Events At Meetingbrook

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer 2015, Events at Meetingbrook

Note: All silent sittings and meditation practice takes place in our chapel/zendo meditation cabin. Conversations take place in the main house Raimon Panikkar Wohnkuche (kitchen living space)


Prologue: A word about Meetingbrook Hermitage Events:
  • All are welcome. All events at meetingbrook are free, open, and informal. 
  • Each conversation, each night, each practice stands by itself. You’ve missed nothing. Just stop by and join the sitting practice or the conversation. 
  • Each silent sitting is just that, nothing more. Each event and conversation begins with a space of silence.  
  • Residents of meetingbrook include two dogs (Rokpa and Cody) and two cats (Panta and Chitta). 
1. Monday: No events. 
2. Tuesday: 
Tuesday Evening Conversation, 5:30—6:30 PM,  Eastern Traditions focus (Taoism, Buddhism, Vedanta, poetry and philosophy of Asia, East Asia).  Format: brief silent sitting (5mins), followed by circle reading, open reflection conversation, final circle.  
Current default book: Mother of the Buddhas: Meditations on the Prajnaparamita Sutra, 1993, by Lex Hixon   
Lex Hixon's "contemplative expansion" of forty passages from the Prajnaparamita Sutra, the basic scripture of all schools of Mahayana Buddhism, yields a text of devotional beauty that is at once dramatic and uplifting. The text sets forth the Bodhisattva path to enlightenment. Features a foreword by renowned American Buddhist scholar Dr. Robert A. Thurman. 
3. Wednesday: Meetingbrook Mornings at Maine State Prison -- Independent Studies. 
                           No evening events.

4. Thursday:
a) Morning Hospitality, 9:00AM - 11AM (coffee, tea, toast, muffins or eggs)  
b) Thursday Evening Conversation, 5:30pm-6:30pm.  Western Traditions focus (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Non-theism, current philosophical thought). Format: brief silent sitting (5mins), followed by circle reading, open reflection conversation, final circle. 
Current default book: The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and the Power of Love, 2013, by Ilia Delio 
The award-winning author of Christ in Evolution and The Emergent Christ breaks new ground with this capstone in a trilogy that opens our eyes to the everywhere active, all powerful, all intelligent Love that guides and directs our new awareness of interrelatedness and interbeing. 
She writes: We all have a part to play in this unfolding Love; we are wholes within wholes; persons within persons; religions within religions. We are one body and we seek one mind and heart so that the whole may become more whole, more personal and unified in love. This is our Christian vocation, to live in the Christ who is rising up from the ashes of death to become for us the God of the future.  
a) Meetingbrook Mornings at Maine State Prison, Warren ME. (7:30am--11:00am). Silent Sitting, Walking Practice, Conversation, Final Circle. 
b) Poetry, Tea, and Thee, at Quarry Hill  (Retirement/Assisted Living Facility, Camden ME) 1st and 3rd Fridays, (3-4pm) 
c) Friday Evening Conversation at Hermitage, 5:30pm--6:45pm. Format: Conversation focusing on Current IssuesMystics, Poets, Philosophers, Non-traditional and Various Other Thinkers. Reading, or video, from various traditions, conversation, Soul-friend sharing. Currently our reading/conversation is open to whatever is suggested by attendees.
6. Saturday:
Saturday Morning Meditation Practice, 7:30am--8:45am, Buddhist/Meditative Focus. Format: 30min silent sitting, chant, reading, circle reflection, metta, (Coffee, tea, toast after available).
7. Sunday:
a) Sunday Morning Collation, An Interreligious Centering Prayer/Lectio Divina (focusing on contemplation, conversation, correspondence), 9:00-10:00am. Format: A silent period (10mins), followed by reading from particular scriptures of two traditions, then reflective conversation, round-table.
b) Morning Hospitality 10:00am-noon. 
b) Sunday Evening Practice, (Practicing Between Contemplative/Meditative Traditions), 6:00pm--8:00pm. Format: 40min silent sitting; 5min mindful walking; Heart Sutra chant; 15min table reading; 10min silent eating; 15min open conversation; final circle.
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Note: See website, Today at Meetingbrook,http://meetingbrook.blogspot.com/ for any change/elaboration of schedule 

Epilogue:  
Meetingbrook Hermitage is a place of collation and recollection between 
Ragged and Bald Mountains. 
We practice, with simplicity, between traditions. 
We cultivate our promises of contemplation, conversation, and correspondence
This is attempted in the spirit of deep listening and loving speech. 
Stop by any time to visit meditation cabin or bookshed.
The yurt is used for solitary retreats. Inquire.
Hiking trails of both mountains abound.



