Cape Cod Zen Center  

The Kwan Um School of Zen      Korean Buddhist Chogye Order

Cape Cod Zen Center

Winter (January-February-March) 2020 Newsletter


Informal Meditation Practice - Unitarian Church of Barnstable, Route 6A, in Barnstable Village. We meet in the Library, behind the Sanctuary, upstairs. Tuesday mornings 7:45-9:15 a.m. Chanting, sitting and walking meditation, and discussions. Newcomers especially welcome!


Friday Book Discussion – Once a month book discussion. Date, time and place will be discussed at Tuesday Unitarian Church Practice (or check with Ann or Steve).


CCZC Formal Meditation Practice – at CCZC, 169 North Main Street, South Yarmouth

Thursday evenings 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. – Chanting, two periods of sitting/walking meditation.

Interviews every Thursday evening except for the last Thursday of the month - a Dharma Talk/Q&A (December – 12/19; January – 1/30; February – 2/27; March – 3/26. All with “winter weather permitting”….).


Meditation Instruction – For Meditation Instruction, please see Senior Dharma Teachers Ann or Mark.


Winter Weather – please be mindful of winter weather and road conditions before coming to any winter practice. Thanks!


Winter 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:

Plymouth Zen Group Winter Events – PZG Dharma Talk and PZG Consulting Interviews – please see PZG web site (


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


Abbot Emeritus Corner: Winter is here; the leaves are gone, and white snow is appearing. Look, in the near future, for changes in our newsletters and our web site. These was a wonderful gathering of CCZC/PZG members at Providence Zen Center on Saturday the 14th – for Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, a brief “ceremony” for Jim, and Precepts; congratulations to Preceptees! There will be a Precepts Ceremony in April at Providence Zen Center; if you are interested in taking Precepts, please see Senior Dharma Teachers Craig, Ann, or Mark. We especially encourage you to sit retreats with our Guiding Teacher, Terry Cronin JDPSN.        Yours in the Dharma, Jim (our PR person)


Teachers’ Teachings


Great Bodhisattva Way    by Zen Master Seung Sahn

One, two, three. Where do these numbers come from? You already understand. Children want candy; business people want money; scholars want to become famous. There are many kinds of people and many directions. Where do they finally go? If you attain this point, you attain human nature and universal substance. If you attain universal substance, you can see and hear clearly, and your emotions, will, and wisdom can function correctly. Then your life is correct and you can help all beings. This is called the Great Bodhisattva Way.


Here is a cup of orange juice. If you have "cup," then you can keep this orange juice here. But if this cup breaks, how can the orange juice remain? You cannot keep the juice there, yah? Suffering is the same as that. Where does suffering abide? If you are attached to the five skandhas of form, feelings, perceptions, impulses, or consciousness, then suffering has a place to stay. But the Heart Sutra shows the view that these five skandhas are empty. Mind is completely empty: where can suffering possibly stay? So this teaching about emptiness is very, very important to attain. When you practice the way of the perfection of wisdom, you attain that all five skandhas are actually empty. Attaining this view saves us from all suffering and distress. Merely understanding these views cannot help you—you must attain something.                Zen Master Seung Sahn


The past is already gone. The future is a dream. The only thing that is alive is now. The only time we can do anything is now." (Zen Master Bon Soeng)



(Gateless Gate)


CCZC Guiding Teacher: Dharma Master Terry Cronin JDPSN

CCZC Co-Abbots: Senior Dharma Teacher Ann Miller and Senior Dharma Teacher Mark Vermilya

PZG Abbot: Senior Dharma Teacher Craig Richards; PZG phone 781-733-9361

CCZC Abbot Emeritus and Newsletter Editor: Bodhisattva Teacher Jim Calvin


Cape Cod Zen Center

169 North Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664 •


Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

 Mark Twain