Virtual Programming

Events will meet as listed until further notice. Check back for updates as information may change. Contact [email protected] if you need technical assistance. See GBZC COVID-Related Help for other kinds of assistance. Last updated: February 26, 2020.

Weekly Programming      

Other Programming      

Requests for Special Dedications

Virtual Dana Box

Weekly Programming


Sunrise Sit, 7:00-7:45 am. All are welcome! Fran,  James C., Julie, Kate, Laura, Carol, and Stephen collectively hold our Cloud Zendo and offer one 25 minute sit and a short encouragement talk or reading by one of the teachers. Full instructions here.

Precepts Study Group, 6:00-6:30pm (December 21, 2020 through March 15, 2021). Zoom instructions here. Led by Diane Fitzgerald.

Benevolent Zen Monday evening practice, 7:00-8:30pm. Email [email protected] for Zoom details. Talks by James Cordova.


Sunrise Sit, 7:00-7:45 am. Full instructions here.

DownEast Zen Dogen Studies, 5:30-6:30pm.  Join via conference call.  Contact Diane Fitzgerald at [email protected] for dial-in details.

GBZC Cambridge/DownEast Tuesday evening practice 7:00-9:00pm.  Led by Diane Fitzgerald with Julie Nelson. Join via Zoom or via phone.  Full instructions here. (Orientations for newcomers are held at 6:25pm. To arrange an orientation over Zoom please contact [email protected].) 


Sunrise Sit, 7:00-7:45 am. Full instructions here.

Bright Sea Zen Wednesday evening practice, 7:00-9:00pm.  Led by Kate Hartland. Join via Zoom or via phone. Full instructions here.

GBZC Cambridge Wednesday evening practice, 7:15-9:15pm. Led by Laura Wallace. Join via Zoom or via phone. Full instructions here. (Orientations for newcomers are held every other week at 6:45pm, see calendar. To arrange an orientation via Zoom send an email to [email protected].)


Sunrise Sit, 7:00-7:45 am. Full instructions here.

Social Lunch BreakMarch 4 from 11:45am - 12:30pm. Full instructions here. Contact [email protected]org with any questions.

Mustard Seed Thursday evening practice, 7:00-8:00 pm. Led by Fran Ludwig with Brian Rarey. Join via Zoom or via phone. Full instructions here.


Sunrise Sit, 7:00-7:45 am. Full instructions here.


GBZC Cambridge Saturday morning practice, 9:00am-12:00pm.  Led by Laura Wallace and other teachers. Join via Zoom or via phone.  Full instructions here. (Orientations for newcomers are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 8:25am. To arrange an orientation please contact [email protected].)


Broken Broom Zen Sunday morning practice, 8:00-9:15am. Led by Carol Morley. Email [email protected] for Zoom details.

Other Programming

Person of Color Sitting Group (Vincent Cho & James Peregrino): Third Mondays 7:00-8:30pm (next meeting: March 15). Join via Zoom.  Newcomer orientations at 6:45pm.  Full instructions here

EcoDharma Classes (Diane Fitzgerald and Fran Ludwig): Join via conference call the first Tuesday of every month, 5:30-6:30pm (next meeting: March 2). For more information, including the text we’ll explore at our next class, email [email protected]org.

Arts as Spiritual Practice (Rebecca Doverspike and Sarah Fleming): Second Mondays and last Thursday of every month 7:00-9:00pm (next meeting: March 25). Join via Zoom; instructions and guidelines here.

Rakusu sewing (Harriet Severino): Second Saturdays 1:00-2:00pm (next meeting: March 13). For those who have spoken with a teacher about receiving the precepts and are interested in sewing a rakusu in preparation for Jukai. Join via Zoom or via phone. Full instructions here. RSVP to [email protected].

LGBTQIA+ Sitting Group (Karen McCormack): Fourth Sundays 7:00-8:30pm (next meeting:  February 28). Join via Zoom or via phone. All LGBTQIA+ people and allies are welcome. Full instructions here.

Thursday Night Book Group (John Vetrano): Second Thursdays 7:15-8:45pm (next meeting: March 11).  Join via Zoom; instructions here.

Dogen Study Group (Steve Wallace and Laura Wallace): Fourth Sundays 3:30-5:00pm (next meeting: February 28).  Join via Zoom; instructions here

Requests for Special Dedications

In our sutra services we dedicate our practice especially to those on a list provided by our members. During the pandemic, this will be coordinated by Sangha Care and Connection. If you wish to add to this list, please send an email to [email protected]org listing the dedicatee, the reason for entering the request, and your name. For instance a request might be "Please add 'Jane D.' who is in the hospital--Nick P." Your request will be entered into a list accessible by the chant leaders within 24 hours, and entries will be retained for 3 weeks and can be renewed indefinitely.

Virtual Dana Box

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