In response to COVID-19, Greater Boston Zen Center in Cambridge is closed until further notice. Many of our programs are offered online. Visit Virtual Programming and Cancellations or the GBZC Calendar for details.
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Greater Boston Zen Center is a Soto Zen practice center based in Cambridge, MA, with affiliated sitting groups in North Weymouth, MA; Worcester, MA; South Natick, MA; Providence, RI; Pembroke, ME; Middletown, CT; and Durham, NC.
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 (some via conference call); EcoSattva training; and LGBTQIA+ and POC sitting groups.
Spiritual guidance at GBZC is provided by a Spiritual Direction Committee led by Josh Bartok, Roshi. 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.