Announcement Regarding Our Brunswick Center

Dear members and friends of Brunswick Portland Shambhala,

As we wrote earlier this year, the building at 19 Mason Street in Brunswick, which we have used for almost 20 years was sold at the end of last year. With the new ownership comes a substantial increase in rent and new, more active, uses for the rest of the building.

The council has also noted, in the past year, the shift in practice and study offerings across the mandala and anticipates the digital and hybrid offerings not going away, even after centers begin to open up again.

In holding this current information, the council reached the decision this week, that the space at 19 Mason Street in Brunswick, no longer suits our needs. We have informed the landlord on April 1, 2021, that we will vacate the space by May 1, 2021.

Prior to leaving the space that has been our spiritual home for many years, we will be offering four open meditation sessions “hybrid” – in person for the first ten people who register and online for anyone on Thursday, April 15, 6:30-7:30 pm. and Sundays April 18, 9-10:30 am.

We will host a final “closing” lhasang ceremony and celebration after sitting on April 18, 10:30-11:30 am, in place of the usual coffee and conversation. We recommend bringing your own beverage as the water supply remains uncertain.

After sitting on those four occasions, we will also provide opportunities to review and take items that are “offered.”   A committee has begun the process of inventorying all the center possessions, with the view of designating a subset for storage and offering anything that has been donated back to donors first, and remaining items to all members and friends. Please let us know of your interests.

We are grateful for all the work and participation of so many people who made this space sacred and lively over these many years.

As we look forward, please note in this transition we are just giving up this current physical space. We will continue to evaluate our options as a sangha with regular online program offerings, meditation instruction, and our regular communications. Current offerings are always available at our website https://brunswickmaine.shambhala.org/programs/. We look forward to seeing many of you online for our ongoing programs.

Please join us as you are able to celebrate in appreciation the time and experiences we shared at 19 Mason Street. We look forward to seeing you there.

Yours in the dharma, the BPSMC leadership council:

Kathy Meade, Karen Monahan, Sarah Chandler, Judi Soule, Joan Carney, Peggy Christian, Frank Sanfilippo, Kit St. John.

PLEASE NOTE:

If you are interested in attending any of the IN PERSON activities at the center in the coming weeks pre-registration is required. You may do so following the links found here: PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Precautions to Observe While you are in the building for open meditation practice & the closing ceremony, as well as during the activities of the move:
We love you. We do not wish to spread the virus to those we love. That’s why…
 1. Masks are required at all times.
2. Sign in for contact tracing.
3. No more than 13 people total at a time in center space.
4. Stay six feet or more apart.

 

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