Shambhala Quantum Mechanics? Nah. . .

I am trained as a scientist of sorts. I have studied biologic systems, statistics, disease states and the like. I enjoy it. With enough effort things can usually be reasoned out and make sense. Then there is Buddhism! A certain sense of exploration to be sure but let’s face it, not quite the same. Chogyam … Continue 

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Garden Nyen

I was reminded by a friend last night that it had been quite some time since I have updated our blog. How time slips away.  I really enjoy writing here but I do continue to encourage anyone who would like to contribute, to please do so. I have been working a lot in my garden … Continue 

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Cheerful New Year

While this is not the Tibetan New Year, it is hard to live here in Maine and not be reminded that this is the last day of 2013. This always feels like a natural time to reflect and as I age I become increasingly trustful of what feels natural.  Call this drala perhaps, a connection … Continue 

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Habitual Patterns

Many times I feel a bit unworthy to be writing in this blog.  I’m not a beginning practitioner or a novice Shambhalian but by no means am I anything close to what might be considered advanced. Most classes I attend are filled with students much further on the path. Maybe there is something about being … Continue 

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Portland. . . . Almost There!

Please mark your calendars for this event–an opening reception and fundraiser on November 23, from 4 to 6–at the new location of the Portland Shambhala Meditation Center, at 81 Oak St. in Portland.  More details to follow soon! Also please note that while classes are taking place at the new Portland Center, the location is … Continue 

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The Fruition of Lu.

I just finished our Sangha’s October meditation intensive. (Truthfully I didn’t finish it, I had to leave early, dogs with weak bladders at home.) I am filled with gratitude that our lineage offers us a path and all the instruction and help we need along the way.  While all this guidance and assistance on the … Continue 

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Living in The Relative World

Shambhala’s direction is becoming being made ever more apparent in The Sakyong’s writings. We are to connect with our basic goodness and be part of creating enlightened society.  The Sakyong’s most recent book, “The Shambhala Principle” is truly inspiring and after my second time through it I’m beginning to believe creating such a society is … Continue 

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Shambhala Art & YouTube

Well I have been meaning to get to this for a long time and it is finally begun.  We have a YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/MaineShambhala . I have a bias toward video and have been known to put together a video or two in the past using the dual-meaning “Breathe EZ Studios” moniker. Have even acted … Continue 

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From our Director

Hello Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Members, So many exciting changes and opportunities in our community at this time!  As Acharya Lobel  has said the Sakyong is offering us a rain of blessings in his writings and teachings this year.  I hope you have all had the opportunity to get a copy of the Sakyong’s new book “The … Continue 

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Meditation Instruction

Learning to meditate.  I can’t help but think that this amounts to learning how to sit down and not do anything.  Seriously, how hard is that? Well anyone who has ever tried to meditate knows all to well just how hard that is. We don’t just sit and do nothing of course we have to … Continue 

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