About Buddhism: Over 2500 years ago in ancient India, Siddhattha Gotama – the Buddha or “Awakened One” – discovered, through a rigorous process of discipline and reflection, the nature of human suffering and the path by which one can be liberated from suffering. After his “awakening”, the Buddha dedicated the rest of his life teaching what he had learned, encouraging those who heard his teachings to find out for themselves the truth of what he was saying. Thus, the Buddhist path unfolded as an integrated path comprised of the development of insight/understanding through Dhamma (teachings) and through the practice of meditation, experiencing first-hand the truth of the teachings. Over the centuries, Buddhism moved across India and the continent of Asia including China, Tibet, and Japan, and, in the 19th and 20th centuries, the West --- North America and Europe, being integrated into the respective cultures and traditions. Buddhism has been described as a religion, as a philosophy, as an ethics and as a psychology.
Please join our sangha (spiritual community) for any or all of our
meditation and study offerings.
No meditation experience is necessary.
All are welcome~~
Cost for all offerings: Dāna (generosity/donation)
Insight Community of Southern Maine ~ 836 Main Street ~ Westbrook, Maine 04092
Founder and Dhamma leader of ICSM:
Sally Bowden-Schaible has been a dedicated student/practitioner of Nikaya Buddhism since 1996. For the first 12 years, she studied and practiced extensively at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS) under the tutelage of Pali language scholar, then Executive Director of BCBS, Andrew Olendzki. Later, she also began attending the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA. Over the years, she has had the good fortune to have studied with and been guided by widely respected teachers such as Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia, BCBS resident meditation teacher; Gaia House guiding teachers, John Peacock and co-founder Christina Feldman; abbot of the Metta Forest Monastery, Thanissaro Bhikkhu; Stephen Batchelor, author of numerous books and known for his writing on 'secular' Buddhism; and founders and guiding teachers of Dharmagiri, a South African hermitage, Thanissara and
Kittisaro. Sally facilitates the Tuesday evening meditation at ICSM, and for many years facilitated ICSM's Saturday programs, now being led by other members of the ICSM sangha. She brings to ICSM what she has learned from many wise teachers (as she understands their instruction thus far) and what she has learned from her independent studies, meditation practice, and life experiences. She is dedicated to ongoing study and practice and wise and compassionate "being-in-the-world." As a psychotherapist, she incorporates Buddhist psychological theory and mindfulness-based strategies into her psychotherapy practice, and she teaches variations of the workshop “An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology & Its Application to Counseling Practice” to health care and mental health care professionals. She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of New England in Portland, ME teaching "Mindfulness and Meditation in the Mental Health Profession". She also utilizes a "contemplative model" of group supervision for mental health professionals. In the spring of 2015, Sally completed a 9-month program, Foundations of Buddhist Contemplative Care, through the Zen Center for Contemplative Care in New York City.
Welcome to the Insight Community of Southern Maine
About ICSM: With practice and wise guidance, understanding of the Dhamma (teachings of the Buddha) unfolds and deepens over time revealing more and more the nature of human suffering and ways to become free from suffering. The Insight Community of Southern Maine offers an opportunity for those interested to study the core teachings of the Buddha, to apply the teachings in meditation practices, to support one another as a community (sangha) in the study and practice of the teachings, and to see for oneself the benefits of the study and practice.
For a copy of the Brahma Vihāra meditations recited at ICSM, click here.
For a copy of A Meditation of Intention recited at ICSM, click here.