Schedule Summary

The Cambridge Zendo is OPEN with vaccinations and masks encouraged. However, many activities remain hybrid (Zoom and in-person) or Zoom only. Visit GBZC’s Cambridge Zendo Covid Status and Guidelines for details.

Regular Practice Groups

Tuesday evenings: 7–8:30pm, Zoom and in-person (details).  Instructions Document. Orientations for newcomers are held at 6:25pm. To arrange an orientation please contact [email protected].

Saturday mornings: 9–10:30am, Zoom and in-person (details).  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].) 

Second Sunday Tea and Sit: second Sunday of each month, 7–9am, in-person only (details). The second Sunday of each month, we hold a tea ceremony followed by a 25-minute meditation sit, kinhin walking meditation, and then a discussion.

Discussion Groups

A Precepts Discussion Group (details) is in the process of being scheduled for Fall 2023. Contact [email protected] if interested. 

All-Day Sits (Zazenkai)

Zazenkai usually take place on Saturdays from 8am to 4pm. Upcoming dates TBA.

Multi-day residential retreats (Sesshin)

Residential Sesshin: The October 2023 sesshin has been canceled. Upcoming dates TBA.

Board and Other Group Meetings

Some administrative and planning groups meet regularly, and others on an as-needed basis. See here for information. 

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. This list is coordinated by Sangha Care. If you wish to add to it, please send an email to [email protected] 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.