Events At Meetingbrook

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter 2016, Events at Meetingbrook


    • 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,  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). 


     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.

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.