Abbot Jim, Former Vice Abbot Tim
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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.
Please see our latest CCZC Newsletter, BELOW.
The Kwan Um School of Zen Korean Buddhist Chogye Order
Cape Cod Zen Center
August 2017 Newsletter
Precepts Ceremony Reminder: On Saturday, August 5th – at Kwan Um School of Zen’s Founders Weekend, at Providence Zen Center in Cumberland, RI – there will be a Precepts Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. Three PZG Members are talking Precepts. Siobhan and Greg will be taking 10 Precepts and becoming Dharma Teachers in Training; Lynne will be taking 5 Precepts. This is an important ceremony. Please come to RI on August 5th and support your Dharma Sisters and Brothers. Thanks!
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. Friday evenings; interviews every Friday evening except for the last Friday of the month (August – 8/25) - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
August 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: http://plymouthzen.com
Plymouth Zen Group July Events – 1) PZG Abbot Craig will be answering questions following a Dharma Talk, on Wednesday, August 2nd; 2) PZG will have Consulting Interviews with Senior Dharma Teacher Craig Richards, during practice, on Wednesday, August 9th.
Our School - The Kwan Um School of Zen web site is www.kwanumzen.org
Abbot' s Corner: Things are fine, but relatively quiet, at CCZC. There will be a Precepts Ceremony, on Saturday, 8/5, at Providence Zen Center in RI; 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, Barry Briggs JDPSN.
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 support Tim’s contributions to CCZC. See Jim – at Friday Practice.
Teacher’s Teaching: Interacting With This World by Zen Master Hae Kwang
Buddhism in Zen, especially, means that you really interact with this world. To interact with this world you need form. You need things to do, and doing them with other people in complete engagement.
This practice understands that there is this deep interconnectivity. So if this comes from just thinking, then that’s what we call ideology. If this comes from a deep intuitive awareness of this world by direct perception, by living with it, then that’s a little different. Our practice encourages that for you, to see for yourself. You cannot go through this world without form. But you must perceive that this form is originally empty. And what that means is it’s always connecting with and interacting with everything else.
Once Seung Sahn Soen-sa and a student of his attended a talk at a Zen center in California. The Dharma teacher spoke about Bodhidharma. After the talk, someone asked him “What’s the difference between Bodhidharma’s sitting in Sorim for nine years and your sitting here now?”
The Dharma teacher said, “About five thousand miles.”
The questioner said, “Is that all?”
The Dharma teacher said, “Give or take a few miles.”
Later on, Soen-sa asked his student, “What do you think of these answers?”
“Not bad, not good. But the dog runs after the bone.”
“How would you answer?”
“I’d say, ‘Why do you make a difference?’ ”
Soen-sa said, “Not bad. Now you ask me.”
“What’s the difference between Bodhidharma’s sitting in Sorim for nine years and your sitting here now?”
“Don’t you know?”
“Bodhidharma sat in Sorim for nine years. I am sitting here now.”
The student smiled.
CCZC Guiding Teacher: Dharma Master Barry Briggs 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
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Everything is made by mind alone. The Buddha
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 - www.kwanumzen.org
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: http://plymouthzen.com
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.
Cape Cod Zen Center