August 20, 2020: Maine Sangha News

Welcome, Maine Sangha,

While the physical center is closed, our community continues to be at the core of all that we do. In order to care for each other, we are offering a variety of ways to stay connected. With the power of virtual options such as Zoom, we are able to keep us connected for practice, study, and gathering.

If you are looking for ways to connect with the community, please check the website, as well as your emails, for updates on events. Let us use this time to come together and to keep our connections strong and meaningful.

If you would be more comfortable connecting with a person directly rather than visiting our website for information, please contact us at: [email protected] We will be in touch shortly after receiving your inquiry.

Please join us online!

PROGRAMS AND CLASSES CURRENTLY OFFERED ONLINE.

 

 

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:  https://zoom.us/j/326417896

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 https://zoom.us/j/438206348

 

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.

 

THIS WEEK :

Thursday, August 20, 2020

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Sunday, August 23, 2020

9:00 AM Sunday Community Meditation Practice. – Online

Monday, August 24, 2020

6:30 PM Heart of Recovery Online

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Thursday, August 27, 2020

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Saturday, August 29, 2020

9:00 AM ONLINE: Warrior in the World: Level 3 of the Heart of Warriorship with Karme Choling

Sunday, August 30, 2020

9:00 AM ONLINE: Warrior in the World: Level 3 of the Heart of Warriorship with Karme Choling
9:00 AM Sunday Community Meditation Practice. – Online

 

WEEKEND RETREATS ONLINE:

ONLINE: Warrior in the World: Level 3 of the Heart of Warriorship with Karme Choling

August 29th—August 30th

9:00 AM Sunday Community Meditation Practice. – Online

 

OPEN COMMUNITY WEEKLY SITTING PRACTICE:

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

6:30- 7:30 PM    August 6, 13, 20, 27 September 3, 10, 17, 24

*September 3rd sitting will be offered on zoom as well as at the Brunswick Center

Sunday Open Meditation – Online: Zoom- video conferencing  

9:00 – 10:30 AM    August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 September 6, 13, 20, 27

*September 6th sitting will be offered on zoom as well as at the Brunswick Center

 

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
Maitri Bhavana: Last Monday of the month at 5:45 p.m.
Maitri Bhavana — “Say Their Names,” for those specific people of color who have died as a result of systemic oppression: All other Mondays.
Tonglen Practice: 5:50 – 6 p.m.
Protector and Closing Chants: 6:10 p.m.
White Tara: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 – 6 p.m., followed by sitting meditation.
Green Tara: Thursday from 5:30 – 6 p.m., followed by sitting meditation.
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.
Check the 2020 Moon Schedule for the next Sadhana of Mahamudra gathering.
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. 
Check our 2020 Moon Schedule for the next Shambhala Sadhana gathering.
Zoom links will be updated periodically and sent to everyone who is registered.
Register here to receive the Zoom Room link for Shambhala Sadhana.  

White Tara Practice:

Join the Karmê Chöling Staff in the healing practice of White Tara every Tuesday from 5:30 – 6 p.m., followed by our regular evening sitting session. 

Register here to join the practice and receive the Zoom Room link

 

Karme Choling Programs:

ONLINE: HOW TO LEAD STRATEGICALLY: Self-Cultivation & Relating with Others

August 22 – 23 with Suzann Duquette and Jane Arthur
Based on a book by Eva Wong, How to Lead Strategically is a four-module series that is relevant to everyone, as we are all leaders in different aspects of our lives.

ONLINE: Warrior in the World: Level 3 of the Heart of Warriorship *

August 29 – 30 with Shastri Bill Brauer and Marian English
Livestream: Having discovered our own goodness and having begun to relax with the nature of fear, we can afford to be more daring, open, and genuine. This is the third level of the Heart of Warriorship Series.
 

ONLINE – 50th Anniversary Celebration!

September 17 – 22

Karmê Chöling is celebrating 50 Years of dharma in the West! A rich weekend of practice, community, remembering and looking ahead. Includes an astounding 24-hour Global Nyinthun, Sadhana of Mahamudra and our annual Harvest of Peace!

ONLINE: Awakened Heart: Level 4 of the Heart of Warriorship *

September 26 – 27
In this pivotal program, we allow our hearts to be touched without closing down, and from this place, we learn that our inner experience and our outer experience are not so different after all.

ONLINE: HOW TO LEAD STRATEGICALLY: Relating with Others and the World

October 3 – 4 with Suzann Duquette and Jane Arthur
Based on a book by Dr. Eva Wong: By cultivating stillness, observation, and virtuous action, we learn to evaluate situations and assess people, leading to clarity in decision making, discrimination in setting priorities and timeliness in executing action.

Dakini Wisdom: Revealing the Feminine in Tibetan Buddhism

October 10 – 11 with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
Through an exploration of feminine principle, symbolized by the dakini, the sky-dancing goddess of Tibetan Buddhism, we may access our own vast wisdom beyond gender–and yet discover new meaning in our embodied, passionate lives as women and men.
 

Teachings on the Heart Sutra

October 17 – 18 with Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche
Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche will be teaching and giving commentary on the Heart Sutra. It is the most distilled essence of a group of Mahayana sutras concerned with Prajnaparamita; wisdom (prajna) that “reaches the other shore”(paramita).

