Boston Area Zen Meditation

Beholding the Cries of the World

"Beholding the Cries of the World" -- photograph by Josh Bartok

In response to COVID-19, Greater Boston Zen Center in Cambridge is closed until further notice. Many of our programs are transitioning online, as described in Virtual Programming and Cancellations. Please join our mailing list to keep informed!

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.