MON 13 AUGUST - SUN 19 August 2018


If in this lifetime

You do not open your mind,

You cannot digest

Even one drop of water.

-Temple Rules


Public Dharma Talk by Zen Master Jok Um (Ken Kessel) on Friday, August 17th, at 7.30 PM. The Intro Talk will be given by James Najarian.

Zen Master Jok Um (Ken Kessel) received transmission in April 2017. He began studying with Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1975. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a psychotherapist, working with children and families in foster care, substance abuse, outpatient and inpatient mental health and therapeutic preschool settings, as well as in private practice. He specializes in infant and early childhood mental health. He is guiding teacher for New Haven Zen CenterHwa Um Sa-Orlando Zen CenterGateless Gate Zen Center (Gainesville) and Cypress Tree Zen Group (Tallahassee). He also teaches at the Chogye International Zen Center of New York, as well as at other Zen Centers and affiliates.

James Najarian holds 5 precepts in the Kwan Um School of Zen and has been practicing meditation for about 20 years.  He lived at CZC from 1998 to 2002. He is also a member of St. James Armenian Church in Watertown. He teaches nineteenth-century British Literature at Boston College and edits a scholarly journal in Religion. He is also a poet whose most recent book of poems The Goat Songs won the prestigious Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry in 2017.

Millennial Zen Group is meeting on Sunday, August 12, 5-6 PM.    

1-Day Retreat with Zen Master Jok Um (Ken Kessel) at CZC, Saturday, August 18. To register, please click here.