This Week in Shambhala October 6, 2016


“ Obstacles and challenges may arise, but they do not reduce the enlightened qualities at our disposal.” ~Sakyong Mipham

Welcome to Maine Shambhala Meditation Centers.

Our Fall Season Schedule is up online. We invite you to check out our classes and retreats in Brunswick, Portland and Rockland.
Our website offers a lot of information regarding local offerings, information about meditation, Shambhala International, our structure, contacts and more.
However, if you would be more comfortable connecting with a person directly, please contact us as [email protected] We will be in touch shortly after receiving your inquiry.


Awakened Heart Oct 2016


Enlightened Society in a Chaotic World


Pema Study Group - Autumn 2016




The Fall Season schedule has been posted online. There are a number of wonderful weekend retreats scheduled.
If you have completed Level III training, we invite you to consider staffing one of the weekends. You would also need to have already completed the Level that you are interested in staffing. Please contact the coordinator of the program as listed on each of the Event Pages directly.
Thank you for your willingness to service our sangha through this very rewarding opportunity.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

6:00 PM Learn to Meditate- Group Meditation Instruction in Brunswick
7:00 PM Shastri Hours by Appointment in Brunswick
7:00 PM Thursday night ‘Just Sit’ in Brunswick

Umdze: Patrick Civiello

Friday, October 7, 2016

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

Umdze: Daniel Rosenheck

7:00 PM Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV- Brunswick

Saturday, October 8, 2016

8:30 AM Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV- Brunswick

Sunday, October 9, 2016

8:30 AM Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV- Brunswick
9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Portland

Umdze: Matthew Alcorn

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Brunswick- CANCELLED

Monday, October 10, 2016

6:00 PM Governing Council or Executive Committee Monthly Meeting
6:30 PM Heart of Recovery. in Portland

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

6:00 PM Joy in Everyday Life, IN ROCKLAND
6:30 PM Making Friends With Yourself in Brunswick
6:30 PM Fearlessness in Everyday Life in Portland 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

6:30 PM Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality in Brunswick
7:00 PM Wednesday Night ‘Just Sit’ in Portland

Umdze: Barbara Egan

Thursday, October 13, 2016

5:30 PM Shastri Hours by Appointment in Portland
6:30 PM Thursday Dharma Gatherings: Welcome, Sit, Study, Engage. in Portland
7:00 PM Thursday night ‘Just Sit’ in Brunswick

Umdze: Kathy Meade

Friday, October 14, 2016

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

Umdze: Ryan McMann

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Portland

Umdze: Caroline Wagner

9:00 AM Sunday Meditation. in Brunswick

Umdze: TBD

5:30 PM SHAMBHALA SADHANA- Community Practice in Brunswick 



Sunday Morning Meditation- in Portland:
Sunday Morning Meditation- in Brunswick:

Heart of Recovery– in Portland
PEMA Study Group- Brunswick- Most Mondays- Check Calendar

Just Sit in Portland

Just Sit in Brunswick
Monthly First Thursday Evenings: Group Meditation Instruction In Brunswick with Shastri Christopher St John- 6-7PM – October 6, November 3 and December 1.
Monthly First Thursday: Shastri Hours in Brunswick with Shastri Christopher St John- 7-9PM October 6, November 3 and December 1.
Monthly Second Thursday Gatherings in Portland 6:30-8:30 with Shastri Christopher St John
Monthly Second Thursdays: Meditation Interviews at 5:30pm in Portland with Shastri Christopher St. John-Starting September 8. Other fall dates include October 13, November 10, and December 8.

Just Sit– in Portland


AUTUMN SERIES CLASSES: Save the Dates 6:30-8:30PM

Nov/ Dec:
Shambhala Household in Brunswick. Begins November 1
Making Friends with Yourself in Portland. Begins November 1


Shambhala Level I
Portland: November 4
Brunswick: January 6

Shambhala Level IV
Brunswick– October 7

Shambhala Level V
Rockland- November 11
Brunswick -December 2

Sacred Path: Outrageous and Inscrutable-
Brunswick-January 20


Shambhala Sadhana: Celebrated with Community Members & their families on the Full Moon
Portland: November 14, December 13
Brunswick: October 16,
Sadhana of Mahamudra- TBD

Winter Solstice and Children’s Day in Brunswick-December 18


with Shastri Christopher St John & Shastri Angela Lutzenberger:
October 28- 30- New Trainings from the Sakyong
December 10-11-P & E Conference in Brunswick



Karme Choling:

Meditation Retreat For Parents: October 7 – 9
Join other parents and families for a supportive and inclusive weekend practice retreat.

Aloka Children’s Program: October 7 – 9
With both outdoor and indoor exploration, the children learn and grow through play, organized activities, arts, physical activity and interacting with peers.

Teen Retreat: Listening Mind/Seeing Mind: October 7 – 9
This retreat for youth ages 13-17 is designed for young people with a genuine curiosity about life and the wish to explore the principles of awareness and warriorship in the company of their peers.

Golden Key-February 4 – 7, 2017
Drawing wisdom from the Shambhala root text The Letter of the Golden Key, learn the practice of enriching presence.

Warriors Assembly- February 11-22, 2017
Warrior Assembly is the culmination of the Shambhala Training Sacred Path program.

Dorje Denma Ling

Dorje Denma Ling is pleased to announce that we are reducing the tuition on the Art of Ikebana weekend – October 14 – 16 – for all participants in order to make this program more accessible to more people. Space is limited for this program so please register as soon as possible and pay in full in order to reserve your place.

For more information and to register go here:


We are delighted to welcome back Ringu Tulku Rinpoche to Vajravidya Downeast.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, a scholar and storyteller, travels and teaches worldwide. His teachings are for people with jobs, families, and ordinary responsibilities.
Fear and Fearlessness (Tuesday)
What Leads to Transcendent Wisdom? (Wednesday)
Schedule:    Talk 1: Tuesday, 11/08/16 6:30 PM (sitting) 6:45 PM (talk) 
Talk 2: Wednesday, 11/09/16 3:15 PM (sitting) 3:30 PM (talk) 
Talk 3: Wednesday, 11/09/16 6:30 PM (sitting) 6:45 PM (talk)
All talks will be at VVDE: 161 State Street, Ellsworth, ME
Program cost:
$60.00 for all three talks.
$30.00 for one talk.
Preference will be given to those who register for the whole program.
Registration:    Send your email address and phone number as well as check made out to VVDE to:
Nancy Bauer 
1 Birch Avenue 
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: (207) 356-0423 
Email: [email protected]

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