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


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:

Plymouth Zen Group Winter 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 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 •



The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.  

                                                                                                Seneca (4 BC – 85 AD)