Community Events

Social Meditation Gathering

with Beverly Feldt
Thursdays, January 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
 
Social Meditation is a supportive practice that guides us in developing a culture of “nowness” and a space to relate authentically with one another. In this practice, we explore what it feels like to speak and listen from our present moment experience. We practice communicating with bravery and vulnerability so that we can bring these qualities into our daily lives. The evening includes sitting practice, Social Meditation, and tea and visiting.
 
Participants of all ages, backgrounds, and spiritual traditions are welcome.

This is a drop-in group; registration is not required.

Suggested donation: $5-10. Donations in any amount are graciously accepted.
 
For more information, contact Beverly at [email protected] 

Dharma Talk: Addiction, Recovery & Buddhism

with Bob Cleveland
Thursday, February 6, 6-8 p.m.
 
Join us for our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of every month. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea will be offered at 5:45 p.m.
 
How can Buddhist practices help us heal from addiction? Join Bob Cleveland for an evening gathering exploring the nature of addiction and a path to recovery. The talk will begin with a look at the different models of addiction, as well as the physiology and neurology of addiction. The heart of the presentation will illuminate why and how the Buddhist practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity are uniquely suited to work with suffering and support recovery from addictions of all kinds. There will be ample time for discussion, and members of Recovery Dharma will share details about the weekly meetings at The Dancing Elephant.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Come 5-10 minutes early; preregistration is not required.
 
Suggested donation: $5-20. Donations in any amount are graciously accepted.
 
Bob Cleveland is a member of Rockland Recovery Dharma, which is the local chapter of the international Recovery Dharma community. He grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts. He earned his BA from Bates College, writing his Senior Thesis on the influx of Zen Buddhism in American culture during the 50s and 60s. Bob later earned a Masters in Pastoral Theology from Loyola University in New Orleans. He has had a regular meditation practice for over 30 years, finding his own spiritual home in the Christian Contemplative tradition where he is member of clergy. Bob currently lives in Hope, ME with his wife Anne.

Third Sunday Sit

with sangha friends
Sunday, February 16, 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 includes 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. Donations in any amount are graciously accepted.
 
For more information or to set up one-on-one meditation instruction, please contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694

Movie Night: Brilliant Moon

with Asher Putterman & Sydney Hall
Friday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.
 
We are delighted to host movie nights on the third Friday of the month, celebrating Buddhist teachings and stories. Join us for a viewing of the movie, discussion, visiting, and tea.
 
Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was one of Tibet's most revered 20th-century Buddhist teachers. Known as the instructor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Royal Family of Bhutan, his life and teachings were an inspiration to all who encountered him. Brilliant Moon chronicles the life of this writer, poet, and meditation master. Richard Gere and Lou Reed provide the narration for his dangerous journey out of China and the subsequent spread of his influence around the world.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Come 5-10 minutes early; preregistration is not required.
 
Suggested donation: $5-10. Donations in any amount are graciously accepted.

Dharma Talk: Buddhist Ethics for a Sustainable Tomorrow

with Peggy Smith
Thursday, March 5, 6-8 p.m.
 
Join us for our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of every month. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea will be offered at 5:45 p.m.

As part of the Eightfold Path, the Buddha outlined the ethics needed to reduce suffering and establish a sustainable future, both for individuals and society. Join Peggy Smith for an exploration of the Buddha’s ethical guidelines, through a version updated for our modern times by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh and his students. These ethics - the Five Mindfulness Trainings - are not rules to be mastered or broken. They are guidelines to support our true happiness and the happiness of society. The evening will be interactive with periods of mindfulness meditation, personal reflection, and small group discussion.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Come 5-10 minutes early; preregistration is not required.
 
Suggested donation: $5-20. Donations in any amount are graciously accepted.
 
Peggy Smith is an ordained Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village Tradition.  She was ordained into the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and received a Lamp Transmission from him in 2014.  She is in the 42nd generation of the Linji Dhyana School and the 8th generation of the Lieu Quan Dharma Line. Peggy was a school teacher for 32 years and is a certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication.

Dharma Talk: What is Relationship?

with Nancy Hathaway
Thursday, April 2, 6-8 p.m.
 
Join us for our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of every month. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea will be offered at 5:45 p.m.
 
What is relationship: to self, other, lover, grandchild, turnips!? Join Nancy Hathway 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.
 
Come 5-10 minutes early; preregistration is not required.
 
Suggested donation: $5-20. Donations in any amount are graciously accepted.
 
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.