September 16, 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 REQUIRED!

SAVE THE DATES (Registration is Open):

Practicing the Path of Meditation Through Uncertain Times.- Hybrid

September 21st—October 12th with Shastri Christopher St. John & Eunice St. John

The foundational practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation offers a tool to build our resilience in the face of life challenges. Continue »

Harvest of Peace

September 25th- Please pre-register. This is planned for an in-person gathering.

The Other Shore, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh- Book Study

October 26th—November 16th with Richard Knox

CURRENTLY OFFERED 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

**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.

THIS WEEK :

Thursday, September 16, 2021

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Sunday, September 19, 2021

9:00 AM Sunday Community Meditation Practice. – Online

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

6:30 PM Practicing the Path of Meditation Through Uncertain Times.- Hybrid

Thursday, September 23, 2021

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Saturday, September 25, 2021

11:00 AM Harvest of Peace

Sunday, September 26, 2021

9:00 AM Sunday Community Meditation Practice. – Online

WEEKLY CLASSES and Gatherings:

September 21st—October 12th with Shastri Christopher St. John & Eunice St. John

The foundational practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation offers a tool to build our resilience in the face of life challenges. Continue »

Harvest of Peace

September 25th- Please pre-register. This is planned for an in-person gathering.

 

OPEN COMMUNITY WEEKLY SITTING PRACTICE:

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

6:30- 7:30 PM       September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 October 7, 14, 21, 28

Sunday Open Meditation – Online: Zoom- video conferencing 

9:00 – 10:30 AM      September 5, 12, 19, 26 October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

 

Karme Choling Programs:

HYBRID: Yeshe Tsogyal and the Feminine Principle: Buddhist and Shambhalian Perspectives

September 25 – 26 with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Alex Vlasic

Online: Opening Our Heart through Opening Our Senses — Mudra Space Awareness

October 9 – 10 with Dr. Craig Warren Smith and Suzann Duquette

HYBRID: Unwavering Compassion: A White Tara Retreat with Mahayana and Vajrayana Sadhanas

October 30 – 31 with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Marian English

 

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.

DATES / TIMES / SCHEDULE

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

Shambhala Training, Level 3: Warrior in the World

Date: Friday, September 17, 2021
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
September 17-19, 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.

Shambhala Online Weekly Sunday Offerings:

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Join The Touching the Earth Collective for a Global Celebration of Harvest of Peace

Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Teacher: Touching The Earth Collective
Join us on this special day for a lhasang and other vibrant offerings: some simple and some hugely elaborate, a family song, and a fabulous food feast – all gestures of the heart. We will gather as if for a “Homecoming”, welcoming all!

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – The Magic of Present-Moment Inquiry

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Teacher: Shastri Janet Solyntjes
Come learn how to inquire into another person’s experience through open-ended questions. With so many viewpoints in the world, understanding how to ask questions that are in the space of nowness is a valuable skill that can bring harmony to relationships.

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – The Grand Canyon: Resting In One’s Own Emptiness

Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021
Teacher: John Seex
John Seex will talk about how when we embrace and touch into our personal feelings of emptiness, we can tune into the deepest part of ourselves, and our inseparability from everyone and everything – and we can rest in emptiness.

 

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Dressing up as the Deity: What Makes the Vajrayana Unique?

Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Teacher: Jeffrey Scott
What are you going to dress up as for Halloween? Maybe there are more options than being a sexy pirate, or a vampire again. If we could become anything, let’s be something good, no? In this Sunday Gathering we will explore some basics of Vajrayana practice.