Interested in philosophy, Hindu spirituality, or how to plan for a successful life and smooth transition to end of life? Join us on Tuesday, December 10 at 5:30 pm as Dr. Krishna Bhatta speaks on the topic of “Achieving Higher Purpose” and his new book Journey from Life to Life. Dr. Bhatta is an author, surgeon and an inventor, currently practicing as chief of urology at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine.

About the Book:

Journey from Life to Life demystifies the underlying principles of life and death, one of the world’s most thought about existential questions. Dr. Krishna Bhatta meets Western readers where they are, providing an accessible, easy entry into even the most sophisticated aspects of eastern teachings.

In this book, Dr. Bhatta offers:

  • Insights into the nature of the human soul and its journey
  • Practical advice on what to do with our spiritual understanding
  • An understanding of the importance of planning for a successful life, smooth transition to end of life and the journey beyond
  • Answers to the question, “Can I plan for the next life too?”

Journey from Life to Life is an open hand extended in invitation. Join the expedition and let Dr. Krishna Bhatta be your guide. Seek the unseen world and find joys in this life and beyond.

About the Author:

Dr. Bhatta began his life in a small Indian village, attended Patna Medical College in India, continued his education in the UK, and completed his research & medical training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Bhatta is equal parts practical and spiritual; he speaks and writes on meditation and spiritual topics, and frequently travels across the globe to meditate at holy sites and speak with luminaries from various spiritual traditions. He lives in Maine with his wife, Nayantara, who is an OB/GYN and their two children, also physicians.


Curious about the world and your place in it? The Thompson Free Library Philosophy Circle meets Friday, June 7 at 3:30 pm. We will begin by discussing the Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius, and follow with exploration of a philosophical question chosen by the group. No previous experience is needed; all are welcome to attend!

The TFL Philosophy Circle meets on the first Friday of each month. This discussion group uses he Socrates Cafe model, which embraces “the idea that we learn more when we question and question with others.” To find out more, visit:

TFL’s Philosophy Circle meets the first Friday of every month at 3:30 pm. Our next meeting is Friday, April 5. Curious? Read this newsletter article by Tom Lyford:

I Think, Therefore I Am:

Socrates, one of our wisest philosophers, left the world to chew on this observation: “The unexamined life is one not worth living.” On a Friday afternoon in January, TFL’s Philosophy Circle (19 down-to-earth, would-be “philosophers”) began by examining that statement. Some assured us and Socrates that hey, they never examine their lives and yet their existence feels “quite worth living, thank you very much.” On the other hand, others admitted that they do examine and search for meaning in their lives to varying extents. But long-story-short the high schooler, the septuagenarian, the clergyman, the atheist, the engineer, the homemaker, the counselor, and the physician who showed up enjoyed a lively, engaging discussion. And it was fascinating, what was offered up.

When it was over, virtually everyone agreed it had turned out to be both an eye-opening and fun experience (no punches thrown!) and all looked forward to the next one. Now, after four monthly meetings, attendance has averaged a satisfying seventeen. So if you were imagining a sophisticated, high-brow affair, one set among marble statues of Zeus and Aphrodite, one that would never apply to you, you can forget it. This is not a Philosophy 101 class where you have to take boring notes and pop quizzes to prove that you learned something. No pie-in-the-sky discussions here. The focus is on my life and yours, right here and now in 2019 Central Maine. We tackle topics like How Can You Know What’s True in a World of Photoshopping and Lying Politicians? or Human Beings: Inherently Benevolent, Malevolent, or What?

In facilitated discussions, we share some of the reasons and personal experiences that have shaped our individual outlooks. Originally the brainchild of patron Diane Boretos, the group models itself after The Socrates Café movement, a philosophy discussion template gaining popularity throughout America and around the globe. The Socratic Method of asking, answering, and discussing simple questions guides our discussions. The Philosophy Circle meets on the first Friday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00. Please join us. Come and dive right in, or simply watch and listen for a while. All are welcome.

Join us for the Philosophy Circle, a lively and informal philosophical conversation held the first Friday of each month.

Our next meeting will be: Friday, January 4 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

This month we will use the first half hour to discuss Socrates and the Socratic Method. The next hour we will explore a question of interest chosen by participants (using the Socrates Cafe model).

Please note, all are welcome and no previous experience is necessary to participate.

The Thompson Free Library is starting a monthly Philosophy Circle to explore different philosophers and philosophical topics. Our aim is to create a space to engage in fun and thought-provoking conversations as we explore big questions and ideas. Join us at our first meeting on Friday, December 7 at 3:00 pm to help plan the future of the group.

Note: Next meeting: Friday, January 4 at 3:30 pm

Please note that no previous experience is needed, and that you don’t have to think of yourself as a philosopher to participate!