The Key to Happiness.

by admin on January 4, 2018


Northern Light had a retreat on the 30th!

by admin on January 1, 2018

Greetings to all and Happy New Year!

WE had our final one day retreat of the year on the 30th! It was a wonderful day and good practice had by all. We had folks from Searsport and Richmond Me, as well as members from the surrounding area! An excellent lunch, (Chili!) and interviews with our Guiding Teacher Terry Cronin, JDPSN. All in all an very good day. May all beings have a happy New Year!

l-r Colin F, Greg L, Ron T, Jennifer M, Terry C JDPSN, Abbie S, Jay S, Steve B.


Back In October we had a retreat!

by admin on November 27, 2017

On the 28th of October the Northern Light Zen Center held its regular day long retreat.  We had a wonderful crowd and it was a beautiful day.  Very strong practice by all.


Group Picture after the retreat!


This is our new Taenghwa behind our altar.  Many thanks to an anonymous donor!





Retreat at Northern Light on October 28th

by admin on October 19, 2017


October Retreat

202 Meadow Road Topsham Maine 729-6013

The Northern Light Zen Center is pleased to announce a one day retreat on October 28, 2017 from 7:50 to 4:30.

Please arrive at 6:50 for orientation if this is your first retreat at NLZC. Formal meal will be included. The practice will involve alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. Kong-An practice is available with the Guiding Teacher during the day.

RSVP required by the Wednesday before the retreat so we can plan on sufficient food.

Click here to ask questions or to register for the the retreat.

Terry Cronin, JDPSN started practicing Zen and Christian contemplation in 1980 while a  student at Yale Divinity School. Since 1986, he has trained in the Kwan Um School of Zen. He received inka from Zen Master Soeng Hyang in April, 2014 and is the Guiding Teacher at the Northern Light Zen Center. For the past 21 years he has worked in a variety  of roles  for hospice programs, currently serving as a hospice chaplain. He lives in  Maine and  has one adult son.

Terry Cronin, JDPSN, Guiding Teacher of the NLZC


The Breath of Life: The Practice of Breath Meditation


The Whole World is a Single Flower

by admin on September 14, 2017


I have not posted for a while so I thought it was time.  And fortuitously we have a major event in the Kwan Um School coming up! The Whole World is a Single Flower is a conference that brings together our Sanghas from all over the world.  From the conference website, “The Kwan Um School of Zen Sanghas and communities as well as other participants will share with each other concerns, ideas, and solutions regarding these changes.  We will take part in lively discussions and role-playing forums leading to possible solutions and to what we can do.”  I plan to attend a few days and a few of us from Northern Light are attending also.  Check it out.  It sounds like an interesting time.  The Providence Zen Center is a lovely Center set in Cumberland RI and is worth a trip. Maybe we will see you there?

The Whole World is a Single Flower

Whole World History



There are some very exciting things coming up at Northern Light Zen Center and our friends at Morgan Bay Zendo in Surry, Maine!  Here is just a quick run down of events.

On Saturday July 29th there is an extended practice.  We begin at 9 am and bow, chant and sit until noon.  This is typically followed with tea and conversation, maybe even cookies!  If Terry is there, (Terry Cronin JDPSN) we would have kong-an interviews as well.  This is not a guarantee, however.

On August 18 – 19 at Morgan Bay Zendo there is a Dharma talk and a one day retreat. The dharma talk is going to take place at the Blue Hill Library on the 18th at 8 pm and the retreat is the next day at Morgan Bay Zendo, from 8:30 am to 5 pm. The retreat will be led by Terry Cronin JDPSN.  In this retreat we will spend the day in silence sitting Zen alternating with walking meditation in the Zendo Moss Garden. A traditional Korean Zen four-bowl style vegetarian lunch will be served. Terry will offer traditional Zen kong-an interviews.  FMI and to register contact:  Also check out Morgan Bay Zendo at

On August 26th, the Northern Light Zen Center is having a one day retreat.  This retreat is led by Terry Cronin, JDPSN at the Northern Light Zen Center at 202 Meadow Road in Topsham.  Arrival and registration for new participants will begin at 6:50 am. For experienced participants arrival and registration begins at 7:50. Retreat ends at 4:30 pm.  FMI or to register for a retreat, email, or call 729-6013.

Lot’s of things Buddhist happening over the next month!  Very exciting and an awesome chance to strengthen your practice. Hopefully we will see you there!


Greetings all!

Due to circumstances beyond our control there will be no interviews during our Wednesday practice on the 12th.  Usually the second practice Wednesday of the month is interview night but this time interviews have been canceled.  Practice will take place as usual.  So please come and sit with us!





We Had a Retreat on April 29th!

May 4, 2017

Our April retreat just occurred and we had an excellent turnout! There were a total of 11 of us in our beautiful Dharma room.  Practice was strong and it was a lovely sunny day. The meal was simple and delicious.  The four bowl temple style is always kind of cool. (I think)   Our next […]

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We had a retreat on Feb 18…..

March 21, 2017

Aagh!  I am always late with posting retreat pictures.  But when I do, I do it 100% !! Haha!  We had a lovely retreat on the 18th of February.  It was a great day.  It was good practice.  Here are some pictures.              

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