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  • The Kwan Um School of Zen    Korean Buddhist Chogye Order

    Cape Cod Zen Center

    December 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 – 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 (December – 11/27, weather permitting).

    IMPORTANT Winter Weather Advisory: Winter is (essentially) 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 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

    December 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 December 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: We had an eventful November. The CCZC “leadership” is meeting once a month to discuss practice, training and retreats at CCZC. We had a very well attended (10 folks!) Kido Chanting Retreat on 11/3. Your Abbot Jim (Yours Truly) remains as the Abbot, but in a diminished role (physically) at CCZC. There will be a Precepts ceremony on Saturday, December 8th, at Providence Zen Center; at least two of our members will be taking Precepts; 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. Come to CCZC practice, and see/use our new comfy chairs!       Yours in the Dharma, Jim

    Teacher’s Teaching: What is Primary Point?  by Zen Master Seung Sahn

    I often talk about primary point. What is primary point? When you have a scale and there is nothing being weighed, the indicator points to zero. You put something on it, and the pointer swings to “one pound.” You take it off, the pointer goes back to zero. This is primary point. After you find your primary point, then good feelings come, bad feelings come, so your pointer swings in one direction or the other. But this doesn't matter. Don’t check it. When the feeling is over with, the pointer swings back to zero.
    But if you haven’t found your primary point, then it is like taking a heavy object off of the scale and having the pointer stay at “ten pounds.” Or the pointer moves back only part-way, it doesn't go completely back to zero. Then you have a problem. Your scale does not weigh correctly. Maybe if you put a heavy object on it, it will break completely. So first you must find your primary point. Then you must keep it very strongly.
    A taxi has weak shock absorbers, so it hits a small bump and bounces up and down. A train has strong shock absorbers, so it is very steady. If you keep your primary point, your mind-spring will become stronger and stronger. You will meet big problems and your mind will move less and less. A big problem comes, your mind moves, but soon returns to primary point. Finally, your mind will be very strong; it will be able to carry any load. Then saving all people is possible.

    What is the difference between “I like you” and “I love you”? When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily. One who understands this, understands life.     The Buddha

    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

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    If you are anxious, you are living in the future.

    If you are at peace, you are living in the present.

      Lao Tzu     604-531B