IMG011Providence Zen Center

99 Pound Road
Cumberland, RI 02864

Office/Voicemail: 401-658-1464

Fax: 401-658-1188











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Zen Master Seung Sahn – Founding Teacher

Zen Master Bon Haeng – Co-Guiding Teacher

Nancy Hedgpeth, JDPSN – Co-Guiding Teacher

José Ramírez, JDPSN – Guest Teacher




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Zen Master Bon Haeng (Mark Houghton)– Abbot –

Nancy Hedgpeth, JDPSN – Co-Guiding Teacher –

Doug Walsh – Vice Abbot –

Kwan Haeng Sunim – Head Dharma Teacher –

Mary Kay Salvas – Director –



The Providence Zen Center is a residential and non-residential community of lay persons and monastics in rural Rhode Island. Founded by Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn, it is the head temple of the North American Kwan Um School of Zen.

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Directions to Providence Zen Center

Map to PZC Providence Zen Center is located 15 miles north of Providence. From any direction, follow the instructions below to I-295 and take Exit 10 [Route 122]. At the traffic light at the end of the ramp turn right, and go 1.5 miles north on Rt. 122. After you pass under a footbridge, take the next right onto Pound Road. (If you pass an auto repair shop, you have gone too far.) Drive about 3/4 of a mile up Pound Road. Providence Zen Center is at #99 on the right with a 65-foot pagoda in the front yard. There is ample free parking in the visitor lot. To Get to I-295:
  • From Providence - take Route 146 North to I-295 North.
  • From Attleboro - take I-95 North to I-295 South.
  • From Boston - take I-95 South to I-295 South.
  • From Worcester - take Route 146 South to I-295 North.
  • From Western Massachusetts - take the Turnpike to Exit 10, to Route 20 East, to Route 146 South, to I-295 North.
  • From New Hampshire - take I-495 South, to I-95 South, to I-295 South.
  • From New York City and Connecticut - Take I-95 North to I-295 North.
Providence Zen Center Satellite Groups
Wheaton College Mary Lyon Hall

Norton, MA - Wheaton College Zen Group

Location - Mary Lyon Hall, Woolley Room Schedule - Tuesday evenings during the academic year at 6pm For information - contact Professor Jeff Timm at    

Only Don’t Know Zen Toronto

Wednesday nights 7 – 9:30 PM, 201 Carlaw Av, Unit 704, Toronto ON. Contact: Paul Green Tel 416 919 2390. Website    

Albuquerque Zen Group

Monday Night 7PM - 8:30PM. Contact Tony at for location.


Greater Rhode Island Sangha
ENSO21The Greater Rhode Island Sangha is a collaboration of Buddhist Sanghas in the wider Rhode Island area.  It includes representatives of many Buddhist schools, including Insight, Tibetan and Zen communities. The GRIS is dedicated to offering a shared celebration of the Buddha's enlightenment annually and other joint activities, as well as informing each other of our own projects. All are welcome.  

GRIS Member Groups & Organizations:

  • Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center
  • Radiant Bell Sangha

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Morning Practice Schedule

Mornings (including Sunday)
5:00 Wake up
5:15 108 Bows
5:45 Morning Bell Chant followed by Regular Chanting
6:30 - 7:00 Sitting meditation

5:00 Wake up
5:15 108 Bows
5:45 Regular Chanting
6:15 House meeting followed by 30 minutes sitting meditation

9:00 am Meditation Instruction Class
9:30 am Two half hour sitting periods with a ten minute walking meditation in-between
10:45 am Dharma Talk
11:30am Refreshments

Morning and Evening Practice Are Open To The Public.

Evening Meditation Schedule

Monday, Thursday, Saturday
7:00 Regular Chanting
7:20 - 8:20 Sitting & Walking Meditation

7:00 Regular Chanting
7:20 - 8:20 Sitting & Walking w/Kong-an Interviews

5:30 See our getting started classes..

7:00 Chanting
7:15-7:45 Sitting Meditation

7:00 Chanting
7:30 Sitting Meditation