December 31, 2020: Maine Sangha News

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

The governing council again seeks your views and support as we contemplate our response to the new owner of 19 Mason Street regarding terms for us to remain as tenants or choose a new direction. It will help us to hear your aspirations for what activities you would like to participate in over the next years at this or another location, and how we can best accommodate those aspirations.

There are two specific occasions we would like you to join – this coming Sunday, Jan 3,10:30-11:30 for “coffee and conversation” on this topic by zoom link here. On Monday, Jan 4 from 6:30-8:30 pm a regular council meeting will be devoted to this topic.

You are welcome to attend to express your views and join our conversation. (link provided upon your response to this message).

Finally, we continue to appreciate any and all responses by email or phone. We are grateful to several who responded with ideas to our last message and the people who joined council members this past Sunday to begin our contemplations. We need YOU to share your visions with us to shape a direction for our community.

Thank you for all your practice and study over these challenging times. May it continue to benefit our world.

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 31, 2020

Open Sitting CANCELED

Sunday, January 3, 2021

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

Monday, January 4, 2021

6:30 PM Heart of Recovery Online

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

6:30 PM Heart of Recovery Online

Thursday, January 7, 2021

6:30 PM Heart of Recovery Online

Sunday, January 10, 2021

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    January 7, 14, 21, 28  February 4, 11, 18, 25

Sunday Open Meditation – Online: Zoom- video conferencing  

9:00 – 10:30 AM    January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28



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:

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.

Cleveland Shambhala

Thirst for Awakening: half-day meditation

January 10th (2021) with Kit St. John


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:

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Enlightened Society: Looking at the Yijing As A Map of Social Integration and Good Human Society

Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Dan Hessey

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Racial Injustice: How Might We Envision Good Human Society?

Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021
Teacher: Charlene Leung

White Tara Live Practice Session – January 17

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

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Working with Others and the Path of the Warrior

Date: Sunday, January 17, 2021

Teacher: Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – A Sunday Gathering with Paula Bickford

Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021
Teacher: Paula Bickford

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Loss & Liberation: Inspiration from Early Buddhist Nuns

Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021
Teacher: Holly Gayley

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Dön Season Practice: Transforming Personal and Social Obstacles

Dates: Sunday, February 7, 2021

Teacher: Acharya Fleet Maull

White Tara Live Practice Session – February 14

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

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – An Introduction to Christie Cashman’s New Book: Max & Phoebe Go To Kalapa

Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Teacher: Christie Cashman

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – The Face of Wakefulness

Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Teacher: Artist to the Court Greg Smith

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Deepening Through Dialogue

Date: Sunday, March 7, 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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