There are a few meditation events and communities in the Portland area that are worth mentioning if you're interested in finding mindful communities.Maine Mindfulness Project
(MMP): In Freeport, led by Lisa Blake who recently participated in two meetups with our group. In addition to weekly sessions, she is organizing a workshop for this coming weekend. Here is the description from the website:Singing Bowls, Bells and Tingshaws
- the Spirituality of Sound This workshop will explore the sacred use of sound in a meditative practice. Participants should have some prior exposure to a sitting meditation practice. We will explore the use and synchronization of living sound as an inner massage that touches the spirit, experience vibrations as they spread through the body, and explore various ways to get in tune through sound to promote healing and create clear living spaces. We will also experiment with mantra, or sacred chant, as a path to enter into meditation.This is a half day workshop on December 12, 2009 from 9 a.m. - Noon. Please enroll early. Class size is limited to 10.
FMI: Maine Mindfulness Project websitePortland Shambhala Group
: In Portland on Newbury Street, the Shambhala group follows the buddhist teachings of Chogrum Rimphoche, and his son Sakyong Mipham. They have weekly open meditations on Sunday mornings from 8-11am, combining sitting and walking meditation. The also offer affordable programs for exploring various aspects of buddhist teachings. The primary Maine center is in Brunswick, with their North American center in Vermont.
From their website: Brunswick Portland Shambhala Meditation Center is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to creating enlightened society. We work towards this end by providing a place where people may learn and work with various contemplative practices. The primary practice that we teach is that of sitting meditation (shamatha/vipashyana).
FMI: Brunswick/Portland Shambhala Center website Nagaloka Buddhist Center
: Located on Oak Street in Portland, this organization has regular sitting and programs. They offer meditation instruction and courses on meditation and buddhism. From their website:
In April of 2002 a small group of individuals gathered here in Portland, Maine, for an introductory class on Buddhism. It was led by Manapa, a member of the Western Buddhist Order. Since that time this spiritual community (Sangha) has grown enough to provide our own meeting place, Nagaloka Buddhist Center, at 81 Oak Street in Portland. We continue to be affiliated with the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO), which also has a retreat center (Aryaloka) in Newmarket, NH.
FMI: Nagaloka website
Portland Mindfulness Meetup