A Path Of Service

The Buddha teaches that spiritual friendship is “the whole of the spiritual life.” Spiritual friendship and service to those who live at the margins of society is the practice heart of Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community.

Ongoing Service Paths

  • Infinite Circle: a two year practice community committed to living a dharma-rooted life in a money-driven world (cohort 3 starts in January 2022)
  • Peacemaker Quilts: coming together to lovingly sew quilts to be offered to children in the foster care system (sewing ongoing until April 2022)
  • StreetGreens: creating community as we serve free meals with our food truck (meal programs are year round; the truck is stored during the harshest winter months)

At Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community, we offer service programs that respond to unmet needs of people in our region. Our aim is to engage in service in ways characterized by acceptance, friendship, equality, neighborliness, dignity, and warmth. We are not creating social service programs, nor are we operating out of a mindset of “fixing” or “helping” others. Instead, our aim is simply to be good neighbors, walking a path of mutual discovery and care that deepens over time.