Boston Area Zen Meditation

The Cambridge Zendo is OPEN for in-person practice with "Vaccinations, Boosters, and Masks Required; Optional Exception to Mask Requirement for Meal Ceremonies Only." However, many activities remain hybrid (zoom and in-person) or zoom-only. Visit the Schedule Summary and Cambridge Zendo Covid Status and Guidelines for details. 

Buddha sculpture by Brian Rarey

Greater Boston Zen Center is a Soto Zen sangha with headquarters in Cambridge, MA. Programs are currently being offered both in the Cambridge zendo and on-line.

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. We teach Soto practice in the lineage of Master Eihei Dogen as well as  (the Harada-Yasutani) koan introspection.  Our teachers have received transmission through the lineage of Robert Aitken Roshi or through the lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi and the White Plum Asanga. Organizational and financial matters are overseen by a Board of Directors.