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Article From Korean Magazine

Posted on Jul 05 , 2011 in Blog & Newsletter

This past Spring, Providence and Cambridge Zen Centers were host to a reporter from a Korean Buddhist and Culture Magazine. You can find the original article here.

Cambridge Zen Center:

Between Harvard University and MIT, Cambridge Zen Center is a place where many people gather to learn and practice Zen Buddhism. Currently, there are 52 residents living at the Zen center. Built in 1973 by students of the late Zen Master Seung Sahn, CZC has provided a space to people who genuinely wish to practice together.  Located in the center of metropolitan area, many people from different walks of life


Everyday begins with 108 bows and ends with a short meditation period:

At the Cambridge Zen Center, both monks and laypeople are required to participate in the daily practice. Sitting, bowing, chanting, kong-an interviews, and work period are all part of our daily practice. Despite the busy schedule of each individual, it is important for residents to keep in mind the importance of practice and why they need to practice everyday.

Thich Huey Ji is a Vietnamese-American monk who studies psychology at Harvard University. Instead of living in the dorms, Huey Ji sunim has chosen to live in the Zen center. He said it has helped him understand not only Korean Buddhism but also the culture and history.

Harvard Professor who has been living at CZC for seven years: After completing her Ph.D in philosophy at the University of Chicago, Professor Choi Bomi is a professor at Harvard University. Having lived at CZC for seven years, she says she is still not ready to leave the Zen center. “Usually one would think that for someone who has completed her Ph.D, she has understood everything and is ready to be independent. But over the years, I’ve come to realize that it is through meditation that this world can be understood.”

Importance of Living Together:

Zen Master Bon Haeng is the Abbot of the Cambridge Zen Center and Providence Zen Center. He met Zen Master Seung Shan in 1970 and received inka in 2000. In regards to practice, he encourages all practitioners to bow. The reason is because he believes it to be the fastest way for the mind and the body to become one. “The most important aspect of our practice is to be able to put it down,” he says. Like his teacher, Zen Master Bong Haeng encourages his students to live together in Zen centers where they can derive strength and support from each other’s continuing practice. The regular schedule of practicing, eating and working together acts as a backdrop for seeing our karma appear and disappear. We use the analogy of washing potatoes together in a big pot of water. As the potatoes bump into one another, they clean each other more quickly and efficiently than if each potato was cleaned individually.  In the Zen center, we can see clearly how our opinions create problems by coming between us and the situation that we find ourselves in. When we let go of these opinions it is possible to live our every day lives with clarity and harmony. As we learn to cooperate, to see clearly and to accept people and situations as they really are, our minds become strong and wide. Then it becomes possible to act harmoniously and help other people with no trace of ourselves. His eldest daughter who is a web designer living in New York is thankful to her dad for giving her the experience to live in the Zen center.

 

All residents are required to participate in the daily practice, as well as the monthly retreats held at the Zen center.

Eligibility for community living
Zen Center, you want to live more than twice that anyone taking four days devoted to training experience valor must, meditation, public security check, leading to the prayer should be fully involved in the program performed. Zen master or person in charge there also should be checked with the interview. Even after a short geojuman will be accepted. Practitioners move you until the full and thorough preliminary education in the United States, the most respected could become a training center. Cambridge Zen Center, especially the schools, including Harvard and Boston University. Close ties with other Zen groups is in a position to lead. Justice Department at the University of Bonn, Boston Zen teaches, writing activities, plus some other Zen master in the sharing of community college classes, etc.

Practice
The next day Kannon Zen Bonn International School Zen Master and their (Kwanum Zen School) in Providence chongbonsain Zen Center, headed by. Sung by the monks there, the first Buddhist South Korea introduced the Varadero. The first start the 1972 in the state of Rhode Island, Providence was So the name omgyeoon keombeoraendeuro will continue to go after. A place where I emigrated in 1979, ranging from 200,000 to 2,342 ㎡
Bearing the Main Menu is a mountain-minded. 25 minute to the center of Providence, Boston, even an hour away by car everything. Kannon Zen school in the Gregorian calendar celebrates the Buddha’s day. In the first week of May found more than 10 people there. Only family members were Zen Center bangmungil everyone else in the western region is naseotgi.

Providence Zen Center:

Providence Zen Center was the first Zen center built in America by Zen Master Seung Sahn and his students. Built in 1972, PZC occupies more than 202,342m of land in the outskirts of Cumberland, Rhode Island. The location provides ample space for practitioners wanting to do Zen practice or solo retreats and also to group rentals wishing to hold yoga sessions or workshops. As the head temple of the Kwan Um School of Zen, many events and gatherings are held throughout the year for the teachers and the sangha to come together and bond

A Space Beyond Religion:

Providence Zen Center is a place where people from different walks of life can come together to practice. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to be here. Father Kevin Hunt has been the guiding teacher for the Christian-Buddhist retreats. He has been a monk since 1953 and has been holding Christian-Buddhist retreats for many years. He believes that meditation is not restricted to religion. Meditation techniques can be a big help to daily living, he says. People come here not only to learn about Korean Buddhism or Zen. They come here in order to put things down. As Robin says, “If you ask me what I’ve attained, I don’t know. But I feel much at peace and happier!”

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