Cape Cod Zen Center
The Kwan Um School of Zen Korean Buddhist Chogye Order
Cape Cod Zen Center
Winter (January-February-March) 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 8:00-9:15 a.m. Chanting, sitting and walking meditation, and discussions. Newcomers especially welcome!
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 (weather permitting).
IMPORTANT – Winter Weather Advisory: Winter is here. Thus, several guidelines regarding practice at CCZC: 1) always please be mindful of weather and road conditions before coming to CCZC, and please do not come if it is icy/slippery or hazardous; 2) if we have a major snowstorm, it may take days to clear the driveway at CCZC (especially if the town of Yarmouth has piled snow up (from snowplows) at the end of the driveway; 3) if there is significant snow, the gravel/south side of the driveway may not be plowed; and 4) please never block the white car parked by the west side of the house. Thanks!
Meditation Instruction – For Meditation Instruction at Cape Cod Zen Center, please set up an appointment by e-mailing us at email@example.com
Winter CCZC Events – TBA
Future CCZC Events – 1) Sat, 4/27 – CCZC One Day Retreat with Matt Keeler JDPSN
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 Winter Events – PZG Dharma Talk and PZG Consulting Interviews – to be announced; see PZG web site (http://plymouthzen.com).
Our School - The Kwan Um School of Zen web site is www.kwanumzen.org
Abbot' s Corner: We had an eventful December. There was a Precepts ceremony on Saturday, December 8th, at Providence Zen Center; two of our members took Precepts – Doug Brown took 5 Precepts, and Mark Vermilya took 16 Precepts and became a Senior Dharma Teacher; congratulations to both! Please see Jim, Craig, Ann or Mark if you wish information about, or are interested in taking, Precepts. We especially encourage you to sit retreats with our Guiding Teacher, Terry PSN. Yours in the Dharma, Jim
Teacher’s Teaching: Two Kinds of Religion by Zen Master Dae Bong
Zen Master Seung Sahn said there are two kinds of religion: "I want something" religion and "Give to" religion. "I want something" religion means people want something - health, prosperity, peace, happiness, enlightenment, salvation, to go to heaven. Many kinds of wanting. "Give to" religion means don't think about "my" situation. How can I help you? In "Give to" religion, you must put down your opinion, your condition, and your situation. Then you can realize your true nature. Just give to others whatever they need. Just do it! This is Zen practice. Then before you enter the meditation room, you are already practicing correctly.
“We must put down our prejudices and live in the world with the sky, the trees, and other people.” Zen Master Seung Sahn
We follow Buddha’s example. Buddha means awakened. If you are going to awaken, tomorrow is too late. One hour from now is also too late. Even one second from now is too late. Just this moment, wake up. Zen Master Wu Bong
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
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The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.
Seneca (4 BC – 85 AD)