Boston Area Zen Meditation

Most Greater Boston Zen Center events are continuing via Zoom, but selected events have returned to the GBZC-Cambridge zendo. Visit the Schedule Summary for details and check the Cambridge Zendo Covid Status and Guidelines for updates and protocols if you are considering attending in person.

Buddha sculpture by Brian Rarey

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; and Middletown, CT; 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.