This Week in Shambhala October 29, 2015

This Week in Shambhala
October 29, 2015
Community is part of our practice.
Join us in the exploration & practice of community.

 “Activating the Shambhala principle, we can transform the feeling of worthlessness into worthy. Ignorance into Intelligence. End doubt into confidence.” 
~Sakyong Mipham

Featured Programs:

Meditation Practice Weekend in Portland

Unmask: Halloween Weekend Practice Intensive 
October 31– November 1:Saturday and Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm

“Entering into spirituality means unmasking the mask, and the pride that we develop having unmasked… becomes another mask, and we have to unmask that as well.” -Chogyam Trungpa

Two full days of practice with archival video of Chogyam Trungpa and recent teachings by Sakyong Mipham; led by Toby Sifton and coordinated by Erika Bjorum. Due to space limitations, registration and commitment to the full weekend is strongly encouraged. Weekend intensives are a highly recommended preparation for the week-long intensive in December.
All silent meditation practices from any tradition are welcome.

Register here.


Working with Emotions with Sarah Chandler: November 4th—December 9th in Brunswick

Confused, wild emotions can dominate us in obvious and subtle ways.  Without suppressing feelings or acting them out, Buddhist meditation works with emotions directly.  The energy of emotions becomes the basis for developing wisdom and compassion. This class for beginners or those trying to establish a regular meditation practice will use readings from several Chogyam.

Dates: 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9
Wednesday Evenings 6:30-8:30pm

Learn more and register here:


 Are you interested in service as practice and contributing to community? These are a few of the currently open 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, October 29, 2015

   7:00 PM Dharma Drop-In.

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

Umdze: Chris Brett
Friday, October 30, 2015

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

Umdze:  Kudra MacCaillech, Kalee Coombs 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

9:00 AM Meditation Practice Weekend in Portland
Sunday, November 1, 2015

9:00 AM Meditation Practice Weekend in Portland

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Brunswick

Umdze: Kit and Eunice St John

Monday, November 2, 2015

 6:30 PM Heart of Recovery. IN PORTLAND

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

No Activities
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Umdze:Ryan McMann

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Umdze: Toby Shifton

Friday, November 6, 2015

   7:00 PM Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky

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

Umdze: Dan Rosenheck

Saturday, November 7, 2015 

8:30 AM Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky
Sunday, November 8, 2015

8:30 AM Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Brunswick- cancelled
Umdze:Frank Sanfillipo
November Weekend Retreats- Still time to register:

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky with Shastri Andrea Darby- November 6th—November 8th in Brunswick

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 uplifting energy. We learn to trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment. Our hearts soften and we appreciate the sacredness of our daily lives.

Learn more and register here:


Meditation Practice Weekend in Brunswick: November 21st—November 22nd

Full weekend of silent practice. Sitting and walking meditation, with optional discussions, videos, and readings to inspire a personal connection to our world. Recommended for students of meditation seeking to deepen their practice. Highly recommended for students aspiring to attend the week long intensive in December.

Register here:

November/December Classes:


Wisdom in Everyday Life with Angela Lutzenberger: November 10th—December 8th in Brunswick

Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom.
No longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, we can include
everything as part of the path. The challenges of everyday life
become opportunities for both contemplative practice and
social action.

Dates: 11/10,  11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8
Tuesday Evenings 6:30-8:30pm

Learn more and register here:


Emptiness, Paramitas and Bodhisattva Activity with Christopher St John: November 17th—December 15th in Portland

This five week class will use the fifth and sixth parts of Volume Two of the Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche to “discover a world beyond ego.” These teachings invite us to experience how the reality of “emptiness” naturally leads to compassion and the bodhisattva activity of the “six paramitas” of generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and “best knowledge.”

Dates: 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15
Tuesday Evenings 6:30-8:30pm

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 Ready to make your mind flexible and workable!

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. Schedule for October will Include-

Meditation and its Relationship to:

October 29- Music

“If you are involved with the intensity of crescendo situations, with the intensity of tragedy, you might begin to see the humor of these situations as well. As in music, when we hear the crescendo building, suddenly if the music stops, we begin to hear the silence as part of the music.”
― Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

November 5– Anarchy/Politics

November 12– Social Networking

November 19– Education in the U.S.

November 26-Racism/ Immigration

All are welcome.

November Community Events:

November Contemplative Walk-November 14th

Join us for some meditative and contemplative time in nature. We’ll combine walking with meditation and contemplation while observing noble silence.

This late morning walk will take place in the Brunswick/Harpswell area.

Register to get further details:


You are invited to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s birthday celebration!
Please join us for a community potluck and gathering after Sunday Morning Meditation.  By joining together we express our gratitude for SMR teachings & our respect for his compassionate dharma activities for the whole world. May all beings benefit. Please bring a dish to share.
November 15: Sunday Noon2pm In Brunswick

Register here:
” What the warrior renounces is anything in his experience that is a barrier between himself and others. In other words, renunciation is making yourself more available, more gentle and open to others.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa

Spring 2016 Schedule Brochure will be mailing in the beginning of December.*

 Information will also be on line around that same time.

View All Programs for the Fall Season being held at our Brunswick and our Portland Centers here.

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