Bear Tree Zen Group

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 24 October 2006.

Phone: 603-746-5721
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Wade Hancock, an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, studied for nine years with Maurine Stuart Roshi. He took priest's vows March of l989 and the Bear Tree Zen Group began meeting in April of l989 at the Franklin Pierce Manse in Concord, N.H. In l992 the group moved its' Zendo (meditation hall) to a private home in Hopkinton, N.H. until the spring of 2003. Presently, they meet at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H.

Building and Space

Bear Tree Zen Group holds their weekly sittings in Clark House, the wellness center at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH.

Activities and Schedule

The Bear Tree Zen Group meets every Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. During these two hours, they practice Zazen, sitting quietly in deep concentration. In addition to these sittings, several members of Bear Tree practice with Zen teachers from various lineages. They view these weekly gatherings at St. Paul's School as an opportunity to support each other's practice by sitting together. Bear Tree is not involved with any interfaith council, deciding to dedicate their energy to their small community.


The group attracts members from Concord and surrounding New Hampshire towns, along with students and some faculty members of St. Paul's School. Members vary in religious background and the Bear Tree Zen group warmly welcomes people of all faiths to join their weekly sittings: no experience is necessary.