Portland

Day

Thursdays

Time

6 - 7 pm ET

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Arline Saturdayborn

Arline Saturdayborn

Meditation Teacher

amsaturdayborn@gmail.com

I am a searcher, a teacher, a meditator, and a learner. The civil rights leader Howard Thurman once said, “Do what makes you feel fully alive, because what this world needs is people who have come alive.” If one’s life can have a motto, this is mine!

My mindfulness practice began in the early 1970s with Swami Satchidananda and Integral Yoga. Since then, I have taught yoga for people who think they can’t do yoga, trained in and taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and for the last 15 years have also taught English to Speakers of Other Languages with adult immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

In January 2015, I did a week-long Sustainable Compassion Training retreat with Lama John Makransky and Lama Willa Miller. On the last day of that retreat, Lama John said that these were the kinds of trainings and practices that folks like Martin Luther King, Jr, the Dalai Lama, and Desmond Tutu have, so they can do their work in the world. It was one of those struck-by-lightning, see the light, all-coming-together moments; I knew this was the work I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Then and there, I vowed to do all I could to learn these trainings and keep myself healthy and strong to teach them as well and as long as possible.

These days, I teach Sustainable Compassion Training as 3 credit courses at the University of Southern Maine in Portland and feel deep gratitude to be able to offer people practical tools to access their capacity to care in a world so deeply in need of care. On Thursday nights, you can find me at the Portland, Maine sangha where I’m one of the team practice leaders.

Patricia Hille Dodd

Patricia Hille Dodd

Meditation Teacher

phagge@me.com

In 1972, as a teenager, Patricia took a Transcendental Meditation workshop and got a taste of the possibility of a kind of freedom that has called her ever since. She began going on Yoga retreats to Kripalu in the 1990s and soon after attended Kripalu’s East meets East conferences that led her to Buddhism. However, it wasn’t until she took Lama Willa Miller, Jane Burdick, and Lama John Makransky as her teachers that her practice deepened and widened. Her current mind/body practices include Inyengar Yoga, Lama Willa Miller’s somatic wakefulness practices, and Lama John Makransky innate compassion practices. Patricia is one of the meditation practice leaders of the Portland, Maine Natural Dharma Sangha and has run meditations at local schools.

Jane Burdick

Jane Burdick

Meditation Teacher

jburdic1@maine.rr.com

Our sangha has been going for about sixteen years now. Over the years a consistent group has formed, there are four of us who take turns leading, and newcomers are always welcomed in a very rewarding way. Each week we all feel uplifted, glad that we’ve made the effort to come, and somehow feel that our practicing makes a difference…to us and to our world. People become more open about their experience of the practice and we leave feeling that we’ve connected deeply through the amazing practices that we’ve been offered.

People who come for the first time can expect to be brought right into the circle with everyone introducing themselves. The leader that night will give a short overview of our teachers and an introduction to the practice we’ll do that night. Given that they are led practices, no one is ever at a loss as to what they should be doing…or not doing. Unusual terms are explained and there is time for plenty of silence as well. At the end there’s time for questions or reflections on how the practice went for whoever would like to speak.

Al D’Andrea

Al D’Andrea

Meditation Teacher

snowlion@Maine.rr.com

Al is currently Artistic Director of Snowlion Repertory Company in Portland, Maine, whose mission is to inspire and delight Maine audiences of all ages by creating, developing and producing theatrical works of cultural, ethical, and spiritual value in an atmosphere of acceptance, enthusiasm and mindfulness. In this way, Al seeks to unify his spiritual practice and his work in the theater, a profession that traditionally involves intensely personal relationships that can be abused if not guided by an intrinsically humanistic and spiritual framework.

Most inspiring is the dedication everyone has to the practice, the collective power of our meditation, and the lightheartedness and joy each one of us carries out into the world at the end of our hour together.

One visiting our sangha can expect a sincere welcome regardless of the level of their meditation practice, clear instruction from that evening’s practice leader as to the meditation for the evening, and the ability to ask questions or engage in discussion at the conclusion of the meditation. We meet at 6 pm for an hour, arrange ourselves in a circle; go around the circle to introduce ourselves; and take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. The practice leader then guides us through the meditation for the evening (a Dzogchen meditation such as Natural Meditation or a Benefactor Practice such as Lama John’s Innate Wisdom and Love, Innate Wisdom and Compassion, Innate Wisdom and Joy, or Offering Meditations), after which there is time for questions and discussion about the practice.

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