December 24, 2020: Maine Sangha News

Dear friends and members of the Brunswick/Portland Shambhala Center,

        Impermanence continues to catch up with us all. We are seeking your assistance and views of what we might do next together. The building at 19 Mason St in Brunswick, where we have gathered for almost 20 years, sold last Friday to a new owner. Han Xu owns China Rose restaurant in Freeport and plans a takeout restaurant where Duane Paluska’s workshop was and apartments in the gallery space. She has been paid $975 rent for our tenancy in January and she has through her broker proposed that we enter a year lease at the monthly rate of $1350 starting in February.

        The council will be considering all our options at our next meeting on January 4.

We would love to hear from you any and all suggestions — whether we should simply accept such terms as better than any other place we could find, or of places that we might move that might be smaller, places we might store things, people who might be willing to help with moving or taking items that we choose not to store.

        On the next two Sundays Dec. 27 and Jan 3, we will be hosting our regular “coffee and conversation” on zoom at 10:30-11:30am after our morning sitting 9-10:30. You may access the link here:

         These will be two opportunities to share your thoughts “in person”.  We also welcome you to attend the Zoom council meeting on Jan 4 at 6:30 pm when we expect these questions to be our entire agenda. Please let Kit know if you wish to receive the link for this meeting.  [email protected]


We would be happy to hear from you directly via our emails below and welcome your inspirations and prayers in this adventurous time.

May the coming light illuminate all our paths.

Brunswick/Portland Shambhala Meditation Center Governing Council
Kathy Meade, [email protected]
Peggy Christian,  [email protected]
Joan Carney, [email protected]
Karen Monahan [email protected]
Katherine Bither,  [email protected]
Sarah Chandler, [email protected]
Christopher St John,, [email protected]
Judi Soule, [email protected]
Frank Sanfilippo, [email protected]


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!






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, December 24, 2020


Sunday, December 27, 2020

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

Monday, December 28, 2020

6:30 PM Heart of Recovery Online

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Open Sitting CANCELED

Sunday, January 3, 2020

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



2nd Noble Truth — The Origins of Suffering, Part II: Wheel of Life, Karma & 12 Nidanas – ONLINE

with Judi Soule

January 5th—February 9th (2021)



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

6:30- 7:30 PM    December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 January 7, 14, 21, 28

Sunday Open Meditation – Online: Zoom- video conferencing  

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



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: Awake at Home – A Mentored Retreat from Karmê Chöling

January 2 – 8, 2021 with Acharya Dan Hessey
This weeklong mentored retreat is offered online and to Karmê Chöling residents.

ONLINE: Rigden Weekend – Natural Confidence *

January 9 – 10, 2021 with Acharya Michael Greenleaf
With the great problems now facing human society, it seems increasingly important to find simple ways to bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world, even in small ways.

LIVE from the Rock! – “Finding Ease with your Zoom Practice” *

January 13
LIVE from the Rock is our new series of offerings livestreamed from the Karme Choling living room! This week: Being at Ease with your Zoom Practice with Kate Vlasic and JT Buck

LIVE from the Rock! – “Social Meditation”

January 20
Check out the practice of ‘social meditation’ with Travis DeTour in this Livestream from the Karme Choling living room.

LIVE from the Rock! – “Mudra Space Awareness In the Time of Zoom”

January 27
Join KCL Resident Zoey Moyle in this livestream from the Karme Choling Living Room

ONLINE: Lucid Dream Yoga – The Path of Awakening Through Sleep and Dream

February 6 – 7, 2021 with Andrew Holecek
Lucid dreaming offers boundless potential for psychological and spiritual growth, and provides a unique ‘night school’ to explore the nature of mind and reality.

ONLINE: Shambhala Day

February 12
Save the Date! Join Karmê Chöling for our annual celebration of Losar, the Tibetan New Year.

Shambhala Online Courses:

Winter Holiday Retreat from Sky Lake Lodge

Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Friday, December 31, 2021
Teachers: Acharya Arawana Hayashi & Gaylon Ferguson

Melting the Ice and Getting Unstuck: Talks On ‘The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva’

Date: January 23- April 3, 2021

Teacher: Acharya Mathias Pongracz

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 Lineage Supplication: A Short Course (OE)

Teacher: Walker Blaine
This three-part course is for individuals and groups wishing to look more deeply at the Supplication to the Shambhala Lineage, one of the most important chants in the Shambhala tradition.

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.


Boston Shambhala

Friday Night Talk: Limitless Ayatanas: Awakening Through Sense Perceptions

January 15th (2021) with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

The Shambhala teachings show how the experience of our sense perceptions have the potential of awakening us to basic goodness, our own and that of others.

New York Shambhala-

Dharma Gathering: Mindfulness of Spaces: Our Inner and Outer Environments are Connected

January 5th (2021) with Anjie Cho

This open house is an opportunity to meditate in a supportive group setting and to learn how to apply the principles of meditation to everyday life.

Dharma Gathering: Jumping into the New Year with Faith and Vision

January 19th (2021) with Acharya Eric Spiegel

This open house is an opportunity to meditate in a supportive group setting, to learn about how to apply the principles of meditation to everyday life.



Shambhala Online Weekly Sunday Offerings:

White Tara Live Practice Session – December 27

Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Teacher: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Sunday Gathering – Celebrating the New Year While Holding the Pain of 2020 in Our Hearts

Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Marilyn Moore
Join Shastri Marilyn Moore for group practice and a discussion of how we might stay open to the turmoil, pain and sadness of the past months while still finding ways to acknowledge and even celebrate the arrival of a new year. 

White Tara Live Practice Session – January 17

Date: Sunday, January 17, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

White Tara Live Practice Session – February 14

Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

White Tara Live Practice Session – March 14

Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

White Tara Live Practice Session – April 11

Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

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