November 5, 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!

 

SAVE THE DATE

 

PROGRAMS AND CLASSES CURRENTLY OFFERED ONLINE.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ATTENDING PROGRAM 

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ATTENDING PROGRAM 

 

 

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.

 

THIS WEEK :

Thursday, November 5, 2020

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Sunday, November 8, 2020

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

On Sunday Nov. 8 the Brunswick/Portland Shambhala Council invites you to “coffee and conversation” focused on the topic of politics and meditation.10:30-11:30am after our customary meditation 9-10:30am. We invite you to contemplate the following quotation from Chogyam Trungpa on a Buddhist approach to politics. Please join us for our discussion.

A Buddhist Approach to Politics

If a person came with a sense of responsibility to society, that would be a Buddhist approach to politics and also to the social side of life, which is the same, in a sense. One problem in this country is that the abstract notion of democracy is misleading. Problems arise from the aggression inherent in our concept of democracy. People begin to feel they have been cheated or have not been allowed enough freedom to do what they want, to say what they want. It lacks a notion of discipline that should go along with it: just throw everything into the big garbage pail and, hopefully, somebody will do the sorting out in our favor. This is a big problem.”

Monday, November 9, 2020

6:30 PM Heart of Recovery Online

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

6:30 PM 2nd Noble Truth — The Origins of Suffering, Part I: The 5 Skandhas Teachers- ONLINE

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

6:30 PM Contemplative Circle for People Identifying as Men: A Buddhist Perspective- ONLINE

Thursday, November 12, 2020

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Sunday, November 15, 2020

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

 

WEEKLY CLASSES:

Contemplative Circle for People Identifying as Men: A Buddhist Perspective- ONLINE

with Frank Sanfilippo

October 21st—November 11th

2nd Noble Truth — The Origins of Suffering, Part I: The 5 Skandhas Teachers- ONLINE

with Judi Soule

November 10th—December 15th

 

OPEN COMMUNITY WEEKLY SITTING PRACTICE:

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

6:30- 7:30 PM    November 5, 12, 19, 26 December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Sunday Open Meditation – Online: Zoom- video conferencing  

9:00 – 10:30 AM   November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 December 6, 13, 20, 27

 

 

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: HOW TO LEAD STRATEGICALLY: The Art of Leading-Embodied Presence

November 7 – 8 with Suzann Duquette and Jane Arthur
Based on a book by Eva Wong: Leadership is more about being than doing. Just as by being virtuous, a leader attracts virtue, so trustworthiness attracts commitment and integrity from others.
 

Dakini Wisdom: Revealing the Feminine in Tibetan Buddhism- Online

December 12-13 with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
Through an exploration of feminine principle, symbolized by the dakini, the sky-dancing goddess of Tibetan Buddhism, we may access our own vast wisdom beyond gender–and yet discover new meaning in our embodied, passionate lives as women and men.
 

Shambhala Online Courses:

Meeting Shambhala—An Introduction to the Shambhala Lineage

Teacher: Walker Blaine
This course is a progressive exploration of the core elements of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, which is the union of warriorship and Buddhism.

Shambhala Lineage Supplication: A Short Course (OE)

Teacher: Walker Blaine
This three-part course is for individuals and groups wishing to look more deeply at the Supplication to the Shambhala Lineage, one of the most important chants in the Shambhala tradition.

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.

Touching the Earth – Humanity at a Crossroad: Parts I and II

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020
Teacher: Richard Reoch
A two-session public event on October 17 and November 14 presented by the Touching the Earth Collective and hosted by Shambhala Online: “Humanity at a Crossroad: Laudato Si’ and the Shambhala Principle. A conversation hosted by Richard Reoch.

Shambhala Online Weekly Sunday Offerings:

White Tara Live Practice Session – November 8

Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Mary Campbell
Join Shastri Mary Campbell for a live practice session. FREE!
 

Sunday Gathering – Expanding White Awareness: Unifying Shambhala and Buddhist practice with Anti-racism in the Dark Age

Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020
Teacher: Alexandra Vlasic
The suffering caused by racism has become ever more apparent across the globe since the murder of George Floyd on May 25th, especially for those who do not experience racism on a daily or regular basis. How does the concept of race and the harm of racism.

Sunday Gathering – Hearing and Being Heard — Shifting Our Culture Through Conversation

Date: Sunday, November 15, 2020
Teachers: Shastri Janet Bronstein & Fred Meyer
If meditation is the skillful means for listening to ourselves and becoming aware of our present experience, conversation is the skillful means for listening to others and activating our web of connections.

Sunday Gathering – Recovery: The Love for Truth

Date: Sunday, November 22, 2020
Teacher: Shelly Webb
The connection between recovery programs and Buddhism is strong, rich and surprising. Join Shelly Webb for this discussion which will be of benefit to all as we cover the 8-fold path, addiction and liberation.

Sunday Gathering – Keeping It Simple!

Date: Sunday, November 29, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Veit Weber
By engaging with Mindfulness Meditation, we are practicing in a nonconceptual way, to simply connect with “Who am I?” When we do this, we are relaxing the body and mind in order to feel who we are, be on the spot, and touch into our rich heritage of Shambhala.
 

Sunday Gathering – Meditation, Theatre, Education: A Delightful Ménage à Trois

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Alex Paterson
Join Shastri Alex Paterson for a conversation about how meditation, theatre, and education intersect and complement each other, creating a path of continual playfulness and discovery.

Sunday Gathering – An Exploration of Contemplative Ecology

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Donna Williams
In these turbulent times, we can turn to our senses to ground us and offer solace. As we know, we often get caught in concept – dissociating ourselves from our immediate environment. Our senses offer a portal to connection: using taste, touch, smell, sight.

Sunday Gathering – Celebrating the New Year While Holding the Pain of 2020 in Our Hearts

Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Marilyn Moore
Join Shastri Marilyn Moore for group practice and a discussion of how we might stay open to the turmoil, pain and sadness of the past months while still finding ways to acknowledge and even celebrate the arrival of a new year. 

 

 

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