Boston Area Zen Meditation

Due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, the Cambridge zendo of the Greater Boston Zen Center has been closed. All GBZC activities will be virtual-only through January, at which time safety will be reassessed. 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. 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.