 Meetingbrook Dogen & Francis Hermitage, is a Schola Gratiae et Contemplationis, i.e., a School of Gratefulness and Contemplation. Begun in 1994, it 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 Schola dedicated to Interreligious Dialogue—Unveiling and Practicing Peace Between Ways. Donations are always gratefully accepted for the continuance and deepening of Meetingbrook. 

 m.o.n.o.s (monastics of no other, silencio).

We are grateful for any efforts that encourage
an ongoing creation rooted in prayer, meditation, study, and service.  

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winter 2015, Jan-Mar, Events at Meetingbrook



Note: All silent sittings and meditation practice takes place in Merton Bookshed/Winter Zendo. Please note changes in our Winter practice

Prologue: A word about Meetingbrook Hermitage Events:

All are welcome. All events at meetingbrook are free, open, and informal. 
Each conversation, each night, each practice stands by itself. 
Each silent sitting is just that, nothing more. 
Each event and conversation begins with a space of silence. 
 Residents along with Bill and Saskia are 
two dogs (Rokpa and Cody) and 
two cats (Panta and Chitta). 

1. Monday: No events. 
2. Tuesday: 
Tuesday Evening Conversation Practice, 5:30-6:30pm. Eastern Traditions focus (Taoism, Buddhism, Vedanta). Format: brief silent sitting, followed by circle reading, open reflection conversation, final circle.
3. Wednesday: No events

4. Thursday:
a) Morning Hospitality, 8:30 - 11AM (coffee, tea, toast, muffins or eggs)  
b) Thursday Evening Conversation Practice, 5:30pm-6:30pm.     Western (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Non-theism thought) Traditions focus. Format: brief silent sitting, followed by circle reading, open reflection conversation, final circle.
5. Friday:
a) Meetingbrook Conversation at Maine State Prison, (Only Bill, Saskia, Rokpa currently going in.) Warren ME. (7:30am--11:00am). 
b) Poetry, Tea, and Thee, at Quarry Hill  (Retirement/Assisted Living Facility, Camden ME) 1st, 3rd Fridays, (3-4pm) 
c) Friday Evening Conversation at Hermitage, 5:30pm--6:45pm. Format: Conversation focusing on Current IssuesMystics, Poets, Philosophers, Non-traditional and Various Other Thinkers. Reading, or video, from various traditions, conversation, Soul-friend sharing. Currently open to whatever is suggested by whoever attends.
6. Saturday:
Saturday Morning Meditation Practice, 7:30am--8:45am, Buddhist/Meditative Focus. Format: 30min silent sitting, chant, reading, circle reflection, metta, (Coffee, tea, toast after available).
7. Sunday:
a) Sunday Morning Collation, An Interreligious Centering Prayer/Lectio Divina (focusing on contemplation, conversation, correspondence), 9:00-10:00am. Format: A silent period (10mins), followed by reading from particular scriptures of two traditions, then reflective conversation round-table.
b) Morning Hospitality 10:00am-noon. 
b) Sunday Evening Practice, (Practicing Between Contemplative/Meditative Traditions), 6:00pm--8:00pm. Format: 40min silent sitting; 5min mindful walking; Heart Sutra chant; 15min table reading; 10min silent eating; 15min open conversation; final circle.
..........
Note: See website, Today at Meetingbrook,http://meetingbrook.blogspot.com/ for any change/elaboration of schedule 

Epilogue:  
Meetingbrook Hermitage is a place of collation and recollection between 
Ragged and Bald Mountains. 
We practice, with simplicity, between traditions. 
We cultivate our promises of contemplation, conversation, and correspondence
This is attempted in the spirit of deep listening and loving speech. 
Stop by any time to visit cabin, bookshed, or yurt. 
Hiking trails of both mountains abound.



 Meetingbrook Dogen & Francis Hermitage, is a Schola Gratiae et Contemplationis, i.e., a School of Gratefulness and Contemplation. It 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 Schola dedicated to Interreligious Dialogue—Unveiling and Practicing Peace Between Ways. Donations are always gratefully accepted for the continuance and deepening of Meetingbrook. 

Saskia Huising & Bill Halpin, co-founders &m.o.n.o.s (monastics of no other, silencio).

We are grateful for any assistance
in the ongoing creation 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Late Autumn thru Winter 2014/15 Events at Meetingbrook

Snow arrives on All Souls Day, 2Nov2014. Five inches so far. Birds are mobbing the feeders.

Note: All silent sittings and meditation practice takes place in Merton Bookshed/Winter Zendo. 
The Morning Call Yurt by brook is available for times of solitude.

