Community Events

Justice for All? A Community Circle

with Beverly Feldt & Kendra Denny Arey
Friday, July 17, 6-8 p.m.
 
Via Zoom... link provided at the time of registration!
 
Is "liberty and justice for all" a reality or an empty declaration?
 
Join us for an evening exploration of social justice and the question of liberty in the United States, historically and right now. The program will open with the words of African-American poet Langston Hughes in "Let America be America Again" and musician Nina Simone in "Mississippi Goddam." What comes up for us in response to these pieces? How do we feel? We will then listen and contemplate the teachings of civil rights activist Vincent Harding in "Is America Possible?" Throughout the evening, we will pause for meditation, self-reflection, and sharing to support our explorations. The program will close with a discussion of additional resources including an invitation to join the five-week series, Exploring Race, at The Dancing Elephant.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Preregistration is recommended and appreciated. To register, kindly choose a donation amount below that works for you. If finances are tight, you are most welcome to come for free. Please email [email protected] Everyone who preregisters will receive a Zoom link.
Suggested donation
 
Note: 50% of the proceeds will be donated to a social justice charity.
 
About the co-facilitators: Beverly and Kendra are offering this event as white women who are interested in holding space for learning, inquiry, and practice in relationship to issues of race. To learn more about Beverly and Kendra, click here.
 
The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated.  

Exploring Race: A Community Series

with Beverly Feldt & Kendra Denny Arey
Five Tuesdays, July 28-August 25, 6-8 p.m.
 
Via Zoom... link provided at the time of registration!
 
What is coming up for you in this time of racial unrest? What is arising in your heart and mind? Do you want to learn and understand more?
 
Join us for a five-week community series exploring social justice and race in America. Guided by loving-kindness for ourselves and each other, we will listen to and discuss teachings on race by inspiring meditation teachers, academics, and therapists. The podcasts/videos may include:
  • White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo
  • Notice the Rage, Notice the Silence, Resmaa Menakem
  • An Uncomfortable But Meaningful Conversation, Lama Rod Owens
  • How You Can Help Transform America’s Racial Karma, Dr. Larry Ward
  • The Dharma of Harriet Tubman, Spring Washam
  • Radical Dharma, angel Kyodo williams
The atmosphere will be warm-hearted and gentle. Everyone will be encouraged to ask questions, share stories, and learn together. We will also invite each other to lean into our discomfort and cultivate bravery. As Spring Washam states, “We need ferocity and warmth” on the path of liberation.
 
Each gathering will start and end with a brief period of meditation. We will explore the question: How does our practice help us cultivate an open heart and support freedom for all?
 
This series is designed as a springboard for ongoing personal inquiry into social justice and race. There will be future offerings at The Dancing Elephant to continue and deepen the conversation.
 
Level: All are welcome.
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options. In addition to online payment, you may send checks to: The Dancing Elephant, 14 School Street, Rockland, ME 04841. Thank you!
Suggested donation
 
Note: 10% of the proceeds will be donated to a charity decided upon by the participants.
 
About the co-facilitators: Beverly and Kendra are offering this series as white women who are interested in holding space for learning, inquiry, and practice in relationship to issues of race. To learn more about Beverly and Kendra, click here.
 
Note: The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated.

Dharma Talk: What is Relationship?

with Nancy Hathaway
Friday, August 7, 6-8 p.m.
 
Via Zoom... link provided at the time of registration!
 
Join us for our first Dharma Talk via Zoom. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for sharing. 
 
What is relationship: to self, other, lover, grandchild, turnips!? Join Nancy for a joyful evening exploring the essence of relationship. How do we relate to the world, to this moment? In fact, what is this moment? What am I? What are you? What is this? The world is as it is. How do we relate to the ways things are? From the head? From the heart? Emotions are as they are. How do we relate to the human condition? The angry child is as it is. How do I relate to it? The pain in my heart is as it is. How do I relate to it? The world is as it is. How do I relate to the way I am? In fact, is there an “I” to relate to? 
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Preregistration is recommended and appreciated. To register, kindly choose a donation amount below that works for you. If finances are tight, you are most welcome to come for free. Please email [email protected] Everyone who preregisters will receive a Zoom link. 
Suggested donation
 
Nancy Hathaway began her Buddhist studies in 1974, sitting a one-month meditation retreat in Kopan Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since that time, she has studied extensively with Asian and Western teachers in the Zen, Theravada, and Tibetan traditions. Nancy has taught meditation for 38 plus years. As a Senior Dharma Teacher in the international Kwan Um School of Zen, she was ordained as a lay Buddhist clergy and pastoral counselor in 1980 at the Providence Zen Center in Cumberland, RI. Nancy also holds a Masters in Education in Counseling Psychology, and she is licensed by the State of Maine as a Pastoral Counselor in the Buddhist tradition.
 
The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated. 
 

Dharma Talk: Compassion Training

with Kelly Richards
Friday, September 4, 6-8 p.m.
 
Via Zoom... link provided at the time of registration!
 
Our Dharma Talk Series continues via Zoom. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for sharing. 
 
What do a group of incarcerated men, university medical students, breast-cancer survivors, and adolescents in foster care have in common?  Surprisingly, they have all been practicing a secularized form of Lojong called Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT).
 
Join Kelly Richards, a certified instructor of CBCT, for an evening of practice and discovery. Kelly will explain the theoretical foundation of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, share some of the research, and offer exercises to explore. CBCT was created by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, a professor of religion at Emory University, in response to the depression he saw among undergraduates. Confident that his early training as a monk kept him mentally strong and healthy in spite of many adverse childhood experiences, Geshe created a system of contemplative practices designed to strengthen and sustain compassion. This system is accessible to people of all or no religious background. Success with undergraduate students led to refining the practices and expanding to new populations, including K-12 students. 
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Preregistration is recommended and appreciated. To register, kindly choose a donation amount below that works for you. If finances are tight, you are most welcome to come for free. Please email [email protected] Everyone who preregisters will receive a Zoom link. 
Suggested donation
 
Kelly Richards’ fascination with Buddhism began in the 1970’s. Her experience of nature drawing echoed the Zen of Seeing: paying attention to twigs, seed pods, or vistas brought deep calm. As a school teacher, Kelly offered that same peace to her students, encouraging them to learn through their senses in a classroom filled with natural objects, artifacts, and good smells. Kelly has had a daily meditation practice since 2005. She is a certified Cognitively-Based Compassion Training instructor and has taught meditation to children since 2006. Kelly helped create “SEE Learning,” a K-12 curriculum for compassion-based ethics. She and her husband retired to Vinalhaven in 2014, where she teaches mindfulness to children and adults. Kelly feels deep gratitude for the natural beauty and the close bonds of the community.
 
The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated.