NLZC and COVID-19 suspension

by admin on March 16, 2020

Dear Friends,

How are you? In response to the risks of COVID-19 transmission, Northern Light Zen Center will be suspending all programs, effective immediately. 

We expect this suspension to last four-six weeks, possibly longer. In making this decision, our Zen center joins many other centers around the country to take steps important to the safety of the sangha. 

Beginning today, the suspension affects the following programs:

– Wednesday evening practices

– last Saturday extended practice

– if further extended, the one day retreat in April. 

During this suspension, we encourage you to practice meditation regularly. Terry PSN will continue to offer interviews by appointment, through Zoom or by phone, in which you can discuss practice, daily life and also do kong-ans.  Please contact him at if you would like to schedule time. We will also attempt to keep in regular contact with readings, quotes and information. If anyone has any suggestions in this regard, please contact us. Please also let the sangha know if you are ill so we can give whatever support is possible.

We have always sought to make the Zen center a safe place for practice and self-investigation, and it never occurred to us that public health concerns would enter into this. But here we are and we must follow the best available recommendations. Thank you for your support.

In the Dharma,



The Kwan Um Schools Online Sangha is offering regular study groups. This February 17th is a study of the Heart Sutra with ZM Hae Kwang (Stanley Lombardo)

Kwan Um Zen Online Sangha Study Group


Due to the holiday and the likelihood of people with family etc, practice for New Years day is canceled. See you on the 8th!


Our End of Year December One Day Retreat.

by admin on December 29, 2019

On the 28th of December 2019 12 of us came together and sat a Northern Light Zen Center one day retreat. We hold these one day retreats on every even numbered month of the year. This month we had a nice large group. Strong practice and good teaching. Thank you to everyone and happy new year!

back row l-r Darren Brown, Patrick Clancy, Carol Hedgepeth, Terry Cronin JPDSN, Jennifer Mancini, John Schooley, Judith Simpson, Steve Bulloch, Robin Capwell
front row l-r Mary-Ellen Cimino, Marilynn Petit, Stephanie Harp, Jay Seiler


Practice on Wednesday the 25th is cancelled.

by admin on December 23, 2019

Due to the Christmas Holiday Practice for this Wednesday is cancelled.

However! Please join us for a one day retreat on the 28th of December. Ring in the new year with a day of solid meditation! 🙂

Email or for more information.


Extended Practice on Nov. 30 is cancelled.

by admin on November 24, 2019

Due to the holiday and conflicts – potential conflicts with travel and family, extended practice on Nov 30th is cancelled. Please come to our December one day retreat on Dec 28th!


Buddha’s Enlightenment Day

by admin on November 14, 2019

Buddha’s Enlightenment Day will be celebrated at the Providence Zen Center on December 14. There are overnight accommodations for those wanting to go down on Friday. There will be a children’s program if people with kids register (indicate that your kiddos will attend). There are likely to be carpool opportunities on Friday and perhaps Saturday if you are interested. Contact Abbot Bill Robitzek if you’re interested in carpooling.

Here is the link to register:


Upcoming One day Retreat Oct 26th!

by admin on October 17, 2019

Please join us for an upcoming one day retreat on Saturday October 26th with Terry Cronin, JDPSN, guiding teacher of the NLZC.

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.

We hope to see you there! Come practice with us!


We had a retreat this Saturday!

September 1, 2019

The 31st was our retreat day and what a beautiful day it was! Gorgeous sun and temperature. A good day to practice! We sat all day in our lovely dharma room and afterward we had cookies and ice cream. Who could ask for more? Please join us for our next retreat in October!

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Upcoming retreat on August 31st!

August 22, 2019

Hey everyone! Just a reminder that our every other monthly day long retreat is coming right up! August 31st is the day, please come and sit with us. End your summer with some strong practice. If you’re worried about sitting on a cushion all day you can use a chair. Here is an article from […]

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