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May 2000 Events
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All Events at MEETINGBROOK are free, open & informal.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Conversations in The Thin Place"Relationships Built on Expansion and Creation.”  Beginning the conversation will be Robert and Su.Sane Hake Thursday, May 25, 6:30 PM in Jean Picker Room

We are inviting “Thin Place Reflections” to be part of each Conversation in the Thin Place. Thin Place Reflections, (TPR), will expand the direct involvement of participants in the considerations evoked by the conversation topics. Each month there is an open invitation to write a poem, essay or any reflections on the topic. These written pieces will be made available at or after the actual conversation. (See our TPR Page for details)

MORNINGS AT THE HERMITAGE.  Silent Sittings(Zazen) 5 mornings a week, Tue.- Sat. 7:05am-7:30am. Morning Prayer (Lauds) 7:35am at MEETINGBROOK Dogen & Francis HERMITAGE, 64 Barnestown Rd. (past snow bowl, on left, white gate).All are invited to these morning events.

TUESDAY EVENING BUDDHIST ZEN  STUDIES 5:30pm-6:30pm Buddhist Sutras, starting “Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness,” commentary by Thich Nhat Hanh, (Led by Susan Smith-Hudson.)

WEDNESDAY EVENING CONVERSATIONS: 5:30pm. -6:30pm. These conversations are open, informal, and free. A facilitator begins, and then it goes to the circle.

Wed. 10May00 Topic:  “We have already distinguished a triangularity in the general human situation. …If Homo Sapiens perishes, he will perish not of weakness and starvation but of plethora.” A reading from The Outline of History by H.G. Wells, pp1187-1188 “The Present Outlook for Man.”
Wed. 17May00 Topic: “By living in the present, as if she had no future, she was not ignoring death, she was living it.” A reading from Grace and Grit – Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber, by Ken Wilber, pp315-316 “But Not a Dead One.”
Wed. 24May00 Topic: “In our desire to escape from distress at last, we search for doctrines of salvation, we search for ‘gurus’. But the true guru is not far away, he is before our eyes and unceasingly offers us his teaching; he is reality as it is, he is our daily life.” A reading from The Supreme Doctrine – Psychological Studies in Zen Thought by Herbert Benoit, pp. 236-242, “On Humility.”
Wed. 31May00 Topic:  “Not to completely feel is thinking…” “…this masterpoem of human perception, whose seventh verse alone exterminates all conventional morality: ‘She saith, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.’” A reading from six nonlectures by e e cummings, pp.65-68, Nonlecture Four, “I & you & is.”

THURSDAY EVENING CHRISTIAN CONTEMPLATIVE STUDIES 5:30pm-6:30pm.  Study of contemplative writings in Western tradition. Currently reading The Mystical Sense of the Gospels: A Handbook for Contemplatives, by James M. Somerville.

FRIDAY EVENING OPEN CIRCLE READING, 5:30p.m.- 6:30p.m..  Open reading gathering. Poetry & Prose: Each reads for 5-10 minutes, own or others writing, followed by a brief silence, discussion.

MUSIC REHEARSALAn opportunity to rehearse in ease in a public place.  Not gig, not performance, casual. Call if you'd like to rehearse of a Fri./Sat./Sun. Spontaneous also welcome.

Open Daily by 10:30AM (hopefully). Closed Mondays in winter.




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Camden, Maine USA 04843
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Camden, Maine USA 04843
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