Recently I have been experiencing a lot of stress around some issues in my life.  So when this happens I turn to my practice and try to use that to my benefit.  I am a sentient being after all and I am one of those whose suffering we are trying to end! However I was finding it hard to sit.  And even though chanting was definitely helpful, I started to feel that I wanted to change things up a little.  So as a good modern technophile I went to Google.

As I was browsing through the internet I found this article in Tricycle Magazine online.  I found it quite good and it had some very useful exercises for meditation practice.  Follow this link, it was a good read.

This link will take you to the article also.

 

Be well.

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We have retreats!

by admin on September 10, 2018

Hello!

I know I have been a little lax in posting.  But, hey Summer right? We had a retreat in June.  It was very warm and we had a small group but it was good practice!

We also had a retreat in August.  As you may know we have a full day retreat on the last Saturday of every other month.  August was good, it was also a warm day but not unbearably so.  It was more good practice!  Our next retreat is in October.  Please join us! Good practice, Kong-An interviews, temple style four bowl meal and a wonderful Sangha.

If you’re not sure about a full day we do half day extended practice on the other on the other Saturdays on the alternate months when we don’t have a retreat. A perfect way to test the waters if you will.  All are welcome.

June Retreat! Terry Cronin JDPSN, Bill Robitzek, Steve Bulloch, Mary Ellen Cimillo, Colin Fay, Jay Seiler

 

June Retreat! Nancy Hathaway, Steve Bulloch, Terry Cronin JDPSN, Jay Seiler, Bill Robitzek, Mary Ellen Cimillo, Colin Fay

June Retreat! Nancy Hathaway, Terry Cronin JDPSN, Steve Bulloch, Mary Ellen Cimillo, Colin Fay, Jay Seiler

 

 

August Retreat! Jay Seiler, Ron Turcotte, Terry Cronin JDPSN, Steve Bulloch, Sean Chung, Bill Robitzek

 

 

 

August Retreat! Jay Seiler, Ron Turcotte, Terry Cronin JDPSN, Steve Bulloch, Sean Chung, Bill Robitzek

 

 

August Retreat! Jay Seiler, Ron Turcotte, Terry Cronin JDPSN, Steve Bulloch, Sean Chung, Bill Robitzek

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Greetings!

Due to the fact that it is a holiday formal Practice at NLZC is canceled.  Please partake of solo practice!  Enjoy some watermelon and watch some fireworks.  🙂

Have a Happy Holiday and may the fourth be with you!

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Hello all you zen folks!   Because of Memorial day and the potential for holiday conflicts the half day practice for the 26th has been cancelled.  Keep in mind though that in June we are having a one day retreat!  Hope to see you there.  Be well everyone and have a great weekend!

 

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Our March 28th Retreat

by admin on April 30, 2018

not pictured; Ron Turcotte, John Schooley Retreatants! L-R Anna Soule,Bill Robitzek, Mary Ellen Cimillo, Terry Cronin JDPSN Aric Foster, Steve Bulloch, Lisa Hammer, Colin Fay, Jay Seiler Not Pictured - Ron Turcotte, John Schooley Retreatants! L-R Anna Soule,Bill Robitzek, Mary Ellen Cimillo, Terry Cronin JDPSN Aric Foster, Steve Bulloch, Lisa Hammer, Colin Fay, Jay Seiler

 

On March 28th we held a retreat at Northern Light Zen Center. It was very well attended and good practice ensued! The day started wet and foggy but by midday the sun had broken out and shone into the dharma room on our many meditators.  We ended the day with ice cream and some socializing.  It was wonderful.  Our next retreat is in June on the 30th.  Please check the ‘retreats and events’ tab to see what’s going on at NLZC!

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Buddha, the Life of Siddartha

I have been watching this series on netflix.  It is an Indian series and it is in hindi, so it is subtitled for english audiences.  But it is a very entertaining series about the life of Siddartha Gautam, who as we know, becomes The Buddha. It is called Buddha, The Story of Siddartha. It has all the overacting and melodrama that would expect in a telenovela style drama, but there is something about it that is fascinating.  I am very impressed with how, in my opinion anyway, the producers of this drama appear to get the Buddha’s message right. (Siddartha achieves enlightenment in episodes 33 and 34, FYI!) With the exception of a few things, the production value is actually quite good also.  Very well done series I would encourage anyone to check out.

 

 

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Due to the impending storm and the possibility of very adverse road conditions we are cancelling tonights practice.  As is our usual strategy, when there is a parking ban in Topsham then practice is canceled.  BUT  be there next Wednesday as that is interview night!  See you then!  Same Zen Time, same Zen Channel!

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There is a parking ban in Topsham and Brunswick.  Practice tonight is cancelled.  Please be safe out there!

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Practice for tonight Jan 17, 2018 has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

January 17, 2018

Please use caution when traveling snowy roads.  There is a parking ban in Topsham and Brunswick and as such practice is canceled.

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