In 1973, a group of students founded Cambridge Zen Center under the direction of the Korean Buddhist teacher, Zen Master Seung Sahn. The center moved to its current 20,000 square-foot location on Auburn Street in 1982. The photo above was taken at the opening of the Auburn Street center on August 19, 1984.

Today, Cambridge Zen Center is one of the largest residential Buddhist centers in North America, with more than thirty residents and an extended non-residential community. In addition to practice at the Zen center, we host meditation groups and clubs at Harvard University, Boston University, through Brookline Community Education, and at several prisons in Massachusetts.

Cambridge Zen Center is an affiliate of the Kwan Um School of Zen, a worldwide network of over 120 Zen centers in more than 30 countries.

The center serves the Boston metropolitan region from its location near Central Square in the heart of Cambridge. We welcome anyone with a sincere interest in Zen Buddhist practice.