Cape Cod Zen Center  

CCZC Vice Abbot Ann

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:

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Cape Cod Zen Center

September 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 Dharma Talk and Q & A (September – 9/28).


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


September CCZC Events – 1) Saturday, September 15th – mid-morning to mid-afternoon – Work Practice at CCZC; see Mark or Jim for details; 2) Saturday, September 22nd – One Day Retreat at CCZC with our Guiding Teacher, Terry Cronin JDPSN.

Future CCZC Events – Monday, October 1st at 6:30 p.m. at CCZC – the annual CCZC Board of Directors meeting; important issues to be discussed.


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 September Events – PZG Dharma Talk and PZG Consulting Interviews – to be announced; see PZG web site ( In addition, our Guiding Teacher Terry Cronin JDPSN will be at PZG at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 22nd (following his retreat at CCZC on 9/22) – in celebration of PZG’s ninth anniversary.


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


Did you know? Our CCZC web site averages 2,500 “hits” per month!


Abbot' s Corner: This summer, we are enjoyed our CCZC “last Friday of the month” films. Our Board of Directors meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, October 1st at CCZC; an important meeting; anyone is welcome (but only Board members can vote on issues). There will be a Precepts ceremony in early December – 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 – including our CCZC retreat on Saturday, September 22nd. Come to CCZC practice, and see/use our new comfy chairs!

Yours in the Dharma, Jim


Teacher’s Teaching:  Holding the Past – Zen Master Dae Bong

Question: Why can’t we stop thinking about the past, why can’t we live here and now? I know that the past is already over, but I still always hold it, especially towards things or people that disappointed me.

Zen Master Dae Bong: Oh you can! You just like holding the past. That’s a habit. Not complete. So, holding, holding, holding. You have to understand Buddha’s teaching is YOU made your world. I made my world. Dog made dog’s world. So you have to recover your power. Then if you don’t like your world, you can change it. How? Change inside! Change the way you hold things, or check things, or attach to things, or want things. You’re already doing this when you sit. Your mind appears. Wanting mind, attaching mind, checking mind, holding mind, appears. When you see that, put it down! Cut it! [Hits the table.] This point! And return to this moment’s correct action. Sit up straight. If you have too much pain, stand up. Breath in, breath out. Try to be aware of every breath. If you do mantra, do mantra. If you are counting breath, count your breath. That is already letting go of the past, letting go of the future, letting go of wanting, attaching, checking and holding. So we come to retreat, practice that. Then this ability to let go and do the correct situation becomes stronger. We call that your “don’t know center.” Don’t know means not making “I”. “I” is always making something. I want something, I am attaching to something, I am checking something, I am holding something. When you keep the correct situation and function and relationship, (you are) not making anything! Just following the universe. The Chinese say “Dao”. Already, you and this “Dao” become one. Not thinking! Doing it! Doing it! So, the only reason we hold the past and think about the future is habit. Bad habit. Not skillful.


So when we talk about “don’t know” mind, that means let things be as they are. Work with the situation as it is, not as you want it to be.                 Zen Master Bon Soeng



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 •


To understand nothing takes time.

          CCZC Abbot Jim

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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.