Prologue: A word about Meetingbrook Hermitage Events:
All are welcome. All events at meetingbrook are free, open, and informal. Each conversation, each night, each practice stands by itself. Each silent sitting is just that, nothing more. Each event and conversation begins with a space of silence and ends with a final circle.  Residents along with Bill and Saskia are two dogs (Rokpa and Cody) and two cats (Panta and Chitta). 

NOTE:  Chapel/Zendo or Thomas Merton Bookshed Retreat are available for sitting, reading, prayer, or merely visiting at any time of day. Just pull in, park, and make use. If gate is closed, open it. It is just a protection for the dogs from going to road. The Morning Call Yurt by the brook is available for times of solitude.
Morning weekday practice is idiorrhythmic.* We try to find our places by 6:45am. You, yours, anytime. (* Idiorrhythmic, an individualized form of monastic life. The term idiorrhythmia (ἰδιο〈ρ〉ρυθμία), meaning, on one's own, either alone or in a small group.) 

1. Monday: No events. 
2. Tuesday 
--Tuesday Evening Conversation Practice, 5:30-6:30pm. Eastern (Taoism, Buddhism, Vedanta) Traditions focus: 15mins silent sitting, followed by circle reading, and reflection conversation.
3. Wednesday: No events

4. Thursday:
a) Morning Hospitality, 8:30 - 11AM (coffee, tea, toast, muffins or eggs)  
b) Thursday Evening Conversation Practice, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Western (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) Traditions focus. 15mins silent sitting, followed by circle reading, and reflection conversation.
5. Friday:
a) Meetingbrook Conversation at Maine State Prison, (Only Bill, Saskia, Rokpa currently going in.) Warren ME. (7:30am--11:00am). 
b) Poetry, Tea, and Thee, at Quarry Hill  (Retirement/Assisted Living Facility, Camden ME) 1st, 3rd Fridays, (3-4pm) 
c) Friday Evening Conversation at Hermitage, 5:30pm--6:45pm. Theme, Creativity and Peace: Mystics, Poets, Philosophers, Non-traditional, and Various Other Thinkers. Reading, or video, from various traditions, conversation, Soul-friend sharing. Currently open to whatever is suggested by whoever attends.
6. Saturday:
Saturday Morning Meditation Practice, 7:30am--8:45am, Buddhist/Meditative Focus: 30min silent sitting, chant, reading, circle reflection, metta, (Coffee, tea, toast after available).
7. Sunday:
a) Quaker Meeting, Oct thru May, 9AM --10AM in Merton Bookshed Retreat
b) Hospitality 10:15am-noon. 
b) Sunday Evening Practice, (Practicing Between Contemplative/Meditative Traditions), 6:00pm--8:00pm, 40min silent sitting, mindful walking, chant; table reading, 10min silent eating, open conversation.
..........
Note: See website, Today at Meetingbrook,http://meetingbrook.blogspot.com/ for any change/elaboration of schedule 

Epilogue:  Meetingbrook Hermitage is a place of collation and recollection between Ragged and Bald Mountains where we practice with simplicity between traditions cultivating our promises of contemplation, conversation, and correspondence, in the spirit of deep listening and loving speech. Stop by any time to visit cabin, bookshed, or yurt. Hiking trails of Ragged Mountain abound.

Friday, June 27, 2014

summer 2014, events at meetingbrook

It is summer! It hasn't snowed in weeks. But we're keeping our snowshoes by the door. It confounds the resident barn-skunk.

Note: All silent sittings and meditation practice takes place in Merton Bookshed/Winter Zendo. 
The Morning Call Yurt by brook is available for times of solitude.

Prologue: A word about Meetingbrook Hermitage Events:
All are welcome; All events at meetingbrook are free, open, and informal; Each conversation, each night, each practice stands by itself. Each silent sitting is just that, nothing more. Each event and conversation begins with a space of silence.  Residents along with Bill and Saskia are two dogs (Rokpa and Cody) and two cats (Panta and Chitta). 

NOTE:  Chapel/Zendo or Thomas Merton Bookshed Retreat are available for sitting, reading, prayer, or merely visiting at any time of day. Just pull in, park, and make use. If gate is closed, open it. It is just a protection for the dogs from going to road. The Morning Call Yurt by the brook is available for times of solitude.
Morning weekday practice is idiorrhythmic.* We try to find our places by 6:45am. You, yours, anytime. (* Idiorrhythmic, an individualized form of monastic life. The term idiorrhythmia (ἰδιο〈ρ〉ρυθμία), meaning, on one's own, either alone or in a small group.) 

