Morgan Bay Zendo to offer online gatherings



SURRY — The Morgan Bay Zendo at 532 Morgan Bay Road in Surry wants to be of service to the community — near and far.

Other years, the Zendo opened for the season the first Sunday in April with a community gathering on the first Sunday in May to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday, a joyful celebration of renewal. This year, the Zendo must remain closed for April and perhaps longer.

With that in mind, the Zendo will offer two weekly online opportunities to come together for 25 minutes of meditation, a short talk and discussion. Each session will last an hour and is open to all.

To join an online meeting, go to the Zendo’s website or Facebook page. Visit morganbayzendo.org, contact [email protected] or check Facebook for more information in the weeks ahead.

Meetings will run from 9-10 a.m. The Sunday meeting schedule for April, including facilitators and topics, is as follows:

April 5 – Nancy Hathaway – “Notes from a Home Retreat in the Time of Coronavirus.”

April 12 – Dana Polojarvi – “Society in Transition Using Buddhist Teachings.”

April 19 –  Hugh Curran – “The Practice of Nonviolence from Buddha to Gandhi.”

April 26 – Dana Polojarvi and Nancy Hathaway – “Zen and Climate Change.”

To access the meetings, go to https://zoom.us/j/873730710.

On Wednesdays in April, from 5-6 p.m., the Zendo will host Tea House Zen events in the Korean Zen tradition with Nancy Hathaway, a senior Dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. The evening will begin with drinking tea together (please bring your own!), sitting meditation for 25 minutes with short instruction for newcomers, a talk, and discussion.

To access these events, go to https://zoom.us/j/155207843.

The Zendo also invites the community to walk a contemplative path in the Moss Garden. For a description and map of the path, go to mainetrailfinder.com and search for “Morgan Bay Zendo Contemplative Path.” The path to the Moss Garden has suffered winter damage, so a walking stick is advised for navigating the path down from the parking lot to the Moss Garden. (No dogs, please.)

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