June 4, 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.


Find the Zoom link to call on Program Registration Page.



Community Open Sitting Thursdays- 6:30-7:30 PM- Topic: Thursday Evening- Community Sitting Meditation
Time: Mar 26, 2020, 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: Mar 29, 2020, 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 4, 2020

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Sunday, June 7, 2020

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

Monday, June 8, 2020

6:30 PM Heart of Recovery Online

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

6:30 PM Entering the Mahayana Path- ONLINE

Thursday, June 11, 2020

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Sunday, June 14, 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 Schneider & 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 – Understanding Trauma In Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2020
Teacher: Sara Lewis
Understanding Trauma In Tibetan Buddhism: Join Dr. Sara Lewis in a discussion of her book, Spacious Minds: Trauma and Resilience in Tibetan Buddhism.
Pre-registration is required.

Sunday Gathering – Beauty: Is it Real or Imagined? An Exploration of Dharma Art

Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020
Teacher: Anne Saitzyk
Beauty: Is it real, or imagined? Are the characteristics we attribute to beauty objectively present in an object of beauty? Or, are they solely in the eye of the holder? Is beauty conditional or unconditional?
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.

LIVESTREAM: Finding Bravery in Times of Confusion – Heart of Warriorship Levels 1 – 3 *

June 26 – July 2  with Shastri Bill Brauer
LIVESTREAM: The first three of five levels of the Heart of Warriorship training – a seminal path of ancient meditation practices & wisdom teachings rooted in the Shambhala tradition & created for the challenges of our modern, everyday lives.
Programs may be taken separately.


Three Yanas of the Great Eastern Sun: Part III

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

June 1st—June 15th



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. 

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