Chinese Calligraphy Class

Posted on Oct 05 , 2011 in Blog & Upcoming Events

Chinese Calligraphy Class

Sunday August 26, 12-1PM – Our kitchen master Chong Yew, has been teaching a series of calligraphy classes here at the Zen Center. Below are some examples of his work which are available to purchase through the Pagoda Gift Shop.

What is Chinese Calligraphy?

Chinese Calligraphy is one of the oldest Oriental arts. Calligraphy is not only a practical technique for writing Chinese characters, but is also a unique way to develop spiritual values, clarity, discipline, strength and flexibility. It is a very good way to reflect ourselves in that very moment, just like Zen meditation. We will begin a series of six Chinese Calligraphy classes which will be offered every other Sunday after the scheduled long sitting or Dharma talk. The one hour long classes will be a suggested donation of $10 -$15 each. Paper, brush, old rag, newspaper, saucer plate, and ink can be provided for an additional $15 but feel free to bring your own. For more information and to register please email director@providencezen.org or call 401-658-1464.


Dharma Talk at Brown

Posted on Sep 15 , 2011 in Upcoming Events

Tuesday September 20 – 7:30PM: Zen Master Bon Haeng will be giving a Dharma Talk at Brown University’s Manning Chapel.


Yong Maeng Jong Jin

Posted on Sep 08 , 2011 in Upcoming Events

Zen Monks MeditatingYong Maeng Jong Jin retreats are two, three or seven days long and are held in silence. The schedule each day consists of ten hours of Zen practice (bowing, chanting, sitting and walking), work and rest periods, and vegetarian meals eaten in traditional temple style. Includes talks and kong-an teaching interviews with a zen teacher. Minimum participation is 24 hours. For more detailed information, read the Yong Maeng Jong Jin Orientation Guide (pdf format). Prior meditation experience or attendance at a meditation instruction class is recommended.

Prices per day: non members $65, members $45, Dharma teachers and Dharma teachers in training $35

Dharma Teachers please bring your own bowl set.

To register for your retreat online – fill out the retreat registration form.


Saturday September 15 2012 - Two day YMJJ led by Nancy Hedgpeth, JDPSN – Participants in this YMJJ retreat can enter Saturday Morning 10AM and exit Sunday at 3PM. To register for your retreat online – fill out the retreat registration form.


interfaith memorial service for the 10th anniversary of 9/11

Posted on Sep 03 , 2011 in Upcoming Events

Sunday September 11 – 4:00PM: There will be an interfaith memorial service for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at the Front Green of Brown University (at the East end of College St.) Since we are one of the organizers of the event, we encourage as many of the our Sangha members to attend as possible and wear their robes and kasas. Planned by the Faith Community of RI, RI State Council of Churches, Brown Univ. Chaplaincy, and representatives of various faiths. Activities earlier and later to be announced.


Chinese Calligraphy Class

Posted on Sep 03 , 2011 in Upcoming Events

Sunday November 13 – 12:00 – 1:00PM: We will have a Chinese Calligraphy Class taught by Kitchen Master Chong Yew. He has over twenty years of experience and many examples of his work can be seen throughout the Zen Center and are available to purchase through the Pagoda Gift Shop. Contact director@providencezen.org to sign up.


Public vegetarian dinner followed by meditation instruction class and kong-an interviews with guest teacher Tim Lerch, JDPSN

Posted on Sep 03 , 2011 in Upcoming Events

Wednesday February 8 – 5:30PM:  Public vegetarian dinner followed by meditation instruction class at 6:30PM. Also at 6:30PM special chanting begins in the main Dharma Room followed by regular chanting at 7:00PM. There will be two sitting periods this evening beginning at 7:30PM with kong-an interviews with special guest teacher Tim Lerch, JDPSN.

Bio: Timothy Lerch, JDPSN, received inka from Zen Master Seung Sahn in 2001. Lerch PSN was the abbot of the Providence Zen Center in Cumberland RI, the head temple of the Kwan Um School of Zen in America from 2000 to 2006, and has trained extensively in the US and Asia. From 1995 to 1999 he was the resident director of the Kwan Um School center in Seattle. Prior to joining the Kwan Um School he trained in the Japanese and Vietnamese Zen traditions. He was ordained a monk in 1996. After having trained as a monk for 10 years, Lerch Poep Sa Nim returned to lay life in 2006 and is currently a musician and music teacher living in Seattle.


Sangha Work Day and Halloween Party

Posted on Aug 15 , 2011 in Upcoming Events

October 30 – 9AM – 3PM: Sangha Work Day with lunch provided, followed by our Halloween Party. Come and help get the grounds of PZC ready for the Fall.


Vegetarian Dinner | Meditation Instruction | Long Sitting

Posted on Aug 04 , 2011 in Blog & Upcoming Events

Wednesday Open House Free and Open to the Public

5:30pm Public vegetarian dinner
6:30pm Meditation instruction class
6:30pm Special Chanting
7:00pm Regular Chanting
7:30pm Two sitting periods with walking meditation in between.



Our Wednesday open house, like most of our public programs, is always free, but any donations are gratefully accepted. If you would like to make a donation to our center, you can do it securely online with credit card or PayPal.


Dharma School | Meditation Instruction | Dharma Talk

Posted on Aug 04 , 2011 in Upcoming Events

August 12 2012 – 10:00AM:  The Center offers classes for children ages 4-17 and their families in meditation, mindfulness and the Buddhist Tradition.  There is a general information flier available for the Dharma School on-line (pdf format).

Also at 9:00AM we will have meditation instruction in the main Dharma Room and at 10:00AM we will have a Dharma Talk.


Kyol Che Opening Ceremony

Posted on Jul 25 , 2011 in Upcoming Events

Monday August 1, at 7:30 PM, following regular chanting we will have the opening ceremony for Summer Kyol Che.