March 11, 2021: Maine Sangha News

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!








January 18th Council Minutes


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, March 11, 2021

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Sunday, March 14, 2021

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

Monday, March 15, 2021

6:30 PM Heart of Recovery Online

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

6:30 PM Shambhala Sacred Path of the Warrior- ONLINE

Thursday, March 18, 2021

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Sunday, March 21, 2021

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



Shambhala Sacred Path of the Warrior- ONLINE

with Shastri Christopher St. John

February 17th—March 24th

3rd Noble Truth — Freedom from Suffering- Video Series Online

with Judi Soule

March 23rd—April 13th



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

6:30- 7:30 PM     March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Sunday Open Meditation – Online: Zoom- video conferencing  

9:00 – 10:30 AM    March 7, 14, 21, 28 April 4, 11, 18, 25

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 Live at the Rock!: Radiating Confidence with Lady Lila Rich *

March 6 – April 10

Unmasking the Three Lords of Materialism: Three-Month Study Cycle

March 20 with Acharya Suzann Duquette, Acharya Dan Hessey and Shastri Donna Williams
This online three-month study cycle presents effective tools for seeing our world clearly and uncovering our own natural brilliance. Join KCL for a deep dive into teachings that uproot the constant pull of materialism so prevalent in our world.

Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Weekend

April 3 – 4 with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

Shambhala Training: Windhorse *

April 9 – 11 with Shastri Bill Brauer

Karma and the 12 Nidanas

April 12 – May 10 with Acharya Dan Hessey

Shambhala Training: Drala *

May 21 – 23 with Sangyum Agness Au and Daniel Naistadt

Boston Shambhala

Friday Night Talk: Recalling Chögyam Trungpa: Looking Back/Looking Forward

April 2nd with Carolyn Gimian


New York Shambhala

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human (Online)

March 13th—March 14th with Acharya Arawana Hayashi


Shambhala Online Courses:

Dying Well – A Two-Part Shambhala Online Conversation

“Dying Well” A two-part Shambhala Online conversation

with Richard Reoch and Hosted by Ron Schultz

Saturday 13 March 2021 and Saturday 3 April 2021
 2pm (ET) 

“Throughout human culture there has been a sustained tradition of people who looked death in the face, embraced it and died well. In doing so they transformed their lives and the lives of all who knew them.”

Deepening Compassion: The Path of the Bodhisattva Warrior

The path of the Bodhisattva Warrior begins with developing affection for ourselves and expands this to others, dissolving the barriers that divide us. In 2019, to support this practice, several Shambhala Acharyas and other senior teachers led the community in a year-long series of talks, accompanied by contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings of our lineage.

This new version of the course, which includes an overview of the main Mahayana Path teachings, with the themes for the four seasons echoing the virtues of the Four Dignities, allows you to purchase the complete set of teachings presented, all re-formatted into one course and offered at a discount price. There is a total of 21 amazing talks by acharyas and senior teachers, as well as suggested reading and contemplation questions to help you deepen your understanding of the material.

1) Maitri and the Four Immeasurables

2) Relative Bodhicitta and the Paramitas

3) Emptiness and Absolute Bodhicitta

4) Lojong and Compassionate Engagement

Gender Dynamics: Conversations on Gender & Sexuality in the Three Yanas of Buddhism

Date: Monday, March 15, 2021
Monday, May 31, 2021
Teacher: Holly Gayley

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.

Shambhala Online Weekly Sunday Offerings:

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

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Deepening Through Dialogue II: The Practice of Dialogue

Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
One of the passions of Chögyam Trungpa was his love of interreligious dialogue. This two-part presentation will explore the principles of dialogue, and the remarkable fruits of meeting a spiritual other on the ground of mutual exploration.


Shambhala Sunday Gathering – The Touching the Earth Collective Celebrates the Spring Equinox

Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021
Teacher: Touching The Earth Collective
Join Acharya Arawana Hayashi, Barbara Bash, and other special guests for the spring equinox Welcome in spring with dance, music, poetry, and brilliant colors! This family-friendly Sunday Gathering will be hosted by the Touching the Earth Collective.


Shambhala Sunday Gathering – The Ancestral Fountain of Youth: Discover the Regenerative Power of Fermented Foods

Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
Teacher: Marcella Friel
In this Sunday Gathering, natural foods chef and transformational mentor Marcella Friel will speak about the ancient power of fermented foods to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit.


Shambhala Sunday Gathering – The Life of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche with Lady Diana Mukpo

Date: Sunday, April 4, 2021
Teacher: The Druk Sakyong Wangmo, Lady Diana Mukpo
Join Lady Diana Mukpo for a special Shambhala Sunday Gathering that marks the Parinirvana Day of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Lady Diana will share reflections, stories, and insights about the remarkable life of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.


Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Cutting Thoughts: It’s Not What You Think

Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Richard John
If thinking is what brings meaning to life, why would we want to “cut thoughts”? Why did Chögyam Trungpa teach that cutting thoughts is the key to wisdom? Come explore the subtleties of these classic instructions.


Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Listening to Basic Goodness: Navigating Diversity and Inclusion

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Teacher: Dr. Elaine Yuen
We may often find our encounters are rife with diversity. How do we skillfully interact with people whose actions or words are disparate from our own? Come explore how we can open our hearts to others with cultural humility and support for difference.


Shambhala Sunday Gathering – The Touching the Earth Collective Celebrates Earth Day

Date: Sunday, April 25, 2021
Teacher: Touching The Earth Collective
The Touching the Earth Collective honors Earth Day on April 22 with a lineup of speakers, activities, and short videos that will showcase how Shambhala Land Centres are appreciating and caring for the earth.


Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Glimpsing Enlightened Society in Genuine Conversation

Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Teachers: Shastri Janet Bronstein & Fred Meyer
Shambhala Community Conversations Facilitators will discuss their experiences of enlightened society in open group discussions, and what we are learning about offering conversation spaces that can hold divergent perspectives with gentleness and sanity.


Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Embracing Space: Resting in the Brilliance

Date: Sunday, May 9, 2021
Teacher: Sophie Leger
Many of us have an ambivalent relationship with space. We either long for more space (overwhelm / claustrophobia) or are threatened by it, (boredom / loneliness). Can we find space even in the midst of chaos? Join this playful exploration!