The Northern Light Zen Center is a Korean style Zen Buddhism based group that is part of the Kwan Um School of Zen. We meet every Wednesday nights (6:30 pm) for regular meditation practice which includes sitting, walking meditation, chanting, and a short Dharma reading. Practice takes place in our cozy Dharma room, that overlooks local farmland and fields of grass or corn. The Cathance river meanders in the distance
Northern Light Center was started in 1992 by several students of KUSZ under the guidance of the Kwan Um School of Zen. Our first guiding teacher, Chong Hae Su Nim, was ordained a monk in 1996 and received inka from Zen Master Seung Sahn on April 7, 2001. He provided the initial direction and encouragement for which we are very grateful.
Zen Master Seung Sahn is the 78th teacher in his line of dharma transmission which extends back through the Chogye Order to Taego Pou (1301 – 1382), a student and dharma heir of Shih-Wu in China. Upstream of Shih-Wu we meet Nan-yuan, Lin-chi, Huang-Po, Pai-Chang, Matsu, and Hui-Neng, the Sixth Patriarch, from whom all Zen schools trace their ancestry.
Our guiding teacher is Terry Cronin JDPSN. Terry Cronin, JDPSN started practicing Zen and Christian contemplation in 1980 while a student at Yale Divinity School. Since 1986, he has trained in theKwan Um School of Zen. He is Guiding teacher at the Northern Light Zen Center in Topsham, Maine, and received inka from Zen Master Soeng Hyangin April 2014. For the past 21 years he has worked in a variety of roles for hospice programs, currently serving as a hospice chaplain. He and his wife live in Maine and have one adult son.
Practice is free and all are welcome, newcomers are asked to arrive 15- 30 minutes before formal practice begins for a brief orientation.