appears without thinking about it. You all have done that at some time.     Zen Master Dae Bong

CCZC Guiding Teacher: Dharma Master Barry Briggs JDPSN
CCZC Abbot: Bodhisattva Teacher James Calvin • 508-362-2410
PZG Abbot: Senior Dharma Teacher Craig Richards  PZG 781-733-9361

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

The root of suffering is attachment.
                             The Buddha​​

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