Events At Meetingbrook

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Antiphonal

Vigils

Ant. 
Let us listen to the voice of God, let us enter into his rest.

Shabbos 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter 2016, Events at Meetingbrook

NOTES:

      Prelude:
    • Despite what the website says, we no longer have the intown bookshop/bakery. (It ran for 13 years at the harbor and folded back into hermitage at Ragged and Bald Mountains in 2009). We haven’t figured out how to get into that original site to change the text. 
    • All winter silent sittings and meditation practice takes place in our Thomas Merton Bookshed. Conversations take place in the main house Raimon Panikkar Wohnkuche (kitchen living space)
    • Weekend focus: For the winter, our events are gathered into Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.
    • See website, Today at Meetingbrook, http://meetingbrook.blogspot.com/  for any change/elaboration of schedule 


      Prologue, A word about Meetingbrook Hermitage Events:
    • All are welcome. All events at meetingbrook are free, open, and informal. 
    • Each conversation, 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 a Border Collie (Rokpa) and two cats (Panta and Chitta). 

EVENTS:

     1. Friday: 
    • Maine State Prison: (8am- 2:30pm) (only open to prison volunteers)
      • Buddhist Meditation Group; 
      • Meetingbrook Conversation; 
      • Special Management Unit (UMA/URock college course); for a resident of segregation unit;
      • ILU COTO (individual learning understanding, conversations together) sessions for individuals from general prison population. [This might be held on Thursday mornings.]
    • Quarry Hill (Extended Care Facility): Poetry, Tea, and Thee, (1st and 3rd Fridays, 3pm-4pm) open to all visitor poetry lovers. Bring one of your own, or from a book.
    • Hermitage, Friday Evening Conversation: 5:30pm-7:00pm                                           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. 
     
      2.  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).
     3.  Sunday:
    • Sunday Morning Collation,  9:00am - 10:00am. An Interreligious Centering Prayer/Lectio Divina (focusing on contemplation, conversation, correspondence),  Format: A silent period (15mins), followed by reading from particular scriptures of two traditions, then reflective conversation, round-table.
    • Morning Hospitality 10:30am-12:30pm, brunch and conversation 
    • 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.

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. (monastics of no other).

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


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Please note

As it is, there will be no formal Saturday Morning or Sunday.Evening Practice this weekend (10-11Oct).
The chapel/zendo and bookshed remain available for your use.
Keep us in mind.

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.
..........
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.