1. Monday: No events. Currently mornings at Maine State Prison, independent study: "What the Words Say -- Narrative, Philosophy, and Poetics of Biblical Literature."
2. Tuesday 
--Tuesday Evening Conversation Practice, 5:30-6:30pm. Eastern (Taoism, Buddhism, Vedanta) Traditions focus: 15mins silent sitting, followed by circle reading, and reflection conversation.
3. Wednesday: No events

4. Thursday:
a) Morning Hospitality, 8:30 - 11AM (coffee, tea, toast, muffins or eggs)  
b) Thursday Evening Conversation Practice, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Western (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) Traditions focus. 15mins silent sitting, followed by circle reading, and reflection conversation.
5. Friday:
a) Meetingbrook Conversation at Maine State Prison, (Only Bill, Saskia, Rokpa currently going in.) Warren ME. (7:30am--11:00am). 
b) Poetry, Tea, and Thee, at Quarry Hill  (Retirement/Assisted Living Facility, Camden ME) 1st, 3rd Fridays, (3-4pm) 
c) Friday Evening Conversation at Hermitage, 5:30pm--6:45pm. Theme, Creativity and Peace: Mystics, Poets, Philosophers, Non-traditional, and Various Other Thinkers. Reading, or video, from various traditions, conversation, Soul-friend sharing. Currently open to whatever is suggested by whoever attends.
6. Saturday:
--Saturday Morning Meditation Practice, 7:30am--8:45am, Buddhist/Meditative Focus: 30min silent sitting, chant, reading, circle reflection, metta, (Coffee, tea, toast after available).
7. Sunday:
a) Hospitality 10:15am-noon. 
b) Sunday Evening Practice, (Practicing Between Contemplative/Meditative Traditions), 6:00pm--8:00pm, 40min silent sitting, mindful walking, chant; table reading, 10min silent eating, open conversation.
..........
Note: See website, Today at Meetingbrook,http://meetingbrook.blogspot.com/ for any change/elaboration of schedule 

Epilogue:  Meetingbrook Hermitage is a place of collation and recollection between Ragged and Bald Mountains where we practice with simplicity between traditions cultivating our promises of contemplation, conversation, and correspondence, in the spirit of deep listening and loving speech. Stop by any time to visit cabin, bookshed, or yurt. Hiking trails of Ragged Mountain abound.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

events at meetingbrook, 2014 winter/spring, jan/june


Note: All silent sittings and meditation practice takes place in Merton Bookshed/Winter Zendo. 
The Morning Call Yurt by brook is available for times of solitude.

Prologue: A word about Meetingbrook Hermitage Events:
All are welcome; All events at meetingbrook are free, open, and informal; Each conversation, each night, each practice stands by itself. Each silent sitting is just that, nothing more. Each event and conversation begins with a space of silence.  Residents along with Bill and Saskia are two dogs (Rokpa and Cody) and two cats (Panta and Chitta). 

NOTE:  Chapel/Zendo or Thomas Merton Bookshed Retreat are available for sitting, reading, prayer, or merely visiting at any time of day. Just pull in, park, and make use. If gate is closed, open it. It is just a protection for the dogs from going to road. The Morning Call Yurt by the brook is available for times of solitude.
Morning weekday practice is idiorrhythmic.* We try to find our places by 6:45am. You, yours, anytime. (* Idiorrhythmic, an individualized form of monastic life. The term idiorrhythmia (ἰδιο〈ρ〉ρυθμία), meaning, on one's own, either alone or in a small group.) 

1. Monday: No events
2. Tuesday 
--Tuesday Evening Conversation Practice, 5:30-6:30pm. Eastern (Taoism, Buddhism, Vedanta) Traditions focus: 15mins silent sitting, followed by circle reading, and reflection conversation.
3. Wednesday: No events

