Schedule Summary

Please see the Cambridge Zendo Covid Status and Guidelines for updates and Cambridge-related protocols if you are considering attending an in-person Cambridge event. See Special Notes for Zoom participants if attending any event by Zoom.

Regular Sits, Talks, Interviews

Weekday Evenings

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

GBZC Cambridge 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].) 

Bright Sea Zen Wednesday evening practice, 7:00-9:00pm, zoom only. Led by Kate Hartland.  Instructions Document.

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

Mustard Seed Thursday evening practice, 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, James C., Julie, Kate, Stephen, 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,  GBZC Cambridge, 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,  GBZC Cambridge,  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 Group, Every Thursday from 5-5:45pm, July 15- Sept. 30, zoom only. Led by Julie Nelson.  Instructions document.

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

Rakusu sewing. Second Saturdays 1:00-2:00pm, zoom or outdoors in Cambridge. Led by Harriet Severino. For those who have spoken with a teacher about receiving the precepts and are interested in sewing a rakusu in preparation for Jukai. Contact [email protected] for instructions.

Student Stories of Zen, First and third Sundays 7–8pm, zoom only. Led by Rebecca Doverspike and Rebecca Behizadeh.  Instructions Document.

Thursday Night Book Group (Julie Nelson and Rick Hardy): Second Thursdays 7:15-8:30pm, zoom only. Instructions Document.

All-Day Sit (Zazenkai)

GBZC-Cambridge will be offering an all-day sit on September 25, 2021, from 8am to 4pm, both in person and over zoom. See the instructions document for more information and links for registration.

Benevolent Zen will be offering zazenkai, masked and distanced but in person at First Unitarian Church of Providence on October 16th and December 18th, Covid situation permitting.  Details will follow to everyone signed up for Benevolent Zen emails.

Sesshin (Multi-day retreat)

Non-Residential Sesshin: TBA

Residential Sesshin  December 9-12, 2021 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.

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