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The Kwan Um School of Zen    Korean Buddhist Chogye Order

Cape Cod Zen Center

October 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 (October – 10/27) - 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


October CCZC Events – Monday, October 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – Cape Cod Zen Center Annual Board of Directors Meeting, at CCZC, 169 North Main Street, South Yarmouth. Anyone welcome (only Board Members can vote on issues). One item for discussion/vote will be the CCZC Guiding Teacher, as our current Guiding Teacher, Barry Briggs JDPSN, is soon moving west..

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 October 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


Did you Know?? Did you know that the CCZC web site gets about FOUR THOUSAND “hits” (visits) per month??


Abbot' s Corner: Things are fine at CCZC. Big thanks to Mark SSN for coming to CCZC and doing interviews. Also big thanks to Karl and Maggie – for moving bookshelves and dozens of books from the CCZC Office, down to CCZC – making a library there! We are looking forward to our October CCZC Board of Directors Meeting – changes coming! There will be a Precepts Ceremony, in early December, 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. 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: The Gift of Don't Know  by Zen Master Soeng Hyang
Open the gift. Inside is only don’t know. Such an expensive gift, and yet few will accept it. Accepting it means abandoning the familiar, and that can be terrifying. And yet, not knowing is very familiar territory for us all, a place where we can be empowered. Not knowing allows us to let go of false assumptions. It frees us of preconceptions and attachments. When the mind doesn’t know, it is sitting exactly in this moment. When it is in this moment, it is wide open: a perfect receptor, a perfect reflect. Even while tied and bound, our mind can feel as spacious as the sky. Look up at the sky and think of it as your mind. The sky doesn’t have any hindrances. If a cloud appears, the sky doesn’t complain. If there is thunder and lightning, or if there’s pollution, it remains just as spacious. There is no tightening, no fear. Our practice can help us to open to those qualities, so that we’re not hindered by the ropes around our limbs and the fall beneath our feet. Just in that moment—don’t know—be in relationship with that situation. How do you stay alive? Out of this spaciousness comes the ability to realize our wisdom and remember how to be in relationship with the lessons, the opportunities that appear in our life. Few ever say it is easy. A wise teacher will encourage cultivation of patience, forbearance, generosity, precepts, courage.



You say you have not finished your kong-ans. Finish homework, not finish homework—don’t worry. Most important is how do you keep just-now mind? Kong-ans means only teaching style. Another Zen school doesn’t use kong-ans. So if you only go straight—don’t know, then this don’t know is already cut off all thinking; cut off all thinking means before thinking; before thinking means just like this. You must believe in yourself. Zen is not dependent on words and speech. This means not dependent on Buddha, God, or anything. So you must not be dependent on homework or kong-ans. Then what, I ask you? This means 100% complete belief in myself, only dependent on myself; this is true Zen; this is true Enlightenment. So, don’t worry about homework. Only go straight—don’t know. Then some day you will understand your homework.
                                                                                                Zen Master Seung Sahn


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 •


The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

           Joseph Campbell

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:

 Cape Cod Zen Center  

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 - Dharma Talk.

CCZC Vice Abbot Ann

CCZC Dharma Room

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.