This Week in Shambhala: June 16, 2016

Building a Culture of Kindness.

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“On behalf of the entire Shambhala community I express profound sadness and pain towards the brutal killings in Orlando this past weekend. As we now know Florida has suffered the deadliest mass shooting in American history. My heart breaks for everyone affected by this tragedy. I want to especially acknowledge the pain of the LGBT community – a community that has faced ignorant violence and discrimination for generations. Those who have suffered are in my practice and I encourage you to hold them in your heart as well.

We should dedicate our practice to the aspiration that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, race, or religion are able to experience their basic goodness and peace. May the threat of gun violence lessen, and may all beings be safe. We send love and courage to all who are suffering and to all who are in fear.”

— Sakyong Mipahm Rinpoche

FEATURED PROGRAMS:

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Senior Buddhist teacher Judith Lief: “Glimpses of Mahamudra.”

with Judy Lief: June 16th

Senior Buddhist teacher Judith Lief, will give a public talk at Brunswick Shambhala Center on Thursday, June 16 at 7pm on “Glimpses of Mahamudra.” Continue »

MIDSUMMER CELEBRATION-

June 18th HOSTED BY Kathy Bither

Summer is a time of expansion and activity, of growth and richness. We celebrate together. Join us Saturday, June 18th at Kathy Bither’s Home. Continue »

PEMA TURNS 80!

Join us as we celebrate her birthday with programs throughout June and July:

Pema Chodron: The Heart of the Matter in Brunswick

June 22nd—July 27th Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for Pema Chodron: The Heart of the Matter- How to Live with Compassion and Courage Continue »

Pema Chodron: The Way to Freedom in Brunswick

June 25th—July 9th- Two Saturday mornings 10am-noon

Awaken from self-imposed delusions about the nature of life and discover a different way to experience life. Continue »

Pema Chodron’s 80th Birthday Celebration in Brunswick

July 17th- after Sunday Morning Meditation

Join us for Pema Chodron’s Birthday Celebration after Sunday Morning Meditation.Continue »

OPEN POSITIONS in SANGHA:

Are you interested in service as practice and contributing to community?
Current open volunteer positions:

Egoless Cleaning Warriors for our Brunswick Center:

  • Do you enjoy simple, uncluttered clean?
  • Are you more likely to clean someone else’s home than your own?
  • Do you find perverse satisfaction in the instant gratification of eradicating dust from the surfaces of furniture?
  • Might you wonder in what new ways you might practice the 6 paramitas and then accomplish the first bhumi before you die?
  • Are you OK with minimal social gratification while accumulating much dharmic merit and redirecting your future karma?

Our Brunswick Meditation Center is looking for a few more dedicated and egoless warriors to join our Cleaning Team.
Please contact Kathy Bither if you are interested.
[email protected]. Thank you.

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

7:00 PM Senior Buddhist teacher Judith Lief: “Glimpses of Mahamudra.”
7:00 PM Thursday night ‘Just Sit’ in Brunswick- CANCELLED

Friday, June 17, 2016

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

Umdze: Ryan McMann

Saturday, June 18, 2016

2:00 PM MIDSUMMER CELEBRATION-

Sunday, June 19, 2016

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Brunswick

Umdze: Hylie West

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Portland

Umdze: Caroline Wagner

Monday, June 20, 2016

6:30 PM Heart of Recovery. in Portland

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

6:30 PM Pema Chodron: The Heart of the Matter in Brunswick
7:00 PM Wednesday Night ‘Just Sit’ in Portland

Umdze: Ryan McMann

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

Umdze: Kathy Meade

Friday, June 24, 2016

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

Umdze: Ryan McMann

Saturday, June 25, 2016

10:00 AM Pema Chodron: The Way to Freedom

Sunday, June 26, 2016

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Brunswick

Umdze: Jess Maurer

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Portland

Umdze: Rob Martin

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.

SPRING OFFERINGS:

Senior Buddhist teacher Judith Lief: “Glimpses of Mahamudra.”

with Judy Lief- June 16th

Senior Buddhist teacher Judith Lief, will give a public talk at Brunswick Shambhala Center on Thursday, June 16 at 7pm on “Glimpses of Mahamudra.” Continue »

MIDSUMMER CELEBRATION– June 18th

Summer is a time of expansion and activity, of growth and richness. We celebrate together. Continue »

Pema Chodron: The Heart of the Matter in Brunswick

June 22nd—July 27th Wednesday Evenings

Join us for Pema Chodron: The Heart of the Matter- How to Live with Compassion and Courage Continue »

Pema Chodron: The Way to Freedom

June 25th—July 9th Saturday Mornings

Awaken from self-imposed delusions about the nature of life and discover a different way to experience life. Continue »

Pema Chodron’s 80th Birthday Celebration in Brunswick

July 17th

Join us for Pema Chodron’s Birthday Celebration after Sunday Morning Meditation.Continue »

UPCOMING REGIONAL PROGRAMS of INTEREST:

Entering the Practical World of Taoism: July 8 – 10

with Dr. Eva Wong and Shastri Carolyn Krusinski
Living a balanced life is integral to developing a healthy body and a relaxed mind. Learn how to bring balance into everyday life through the Taoist teachings.

Relax, Renew and Awaken: July 21 – 24

with Tune Faulkner
Our Relax, Renew and Awaken program offers contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships, and personal endeavors of all kinds.

Family Camp July 30 – August 7

Family Camp is a magical week for parents and children to spend together with old friends and new in the beautiful, rolling green hills of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
“The principles of Shambhala Training are based on sanity and reality, as well as the gentleness of the Buddhist tradition. However, the Shambhala tradition has its own basis, its own footing. That basis is ourselves individually cultivating who we are, what we are, as human beings. That’s the first key idea: you shouldn’t be afraid of who you are.”  –Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche 

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