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.

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.

Please see our latest CCZC Newsletter, BELOW.

The Kwan Um School of Zen    Korean Buddhist Chogye Order
Cape Cod Zen Center
April 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
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 (April – 4/27) - a 6:30 Dharma Talk.

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

 April CCZC Events – Dharma Talk at CCZC – 6:30 on Friday, April 27th

Future CCZC Events – One Day Retreat at CCZC on Saturday, May 12th

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 April 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

Abbot' s Corner: Everything is always changing, changing, changing (Impermanence). Members come, members go. Who will be at Friday practice? Don’t know; just come and see who is there! Spring comes, the grass grows by itself. There will be a Precepts ceremony in early August; 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 Cronin JDPSN. 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: What is the Meaning of Life? by Jason Quinn JDPSN

What is the meaning of life? Zen Master Seung Sahn once said, “Human life has no meaning, no reason and no choice, but we have our practice to help us understand our true self. Then, we can change no meaning to Great Meaning, which means Great Love. We can change no reason to Great Reason, which means Great Compassion. Finally, we can change no choice to Great Choice, which means Great Vow and Bodhisattva Way.” This is a very interesting statement. Many people have some idea about the meaning of life. Some may even think that their idea is correct. So who is correct? What is it that gives life meaning? Where does the idea of meaning and life come from anyway? If we truly look and investigate these questions with sincerity, we realize that we really don’t know. Don’t know is the place before thinking. Before thinking, there is no life. There is no meaning. There is no “I” or “you.” There is nothing at all. If we take a step from this point, we can reflect this world just as it is, without adding anything to it. This is where truth is universal. This universal truth is not based on our ideas, beliefs, or opinions. It is not dependent on the color of skin, what religion we believe in, being rich or poor, nor being a man or woman. The truth is something every human being can perceive intrinsically. It is already clear in every moment. When we see this truth, we can also perceive the difficulties and dissatisfaction in our own lives which helps us to see the difficulties and dissatisfaction in the lives of others. We can see that many people are in great need of help. When we perceive that need clearly, then responding to this world is necessary. So no meaning turns into the Great Meaning, which is actually a vow to recognize our true self in every moment and help this world. Then love and compassion naturally appear in this world.


When you are practicing zazen, do not try to stop your thinking. Let it stop by itself. If something comes into your mind, let it come in, and let it go out. It will not stay long. When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it. Do not be bothered by anything. It appears as if something comes from outside your mind, but actually it is only the waves of your mind, and if you are not bothered by the waves, gradually they will become calmer and calmer. Suzuki Roshi


 CCZC Guiding Teacher: Dharma Master Terry Cronin JDPSN
CCZC Abbot: Bodhisattva Teacher Jim Calvin
PZG Abbot: Senior Dharma Teacher Craig Richards     PZG 781-733-9361
CCZC Vice Abbot: Senior Dharma Teacher Ann Miller

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

The foolish reject what they see and not what they think.
The wise reject what they think and not what they see.

Zen Master Huang Po

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:

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 -