Rockland Shambhala

16 School Street
Rockland, ME 04841

Whether you are completely new to meditation and want to learn the basics, or an advanced practitioner looking to deepen your practice, the Rockland Shambhala Meditation Center welcomes you. Join us for weekly sitting, study groups, special events, and the Way Of Shambhala training programs. We also have one-on-one meditation instruction available.

All programs are offered under the auspices of the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu), a nonprofit organization with more than 200 Shambhala Meditation Centers worldwide.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987)--a Tibetan Buddhist master, scholar, poet, teacher, and artist--founded Shambhala in the United States in 1970. Sakong Mipham Rinpoche, the son of Chogyam Trungpa, is the current holder of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, as well as the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.

Mission: Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

Join us for the Third Sunday Sit, April 21, 9 a.m. to noon! Sitting and walking meditation in community. Everyone is welcome. -

All about LOVE! Join us for a Spring Meditation Retreat, Friday evening-Sunday afternoon, May 3-5. FREE public talk on Friday at 7:30 p.m. -

This will be an inspiring weekend! Can you join us?

We are excited about our next Dharma Talk! Join us Thursday evening, April 4, 6-8 p.m. for Collective Change with Marit Wilson. -

Thanks to everyone who came to practice the art of flower arranging today. Ikebana with Ellen Rook was inspiring!

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Spring meditation class starts on April 9th! Contentment in Everyday Life. Five Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. -

4 spots left in Ikebana Workshop, March 31! We hope you can join us. Think Spring. -

Dharma Talk on the Paramitas this Thursday, March 7, 6-8 p.m. at Rockland Shambhala! -

[02/25/19]   Social Meditation is cancelled this evening! See you next week.

Ikebana: The Art of Flowers - A beautiful offering coming up on March 31! Space is limited, please register soon!

Third Sunday Sit, this weekend! -

Dharma Talk: Four Noble Truths, this Thursday! -

Join us at The Dancing Elephant for Yoga & Meditation in February! Weekly classes and special events for everybody. All by donation. -

Anyone? This sounds like quite a beautiful opportunity...

[01/24/19]   This weekend's Shambhala Level I Training, the Art of Being Human, is cancelled (including the public talk on Friday evening). We will reschedule the weekend training for this spring, and will keep you posted on the new date!

Join us for Social Meditation beginning January 28th at 6:30 p.m. A wonderful opportunity to practice and engage in community. All are welcome. -

With respect to Mother Nature and the Public Service employees of Rockland, the studio will be closed on Sunday, January 20. Third Sunday Sit and Refuge Recovery are cancelled for tomorrow. Stay cozy, and enjoy your practice at home!


When it comes to road treatment and snow removal for large storms (like what is expected this weekend), the most traveled roads get our first priority, followed up with the side streets and downtown snow removal then sidewalks. In Rockland there are 121 lane miles and 25 miles of sidewalk.
We have 14 Public Services employees taking care of 9 major plow routes. Five of the14 people are part of the downtown snow removal process, which consists of removing the large accumulated snow piles (that are placed in various locations in the downtown) to the snow dump at the Solid Waste Facility to make room for parking.
Our equipment consists of 6 plow trucks with wings, 1 loader, 1 backhoe and 4 smaller one ton trucks with plows used mainly for cleanup, dead ends and tight areas as well as 3 small sidewalk plows. We have 240 tons of salt on hand and 400 yards of sand and 1,000 gallons of brine which is used to pre-treat roads and pre-wet the salt prior to it being distributed on the roads.
With 14 experienced snow removal people, equipment, as well as the sand & salt we still need the help of Rockland residents to do their part. Staying off the roads during the storm is the single biggest things people can do. Second, abide by the extended parking ban. In addition, please do not place driveway and parking lot snow onto the sidewalk or into the road. If you are out walking around wear bright colored clothing or reflective items so plow drivers can see you, especially at night. Keep children from playing anywhere near the edge of the road since plow drivers may not be able to see them.
Much of what happens is based on the conditions and timing and with so many miles of road and sidewalk we ask people to be patient. Please understand that our Public Services snow plow drivers, work long hard hours to make the roads and sidewalks safe for our residents.
If this storm dumps the 20+ inches of snow and drifting expected with this storm, major roads will not be totally cleaned up until the beginning of Monday; downtown parking will not be completely cleaned up until Tuesday morning and sidewalks will not be complete until later in the week since all the snow from the roads ends up on the sidewalks.
We appreciate all you can do to help, please be patient and have a safe weekend.
City of Rockland
Public Services Director
David St Laurent

