June 24, 2022: Maine Shambhala Sangha Newsletter

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.


Midsummer Gathering  – Summer Solstice Celebration

Saturday, June 25, Noon to 2 pm

Midcoast Presbyterian Church

84 Main Street,  Topsham

It is a tradition in Shambhala to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes. These holidays are also transition points that mark not only a shift in our outer environment but also mark inner changes as we deepen our awareness of change itself.   It seems especially important, in these painful and confusing times, to support each other in our aspiration to create and nurture an awake society based on confidence in basic goodness.

We will also be acknowledging Kit St. John’s service to our community and his transition out of the role of Shastri.

This will be an in-person event.  It’s our hope that the weather will allow us to be outside, but there is also the opportunity to be inside depending upon the weather. Please bring a dish and/or drinks to share, and a mask. Everyone is welcome and the event is free. Pre-registration will help with our planning. (Note: Please skip the payment function when you register online and simply exit the registration process at that point.) Please register here for the Summer Solstice Celebration!


Half-Nyinthun – Morning of Sitting Meditation

Save the date: July 23rd, Morning Nyinthun, 9am to noon, followed by brown bag lunch and socializing. At Northern Light Zen Center in Topsham. More details to follow.


Lojong Slogans — A Deeper Dive

Please join us as we gather weekly to read, contemplate, meditate, and discuss one lojong slogan per week, using a guide authored by Judy Lief, Working with the Slogans of Atisha: A Practical Guide to Leading a Compassionate Life. Lojong is a Tibetan word which literally means “mind” (lo) “training” (jong). It is sometimes translated as “heart cultivation.”  The lojong slogans were brought from India to Tibet by renowned teacher Atisha in the 11th century; they became more widely known in the 12th century when the 59 slogans were summarized into Seven Points of Mind Training by Geshe Chekawa.

We will meet seven Tuesdays, May 3rd to July 12th, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm by zoom only. More Info Here


Compassion for Ukraine –Tonglen Gathering: Note: Beginning May 1st, Sessions will be offered on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week.

Note: Beginning May 1st, Sessions will be offered on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week. 

Hosted by Shambhala Online

11:00 AM EST

Zoom link: Zoom Link for ALL Sessions


Open Brunswick Portland Community weekly sitting practice:

Thursday night ‘OPEN MEDITATION’- Online: Zoom– 

6:30- 7:30 PM          June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28

Sunday Morning Meditation – Online Zoom-

9:00 – 10:30 AM    June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31


Karme Choling Programs:

Online Practice Events at Karme Choling

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.


Activating Our Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows with Daily Practice

with Dan Hessey and Geri Amori

July 25 – August 22

The Refuge and Bodhisattva vows are profound meetings between our personal karmic paths and the lineage of the Buddha. They plant powerful seeds in the soil of our lives, and the lives of those around us. In these five classes we will look at these vows, and explore how our daily practice can germinate those seeds in our lived experience. This process includes hearing and contemplating the views of our vow, applying the skillful meditative practices we have received to activate and nurture these seeds, and engaging the challenges of our lives based on the confidence we discover in our practice.


Shambhala Online

Compassion for Ukraine – Daily Tonglen Gathering

Date: Begins Friday, March 4th, 30-minute session + Discussion.  Daily at 11:00 AM EST    Zoom Link for ALL Sessions


Shambhala Online Weekly Sunday Offerings:

Shambhala Sunday Gathering –  Shambhala Sunday Gathering – What I Hope the Path Has Taught Me, So Far, About How to Be of Service in Medicine

Date: Sunday, June 26, 2022

Teacher: Kynan Brown

The teachings tell us that the world needs us tremendously, but that we have to start with ourselves. In service-oriented careers like medicine, striking that balance can be a particular challenge.

Shambhala Sunday Gathering –  The Elemental Body

Date: Sunday, July 3, 2022 (15:00 -16:00 EST)

Together we will explore somatic contemplations and practices that illuminate the inseparability of the natural world and our own physicality. Our bodies and the body of the earth are interdependent and made out of the same materials and substances. As we resonate with our natural world, we can experience a deeper sense of our own self-care as well as concern for the health of our planet in this crucial time.


Sakyong Lineage Courses

click here for complete Listings – Including:

        Six  Talks on the Protector Principle and Protectors

        World of Gesar

        The Path to Auspiciousness – A course on the Verses of the Eight  Auspicious Noble Ones

         Meeting Shambhala – An Introduction to the Shambhala Lineage

         Shambhala Lineage Supplication: A Short Course