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Venerable Robina Courtin returns to Maine for a Dharma Talk on Monday, December 30th, 2013, from 7 to 9 PM, at Tashi Gatsel Ling, 20 Independence Drive, Freeport. Ven. Robina Courtin is the Tibetan Buddhist nun who presented a highly popular talk at Merriconeag High School last December—you may recall the story in the Tuesday News
The talk is free and open to the public. Plan to come a few minutes early to get some tea and a seat. To learn more about Tashi Gatsel Ling, go to: To learn more about Venerable Robina, go to (12/17)

Sacred Songs for Peace and Healing: Holiday Kirtan with Ajeet Kaur, rescheduled for Sunday, January 5 , 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Suggested donation: $20. For directions, tickets & to reserve space go to or email your reservation to To check out Ajeet's sound, go to (12/17)

Lifeways Training in Maine starting Summer 2015 - Summer 2016. Ten days each summer plus 2 long weekends during the year. Dates of the four sessions to be announced. To learn more, please click here.


Dzogchen Meditation Center, Ka-Nying Surmang Choling, A Residential Dharma Center in MidCoast Maine, 4 Armstrong Way, West Bath, ME 04530
The Living Wisdom of the Buddha Dharma Lecture Series
Garab Dorje’s “Three Words That Strike The Vital Point”
Saturday December 14th and December 21st from 2:30 till 4:30
The teachings of Dzogchen, the “Great Perfection” were first expounded by the Buddhist teacher Garab Dorje. This tradition of Buddhist teaching directly introduces the practitioner to the Nature of Mind. The essence of Garab Dorje’s message is found in “The Three Statements that Strike the Vital Points>” In the nineteenth century, the famous master Patrul Rinpoche wrote a brilliant commentary on these three statements together with the practices relating to them entitled “The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King.”
The Experience of No Self
Saturday December 28th and January 4th from 2:30 till 4:30
“The experience of “No Self” or egolessness forms the basis of the Buddhist Religion but what does it mean? Fundamentally when we talk about “No Self” in Buddhism we mean the experience of no fixed reference point either transcendent or worldly from which to evaluate our experience. The experience of “No Self” can only be understood by looking directly at our experience of impermanence. Ngakpa Tashi Armstrong , SKO (12/10)

Dear Friends of Immigrant Kitchens, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, let's make Mexican tamales for Christmas presents (and eat some too). We'll have fun, eat some great food, and make tamales you can freeze and give out for presents. Our tamales will be filled with masa, a kind of corn flour, mixed with chicken broth, lard or vegetable oil, pulled chicken in super-mild chili sauce, green olives, jalapeno, cilantro, red pepper and yellow onion. Details: 6-9pm, BYOB, $15-35 for dinner (this is a fundraiser for the food pantry), plus $7 per gift tamale to freeze at home and give to friends and family. 6-9pm. Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Street, Freeport (3 blocks from LLBean). To reserve a spot email, (12/10)

There's lots of news at Circus Smirkus these days! Click here to view their newsletter. (12/03)

There is a new Nature-based Early Childhood curriculum in the Education Department at Antioch New England. Please click here for a flyer that describes the classes. (12/03)

Please click here for a PDF of the December Awsna newsletter, Inform.
It can also be found here:
"INFORM is a publication sent by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) to all the affiliated Waldorf schools in its membership to keep parents, teachers, board members, alumni, and all those interested in Waldorf Education informed of the current events affecting Waldorf schools nationally and internationally.

Freeport Community Library - December Events:

Star Myths and Legends Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00pm at The Freeport Community Library. Northern Stars’ inflatable traveling planetarium is coming to the library. Learn the stories behind the constellations we see and how to spot them in the night sky. This will be a fun evening so come in out of the cold for a night of stargazing at the library. Sign-up at the library.Space is limited to sixty people.

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