Upcoming retreat on August 31st!

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 Lion’s Roar about that very thing. Can I sit in a chair?

We Are having a Retreat on the 29th of December

BEGIN 2019 WITH A CLEARER MIND!
 The Northern Light Zen Center is pleased to announce a one day retreat on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 8:00 to 4:00.

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 had a retreat in October…

I have been remiss!  We had a retreat in October and here it is November, almost Thanksgiving, and I have yet to post pictures.  🙁  I had good intentions of doing so but as they say the road to hell is paved with good intentions right?!  Then again, don’t make good, don’t make bad everything just is.  Regardless, better late than never.  So here are some pics and be it known that it was a wonderful retreat day, with excellent practice by all!

November 24th we have an extended practice day that runs from 9 to noon.  Please feel free to join us.  And of course another retreat is coming up in December on the 29th.  Look for an emailing to be coming soon.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

L to R, Sarah Matari, Ron Turcotte, John Schooley, Terry Cronin JDPSN, Nancy Hathaway, Steve Bulloch, Colin Fay

L to R, Bill Robitzek, Ron Turcotte, John Schooley, Terry Cronin JDPSN, Nancy Hathaway, Steve Bulloch, Colin Fay

 

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!