Schedule Summary

The Cambridge Zendo is OPEN  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 Cambridge Zendo Covid Status and Guidelines for details. 

Regular Sits, Talks, Interviews

Weekday Evenings

Tuesday evening practice 7:00-9:00pm, zoom and in-person (when possible). Led by Julie Nelson. Instructions Document. (Orientations for newcomers are held at 6:25pm. To arrange an orientation please contact [email protected].) 

Wednesday evening practice, 7:15-9:15pm, zoom only. Led by Ed Oberholtzer. Instructions Document. (Orientations for newcomers are held every other week. To arrange an orientation via Zoom send an email to [email protected].)

Thursday evening practice  (Mustard Seed), 7:00-8:00 pm, zoom only. Led by Fran Ludwig with Brian Rarey. Instructions Document.

Weekday Mornings: Sunrise Sit, 7:00-7:45 am, zoom only. All are welcome! Fran, Julie, Ed, and others collectively hold our Cloud Zendo and offer one 25 minute sit and a short encouragement talk by one of the teachers or a reading by one of the students.  Instructions Document. (To arrange an orientation please contact [email protected].)

Saturday morning practice, 9:00am-12:00pm, zoom and in-person (when possible). Led by Julie Nelson and others.  Instructions Document. (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].) 

Person of Color Sitting Group,  Third Mondays 7:00-8:30pm, zoom and in-person (when possible). Led by Vincent Cho & James Peregrino. Newcomer orientations at 6:45pmInstructions Document

LGBTQIA+ Sitting Group Fourth Sundays 7:00-8:30pm, zoom only.  Led by Karen McCormack. All LGBTQIA+ people and allies are welcome.  Instructions Document.

Discussion Groups

Social Lunch Break, Every Wednesday from 12:00-12:45pm, zoom only.  Instructions document. Contact [email protected]org with any questions.

Precepts Discussion Groups, TBA.  (Instructions document for the last session, FYI.)

Arts as Spiritual Practice,  Last Thursday of every month 7:00-9:00pm, zoom only. Led by Rebecca Doverspike and Sarah Fleming. Instructions Document.

Thursday Night Book Group. Led by Julie Nelson. Second Thursdays of every month,  7:15-8:30pm,  zoom only. Instructions Document.

All-Day Sit (Zazenkai)

We offer an all-day sit approximately monthly, both in person and over zoom. The next one is June 25. (There is no zazenkai in May.) It will incorporate the regular Saturday Morning Practice, and early morning hour, and and afternoon Koan Salon.  For more details see the information sheet.

Sesshin (Multi-day retreat)

Non-Residential Sesshin: TBA

Residential Sesshin:  July 28-31 and December 15-18, 2022;  and March 9-12 and
December 14-17, 2023 at Mercy by the Sea, Madison, CT. Details TBA.

Special Notes for Zoom Participants

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.

Because the Greater Boston Zen Center is supported entirely through donations, please visit the Virtual Dana Box.

Contact [email protected] if you need technical assistance.