This Week in Shambhala October 8, 2015

This Week in Shambhala
October 8, 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:

The Art of Being Human: Level I Rockland: October 23-25, 2015 with Shastri Veit Weber

Shambhala Training Level One  is the first step in the Way of Shambhala curriculum.
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.
FMI: contact Rachel Nixon: [email protected] or 207.594.1694

October Contemplative Walk Saturday,October 24, 2015

MEDITATION AND CONTEMPLATION  IN NATURE
Join us for some meditative and contemplative time in nature. We’ll combine walking with meditation and contemplation while observing noble silence. This contemplative walk will take place in Portland.

Register to receive more information with regards to place and time.

Taste of Shambhala– Sunday Potluck October 25: Sunday 11am-1pm in Portland.

Gather, share,eat. Join a community potluck and gathering after Sunday Morning Meditation. Please bring a dish to share.

Learn more here.

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.

This Week‘s Events:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

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

7:00 PM Dharma Drop-In in Portland.

Friday, October 9, 2015

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

Saturday, October 10,2015

No Activites

Sunday, October 11, 2015

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Brunswick

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Portland

10:30 AM Meditation in Everyday Life in Rockland

6:30 PM Heart of Recovery. IN Portland

Monday, October 12, 2015

6:00 PM Sadhana of Mahamudra- in Brunswick

6:30 PM The Essential Heart of the Kasung Part 1- in Portland

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

6:30 PM Making Friends with Yourself- in Brunswick

6:30 PM Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion- in Portland

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

6:30 PM Fearlessness in Everyday Life in Brunswick

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

Thursday, October 15, 2015

7:00 PM Dharma Drop-In in Portland.

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

Friday, October 16, 2015

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

Saturday, October 17, 2015

No Activites

Sunday, October 18, 2015

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. IN Portland

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Brunswick

10:30 AM Meditation in Everyday Life in Rockland

Ongoing October Classes & Events:

Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion
with Christopher St John
September 22nd—October 20th
THIS IS A TUESDAY EVENING CLASS- 2 more classses in this series
In Portland. “Awaken our enlightened genes”. An introduction to the teachings of Mahayana Buddhism. This fiveweek class explores how the peace of meditation can extend to the world around us. The class will use the first four parts of the Volume Two of the Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche as an introduction to the teachings of Mahayana Buddhism to “awaken our enlightened genes.” The class will be open to both beginning meditators and students with a previous introduction to meditation.
Continue to learn more and to register»

Heart of Recovery- Sunday Evenings during October 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 8- Sex & Relationships-

” With widsom in love, we can frolic in the highlands of our natural joy”- Sakyong Mipham, Ruling Your World.

October 15– Climate Change and the Environment-

” In the future, Mother Earth herself might offer some natural occurrence that vaults us out of our fixation on materialism and individualism and into a more socially holistic understanding.”- Sakyong Mipham, The Shambhala Principle

October 22– Drugs-
“This is not to say that the point of the hard way is that we must be heroic. The attitude of “heroism” is based upon the assumption that we are bad, impure,that we are not worthy, are not ready for spiritual understanding. We must reform ourselves, be different from what we are. For instance, if we are middle class Americans, we must give up our jobs or drop out of college, move out of our suburban homes, let our hair grow, perhaps try drugs.
If we are hippies, we must give up drugs, cut our hair short, throw away our torn jeans. We think that we are special, heroic, that we are turning away from temptation. We become vegetarians and we become this and that. There are so many things to become. We think our path is spiritual because it is literally against the flow of what we used to be, but it is merely the way of false heroism, and the only one who is heroic in this way is ego.”
― Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

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

All are welcome.

October’s Class: Meditation, Creativity & UFO’s has been Cancelled

Save the Dates- Upcoming in November:

Heart of Recovery returns to Monday Evenings beginning November 2: 6:30-7:30 PM 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.

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

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:

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

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:

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

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:

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 area.

Register to get further details:

SAKYONG MIPHAM RINPOCHE- BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION- November 15th

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 Noon-2pm In Brunswick

Register here:

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

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:

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:

” 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

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