Boston Area Zen Meditation

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-person (following the Cambridge Zendo Covid Status and Guidelines) and on-line (via Zoom). 

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 our Senior Teaching Community. 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.

The Cambridge Zendo is located on the ancestral and unceded lands of the Massachusetts Tribe. 

During weather emergencies, in-person practice  is cancelled when the Cambridge Libraries (check here) are closed.