The First Zen Center In The U.S. Is Hiding Right Here In Rhode Island

In 1972, Seung Sahn established the first Zen Center in the United States right here in Rhode Island. This came to be after he was asked to speak at Brown University, and student became interested in his teachings. Now headquartered in Cumberland, it is the Head Temple of the Americas for the Kwan Um School of Zen. The daily schedule includes sitting, walking, chanting, and meditation, with the goal of a more harmonious relationship with all aspects of life.

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Find the Providence Zen Center at 99 Pound Road, Cumberland, Rhode Island. Check their website for all the latest events. Most programs are free and open to the public!