May 27, 2021: Maine Shambhala 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!





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 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the session so that we may address any issues you may have with connecting to the program.

Governing Council Meeting Minutes_03.29.21


Thursday, May 27, 2021

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Sunday, May 30, 2021

9:00 AM Sunday Community Meditation Practice. – Online

Monday, May 31, 2021

6:30 PM Heart of Recovery Online

Thursday, June 3, 2021

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Sunday, June 6, 2021

9:00 AM Sunday Community Meditation Practice. – Online


WEEKLY CLASSES and Gatherings:

Midsummers Day

June 20th

SAVE THE DATE Celebrate the formal passage of spring into summer on Sunday, June 20

What do Refuge and Bodhisattva vows contribute to our daily life?

with Shastri Christopher St. John

August 24th—September 18th



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

6:30- 7:30 PM     June 3, 10, 17, 24 July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Sunday Open Meditation – Online: Zoom- video conferencing 

9:00 – 10:30 AM     June 6, 13, 20, 27 July 4, 11, 18, 25

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

Lineage Offering:

The Path of Meditation with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Save the date for a weekend of online teachings titled The Path of Meditation with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. This will be an introductory meditation event especially oriented towards newer students on the path who are interested in studying with the Sakyong. Students with experience who would like to connect directly with the Sakyong may also join.

This event is being offered during the weekend of July 10th and 11th, and will consist of two live online talks by the Sakyong, including shamatha meditation instruction and guidance in Shambhala meditation. There are no prerequisites to join this event.

The deadline for registration will be June 28th, 2021. If you would like to join this event, please write to [email protected] for more information.

Karme Choling Programs:

Short-Term Summer Residency 2021 *

Bask in the magic of Summer here for one or two months (or longer!). Our affordable Short-Term summer residency includes plenty of practice, free access to programs, community and the beauty of the Karmê Chöling land!

May 1 – September 30

May 17 – June 12

Regenerative Gardening and Meditation

with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven and Shastri Donna Williams
This two-week regenerative gardening intensive will use Karme Choling’s organic garden, forest, meadows and streams as a classroom and playground to connect more intimately with soil and plants.

How To Lead Strategically: Discovering & Deepening with Zhuge Liang

with Suzann Duquette, Jane Arthur and Peter van der Molen
Meet today’s challenges with on demand access to video teachings and materials from the popular How to Lead Strategically series. Discover and deepen in these potent teachings at your own pace. Includes LIVE sessions (recorded for those unable to attend).

Shambhala Online Courses:

Shambhala Online is delighted to offer The Heart of Warriorship (Levels 1-5) online over the next year. Each level will be taught live by an Acharya (senior teacher), giving us the opportunity to gather as a global community and practice with these amazing teachers.

Welcome to the Heart of Warriorship 

“When you don’t punish or condemn yourself, when you relax more and appreciate your body and mind, you begin to contact the fundamental notion of basic goodness in yourself. So it is extremely important to be willing to open yourself to yourself.”  

– from Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa

Shambhala Online is delighted to offer The Heart of Warriorship (Levels 1-5) online over the next year. Each level will be taught live by an Acharya (senior teacher), giving us the opportunity to gather as a global community and practice with these amazing teachers.


When we truly create the time and space to dive fully into meditation practice, we are able to experience the possibilities of openness and relaxation that exist when we settle fully into the present moment. These trainings are opportunities to work directly with experienced teachers and qualified instructors, and to engage meditation practice in a deep way – discovering what occurs through extended sessions of sitting meditation, walking meditation and mindful movement exercises. In addition, each weekend offers a subtle but powerful variation on the basic meditation technique, empowering us with a full range of mindfulness-awareness practices that guide and inform our journey.

Through the contemplative experience of Shambhala Training, we can awaken our inherent dignity, kindness and confidence and open fully to our life as it is, right here and now.

What to expect:
– Daily talks by the Acharya
– Guided meditation sessions
– Lots of meditation practice
– Interactive activities
– Discussion Groups
– Opportunity to meet with a meditation instructor
– Specially produced cinematography for each weekend
– Time to gather and converse
– Additional free talks by senior teachers between each intensive
– Additional opportunities to gather virtually as a community between each course
– Opportunity to steep in meditation practice in a transformative, unique virtual environment

If you have not attended the Heart of Warriorship retreats before, this is a wonderful opportunity to participate in these amazing meditation intensives and get a taste of the potency of Shambhala training.


Please save the date for these live retreats.
(Click here for the levels’ daily schedule.)

Shambhala Training, Level 2: Birth of the Warrior

Date: Friday, July 16, 2021
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Teacher : Acharya Fleet Maull
**July 16-18, 2021
Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness.
September 10-12, 2021
Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we are willing to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities.
Register Here for Level 4 – Awakened Heart w/ Acharya Mathias Pongracz
November 5-7, 2021
With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. We can extend ourselves to others fully and with kindness.
Register Here for Level 5 – Open Sky w/ Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
January 14-16, 2022
Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind—a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment.

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
Tonglen Practice: 5:50 – 6 p.m.
Protector and Closing Chants: 6:10 p.m.
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.
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.
Zoom links will be updated periodically and sent to everyone who is registered.
Register here to receive the Zoom Room link for Shambhala Sadhana.

Shambhala Online Weekly Sunday Offerings:

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Playing Hide & Seek With The Elephant In The Room

Date: Sunday, May 30, 2021
Teacher: Shastri Bill Brauer

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – In Praise of Not Knowing

Date: Sunday, June 6, 2021
Teacher: Shastri Stephen Gleich

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – La Mágia Común y Corriente / Ordinary Magic

Date: Sunday, June 13, 2021
Teacher: Gabriela Cordova-Novion

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – The Touching The Earth Collective Celebrates Midsummer’s Day

Date: Sunday, June 20, 2021
Teachers: Touching The Earth Collective & Gabriela Cordova-Novion

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Dharma Art: Success and Failure as Path (interview!)

Date: Sunday, July 4, 2021
Teacher: Shastri Dana Marshall

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Embracing Space: Resting in the Brilliance

Date: Sunday, August 15, 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!

Regional Offerings:

Boston Shambhala

Friday Night Talk – One Nation Under Trauma 

June 4th with Larry Ward

The aim of this talk is to recognize and name the deeper shared crisis of America today. What can the Buddhadharma offer to help deepen our self-care, heal our systemically racialized lives and uplift our social engagement with one another?

New York Shambhala

Dharma Gathering: We Are All Characters (Online)

June 8th with Leanne Harrison