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.




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!


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


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


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


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October 13, 2017

The Breath of Life: The Practice of Breath Meditation

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The Whole World is a Single Flower

September 14, 2017

Greetings! 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 […]

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