September 23, 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

THIS WEEK :

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

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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

Thursday, September 30, 2021

6:30 PM Thursday night Community Meditation Practice – Online

Sunday, October 3, 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

ONLINE: Sacred Path – Golden Key *

October 9 – 11 with Eric Spiegel
In Collaboration with the Los Angeles Shambhala Center: This program is based on the Shambhala text “The Letter of the Golden Key” which addresses our relationship to our sense perceptions and the material world around us.

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

October 30 – 31 with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Marian English
This retreat has two parallel tracks, one focusing on the White Tara Sadhana composed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and another with A Very Condensed Daily Practice of White Tara composed by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, as given by the Vidyadhara.

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:

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 4: Awakened Heart

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

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.

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 – 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 – “Second Sunday” Maitri Bhavana Practice with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Date: Sunday, October 10, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
Judith Simmer-Brown 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 – The Art of Making a True Move

Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Arawana Hayashi
The presentation will explore how the dharma art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche are the foundation for the creation of Social Presencing Theater, an arts-based social change process.

Touching Planet Earth: Our Oceanic Heritage-with Cynthia Moku

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Teacher: Cynthia Moku
Addressing current issues on the climate changing, with knowledge being offered to the world from both ancestral traditions of Polynesian ocean culture and current science & innovation technologies. How these topics interface with and can inform us

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – Is NEW Still Relevant?

Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021
Teacher: Sabine Rolf
Can something be truly new?* How is unique different from new?* This Sunday session will offer an investigation of the chimera of ‘new’, the wild and unrealistic notion that we will feel better if we acquire something new.

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.

Shambhala Sunday Gathering – How Can We Measure Societal Well-Being? An Exploration

Date: Sunday, November 7, 2021
Teachers: Shastri Janet Bronstein & Dr. Peter Nowak
Janet Bronstein and Peter Nowak share about a new Shambhala initiative that seeks ways to measure the societal health and well-being of our community in an ongoing way. Why is this important? How can we even do this? Come learn more!

 

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.