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Encountering Ageism, Resisting Impermanence

I had an encounter recently that I’m still thinking about. Over the last few months I’ve seen less and less of one of my best friends. I finally arranged a time for us to talk, and asked what was happening. I asked my friend for the truth, and it certainly took courage to tell me … Continue 

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Heart of recovery is back!

The Heart of Recovery is back! We took a break, we thought about it, we’ve gotten organized, it’s on the schedule, and we’re excited about it!! Please join us, AJ Rock and Ruth Hampton, on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7:15pm to 8:45pm.  Heart of Recovery welcomes anyone who has been affected by … Continue 

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Surprised to be aging and appreciating meditation

Ann Cason, who has has been bringing people together to talk about aging for many years, invited people for a potluck and discussion hosted by Dr Jenny Sasser in Ann’s backyard on August 30.  The only problem was that it looked like it was going to rain and Dr. Sasser couldn’t make it because of … Continue 

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August Council Meeting Summary and Meeting Notes

The PSMC Governing Council met on Thursday, August 14th, 2014- the meeting notes, where you can find more details about what was discussed at our meeting, are accessible here: Public Agenda and Meeting Notes- Council Meeting 8_14_14  Here is a short summary of the meeting: Our semi-retired Finance Director, Alice Price, who is continuing to hold … Continue 

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Family camp-out at Timothy Lake

One of the things I appreciate about the Shambhala spiritual path is the Drala principle, the teaching that there is no separation between human beings and the natural environment in which we are all situated. We relate to rocks, trees, mountains, lakes, rivers, the sky, the stars, indeed all of nature, as partners with us on … Continue 

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Parkinson’s Disease Leads to Photography

In the fall of 2011 I took a vacation to southern Spain.  The architecture was spectacular and I took several hundred photos. I used a little digital snapshot camera which I had used successfully on earlier trips, but to my dismay I found that well over half of the pictures I took were unusable due … Continue 

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Amy Aycrigg and her rose and cairn Ikebana perform a poem about time.

Reflections on the 2014 Integrative Arts Festival

Last month’s Life.Art.Being. Integrative Arts Festival: restoring intimacy with our world, was full of deep learning.  Here are my reflections from the time I spent at the Festival. This year’s festival had four workshops: Active Hope, Deep Play, Authentic Movement, and Waking Up to the World and three pop-out events: a Panel Discussion called Earth … Continue 

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Timebank coordinators reporting

Brian Landever sent along this report: Cheerful day, Portland Shambhalians. Our Timebank has finally taken its first steps in launching. “Timebanking” is a way to exchange services with one another at no cost, trading services among our greater Shambhala community while strengthening our ties. There are now 18 members, 10 services being offered, and 3 … Continue 

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Queer Dharma Approaches First Weekend Retreat – Reflections by Co-Coordinator Jason Bray

As co-coordinator of the Portland Shambhala Center’s Queer Dharma group, I’m reflecting on the beginning and intention of the the program as our first weekend retreat, led by Craig Smith, fast approaches. Our Queer Dharma group is for LGBTQ people to study and practice meditation and Dharma and to discuss personal experiences. The group serves … Continue 

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July Council Meeting Summary and Meeting Notes

The PSMC Governing Council met on Thursday, July 10th, 2014- the meeting notes, where you can find more details about what was discussed at our meeting, are accessible here: July 10th Council Meeting Notes Here is a short summary of the meeting: Doug McCanne, who leads our long running Prison Dharma program, came to talk to … Continue 

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