Candidates for Zen center residency must meet these requirements prior to application:
Complete 2 retreats at Cambridge Zen Center or another center in the Kwan Um School of Zen tradition, for a total of 4 retreat days.
Visit Cambridge Zen Center for regular meditation practice and have kong-an interviews with a teacher.
Have an interview with the Abbot.
Become a dues-paying member of the Kwan Um School of Zen (associate or student membership does not apply to residents)
Before you apply, we encourage you to spend a few days as a guest at the Zen center.
Residents practice together a minimum of six mornings each week, share responsibilities in the kitchen, maintain the facility every Saturday morning, and engage in other activities that support the community.