Program Details

Mindfulness in Action: Making Friends with Yourself through Meditation and Everyday Awareness- in Portland

with Christopher St. John & Karen Monahan
September 12 / 6:30 PM - October 24 / 8:30 PM

The rewards of mindfulness practice are well proven: reduced stress, improved concentration, and an overall sense of well-being. But those benefits are just the beginning.

Mindfulness in action—mindfulness applied throughout life—can help us work more effectively with life’s challenges, expanding our appreciation and potential for creative engagement.

This class will guide participants in developing mindful awareness through meditation- providing the basics to get you started, and also to go deeper to address the questions that naturally arise as your practice matures and further insight arises.


“Mindfulness is the direct path to insight—and no one has ever illuminated that wonderful path more skillfully than Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.”—Pema Chödrön

Book Discussion Group
Mindfulness in Action:

Making Friends with Yourself through Meditation and Everyday Awareness (Previously unpublished talks by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche)

Thursday evenings , 6:30-8:30, Portland Shambhala at Woodfords Church, Sept 12-Oct 24

Week One Sept 12- Introduction to Class

No class on September 19th .

Participants are invited to attend the evening talk by Nick Kranz at the Brunswick Center on “Seeing with Fresh Eyes” at no cost.

Week Two Sept 26
pp. ix-13
Editor’s Preface
Ch. 1 Meditation an Intimate Relationship with Ourselves
Ch. 2 Discovering Our Capacity to Love

Week Three Oct 3
pp. 105-121
Ch. 16 Touch and Go
Ch. 17 Meditation and the Fourth Moment
(transcript also at
and video at )

Week Four Oct 10
pp. 122-137
Ch. 18 The Sword in Your Heart
Ch. 19 Galaxies of Stars, Grains of Sand

Week Five Oct 17
pp. 138- 152
Ch. 20 The Fringe of Our Emotions
Ch. 21 The Heart of Emotion

Week Six Oct 24
pp. 153-178
Ch. 22 A Mindful Society
Editor’s Afterword

Generosity Policy:

The Brunswick Portland Shambhala Center is funded solely by your membership and program donations. Thank you for your generosity as you consider what you can pay for each program at our Center. We strive to price our programs in a way that accurately reflects the financial need of our Center and the cost to us of producing the program.

We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible for you in your current situation, and offer as much of the program fee as you can.

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

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