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News from Gather (February 2024)

This past Wednesday saw a large crowd coming together to joyfully celebrate the milestone of completing our first year together!  It’s difficult to convey to all of you how much the support and goodwill you have shared with us has enriched the lives of many. We began the day as

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News from the local Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community

Dear Sangha, The winter weather has quieted the atmosphere here at Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community, but like the spring shoots preparing for their return, we’re using this time wisely to develop new programs we’ll be offering in 2024.  Our hope is that these upcoming practice and learning opportunities (in

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Message from Joshin (February 2024)

Dear friends, We’ve been doing some cozy and heartwarming things this winter at Bread Loaf Mountain. Some of you already heard about Valentine’s Day Gather Anniversary and Peacemaker Quilt Party. I hope you’ll enjoy the write up below and the article that our local newspaper ran about the event. Many

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Quilts Soothe Children Dealing with Trauma

Quilts Soothe Children Dealing with Trauma February 8, 2024 By John Flowers A UKRAINIAN INFANT enjoys a quilt generated by volunteers involved in the Peacemaker Quilt Project. The project provides homemade quilts to children going through difficult times, ranging from war to foster care. Photo courtesy of Joshin Byrnes  

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It’s Time for Some GATHER Celebrations!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, January 14th and 15th Gather continues to welcome guests every Wednesday through Sunday, and to function as a center for conviviality, artistic activities, sharing food together and cultivating friendships. We recognize that Gather flourishes because of the many friends who serve as

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An Impression of Residency from Busshin Nash

My residency at BLMZC was a somewhat unique experience. I had planned to move in after graduating from Middlebury College in 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the campus shut down completely, so I ended up moving in halfway through my final semester in March 2020. At the time,

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New Year’s Intentions – A Note from Joshin 

New Year’s Intentions – A Note from Joshin  Onward in Love! May each of us who wants peace on earth Make a commitment to transform the anger, hatred and violence in our own hearts. May each of us who wants a world without conflict, Make a commitment to resolve, in

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Message from Board Member Ric So’on Dunworth

Being a Board Member of BLMZC continues to be one of the most rewarding ways for me of giving back and helping to serve the larger Sangha. I had the privilege of joining the Board very early in the emergence of Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community. I’ve joyfully watched the

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