Special Events

Dharma Talk: The Magic of the Present Moment

with Erika Bjorum, Shambhala Guide
Thursday, March 1, 6-8 p.m.
 
We are delighted to continue our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of the month! The evening includes meditation practice, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea and snacks will be served.
 
On March 1, join Erika Bjorum for an exploration of the present moment. The practice of meditation is the practice of learning to stay — staying with ourselves, moment by moment, in a courageous and open-hearted way. Our confused minds do their best to take care of us by clinging onto things or pushing things away, fearing that the present moment cannot be enough. By learning to stay, we give ourselves the chance to see what is, and to be here now. And the surprise twist is that the present moment — ourselves as we are right now, the moment just as it is — has a sort of magic to it that can inspire us in wholly unexpected ways.
 
Erika Bjorum has been a Shambhala practitioner since 2006. She has trained at Shambhala Centers in Alaska and Maine and has been a member of the Portland-Brunswick sangha since 2010. As a Shambhala Guide, Erika has co-taught Way of Shambhala classes in Portland and Rockland. She has a varied background as a community organizer, sled dog handler, and farm worker. Erika and her family moved to midcoast Maine in February 2016, and they are excited to have more space to grow food and raise chickens. She is now a full-time mom to her two daughters, and works part-time for Maine-Wabanaki REACH. Erika is also a licensed clinical social worker with a focus on understanding the impact of trauma on mental health and well-being.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Suggested donation: $15-20
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).
 

Candlelight Yoga Class

with Rachel Nixon, Yoga Instructor
Thursday, March 15, 5:30-7 p.m.
 
Join us for a nourishing evening of gentle yoga, meditation, relaxation, and music -- all to beautiful glowing candlelight. This is a wonderful opportunity to relax and let yourself be just as you are. Come, let go of your stresses and enjoy an evening of candlelight yoga. Reconnect with your natural state of balance and ease.
 
Namaste.
The light inside me sees, and honors, the light inside you.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Suggested donation: $15

Sacred Art Tour

with Tibetan Buddhist Monks
 
Traditional Tibetan Snow Lion Performance
     Friday, March 30, 6-8 p.m.
Meditation Class & Dharma Talk
     Saturday, March 31, 2-3:30 p.m.
 
Eight Tibetan refugees from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will be traveling through the United States for 10-months to share ancient Tibetan traditions and the powerful message of global compassion. We are honored to host two events on the Sacred Art Tour at The Dancing Elephant, in partnership with Rockland Shambhala and the Georges River Land Trust.

Open to the public. By donation. The monks will be selling exquisite Tibetan merchandise. All proceeds support monks at the Drepung Gomang Monastery.

     
 
Note: The Georges River Land Trust is hosting a full week of programs, including the creation of a sand mandala, a fire puja, rock painting workshop, a momo dinner, and a blessing of the St. George River.

Dharma Talk: Bravery & Freedom

with Shastri Christoper St. John
Thursday, April 5, 6-8 p.m.
 
We are delighted to continue our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of the month! The evening includes meditation practice, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea and snacks will be served.
 
On April 5, join Shastri Christopher St. John for an exploration of bravery, on the cushion and in day-to-day life. What is your relationship with bravery? Do you confidently step into the unknown or do you shy away from uncertain situations? We will explore how the simple act of meditation can bring us into the present moment and help us develop confidence in our basic goodness. When we learn to trust in our inherent worthiness, we can move beyond hope and fear. We can open to life just as it is, with equanimity and spaciousness. As we develop these qualities, we learn that we can leap into the unknown and begin to taste freedom.
 
Shastri Christopher St. John has been practicing, studying and teaching in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1982. He has been Resident Director of Shambhala Training at the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center since 1995. Christopher was named Shastri (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2016.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Suggested donation: $15-20
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).
 

Dharma Talk: True Perception

with Shastri Ellen Rook
Thursday, May 3, 6-8 p.m.
 
We are delighted to continue our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of the month! The evening includes meditation practice, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea and snacks will be served.
 
What does true perception mean to you? On May 3, join Shastri Ellen Rook for an open-hearted exploration of this question and the path of Shambhala Art. The great Tibetan meditation teacher and founder of Shambhala, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, practiced calligraphy, ikebana (flower arranging), and poetry. He encouraged his students to have a contemplative relationship with life and to create works of art that were direct, unselfconscious, and compassionate. His aim was, in his own words, to bring "art to everyday life" and to inspire true perception, an opening of our senses to the phenomenal world. Today, Shambhala Art is an international arts program that invites us all to wake up to the goodness and dignity of each moment. Come learn the history of this tradition and join in a practice that has the power to awaken and liberate. 
 
Shastri Ellen Rook encountered the Shambhala teachings in upstate New York in 1980. She has studied with both Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years, Ellen served as Director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany. She was appointed by Sakyong Mipham to the position of Shastri, or senior teacher, in 2012. Ellen is married with three adult daughters. She recently retired from her position as Director of Application Development for the State of New York. Ellen enjoys gardening, writing poetry, jogging, and flower arranging. She is authorized as a teacher in the Sogetsu ikebana tradition.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Suggested donation: $15-20
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).