November 11, 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!

 

Registration is Open:

PRE-REGISTRATION is necessary

for both in-person and on zoom.

 

Governing Council Meeting Minutes September 2021

THIS WEEK :

Thursday, November 11, 2021

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Saturday, November 13, 2021

9:00 AM Nyinthun – Day of Sitting Meditation- Morning Session- HYBRID
12:00 PM Nyinthun – Day of Sitting Meditation- Afternoon Session- HYBRID

Sunday, November 14, 2021

9:00 AM Sunday Community Meditation Practice. – Online

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

6:30 PM The Other Shore, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh- Book Study

Thursday, November 18, 2021

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Sunday, November 21, 2021

9:00 AM Sunday Community Meditation Practice. – Online

WEEKLY CLASSES and Gatherings:

October 26th—November 16th  with Richard Knox

 

Nyinthun – Day of Sitting Meditation- Morning Session- HYBRID

Nyinthun – Day of Sitting Meditation- Afternoon Session- HYBRID

November 13th with Shastri Christopher St. John


 

OPEN COMMUNITY WEEKLY SITTING PRACTICE:

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

6:30- 7:30 PM        November 4, 11, 18, 25 December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Sunday Open Meditation – Online: Zoom- video conferencing 

9:00 – 10:30 AM     November 7, 14, 21, 28 December 6, 13, 20, 27

Karme Choling Programs:

HYBRID: Weekendthün: A 3-Day Meditation Retreat

November 26 – 28 with Shastri Bill Brauer and Ella Reznikova
A “weekendthün” is a powerful and in-depth mini-retreat focused on the practice of mindful-awareness meditation. This technique of sitting meditation brings mindfulness into real life.

HYBRID Weekthun: Meeting the Great Queen, Our Own Innate Wisdom

January 7 – 15, 2022 with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Shastri Donna Williams and Pablo Coddou
This program is available both On-Land and ONLINE. This weekthun is based on the lore of dakini stories, and will have a Mahamudra track for tantrikas, and a non-tantrika track for mindfulness-awareness practice.

Shambhala Online Courses:

NEW PROGRAM OFFERING:

We are pleased to announce a new course being launched by Shambhala Online in December 2021. We hope many of us in our local community can register and participate together. 

Meditation: The Way of the Buddha – A Six-Week Online Course

 

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Teaching in 1974 –Discover the power of meditation.

Two-Hour Online Sessions Sundays at 1pm Eastern Standard Time

Live sessions on Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, & Feb 6, 2022

Access to course materials opens on December 26, 2021

Learn or refresh your connection to the practice of meditation as taught by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, based on archival talks in the summer of 1974 to an audience of new students. Although decades old, these presentations retain the same freshness and dynamism as when they were first brought from Tibet to the West, and are a reminder of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s incomparable mastery at communicating Buddhist teachings to a Western audience. These short talks – from mindfulness practice, to awareness practice, to the realization of emptiness – will be supported by further commentary and facilitated discussions by some of today’s leading teachers of Buddhism in the West, many of whom were actually present during these talks in 1974, including: 

Pema Chödron, Dale Asrael, Dorje Löppon Lödro Dorje, Gaylon Ferguson, Arawana Hayashi, Marty Janowitz, Larry Mermelstein, and Judith Simmer-Brown.

PLEASE USE THE LINK ABOVE WHEN YOU REGISTER AND OUR CENTRE WILL RECEIVE 20% OF THE REGISTRATION FEE. THANK YOU

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.

Heart of Warriorship Series 

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.

 

DATES / TIMES / SCHEDULE

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

Shambhala Training 4: Awakened Heart

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Date: Friday, November 26, 2021
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Mathias Pongracz
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.

Shambhala Online Weekly Sunday Offerings:

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – “Second Sunday” Maitri Bhavana Practice with Fleet Maull

Date: Sunday, November 14, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Fleet Maull
Fleet Maull leads this month’s “Second Sunday” Maitri Bhavana, so we can practice for the wellbeing of others. Maitri Bhavana is a practice that is done for the benefit of the seriously ill, or for major global turmoil and disasters.

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – First Things First: Contemplating Impermanence

Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021
Teacher: Thomas Berthoff
Join this exploration of what deeply understanding impermanence implies, how impermanence determines the path the Buddha taught, and how impermanence interacts with egolessness and suffering to provide the framework for all of the Buddha’s teachings.

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Working With Our Resistance to Reality

Date: Sunday, November 28, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Daniele Bollini
Humanity is living in a democracy, economic, and environmental crisis. Yet we postpone solutions and pretend the problems are not there. This talk explores the Buddhist notion of avidya (basic ignorance), and why we resist a clear perception of reality.

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – A Shambhala Sunday Gathering with Susan Skjei

Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Teacher: Susan Skjei
Join Susan Skjei for a Sunday Gathering with community practice, a dharma talk, and group discussion and sharing.

Shambhala Sunday Gathering –

Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Mathias Pongracz
Mathias Pongracz leads this month’s “Second Sunday” Maitri Bhavana, so we can practice for the wellbeing of others. Maitri Bhavana is a practice that is done for the benefit of the seriously ill, or for major global turmoil and disasters.

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – A Children’s Day Celebration Hosted by Touching The Earth

Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021
Teachers: Acharya Mathias Pongracz & Touching The Earth Collective
Join us for a SUPER family friendly and fun-filled celebration of Children’s Day and the Winter Solstice as a way to connect with the cycles of the seasons and the importance of family and children. Hosted by the Touching the Earth Collective.

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Looking at the Dharma Behind the Shambhala Code of Conduct: Part III

Date: Sunday, December 26, 2021
Teachers: Touching The Earth Collective & Kristine McCutcheon
Shambhala has adopted a Code of Conduct. Part I & II looked at the dharma behind the Code and how we can bring it into our daily life. Part III will explore how we can be friendly to ourselves, kinder to others, and actually be of help.