Community Events

Dharma Talk: Groundlessness

with Robert Schneider
Friday, January 15, 6-8 p.m.
 
Via Zoom… preregister to receive link! The link will be sent out at 5 p.m. on the day of the event to those who have registered in advance.
 
Our Dharma Talk Series continues via Zoom. The program includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for sharing. 
 
Have you ever felt like the rug has been pulled out from under you? Join Bobby Schneider for an evening of practice and exploration about identity, groundlessness, and illusion.
 
Over time, meditation practice reveals that our identity is made of elaborate stories we continually tell ourselves about ourselves. The world we live in is created in the same way. As compelling as these narratives may be, we depend on feedback to sustain them. But what happens when the feedback we receive contradicts the view we hold of ourselves and of the world? When the discrepancy is great, it can feel like the rug has been pulled out from under us. We call this state of destabilization groundlessness, a term which also conveys a sense of free falling. These days, the contributing factors to our feelings of instability are many. But the good news is that with practice, we can use these feelings to see through the stories we write about ourselves, to deepen our insight into the intersubjective nature of reality, and to realize that the very notion of solid ground is only an illusion.
 
This offering is part of the year-long program, Making Friends with Ourselves & Our World, January-December, 2021.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Preregister to receive Zoom link.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 at 5 p.m. on the day of the talk.
Suggested donation
 
If you can pay the full amount, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
 
Robert G. Schneider has been a practicing Buddhist since 2000. He was born in Queens in 1964 and raised in Ithaca, New York. In the 1980s, Robert left college to follow the Indian guru Swami Muktananda, living and working in the guru’s Siddha Yoga ashrams in India and the U.S. for four years. While living abroad in Brussels, Belgium during the 1990s and 2000s, he became a student and friend of the esteemed Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Lama Karta, who passed away in 2013. Robert now lives in Maine and is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Southern Maine. 
 
The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated. 

Community Circle: Pandemic as Spiritual Teacher

with Rachel Nixon & Karen Mack
Sunday, January 31, 5:30-7 p.m.
 
Via Zoom… email Rachel at [email protected] to sign up. The link will be sent out at 5 p.m. on the day of the event to those who have preregistered. Thank you!
 
We hope you can join us for our first Community Circle in 2021. We offer the Circle as space for being together in the present moment. For listening deeply to ourselves and each other. For exploring what it feels like to be human in these times. For being curious and open in community. The Circle is the first in a series of monthly offerings.
 
"The pandemic brings us right to the razor’s edge of this precious present moment. No past. No future. Just what is here now. The coronavirus has the potential to kill millions worldwide. The virus also has the potential of being a spiritual initiator for humanity.” – Joanna Macy & Jonathan Gustin 
 
What has the pandemic meant to you in your life? In what ways do you experience the pandemic as a spiritual teacher or initiator? Join us as we reflect on the impacts of the coronavirus, personally and collectively, through stories, musings, and anecdotes. We will consider questions such as: What are the blessings and the challenges of the pandemic? How might this global crisis be a catalyst for personal and societal transformation? 
 
The evening will include: welcome,  mindfulness practice, introductions, co-creating of guidelines, speaking/listening together in the circle, and closing. The space will be held with deep respect for all feelings, viewpoints, and ideas.
 
We hope you can join us as we explore, reflect, and find solace together. 
 
Please preregister to receive Zoom link. Email Rachel at [email protected] to sign up. The link will be sent out at 5 p.m. on the day of the event.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Free.

Dharma Talk: Maitri for Our Times

with Nick Kranz
Friday, February 5, 6-8 p.m.
 
Via Zoom… preregister to receive link! The link will be sent out at 5 p.m. on the day of the event to those who have registered in advance.
 
Our Dharma Talk Series continues via Zoom. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for sharing. 
 
How is caring for myself the same or different than caring for others? How can I find balance and have internal boundaries? What is maitri? Join Nick Kranz for a heart-warming evening of wisdom, practice, and sharing.
 
For those of us who have been conditioned in modern, individualist cultures, self-compassion and loving-kindness (maitri) are essential. Practicing self-care and learning to heal the inner critic allows us to be more effective in expressing love and compassion for all. Also, learning to love ourselves just feels really good. The evening will include a presentation with meditation and discussion. Together, we will explore how to set internal boundaries as a way of modeling the care that includes self and other.
 
This offering is part of the year-long program, Making Friends with Ourselves & Our World, January-December, 2021.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Preregister to receive Zoom link! 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 at 5 p.m. on the day of the talk.
Suggested donation
 
If you are able to pay the full amount, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
 
Nick Kranz is an experienced and dynamic meditation teacher with a passion for sharing authentic wisdom. After 20 years of deep training, he has a profound belief in everyone’s potential to benefit from the practice. Nick is devoted to guiding people along the path with friendliness and skill. He has studied under Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Khandro Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, Ato Rinpoche and many other great Tibetan Lamas. Nick is interested in social innovation, cultural transformation, and collaborative business that positively impacts society. He is the founder of the practice of social meditation, which is practiced around the globe. 
 
The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated. 

Dharma Talk: The Science of Mindfulness

with Penny Clements
Friday, March 5, 6-8 p.m.
 
Via Zoom... preregister to receive link! The link will be sent out at 5 p.m. on the day of the event to those who have registered in advance.
 
Our Dharma Talk Series continues via Zoom. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for sharing. 
 
What happens to the brain when we meditate? What can modern neuroscience reveal about the ancient practice of meditation? 
 
Over the past 30 years, there has been a burgeoning interest in the health benefits of mindfulness and meditation. Numerous research studies show positive outcomes when these practices are used to promote well-being. His Holiness the Dalai Lama describes himself, “My body, this person, half Buddhist monk, half scientist.” Thanks to the curiosity and commitment of the Dalai Lama and many other spiritual and scientific leaders, there is now evidence that confirms that we can work with our own minds to support our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This data validates what common sense and personal experience have illuminated to meditation practitioners since the time of the Buddha. Join Penny Clements for meditation practice, an overview of recent research, and a conversation about making friends with our mind, emotions, and body.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Preregister to receive Zoom link.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 at 5 p.m. on the day of the talk.
Suggested donation
 
If you are able to pay the full amount, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
 
Penny Clements is a Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT®) practitioner and certified Senior Instructor. Her background includes twenty years of work with non-profit institutions and service on the board of several community organizations. Over the past several years, Clements has led yoga, mindfulness, and meditation classes in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Her work with CBCT® includes facilitating classes for educators, healthcare workers, college students, parents of young children, and assisting with the CBCT® teacher certification program.
 
The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated.