Community Events

Dharma Talk: Tales & Teachings from Gampo Abbey

with Rachel Nixon
Thursday, November 7, 6-8 p.m.
 
*Note: This is the opening talk for the Fall Weekthun!
 
We are delighted to continue our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of the month. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea and snacks will be served.
 
What happens when you sit in mediation for six hours a day for six weeks in a row on the edge of cliff? Join Rachel Nixon for joyful stories and honest tales from last year's Winter Yarne Retreat with Ani Pema Chödrön and the monastic community at Gampo Abbey in northern Nova Scotia. Rachel will invite discussion about the Paramitas -- generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and wisdom -- which were studied in depth at the Abbey and will be explored at the Fall Weekthun. This dharma talk is the opening talk for the Fall Weekthun.
 
Everyone is welcome. 
 
Suggested donation: $15-20
 
Rachel Nixon was first introduced to Buddhist teachings in 1999 through Pema Chödrön's writings. Over the years, she has developed a personal meditation practice and has trained at Shambhala Meditation Centers in Maine, Vermont, New York, Colorado, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, as well as Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts. Rachel attended the seven-week Winter Yarne Retreat with Ani Pema at Gampo Abbey in 2019. She currently serves as the Director of Rockland Shambhala, and she is a trained Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor. In addition to teaching, she loves to sail, visit islands, swim, and go on adventures with her family.

Third Sunday Sit

with sangha friends
Sundays, November 17, December 15
9 a.m. to noon
 
We are delighted to offer extended sitting on the third Sunday of the month. This is an opportunity to practice with a group in a relaxed and friendly environment. You can come for as much, or as little, of the morning practice as you'd like. Kindly enter and exit quietly. The morning will include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. Everyone is welcome, including beginners and experienced practitioners. All meditation traditions are honored. There is a timekeeper but no instruction.
 
Everyone is welcome! 
 
Suggested donation: $5-20
 
For more information or to set up one-on-one meditation instruction, please contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694. 

Dharma Talk: Wisdom & Compassion in Education

with Jen Zehler
Thursday, December 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, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea and snacks will be served.
 
Education involves not only intellectual, emotional, and social development but also spiritual development. Teaching the whole child means to embrace the wisdom of the soul in the classroom and foster compassion and community. Mindfulness and restorative practices - integrated through a trauma informed/healing-centered lens - are the bridge between the inner life of mind and spirit and the outer world of secular education. A pedagogy of wisdom and compassion is about transforming the institution of education. 
 
Everyone is welcome. 
 
Suggested donation: $15-20. 
 
Jen Zehler is the Director of the Center for Children’s Spirituality at Trinity Institute for Applied Neuroscience and Spirituality. She works in partnership with teachers, families, and communities to implement mindfulness and restorative practices through a healing-centered curriculum. Jen received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education at New Jersey City University and her master’s degree in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University. She has also completed trainings at/through the Women's Leadership Institute program at Hartford Seminary, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Schools, Mindful Life, Restorative Justice, and The Center for Adolescent Studies. Jen recently joined the staff at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and she was accepted into the Community Dharma Leader program through Spirit Rock.