Cape Cod Zen Center  

​The Kwan Um School of Zen      Korean Buddhist Chogye Order

Cape Cod Zen Center

October 2019 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

Sunday mornings 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. – chanting, sitting/walking meditation

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 and Q & A (September – 9/26; October – 10/31).


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


October CCZC Events – 1) Sat, 10/5 – One Day Retreat at CCZC with our Guiding Teacher, Terry Cronin JDPSN; 2) Sun, 10/6 – DT/DTIT Training at CCZC with Terry Cronin JDPSN; 3) Mon, 10/21 – 6:30 p.m. – Annual Board of Directors Meeting at CCZC


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 – please see PZG web site (


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


Abbot' s Corner: October is here, the leaves changing and falling from the trees. On Monday, 10/21, we will have the CCZC Annual Board of Directors meeting; in that meeting, Jim will become Abbot Emeritus (retired), and we will select a new Abbot or Co-Abbots. There will be a Precepts Ceremony in early December, 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


Teachers’ Teachings – Moment World    by Zen Master Seung Sahn

Talking about opposite worlds or absolute world or complete world is an intellectual style where more explanation, more analysis becomes necessary. Zen only points to the moment world, the world of this moment.
This moment is very important. It has everything in it. In this moment there is infinite time, infinite space. In this moment there is truth, correct life and the Bodhisattva Way. This moment has everything. Also, this moment has nothing. If you attain this moment you attain everything. This is the teaching of Zen Buddhism.

Heaven and Hell 

Hakuin, the fiery and intensely dynamic Zen master, was once visited by a samurai warrior.

"I want to know about heaven and hell," said the samurai. "Do they really exist?" he asked Hakuin.

Hakuin looked at the soldier and asked, "Who are you?"

"I am a samurai," announced the proud warrior.

"Ha! exclaimed Hakuin. "What makes you think you can understand such insightful things? You don’t look like a Samurai; you look like a beggar. Go away and do not waste my time with your foolish questions," Hakuin said, waving his hand to drive away the samurai.

The enraged samurai couldn’t take Hakuin’s insults. He drew his sword, readied for the kill, when Hakuin calmly retorted, "This is hell."

The soldier was taken aback. His face softened. Humbled by the wisdom of Hakuin, he put away his sword and bowed before the Zen Master.

"And this is heaven," Hakuin stated, just as calmly.



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 •


We must put down our prejudices and live in the world with

the sky, the air and other people.     Zen Master Seung Sahn​