Open Meditation Schedule

Our center offers a rich array of weekly ongoing offerings free to the public. No prior meditation experience required to attend. Most programs offer meditation instruction upon request. All are welcome.

Open Community Sitting Hours

Group sitting is an opportunity to practice meditation together. Individuals may arrive and leave as they need to. During the sessions there are opening Shambhala Buddhist chants, sitting meditation, walking meditation and closing Shambhala Buddhist chants. All are welcome.

Brunswick Shambhala Center: at 19 Mason St., Brunswick Maine 04011

Portland Shambhala Center: @ Woodfords Church: 202 Woodford Street, Portland, ME 04013

Rockland Shambhala Center: @ The Dancing Elephant • 16 School Street, Rockland, ME 04841

Free meditation instruction is available by prior appointment. Contact Sarah Chandler at [email protected]@

Below is a summary of our weekly public meditation schedule:

Sunday Morning Open Meditation- Brunswick
Sundays, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Open to all | By donation-
unless there is a weekend program in progress. These programs will be listed in our online calendar.
Join us in group practice of the Shambhala community’s core discipline of mindfulness-awareness meditation. Periods of silent sitting meditation alternate with shorter periods of walking meditation. Each session starts and ends with chants. Meditation instruction is available with advance notice. Come and go as you like.

Sunday Morning Open Meditation- Portland
Sundays, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Open to all | By donation-
Join us in group practice of the Shambhala community’s core discipline of mindfulness-awareness meditation. Periods of silent sitting meditation alternate with shorter periods of walking meditation. Each session starts and ends with chants. Meditation instruction is available with advance notice. Come and go as you like.

Open Meditation- Rockland
Sundays, 10:30-11:30  AM | Open to all | By donation
Open Meditation is an opportunity to practice with a group in a relaxed and friendly environment. Everyone is welcome, including beginners and experienced practitioners. All meditation traditions are honored. Each session includes twenty-five minutes of seated meditation, followed by five minutes of walking meditation, and closing with twenty-five minutes of seated meditation. There is a timekeeper but no instruction.

Thursday Night Open Meditation- Brunswick
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM | Open to all | By donation
Join us in group practice of the Shambhala community’s core discipline of mindfulness-awareness meditation. Periods of silent sitting meditation alternate with shorter periods of walking meditation.  Come and go as you like.

Wednesday Night Open Meditation- Portland
Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Open to all | By donation
Join us in group practice of the Shambhala community’s core discipline of mindfulness-awareness meditation. Periods of silent sitting meditation alternate with shorter periods of walking meditation.  Come and go as you like.

Thursday Night Open Meditation- Rockland

Every Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Open Meditation is an opportunity to practice with a group in a relaxed and friendly environment. Everyone is welcome, including beginners and experienced practitioners. All meditation traditions are honored. Each session includes twenty-five minutes of seated meditation, followed by five minutes of walking meditation, and closing with twenty-five minutes of seated meditation. There is a timekeeper but no instruction. By donation: suggested $5-10. For more information or to set up one-on-one meditation instruction, please contact [email protected] or 594-1694. 

For meditation instruction contact Sarah Chandler at [email protected]