Schedule Summary

The Cambridge Zendo is OPEN with vaccinations and masks required. 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

Daily sitting group

Sunrise Sit: weekday mornings, 7:00-7:45 am, zoom only (details). Coordinated by Fran Ludwig. Instructions Document. (To arrange an orientation please contact [email protected].)

Weekly sitting groups

Weekly sitting groups rotate their activities according to the following schedule. Each sit includes an opening circle, a sutra service,  walking meditation, at least one silent sit, and the following:

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

Thursday evenings: 7:00-8:30pm, zoom and in-person (details). Led by Jeff Seul and Fran Ludwig. Instructions Document. To arrange an orientation please contact [email protected].

Saturday mornings: 9:00am-12:00pm, zoom and in-person (details). Led by the Senior Teaching Community and students.  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].) 

Monthly sitting groups

Persons of Color Sitting Group: Third Mondays 7:00-8:30pm, zoom and in-person (details). Led by Vincent Cho & James Peregrino. Newcomer orientations at 6:45pm.  Instructions Document. Contact [email protected] with questions. 

LGBTQIA+ Sitting Group: Fourth Sundays 7:00-8:30pm, zoom only (details).  Led by Karen McCormack. All LGBTQIA+ people and allies are welcome.  Instructions Document. Newcomers please try to arrive at 6:30pm for a brief orientation with practice leader Caro Murphy. Contact  [email protected] with questions. 

Discussion Groups

Precepts Discussion Group: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:15pm, zoom and in-person (details).  March 21-June 6, 2023. Led by Julie Nelson. Instructions Document

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

“Caring for Our Community” Book Group, Third Sunday of every month, September 2022 through May 2023, 7:00-8:00pm, zoom only (details). Led by Julie Nelson and Jill Gaulding. Instructions Document

Society of Great Doubt: every other Tuesday, 7–8:30pm, zoom and in person (details). A group for survivors of teacher abuses of power. Contact [email protected] for information.

All-Day Sits (Zazenkai)

Our next Zazenkai will be on April 8, 2023 from 8am to 4pm.  Details TBA.

Multi-day residential retreats (Sesshin)

Residential Sesshin:  In 2023, GBZC will offer 3-day residential retreats April 20-23 and October 6-9 and a week-long residential retreat July 14-21, all at the Providence Zen Center in Cumberland RI. We will also offer a December (Rohatsu) sesshin. Registration for the April sesshin will begin February 23. Please join our email list if you are interested in receiving these retreat announcements.

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.