Welcome to Northern Light Zen Center
The Northern Light Zen Center in Topsham, Maine was established in 2002. The Zen Center is open to everyone. Besides regular meditation practice, we offer training workshops and Zen retreats with several Zen Masters of the Kwan Um School of Zen.
A retreat is an important time to investigate our life and clear our mind of habitual thinking in order to attain our wisdom and compassion to help this world. Practice includes sitting and walking meditation, bowing, chanting, kong-an interviews and formal meals. The program is open to anyone regardless of previous experience. All practice is held in silence.
Guiding Teacher: Zen Master Soeng Hyang
Zen Master Soeng Hyang (Barbara Rhodes) is the School Zen Master and Guiding Dharma Teacher of the Kwan Um School Zen. She received dharma transmission from Zen Master Seung Sahn on October 10, 1992. She was one of Zen Master Seung Sahn’s first American students and studied with him since 1972. She received inka in 1977. She helped found Providence Zen Center, and lived there for seventeen years, serving in a number of administrative capacities. She also initiated Providence Zen Center’s ongoing series of Christian-Buddhist gatherings.