 

Mudra Space Awareness: Gesture Practice for Intense Times

October 24 – 25 with Dr. Craig Warren Smith, Acharya Suzann Duquette and Greg Heffron
Confidence in groundlessness? Explore Mudra, a unique mind-body discipline of intensification postures and sensory awareness exercises for these intense times.

ONLINE: Open Sky: Level 5 of the Heart of Warriorship *

October 31 – November 1
In this culminating program, we learn that communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness sharpens. We find the open clear sky of mind, a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy.

ONLINE: HOW TO LEAD STRATEGICALLY: The Art of Leading-Embodied Presence

November 7 – 8 with Suzann Duquette and Jane Arthur
Based on a book by Eva Wong: Leadership is more about being than doing. Just as by being virtuous, a leader attracts virtue, so trustworthiness attracts commitment and integrity from others.
 

ONLINE: HOW TO LEAD STRATEGICALLY: The Art of Leading – Strategic Wisdom

December 5 – 6 with Suzann Duquette and Jane Arthur
Based on a book by Dr. Eva Wong: The art of leading has elegance and beauty. It requires subtlety and knowing how to read people, who to trust and not trust, and how to make use of people?s potentials.

 

Boston Shambhala Friday Evening Talks

Friday Night Talk: Swaying, Not Breaking, in the Worldly Winds [ONLINE]

August 21st with Elizabeth Monson

As the world moves further into a time when there is less sacred outlook, and little support for maintaining our sanity and compassion, how can we create the conditions for responding to our lives with flexibility, clarity, warmth

Friday Night Talk – Welcoming Our True Nature: Seeing the Zen Oxherding Pictures [ONLINE]

August 28th with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

We will look at the Zen Oxherding pictures, a map of the Buddhist spiritual journey from “seeking” to “being

 

Atlanta Shambhala Program

Wasting Our Time: Vipashyana Space Awareness

September 2nd—September 30th with John Rockwell

A program that explores shamatha-vipashyana meditation with particular emphasis on the experience of panoramic awareness and liberating insight. On Zoom.
 

Shambhala Online Courses:

Meeting Shambhala—An Introduction to the Shambhala Lineage

Teacher: Walker Blaine
This course is a progressive exploration of the core elements of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, which is the union of warriorship and Buddhism.
 

Shambhala Online Weekly Sunday Offerings:

White Tara Live Practice Session – August 23

Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020
Teacher: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
Join Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown for a live practice session. 

Sunday Gathering – Cultivating the Compassion Instinct: Overcoming Burnout and Overwhelm

Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020, 3 PM EDT
Teacher: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
The science of compassion has discovered humans are naturally empathetic, but can shut down emotionally when things become overwhelming. When we train in compassion, we develop the resilience to remain with difficult situations effectively and kindly.

White Tara Live Practice Session – August 30

Date: Sunday, August 30, 2020
Teacher: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
Join Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown for a live practice session.

Sunday Gathering – Using Shambhala Principles with Money

Date: Sunday, August 30, 2020, 3 PM EDT
Teacher: Shastri Joanne Martin Braun
Working with money in our daily lives is a basic household activity that can be a fruitful place to utilize our Shambhala principles. Any part of bringing money in, managing it, or spending it might be challenging at different points of our lives.

Sunday Gathering – Speaking From The Heart (In Spanish)

Date: Sunday, September 6, 2020, 3 PM EDT
Teacher: Acharya Alfonso Taboada
As human beings we need and long to connect with others since birth. Sharing our heart and feeling deeply heard is essential for our growth and sanity. A technique will be offered to learn some basic guidelines to help us speak from the heart.

Sunday Gathering – Right Use of Power: An Exploration Of the Ethical Use of Power

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020, 3 PM EDT
Teacher: Acharya Susan Skjei
Join Acharya Susan Skjei for a conversation about the right use of power.

Sunday Gathering – The Path of Kasungship

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020, 3 PM EDT
Teacher: Shastri Will Ryken
Join Shastri Will Ryken for guided practice and an exploration of and discussion about the Path of Protection, or Kasungship.

Sunday Gathering – Mindful Harvest Feasting: A Harvest of Peace Celebration

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020, 3 PM EDT
Teacher: Marcella Friel
A Harvest of Peace Celebration featuring a cooking demonstration using typical foods of harvest bounty, along with a conversation about the importance of meal prayers and blessings.

Sunday Gathering – Fear and Generosity

Date: Sunday, October 4, 2020
Teacher:Acharya Mathias Pongracz
In times of uncertainty fear easily comes up. We look for protection, especially in this time of pandemic and societal upheaval. What is the best protection? An exploration…

Sunday Gathering – TBA

Date: Sunday, October 11, 2020, 3 PM EDT
To be announced.

Sunday Gathering – Patience and Gentleness: Tools for our Time (In Italian)

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020, 3 PM EDT

Teacher: Acharya Daniele Bollini
Roman emperor and philosopher Aurelius defined gentleness as the greatest delight, while patience, according to Buddhist tradition, helps us to melt aggression into open space. We will explore the relationship between these two principles.

 

 

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