Please use caution when traveling snowy roads. There is a parking ban in Topsham and Brunswick and as such practice is canceled.
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!
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.
This is our new Taenghwa behind our altar. Many thanks to an anonymous donor!
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?
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: Hathaway.N@gmail.com. Also check out Morgan Bay Zendo at http://www.morganbayzendo.org.
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, northernlightzencenter@
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!
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!
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 retreat is June 24th, and it will be another great day. A good time to help strengthen your practice. 🙂 Please join us in June!