June 18, 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!


This week’s programs now online.  More will be added in the coming days.




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- 10:00 AM Topic: Sunday Community Sitting Meditation
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.



Thursday, June 18, 2020

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Sunday, June 21, 2020

9:00 AM Sunday Community Meditation Practice. – Online

Monday, June 22, 2020

6:30 PM Heart of Recovery Online

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

6:30 PM Entering the Mahayana Path- ONLINE

Thursday, June 25, 2020

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Sunday, June 28, 2020

9:00 AM Sunday Community Meditation Practice. – Online


Entering the Mahayana Path- ONLINE

with Shastri Christopher St. John & Eunice St. John

May 27th—June 24th

Book Study – The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path- ONLINE

with James  & Ellen Schneider

July 8th—August 5th



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

6:30- 7:30 PM    June 4, 11, 18, 25  July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Sunday Open Meditation – Online: Zoom- video conferencing  

9:00 – 10:30 AM    June 7, 14, 21, 28 July 5, 12, 19, 26


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



Weekly at 3:00 PM ET

(Click on the program title for the registration link.)

Sunday Gathering – Touching the Earth

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2020

Teacher: Irene Woodard

Celebrating Midsummer’s Day is a way to connect with the cycles of the seasons. Join us as we share Touching the Earth on this day. Families are invited to bring poetry, song and show us your pie!

Pre-registration is required.

Sunday Gathering – Warriorship In A Time of Crisis

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2020
Teacher:Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
In Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior Trungpa Rinpoche wrote “The current state of world affairs is a source of concern to all of us.” Decades later this is still true, Acharya Ferguson will lead us in a discussion and a “Welcoming” exercise.

Pre-registration is required.

Sunday Gathering – Enlightened Society and the I Ching

Date: Sunday, July 5, 2020
Teacher:Acharya Dan Hessey
How does human society arise from the primordial world? How can it reflect Heaven’s wisdom and integrate with the Earth’s natural systems? How can humanity tame and structure society so it is socially and ecologically harmonious?

Pre-registration is required.

Sunday Gathering – Working with Uncertainty

Date: Sunday, July 12, 2020
Teacher:Shastri John Seex
Join Shastri John Seex for meditation practice and a discussion about working with uncertainty.

Pre-registration is required.

Sunday Gathering – A Conversation with Agness Au

Date: Sunday, July 19, 2020
Teacher: Sangyum Agness Au
Join us for a conversation with Sangyum Agness Au. Topic to be determined and announced soon!

Pre-registration is required.

Sunday Gathering – Sheltering in Place like the Buddha

Date: Sunday, July 26, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Betsy Pond
The ancient wisdom of meditation retreat in the face of great threat is the practice of embodying ourselves and the present moment. The resulting deepening of connection and compassion releases wisdom that illuminates a way forward.

Pre-registration is required.

Sunday Gathering – Crisis and Community

Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Jil Amadio
In this period of disruption we have experienced and witnessed crisis. It seems there is little we can do to avoid the pain and challenge it presents. It also seems that crisis has a way of bringing us into intimate contact with reality and compassion.
Pre-registration is required.


Online Practice Events at Karme Choling

April 6 – June 30 Join the Karme Choling staff for practice sessions online. These free practice sessions include: White Tara, Sadhana of Mahamudra, Shambhala Sadhana and more.

5-Week Online Shambhala Ritual Academy Series: Lineage as the Heart of Ritual *

June 13 – July 18  with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette, Walker Blaine, Timothy Quigley and Andrea Doukas

This 5-week series is available for all those who attend the online Shambhala Ritual Academy presentation, Empowering Lineage and Ritual in Our Household, May 23.

August 29 – 30


The Places that Scare You: Book Study Group (Online) with Philadelphia Sangha

June 17th—September 16th

Friday Night Talks: Discovering Genuineness with Noel McLellan

with Acharya Noel McLellan

June 19, 2020

Friday Night Talks: Breath: Entanglements of Meditation, Race, and the Earth

with Acharya Adam Lobel

June 26, 2020

LIVE ONLINE COURSE: Transforming Fear with the Five Wisdoms with Dorje Denma Ling

July 11 – 25, 2020 With Irini Rockwell

Three Saturday Classes

Friday Night Talk: Tuning Into the Wisdom of the Three Bodies with Arawana Hayashi

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

July 17, 2020

Radical Responsibility An Online Weekend Meditation Retreat with Acharya Fleet Maull

Saturday and Sunday, July 18th & July 19th from 10 am to 5 PM

Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana (Course II) –

The Second Noble Truth: The Origins of Suffering, Part I – The 5 Skandhas (online)

with the Fredericton Sangha

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell & Acharya Dale Asrael


New Class start soon:

Course 1/ Spring 2020
The First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri 
Teachers: Acharya Susan Chapman and Acharya Fleet Maull 

This course offers an exploration of the nature of suffering from the perspective of the Four Marks of Existence–Impermanence (anicca), Suffering (dukkha), Selflessness (anatta) and Nirvana/Peace (nibbana)–and how we can meet suffering with maitri (unconditional friendliness).  The acharyas will also guide students in the exploration and practice of Mindfulness of Body, the first of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. 

Sexual Harm, Trauma, and the Healing Journey

Shambhala Art Part I:  Coming To Your Senses

Mindful Eating: Joining Heaven and Earth at the Meal Table

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