Meetingbrook Dogen & Francis Hermitage
June Theme: Consecration and Commitment to What Is Now Taking Place.
The 10th anniversary of Meetingbrook Hermitage Bookshop & Bakery
by the harbour occurs
July Theme: Living Ordinary Life
Ordinary life consists of living every day as if it were that very day and not some other.
Speaking of her father, Mary Karr writes, "His love of language made words his sacraments, too. Poetry was the family's religion. Beauty bonded us." (From Afterword, "Facing Altars: Poetry and Prayer," in her book of poems, Sinners Welcome, by Mary Karr, c.2006)
The sounds of streams are Buddha's speech.
Live each day as it is. Morning comes and evening follows.
August Theme: Loving-kindness and Understanding
The war-mind has gone insane. It bombs and shoots, kills and maims. The Middle East is afire. No one seems to care in the so-called civilized world that three major powers have taken to killing anyone in the path of their offensive in Iraq, Lebanon, and soon, no doubt, in Syria and Iran.
It is time for a spiritual revolution.
A taming faith. It's a belief I can get behind. It stands aside as
the masses of professing believers chant mantra-like the name of Jesus
as their own personal possession. Then, when the noise has passed,
steps out Christ from the shadows and ministers to those who've been
left blunted by the exultant crowd, those forgotten in the ecstasy
of others' remembrance of how special they are, those not worthy enough
in the eyes of The Few to be gathered into their cadre of triumphal
At this juncture in history no religion seems to have any courage to counter the belief that all this is in the name of some very distorted version of theology. No political or diplomatic power is anything other than impotent to stop the carnage, or worse, sharpen their swords and load their munitions to participate in the killing destruction.
Laissez faire new age religionists and anti-religionists hold themselves too pure to watch or engage the horrific events of the current conflict. Some protest that their personal well-being should not be compromised by the toxicity of news, war, and the suffering of others. They are preserving themselves for something more elevated. Rapture Christians and Rapture New Age folks are not that different. They hold themselves above and apart.
Spiritual revolution requires we live everyday as though it were that very day. Loving-kindness and understanding are the ways this revolution begins. They are the way it continues. They are the end of the revolution. Loving-kindness and understanding are the fruits of spirituality lived in the ordinary world everyday.
At Meetingbrook we pray for this revolution.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be safe.
May all beings come to dwell in their true home.
Please support us in this prayer. Please support one another through this difficult time. Please support each day the mind and heart longing for loving-kindness and understanding.
Please see http://www.meetingbrook.org/updates/05SepUpdate.htm for continuing support.
Meetingbrook Dogen & Francis Hermitage is a Schola Gratiae et Contemplationis, i.e., a School of Gratefulness and Contemplation. Bookshop and Bakery opened 29 June1996. Hermitage was formed as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in 1998 for the purpose of serving as a place of collation and recollection for the side-by-side practice and study of Buddhist Zen Meditation, Christian Contemplative Prayer, and the Engaged Service flowing from each. Central to Meetingbrook is its Laura Common – dedicated to a forum for individuals sharing practice with others, and its Schola -- dedicated to Interreligious & Interdependent Dialogue —Unveiling and Practicing Peace Between Ways. Donations are always gratefully accepted for the continuance and deepening of Meetingbrook.
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Camden, Maine USA 04843
Meetingbrook Bookshop & Bakery
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Camden, Maine USA 04843
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