This Week in Shambhala December 3, 2015

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

“To extend ourselves to others is the route to true happiness.”
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Featured Programs:

The Art of Being Human: Level I with Shastri Nicholas Kranz

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 beigin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings, this Friday Night Talk will be open to the public.

This event will be held at:

Ludcke Auditorium, 716 Stevens Ave. Portland campus of University of New England

Portland: December 4-6, 2015 with Nick Kranz

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

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 3
7:00 PM Thursday night ‘Just Sit’ IN BRUNSWICK
Umdze: Patti King

7:00 PM Dharma Drop-In. in Portland

Friday, December 4
7:00 PM Friday Night ‘Just Sit’ IN PORTLAND- Cancelled 
7:00 PM The Art of Being Human: Level I – in Portland

Saturday, December 5
8:30 AM The Art of Being Human: Level I – in Portland

Sunday, December 6
8:30 AM The Art of Being Human: Level I- in Portland
9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. IN BRUNSWICK
Umdze:Kit/ Eunice St. John
9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. IN PORTLAND- Cancelled

Monday, December 7
6:30 PM Heart of Recovery. in Portland

Tuesday, December 8
6:30 PM Wisdom in Everyday Life – in Brunswick
6:30 PM Emptiness, Paramitas and Bodhisattva Activity- in Portland

Wednesday, December 9
6:30 PM Working with Emotions in Brunswick
7:00 PM Wednesday Night ‘Just Sit’ in Portland 
Umdze:Mary Jo Steckevicz

Thursday, December 10

7:00 PM Thursday night ‘Just Sit’ in Brunswick 
Umdze:
7:00 PM Dharma Drop-In- Thursday Evenings in Portland

Friday, December 11
7:00 PM Friday Night ‘Just Sit’ in Portland 
Umdze:Kalee Coombs

Saturday, December 12
No Activities

Sunday, December 13
9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Brunswick 
Umdze:James Prentice

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Portland 
Umdze:Frank Sanfillippo

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. Topics include- Meditation and its Relationship to:
November 26-Racism/ Immigration
All are welcome.

DECEMBER COMMUNITY EVENTS:

CHILDREN’S DAY & WINTER SOLSTICE
At the Winter Solstice, we celebrate Children’s Day to honor our children and to bring warmth, light and cheerfulness into the dark time of the year. Morning activities for children followed by a mid day potluck.
All children and families are welcome.
December 20th
Sunday in Brunswick
Schedule: Details to follow.
FMI:  see the website

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 Shambhala path 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 Shastri Veit Weber

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 aggressi Continue »

BIRTH OF THE WARRIOR: LEVEL II

with Angela Lutzenberger

March 4th—March 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

The Spring 2016 Schedule can now be found on the website at: PROGRAMS

The Spring 2016 Schedule Brochure will begin mailing this week.

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