Author: Aaron Caruso


Based on the teachings of Buddha and the collected wisdom of countless sentient beings, Zen is a practice of connectedness, a practice of peace.

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The Oak Tree

A monk asked Zhaozhou, “What is the meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming from the West?” Zhaozhou said, “The oak tree in the courtyard.” This encounter is part of a collection of stories from Wumen Huikai (1183-1260) a Chinese, Chan (Zen) master. The Oak Tree inspired Wumen to write a poem, which directs us to the teaching of this brief story. Words do not convey the fact; language is not an expedient. Attached to words, your life is lost; Blocked by phrases, you are bewildered.   Zhaozhou was a Chan master who lived from 778-897, 119 years! Bodhidharma is the 1st...

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  • Growing Readers Story Time

    April 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

    Growing Readers is a 45-minute program for ages 3 - 5. Read stories, participate in activities, and create crafts. Monthly registration is suggested. Up to 15 children can be accommodated. Visit to register. ​Registration will be available on the second Monday of each month for the following month's program.

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    April 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Auburn Fire Department, 47 Auburn St, Auburn, MA 01501, USA

    Auburn Boy Scout Troop 101 will have its annual spring bottle and can drive. Any donations help fund boy scout activities. Pickup available. Fred (508-612-9228,) or Mike (508-925-0408

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    April 29, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    41 South St., Auburn, 01501

    Museum is open 9:30 am – 12:30pm today. Admission is free. Donations gratefully accepted

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