Special Events

Dharma Talk Series

with Shambhala Buddhist teachers
Thursdays, October 5, November 2, and December 7, 6-8 p.m.
 
"Buddhism is a living tradition, passed from teacher to student, as a set of pragmatic instructions and techniques for cultivating sanity and brilliance in ourselves and our world." - Shambhala International
 
Join us for our fall dharma talk series with three Shambhala Buddhist teachers. The evenings will include meditation practice, a dharma talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea and snacks will be served. We look forward to seeing you and sharing in this living tradition together.
 
Everyone is welcome. Donations appreciated. Suggested: $15-20.
 
 
Meditation & The Kitchen Sink
with Karen Monahan
Thursday, October 5, 6-8 p.m.
 
How does the practice of meditation relate to our everyday lives? Shambhala teachings are grounded in the view that everyday life is sacred and that meditation is a natural human activity. We will will look at the interplay of the two, and how we might view whatever we do, on or off the cushion, as part of our spiritual path. 
 
Karen Monahan became a Vajrayana student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2016 and currently serves as the Director of Practice and Education for the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center.  She is a Meditation Instructor and has been facilitating and leading Shambhala book study groups and classes for a number of years. A lifelong Mainer, Karen has worked as a legal advocate and researcher, addressing issues related to poverty and family violence. She is an amateur birder, Scrabble player, and willing-to-be-silly grandmother.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seeing Each Other Clearly: Our Social Identities on the Spiritual Path
with Bryan Mendiola
Thursday, November 2, 6-8 p.m.

While we seem to have an innate longing for real connection with others, we're living at a time when it's easy to feel increasingly separate, isolated, confused, and polarized. While society creates a multitude of barriers that limit our understanding of each other, each of us creates our own barriers based on fear, habit, ignorance, and privilege. Let's help each other develop a genuine practice of inquiry and empathy that allows us to truly see (and be seen).

Bryan Mendiola has been a practicing Buddhist since 2007, studying with Vipassana, Insight, and Chinese Zen sanghas before finding a spiritual home with Shambhala Boston in 2009. He has held positions at Shambhala Boston on the Board of Trustees and as chair of the Diversity Committee, and he began his teacher training in Shambhala in 2013.  Bryan grew up in Milwaukee, WI, the youngest of three children of two immigrant parents from the Philippines. He now lives with his wife and two-year-old son in Portland, and he works as a clinical psychologist in counseling services at Bowdoin College.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Being Peace in Fearful Times
with Shastri Christopher St. John
Thursday, December 7, 6-8 p.m. 
 
We live in fearful times. Social, political, and environmental challenges manifest daily. How can the practice of meditation help? Shamatha meditation translates as "peaceful abiding." It is a practice of getting to know the mind and heart with friendliness to oneself. Through practice, we can radiate peace out to our families, our communities, and the world. Let's join together for a conversation and practice of being peace.
 
Shastri Christopher (“Kit”) St. John has been a student of Buddhism since 1982. He was a founding member of the Brunswick Dharma study group in 1985 and has served in many positions in the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center, including Director of Practice and Education and Resident Director of Shambhala Training. In 2016, he was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as Shastri (senior teacher).
 
 
 
 
 

 

A program of Rockland Shambhala, under the auspices of the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center. 

Open Meditation & Sangha Soup

with sangha friends!
Sunday, October 8
10:30-11:30 a.m. Open Meditation
11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Sangha Soup Potluck
 
Join us for an open-hearted morning meditation and potluck. We'll share an hour of seated and walking meditation and then enjoy a festive meal together. Delicious homemade soup will be provided. Bring anything you'd like to share... salad, fruit, crackers, cheese, drinks, sweets, etc. You are welcome to come for both meditation and the potluck or just one. We hope to see you there!
 
Everyone is welcome. 
 
Donations appreciated. Suggested: $5-10.
 
 
 
A program of Rockland Shambhala, under the auspices of the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center.

Early Winter Meditation Gathering

with Rachel Nixon, Shambhala Guide
Sunday, December 10, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 
Gather with new and old friends for a quiet morning of meditation, reflection, and sharing. Shamatha instruction will be provided, and we will practice seated and walking meditation from 9 to 11 a.m.. A brief dharma talk -- Generosity: The Ornament of the World -- will be offered at 11 a.m. and there will be time for questions and discussion. The talk will be followed by a festive meal. Delicious vegetarian soup will be provided. Please bring a potluck offering to share. 
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Donations appreciated. Suggested: $15-30.
 
Note: if you are not able to come for the whole gathering, please join us for part!
 

A program of Rockland Shambhala, under the auspices of the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center.

Winter Solstice Yoga Class

with Rachel Nixon, Yoga Instructor
Thursday, December 21, 5:30-7 p.m.
 
The Winter Solstice is a time of turning towards the light. It is a time for reflection, renewal, and joy. Join us for a nourishing evening of gentle yoga, meditation, relaxation, and music -- all to beautiful glowing candlelight.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Donations appreciated. Suggested: $15.