Cape Cod Zen Center  

Abbot Jim, Former Vice Abbot Tim

We are happy and honored that you are visiting our web site. As a religious organization, we are always striving to find new ways to get our message out to current and prospective members. This web site allows us to reach people we may never have been able to contact before.
Please use this site to access the information you need about the Cape Cod Zen Center, and the Kwan Um School of Zen - as a resource for broadening your faith. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you might have. Pictured is 1) our Dharma (meditation) Room; 2) our CCZC Guiding Teacher, Dharma Master Barry Briggs JDPSN; and 3) our Vice Abbot and Senior Dharma Teacher Tim, and Abbot and Bodhisattva Teacher Jim.

Welcome to our Cape Cod Zen Center web site! 

The photo below shows our Cape Cod Zen Center Dharma Room (meditation room)! On this home page we'll introduce ourselves and highlight our schedule and important events. For Meditation Instruction, please see the Meditation Instruction page (in the tabs, above); thanks! For Membership, please see CCZC Membership page. Cape Cod Zen Center is a Zen center of the Kwan Um School of Zen -

There are be 7 p.m. Interviews at CCZC, 169 North Main Street in South Yarmouth, on Friday evenings. LAST Friday of the month, usually - Dharma Talk.

Please see our latest CCZC Newsletter, BELOW.

The Kwan Um School of Zen    Korean Buddhist Chogye Order
Cape Cod Zen Center
May 2017 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 - CCZC, 169 North Main Street, South Yarmouth
Sunday mornings 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. – chanting, sitting/walking meditation
Friday evenings 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. – Chanting, two periods of sitting/walking meditation. Friday evenings; interviews every Friday evening except for the last Friday of the month (May – 5/26) - a 7 p.m. Dharma Talk at CCZC.

Meditation Instruction – For Meditation Instruction at Cape Cod Zen Center, 169 North Main Street in South Yarmouth; please set up an appointment by e-mailing us at

May CCZC Events – TBA (possible Workshop)
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 May Events – 1) PZG Abbot Craig will be answering questions following a Dharma Talk, on Wednesday, May 3rd; 2) PZG will have Consulting Interviews with Senior Dharma Teacher Craig Richards, during practice, on Wednesday, May 10th.

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

Abbot' s Corner: April was a good month CCZC. Bodhisattva Action Thanks – for being HDT or Moktak Master, giving talks and answering questions, and updating our web site or Facebook. There will be a Precepts Ceremony, in early August, at PZC in RI; please see Jim if you wish information about, or are interested in taking, Precepts. We especially encourage you to sit retreats with our Guiding Teacher, Barry Briggs JDPSN.
Yours in the Dharma, Jim

T-shirts: we have t-shirt available – for a small donation. We have a limited number of CCZC t-shirts; and we have “What Would Tim Do” t-shirts available too. See Jim – at Friday Practice.

Teacher’s Teaching: Kill and Eat The Buddha 
Zen Master Man Gong was Seung Sahn Soen Sa's Dharma grandfather. As a thirteen-year-old child, he was studying sutras at the temple Donghaksa in Korea. The day before vacation, everyone gathered to listen to some lectures. 
The lecturer said, "All of you must study hard, learn Buddhism, and become as big trees, with which great temples are built, and as large bowls, able to hold many things. The verse says:
"Water becomes square or round according to the shape of the container in which it is placed. Likewise, people become good or bad according to the company they keep. Always keep your minds set on holiness and remain in good company. In this way, you will become great trees and containers of Wisdom. This I most sincerely wish."
Everyone was greatly inspired by this lecture. At this point, the Sutra Master turned to Zen Master Kyong-Ho, who was visiting the temple, and said, "Please speak, Master Kyong Ho; everyone would like to hear your words of wisdom."
The Master was quite a sight. He was always unshaven and wore robes that were tattered and worn. Although he at first refused, after being asked again and again, he reluctantly consented to speak.
"All of you are monks. You are to be great teachers, free of ego; you must live only to serve all people. Desiring to become a big tree or a great container of Wisdom prevents you from being a true teacher. Big trees have big uses; small trees have small uses. Good and bad bowls both have their uses. Nothing is to be discarded. Keep both good and bad friends; this is your responsibility. You must not reject any element; this is true Buddhism. My only wish is for you to be free from discriminating thoughts." Having completed his talk, the Master walked out the door, leaving the audience astonished. The young Man-Gong ran after him, and called out, "Please take me with you; I wish to become your student."
The Master shouted at him to go away, but the child wouldn't listen. So he asked, "If I take you with me, what will you do?"
"I will learn. You will teach me."
"But you are only a child. How can you understand?"
"People are young and old, but does our True Self have youth or old age?"
"You are a very bad boy! You have killed and eaten the Buddha. Come along."

Correct Way  by Zen Master Dae Bong
Our great grandteacher, Man Gong Sunim, was once asked, "Why don't more people practice Zen?" He said, "Everybody wants a good thing, but most people don't understand that when you get a good thing you also get a bad thing. If they understood that, then they would practice Zen."
So our life is not about getting good things and avoiding bad things. It is about attaining how to correctly use each thing that appears. Good things come, we use them to go the correct way; bad things come, we use them to go the correct way.

CCZC Guiding Teacher: Dharma Master Barry Briggs JDPSN
CCZC Abbot: Bodhisattva Teacher James Calvin
PZG Abbot: Senior Dharma Teacher Craig Richards     PZG 781-733-9361

Cape Cod Zen Center
169 North Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664 •

                   Everything is made by mind alone.      The Buddha​​​

Plymouth Zen Group 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:

CCZC Dharma Room