We have retreats!

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

Our March 28th Retreat

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!

Northern Light had a retreat on the 30th!

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.

Retreat at Northern Light on October 28th

 

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

Exciting events happening at NLZC and nearby!

Greetings!

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@gmail.com 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!

We Had a Retreat on April 29th!

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!

 

L – R Nancy Hathaway, Colin Fay, Terry Cronin JDPSN, Abby Stiers, John Schooley, Marilyn Petit, Bill Robitzek, Jay Seiler, Jake Fahey, Lisa Hammer, Jen Mancini

 

 

We had a retreat on Feb 18…..

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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L-R, Colin Fay, Jay Seiler, Lisa Hammer, Bill Robitzek, Mary-Ellen Cimillo, Abbie Stiers, Marilyn Petit, Terry Cronin JDPSN

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L-R, Colin Fay, Jay Seiler, Nancy Hathaway, Lisa Hammer, Mary-Ellen Cimillo, Abbie Stiers, Marilyn Petit, Terry Cronin JDPSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our New Years Eve day Retreat!

On the 31st of December the Northern Light Zen Center rang in the New Year with a day long retreat.  I was well attended with members from Belfast, Portland, Nobleboro, Yarmouth and Brunswick/Topsham. Even Massachusetts!  It was a good day.  Please watch our soon to be updated schedule for upcoming retreats!

 

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l – r, Marilyn Petit, Emily ?, Lisa Hammer, Jennifer Mancini, Katia Ancona, Abbie Stiers, Terry Cronin JDPSN, Judith Simpson, Steve Bulloch, Debbie Smith, Jeanne ?, Jay Seiler, John Schooley