When we practice meditation with others, our mind habits and opinions become clear and we can begin to let them go. Then, our inherent compassion and wisdom can support us in developing helpful relationships with everyone we meet.

Meditation practice is now open to people who have had their covid vaccination.  We also have Zoom access to practice as well.  Please contact the Northern Light Zen Center via our contact form or by emailing for the meeting id and/or to be on our email list.

Our Wednesday general format is below. The zoom session will be open at 6 for folks to gather and chat as well as for new student orientation.  Practice ends at 8:30 pm, but the zoom session will remain open until 9 pm for folks to converse and ‘drink tea’.  All are welcome. Please reach out to us with questions or to request details for practice nights

WeeklyTuesdayMorning  Meditation6:30 am
WeeklyWednesdayNew Student Orientation5:45 pm
Formal Practice**6:45 – 8:30 pm
WeeklyFridayMorning  Meditation6:30 am
MonthlyExtended Formal Practice 8:00 AM to NoonExtended Formal Practice8:00 am – Noon
See Retreats and Events Page for dates and times of retreats and extended practice days.

Extended practice for 2023, Oct 28, and Dec 30. Kong-an interviews second Wednesday of each month.  If a teacher is there for extended practice on Saturday there will be Kong-an interviews.  But that is not a guarantee.  Please don’t expect interviews on extended practice Saturdays. For any practice or retreats, please know that we respect people’s judgment if they choose not to travel for safety reasons due to conditions.  We try to follow the Town of Topsham when it comes to inclement weather.  If there is a parking ban in Topsham, then practice for that night is likely canceled.  Please check Topsham for parking bans.

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