This Week in Shambhala- December 24, 2015

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Community is part of our practice.
Join us in the exploration & practice of community.

A good society is not based upon a quick fix. ~Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

FEATURED PROGRAMS:

The Art of Being Human: Level I

Brunswick: January 8-10, 2016 with Mary Lang 
Bring a friend!!!
To jump start 2016- we are offering a special 2 for 1 package.

We will learn to experience the world as sacred and see basic goodness as our birthright. through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional basic goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings, this Friday Night Talk will be open to the public.

Winter Weekthun
A winter week of practice at Brunswick Shambhala Meditation Center. Turn over the new year with clarity, stability, strength, and a strong sense of community. Full days and some evenings, ending with a proper New Year’s Eve feast and enjoyment of the first day of the New Year in silence and contemplation. Attendance for the entire program is strongly encouraged, and required to fulfill prerequisites of the Shambhala Buddhist path.
Register here:

OPEN POSITIONS in SANGHA:

Are you interested in service as practice and contributing to community?
These are a few of the currently open volunteer positions:
-Adminstrative Assistant
-Publicity Coordinator
See our Volunteer page for more opportunities.

Please contact Kathy Bither if you are interested in learning more about one of these positions. [email protected]. Thank you.

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Thursday, December 24
7:00 PM Thursday night ‘Just Sit’ in Brunswick
Umdze: Toby Sifton

7:00 PM Dharma Drop-In- Thursday Evenings in Portland

Friday, December 25
7:00 PM Friday Night ‘Just Sit’ in Portland 
Umdze: Ryan McMann

Saturday, December 26
9:00 AM Winter Weekthun – Brunswick

Sunday, December 27
9:00 AM Winter Weekthun- Brunswick

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Portland
Umdze: Matt Alcorn

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Brunswick
Umdze: Jess Maurer

Monday, December 28
9:00 AM Winter Weekthun- Brunswick

6:30 PM Heart of Recovery. in Portland 

Tuesday, December 29
9:00 AM Winter Weekthun – Brunswick

Wednesday, December 30
9:00 AM Winter Weekthun- Brunswick

7:00 PM Wednesday Night ‘Just Sit’ in Portland 
Umdze:Mary Jo Steckevicz

Thursday, December 31
9:00 AM Winter Weekthun- Brunswick

7:00 PM Thursday night ‘Just Sit’ in Brunswick

7:00 PM Dharma Drop-In- Thursday Evenings in Portland

Friday, January 1
9:00 AM Winter Weekthun- Brunswick

7:00 PM Friday Night ‘Just Sit’ in Portland
Umdze: Kalee Coombs

Saturday, January 2
NO ACTIVITIES

Sunday, January 3

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Brunswick
Umdze: Christopher & Eunice St. John

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Portland
Umdze: Weade Clarke

DECEMBER RETREATS:

Winter Weekthun
A winter week of practice at Brunswick Shambhala Meditation Center. Turn over the new year with clarity, stability, strength, and a strong sense of community. Full days and some evenings, ending with a proper New Year’s Eve feast and enjoyment of the first day of the New Year in silence and contemplation. Attendance for the entire program is strongly encouraged, and required to fulfill prerequisites of the Shambhala Buddhist path.
Register here:

ONGOING CLASSES:

Heart of Recovery- Monday Evenings 6:30-7:30pm in Portland 

The Heart of Recovery is an on-going, weekly meeting for people grappling with strong addictions of any kind – be they substances such as drugs and alcohol or harmful, habitual patterns.

Dharma Drop-In-Thursday 7pm-8:30pm
Join us Thursday evenings for meditation and discussion. We will start with 35 minutes of meditation, then have a short reading and discussion. The readings will be varied from different materials. You can even bring your own short reading to talk about.
All are welcome.

SAVE THE DATES:

THE ART OF BEING HUMAN: LEVEL I

with Mary Lang

January 8th—January 10th(2016)

In Brunswick. This first weekend retreat of the Way of Shambhala series introduces participants to the practice of sitting meditation and to the basic principles of the Shambhalapath of warriorship. The program includes meditation instruction, Continue »

PEMA CHODRON:The Freedom to Choose Something Different

with Christopher St John

January 13th—February 17th (2016)

In Brunswick. Ever feel triggered and stuck in a reactive tailspin despite all your efforts? Continue »

GREAT EASTERN SUN

with Shastri Donna Williams

January 16th—January 17th (2016)

In Brunswick.This weekend program teaches how to see the Great Eastern Sun, the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists. Continue »

MEDITATION IN EVERYDAY LIFE

with Karen Monahan & Erika Bjorum

January 19th—February 16th(2016)

In Portland.This first class in the Way of Shambhala series is for new meditators and offers the opportunity to deepen their experience and understanding of meditation. Continue »

BIRTH OF THE WARRIOR: LEVEL II

with Christopher St. John

January 22nd—January 24th (2016)

ROCKLAND- Looking directly at our habitual patterns of thought, emotions and gestures, we can arouse fearlessness and make more direct contact with basic goodness. Prerequisite: The Art of Being Human Continue »

MEMBERS ANNUAL ASPIRATION & POT LUCK EVENT

January 30th (2016)

In Brunswick. Members’ Event Join us as we celebrate our community and hear the news from the Center of the Mandala. Continue »

MEDITATION PRACTICE WEEKEND

February 6th—February 7th (2016)

In Brunswick. Full weekend of practice Continue »

SHAMBHALA DAY

February 13th (2016)

In Brunswick. Celebrate the Tibetan New Year. Continue »

MILAREPA DAY

February 21st (2016)

In Brunswick. Practice group chanting from the Rain of Wisdom, realizing songs of the Kagyu masters. All are welcome. Continue »

UNCONDITIONAL CONFIDENCE: RIGDEN WEEKEND

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

February 26th—February 28th (2016)

In Brunswick. The Way of Shambhala I culminates in the Rigden Weekend. The contentment, joy, fearlessness, and wisdom of the Way of Shambhala culminate in unconditional confidence. Confidence that comes from genuineness and wakefulness instead of aggression Continue »

BIRTH OF THE WARRIOR: LEVEL II

with Angela Lutzenberger

March 4th— 6th (2016)

In Brunswick. Looking directly at our habitual patterns of thought, emotions and gestures, we can arouse fearlessness and make more direct contact with basic goodness. Prerequisite: The Art of Being Human Continue »

“Perky does not mean that one is perked up by temporary situations, but it refers to unconditional cheerfulness, which comes from ongoing discipline.”    ~Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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