City of Rockland, Maine
City of Rockland Department of Public Services

Public Talk & Meditation Training with Shastri Veit Weber, January 25-27. Get to know your mind and heart. We hope to see you there. -

Join us for the Third Sunday Sit this coming Sunday, January 20, 9 a.m. to noon! Everyone is welcome. Come for as much or as little of the morning as you'd like. -

Join us for Shambhala Level 1: The Art of Being Human with Shastri Veit Weber, January 25-27! Learn mindfulness-awareness meditation and explore your basic goodness. What a great way to start the new year! -

Hooray for the Winter Session at The Dancing Elephant! $7 for 7 Days of Yoga (January 1-7), New Classes, Meditation Programs, Retreats & More. We look forward to seeing you soon! -

Join us for Meditation in Everyday Life with Sydney and Julie, starting January 15 -

Start the New Year with Shambhala Level 1: Art of Being Human, Friday evening-Sunday, January 25-27. Meditation, community, good food! Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. -

Our Third Sunday Sit is December 16, 9 a.m. to noon. We hope to see you there. -

Join us for a delightful Sangha Gathering on Tuesday, December 11th at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. -

December highlights at The Dancing Elephant and Rockland Shambhala! Join us. Gift certificates available. -

Join us for our First Thursday Dharma Talk: Poetics of the Wild with Cynthia Trone, December 6, 6-8 p.m. -

Come practice! Third Sunday Sit on November 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Meditation instruction available. We hope you can join us. -

November highlights at The Dancing Elephant and Rockland Shambhala... new teachers, new schedule! $10 off class passes, November 1-7. -

Tonight's Dharma Talk: Poetics of the Wild has been postponed until Thursday, December 6th. Please hold Cynthia and her father in your heart as he recovers from surgery.

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Join us for "The Art of Being Human," a public talk with Shastri Bill Brauer, this Friday, October 26th at 7:30 p.m. at Rockland Shambhala, 16 School Street. -

A Journey to Dharamshala, India with Kendra Denny! Wednesday, October 24 6 p.m. -

Third Sunday Sit this weekend! Sunday, October 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Come for as much, or as little, of the morning as you'd like! -

Social Meditation starts up again on October 15th, 6-8 p.m. at Rockland Shambhala. Everyone is welcome. -

Shambhala Level 1 training, October 26-28! Develop fearlessness, confidence, and gentleness through meditation. -

October classes, retreats, and more at The Dancing Elephant! Take time to connect with your authentic self this fall. -

Join us for our First Thursday dharma talk in October! Judith Simpson will lead us in a circle practice and dialogue about Forgiveness, Thursday, October 4, 6-8 p.m. We hope you can join us. -

The Buddha's Footsteps - a five-week meditation group - starts October 16th, 6-8 p.m. Join us for mindfulness-awareness practice, conversation, and inspiration this fall. -

A special opportunity to get to know your heart and mind! Shambhala Level 1: Art of Being Human, October 26-28. All are welcome. -

Join us for our first Dharma Talk of the fall season: Why Meditate? with our friend and teacher Shastri Christopher "Kit" St. John, September 6th, 6-8 p.m. -

Announcing the Fall schedule at The Dancing Elephant! New classes, ongoing favorites, special events. Enjoy $10 off all classes passes, September 4-7. -

Our next book group, Discovering Joy with Rachel Nixon & Cynthia Trone, starts September 11th. Hope you can join us! -

Special offerings this fall. Yay! Series classes, events, and retreats! Mark your calendar and sign up early to save your space. -

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