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

1. A question that will challenge all of us today is this: “Do you love God?” That question evokes the endlessness of our heart’s quest as well as the incomprehensibility of God, and it gives us an absorbing center for our lives.  (from essay “The Eclipse of Love for God” by Edward Collins Vacek, S.J., in America, 9Mar96)

2. I have a hunch now that the beginning of Zazen and all yogic practice is hunting. Agricultural magic and agricultural life produce ritual. It’s a completely different exercise of the intelligence. The hunter has to learn samadhi; he has to practice identification with his quarry. As somebody said, the only way you ever get into the mind of another creature is by wanting to make love to it or wanting to kill it. The two are very close. The hunter learns to know his quarry like a lover. (Gary Snyder, from 1967 conversation with Dom Aelred Graham in Conversations: Christian and Buddhist Encounters in Japan, 1968)

At Dogen&Francis Hermitage: 
SUNDAY EVENING PRACTICE AT THE HERMITAGE Each Sunday evening, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Practice Schedule: Silent Sitting, Walking Meditation, Silent Sitting (20-10-20min each); A 5 min reading, or, Practice Reflection (by a participant), Soup & Bread (taken mindfully partially in silence, partially with conversation), then final chanting either Compline (Christian Night Prayer, 11, 25Nov) or Heart Sutra (Buddhist Prajna Paramita, 4, 18Nov) alternating every other Sunday.  All welcome.

MORNINGS AT THE HERMITAGE.  Silent Sittings 30 minutes, 5 mornings Tue-Sat. 7:05am-7:35am. at MEETINGBROOK Dogen & Francis HERMITAGE, 64 Barnestown Rd. (past snow bowl, on left, white gate).      

At Bookshop/Bakery:
(Led by Susan Smith-Hudson.)

5:30pm-6:30pm Zen Practice/Studies, Currently reading book Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh,
6:45pm-7: 45pm Maybe Zen, Maybe Not, Metta (Compassion) Practice/Study. Beginning with book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa

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.   1Nov00 Topic:  What if a Buddhist was president? -- A conversation about qualities. Facilitated by Brad Hodson

Wed.   8Nov00 Topic: Orthogonal Christianity – A consideration.Facilitated by Forrest Sherman

Wed. 15Nov00 Topic: The Seeds of Hope – Reinventing Christianity in Itself.  A reading conversation on Zen philosopher Keiji Nishitani’s Religion and Nothingness (Paper by Jason Blahuta, Univ.of Ottowa)    

Wed. 22Nov00 Topic: Thankfulness and Peace – Signs of Sacredness.  A circle conversation.
Wed. 29Nov00 Topic:  Waiting & Waking: It is now the hour for you to wake from sleep…(Romans 13:11) – An Advent conversation.    Facilitated by Saskia Huising

THURSDAY EVENING CHRISTIAN CONTEMPLATIVE STUDIES 5:30pm-6:30pm. Now,  Mystical Sense of the Gospels, A Handbook for Contemplatives, by James Somerville 

FRIDAY EVENING OPEN POETRY READING, 5:30p.m. - 6:30p.m.  Open reading gathering invites anyone to bring poetry to read, whether your own or others’. Invited under “poetry” are Poems, Letters & Pieces of Journals. We read around the circle at least twice, followed by a brief silence, then discussion.

MUSIC REHEARSALAn opportunity to rehearse individually in ease in a public place, anytime, call or just show up. Also, each Wednesday & Sunday afternoon 1-3:30pm, group playing, join in.

Open Daily by 10:30AM
Closed Mondays
Let us order your books and music! Thanks!

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Camden, Maine USA 04843
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