4. Thursday:
a) Morning Hospitality, 8:30 - 11AM (coffee, tea, toast, muffins or eggs)  
b) Thursday Evening Conversation Practice, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Western (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) Traditions focus. 15mins silent sitting, followed by circle reading, and reflection conversation.
5. Friday:
a) Conversations at Maine State Prison, (Only Bill, Saskia, Rokpa currently going in.) Warren ME. (7:30am--11:00am). 
b) Poetry, Tea, and Thee, at Quarry Hill  (Retirement/Assisted Living Facility, Camden ME) 1st, 3rd Fridays, (3-4pm) 
c) Friday Evening Conversation at Hermitage, 6:00pm--8:00pm. Theme, Creativity and Peace: Mystics, Poets, Philosophers, Non-traditional, and Various Other Thinkers. Reading, or video, from various traditions, conversation, Soul-friend sharing. Currently focusing on Existentialism, Heidegger, Kyoto School, and Nothingness. At other times, such as Rupert Spira, TED Talks, Creation Eco-spirituality: David Abram, Thomas Berry, John O'Donohue, Ilia Delio, Care and Creation, Franciscan Spirituality; Pagan, Agnostic, Atheism, New Scientific thinking.
6. Saturday:
--Saturday Morning Meditation Practice, 7:30am--8:45am, Buddhist/Meditative Focus: 30min silent sitting, chant, reading, circle reflection, metta, (Coffee, tea, toast after available).
7. Sunday:
a) Quaker Meeting, 9:00am-10am. Megunticook Worship Group, Oct-May, Merton Bookshed/Retreat. 
b) Hospitality 10:15am-noon. 
c) Sunday Evening Practice, (Practicing Between Contemplative/Meditative Traditions), 6:00pm--8:00pm, 40min silent sitting, mindful walking, chant; table reading, 10min silent eating, open conversation.
..........
Note: See website, Today at Meetingbrook,http://meetingbrook.blogspot.com/ for any change/elaboration of schedule 

Epilogue:  Meetingbrook Hermitage is a place of collation and recollection between Ragged and Bald Mountains where we practice with simplicity between traditions cultivating our promises of contemplation, conversation, and correspondence, in the spirit of deep listening and loving speech. Stop by any time to visit cabin, bookshed, or yurt. Hiking trails of Ragged Mountain abound.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Events at Meetingbrook, Spring 2013


Note: All Silent Sittings and Meditation Practice take place in the Cabin Chapel/Zendo.
Conversations take place in Hermitage Main House or Thomas Merton Retreat
The Morning Call Yurt by the brook is available for times of solitude.

A word about Meetingbrook Hermitage Events:
All are welcome; All events at meetingbrook are free, open, and informal; Each conversation, each night, each practice stands by itself. Each silent sitting is just that, nothing more. Each event and conversation begins with a space of silence.
Along with Bill and Saskia, there are two dogs (Rokpa and Cody) and two cats (Panta and Chitta). 

1. Monday: No events

2. TuesdayEvening Meditation/Conversation Practice, 5:30-6:30pm. Eastern Tradition focus: 20 mins sitting, 20 mins circle reading, 20 mins circle reflection conversation.

3. WednesdayNo events

4. Thursdays:
a) Morning Hospitality, 8:30 - 11AM (coffee, tea, toast, muffins or eggs) 
b) 1st, 3rd, 5th Thursdays Evening Meditation/Conversation Practice, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Western Tradition focus. 20 mins sitting, 20 mins reading, 20 mins circle reflection conversation.
c) 2nd, 4th Thursdays,  Ongoing reading and reflection on A Course in Miracles.

5. Fridays:
a) Conversations at Maine State Prison, (Only Bill, Saskia, Rokpa currently going in.) Warren ME. (7:30am--11:00am).
b) Poetry at Quarry Hill (Retirement/Assisted Living Facility, Camden ME) 1st, 3rd Fridays, (3-4pm)
c) Evening Conversation at Hermitage, 5:30pm--6:45pm. Theme,Creativity and Peace: Mystics, Poets, and Thinkers. Reading, or video, from various traditions, conversation, Soul-friend sharing. Currently focusing on such as Rupert Spira, TED Talks, Creation Eco-spirituality: David Abram, Thomas Berry, John O'Donohue, Ilia Delio, Care and Creation, Franciscan Spirituality, new thinking.
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6. Saturdays:
Morning Meditation Practice, 7:30am--8:45am, Buddhist/Meditative Focus: sitting, chant, reading, circle reflection, metta,

7. Sundays:
a) Quaker Meeting, 9:00am-10am. Megunticook Worship Group, Oct-May, Merton Bookshed/Retreat.
b) Hospitality 10:15am-noon.
c) Evening Meditation Practice, (Practicing Between Contemplative/Meditative Traditions), 6:00pm--8:00pm, silent sitting, mindful walking, chant; table reading, silent eating, open conversation.
..........
Note: See website, Today at Meetingbrook,http://meetingbrook.blogspot.com/ for any change/elaboration of schedule 

Epilogue:
 Meetingbrook Hermitage is a place of collation and recollection between Ragged and Bald Mountains where we practice with simplicity between traditions cultivating our promises of contemplation, conversation, and correspondence, in the spirit of deep listening and loving speech. Stop by any time to visit cabin, bookshed, or yurt. Hiking trails of Ragged Mountain abound.

Friday, March 29, 2013

This weekend, 28-31 March 2012

Note: all formal events at meetingbrook will not be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
A good holiday to each!