I wanted to pass along the news that there will be an open house to celebrate the beginning of a new meditation center in South Portland. The name of the center is Sadhana, and it is a non-denominational space for people to come 7 days a week from early morning until evening. There will be some people from the meetup group there, I hope you can join us.
Here are the details from their website:
You are cordially invited to the Opening Ceremony of Sadhana.
Where: The Castle, 100 Brickhill Avenue, South Portland, Maine (Open Air on the grounds. In the unlikely case of challenging weather, the event will take place on the 4th floor of the Castle)
When: Saturday, April 10th, 2010
Time: 2 - 4 PM
Bring a plate to share or simply visit and enjoy the opening. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in, including children. Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on. The program (below) is designed to introduce everyone to Sadhana, a community mediation center where people of all faiths can learn to meditate and chant. Sadhana will be open 7 days a week, from 6AM till 9PM. We appreciate it if you would tell your friends, and spread the word!
o Live Music o Welcome address o Breathe together o Blessings - Rabbi Harry Sky o Indian Song - o Indian Folk Dance o Poem - Sufi poetry reading by Reza Jalali o Featured Speaker - Abbess Khenmo Drolma o Moving Meditation o Blessings - Rev. Waite C. Maclin o Thank you o Visit Sadhana
About the Key Note Speaker:
Khenmo Nyima Drolma is the Abbess of Vajra Dakini Nunnery in Vermont. She has trained with the foremost spiritual teachers of our time including H.H. Dalai Lama, H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche (the head of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage) and Ven Pema Ch?dr?n. She is a heart student of Ven. Dhyani Ywahoo, having studied closely with her for over 20 years. In 2002 she took full ordination as a Buddhist nun in Taiwan becoming the first woman in the Drikung lineage to do so. In 2004 when she was installed as a Khenmo in the Drikung lineage she became the first westerner in her lineage to hold the responsibility of abbot. Since then she has worked continuously to establish Vajra Dakini Nunnery, the first Tibetan Buddhist Nunnery for western monastics in North America. www.vajradakininunnery.org
This group focuses on our practice of increasing awareness and being present in our lives through mindfulness meditation. When we practice observing the mind, we notice it is continually making commentary, and we cultivate the ability to carefully observe those thoughts, seeing them for what they are without aversion or judgement. We learn to be more present by realizing that thoughts are just thoughts, allowing us to let go of unhelpful, conditioned thinking. We will meet to discuss the benefits, challenges and opportunities of a mindfulness practice as a path to improved quality of life, and support each other as we explore this practice individually and collectively. Guided and/or group meditation may be included in gatherings. And we can discover additional ways to practice mindfulness beyond meditation, like when waiting in lines, at traffic lights, or while walking. All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your sense of humor (nothing should be taken too seriously).