April 15, 2021: Maine Shambhala Sangha News


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. 

  • PLEASE NOTE- The In person reservations are closed. We are at capacity.

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 online.

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.


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.







Community Open Sitting Thursdays- 6:30-7:30 PM- Topic: Thursday Evening- Community Sitting Meditation
Time:  06:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting:  JOIN HERE

Community Open Sitting– Sundays, 9:00- 10:30 AM Topic: Sunday Community Sitting Meditation- followed by Coffee and Conversation Time: 08:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting JOIN HERE

Heart of Recovery Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 PM  The program will take place online. Please email: [email protected] and the link to the video conferencing call will be emailed to you.

**If you are new to zoom, please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start of the session so that we may address any issues you may have with connecting to the program.


Thursday,  April 15, 2021

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – In Person and Online
6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – HYBRID- In Person and Online

Saturday, April 17, 2021

10:00 AM Mindful of Race Book Study and Practice Group – Online Program

Sunday,  April 18, 2021

9:00 AM Sunday Community Meditation Practice. – HYBRID – In Person and Online
9:00 AM Sunday Community Meditation Practice. – In Person and Online
10:30 AM Brunswick Center Celebration and Closing- Saying Goodbye- Hybrid and In Person

Monday, April 19, 2021

6:30 PM Heart of Recovery Online


Thursday, April 22, 2021

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Saturday, April 24, 2021

10:00 AM Mindful of Race Book Study and Practice Group – Online Program

Sunday, April 25, 2021

9:00 AM Sunday Community Meditation Practice. – Online
10:30 AM Coffee and Conversation: Community Connections



Mindful of Race Book Study and Practice Group – Online Program

with Karen Monahan, Sarah Chandler, Kathy Bither

April 3rd—May 22nd

4th Noble Truth –The Path of Shila, Samadhi, and Prajna- Video Series on Zoom

with Judi Soule

April 27th—May 25th



Thursday night ‘OPEN MEDITATION’- Online: Zoom- video conferencing

6:30- 7:30 PM     April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 May 6, 13, 20, 27

Sunday Open Meditation – Online: Zoom- video conferencing 

9:00 – 10:30 AM   April 4, 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Heart of Recovery, Monday evenings 6:30-7:30 PM – Online: Zoom Video Conferencing

Karme Choling Practice Session Offerings

Online Practice Schedule

Our online practice sessions are free of charge. If you are able, please consider making a donation, which will allow us to continue offering community-building programs such as these.

Evening Practice:

This practice takes place every evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Sitting Meditation: 5:30
Tonglen Practice: 5:50 – 6 p.m.
Protector and Closing Chants: 6:10 p.m.
Sadhana of Mahamudra: Every new moon at 5:30 p.m.
Zoom Room links will be updated periodically and sent to everyone who is registered.
Register here for the Evening Practice Zoom Room link.

Sadhana of Mahamudra:

The Karmê Chöling staff practices the Sadhana of Mahamudra every new moon at the regular evening practice session from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Zoom links will be updated periodically and sent to everyone who is registered.
The Zoom Room link for the Sadhana of Mahamudra practice is the same as the link for evening practice, which you can register for here.

Shambhala Sadhana Practice:

The Karmê Chöling staff practices the Shambhala Sadhana on the morning of the full moon. Practice is from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time.
Zoom links will be updated periodically and sent to everyone who is registered.
Register here to receive the Zoom Room link for Shambhala Sadhana.


Karme Choling Programs:

Unmasking the Three Lords of Materialism: Three-Month Study Cycle

March 20 with Acharya Suzann Duquette, Acharya Dan Hessey and Shastri Donna Williams
This online three-month study cycle presents effective tools for seeing our world clearly and uncovering our own natural brilliance. Join KCL for a deep dive into teachings that uproot the constant pull of materialism so prevalent in our world.

Shambhala Training: Windhorse *

April 9 – 11 with Shastri Bill Brauer

Karma and the 12 Nidanas

April 12 – May 10 with Acharya Dan Hessey

Shambhala Training: Drala *

May 21 – 23 with Sangyum Agness Au and Daniel Naistadt

Boston Shambhala

The Bone of Existence: The Path of a Lonely Buddha

with John Rockwell

April 13th—May 4th

Friday Night Talk – Dharma Advice for Making Life Decisions

with Acharya Richard John

April 23rd

Friday Night Talk, Reprise: Embracing Loneliness with Karma Lӧdrӧ Gyendon

April 30th


New York Shambhala

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior (Online)

with Shastri Elizabeth Reid & Ashley Dinges

April 16th—April 18th

Contentment In Everyday Life (Online)

with Cynthia Spencer

April 29th—May 27th

Dharma Gathering: Taking Our Posture and Tasting Our Heart

with John Rockwell

May 11th

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World (Online)

with Vegan Aharonian

June 11th—June 13th

Shambhala Online Courses:

Gender Dynamics: Conversations on Gender & Sexuality in the Three Yanas of Buddhism

Date: Monday, March 15, 2021
Monday, May 31, 2021
Teacher: Holly Gayley

The Development of Peace: An Introduction to the Basic Teachings of the Buddha

Teacher: Acharya Arawana Hayashi
This program invites us into the basics of being a dharmic person — an exploration of egolessness, impermanence, gentleness, and peace.

White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

Teacher: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
This five-week recorded course introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism.

Shambhala Online is delighted to offer The Heart of Warriorship (Levels 1-5) online over the next year. Each level will be taught live by an Acharya (senior teacher), giving us the opportunity to gather as a global community and practice with these amazing teachers.

Shambhala Online Weekly Sunday Offerings:

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Listening to Basic Goodness: Navigating Diversity and Inclusion

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Teacher: Dr. Elaine Yuen
We may often find our encounters are rife with diversity. How do we skillfully interact with people whose actions or words are disparate from our own? Come explore how we can open our hearts to others with cultural humility and support for difference.

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – The Touching the Earth Collective Celebrates Earth Day

Date: Sunday, April 25, 2021
Teacher: Touching The Earth Collective
The Touching the Earth Collective honors Earth Day on April 22 with a lineup of speakers, activities, and short videos that will showcase how Shambhala Land Centres are appreciating and caring for the earth.

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Glimpsing Enlightened Society in Genuine Conversation

Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Teachers: Shastri Janet Bronstein & Fred Meyer
Shambhala Community Conversations Facilitators will discuss their experiences of enlightened society in open group discussions, and what we are learning about offering conversation spaces that can hold divergent perspectives with gentleness and sanity.

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Embracing Space: Resting in the Brilliance

Date: Sunday, May 9, 2021
Teacher: Sophie Leger
Many of us have an ambivalent relationship with space. We either long for more space (overwhelm / claustrophobia) or are threatened by it, (boredom / loneliness). Can we find space even in the midst of chaos? Join this playful exploration!