Boston Area Zen Meditation


Buddha sculpture by Brian Rarey

All Greater Boston Zen Center events have been via Zoom, but selected events are tentatively scheduled to return to zendos beginning in August (as described in the July 13th Newsletter). Visit Virtual Programming or the GBZC Calendar for details. Keep tuned to this website or join our mailing list to receive updates.

Greater Boston Zen Center is a Soto Zen practice center based in Cambridge, MA, with affiliated sitting groups based in North Weymouth, MA; Worcester, MA; Providence, RI; Middletown, CT; and Durham, NC, and a number of on-line programs.

GBZC offers regular opportunities for practicing Zen Buddhist meditation as well as periodic non-residential meditation retreats in Cambridge and multi-day residential meditation retreats at other locations in New England. GBZC also offers book and precept study groups and classes; and LGBTQIA+ and POC sitting groups.

Spiritual guidance at GBZC is provided by a Spiritual Direction Committee. Our teaching includes an ordained Soto Zen transmission in the lineage of Master Eihei Dogen and the Harada-Yasutani koan introspection lineage through Robert Aitken and generations of his successors. Organizational and financial matters are overseen by a Board of Directors. Both the Spiritual Direction Committee and the Board are elected by members of the community.