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How some people got there

Or, how do people get to programs at a land center?  I hear many people say they can’t see a way to attend week-long or a 10 day program outside of Portland because of family obligations, lack of time off from jobs, lack of tuition money.  They feel that the programs are priced out of reach, they take … Continue 

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Kagyu Changchub Chuling seeking an experienced cook

Kagyu Changchub Chuling (KCC) a Vajrayana Buddhist Center, is seeking an experienced cook to be part of a team of stipend volunteers who live and work at its rural retreat center located on 240 wooded acres outside of Goldendale, WA. This is a full-time position which is designed to bring into balance service to others … Continue 

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I’m crying all the time…

An interesting symptom of Parkinson’s Disease, which has developed over the past year or so, is that I’m breaking into tears at the slightest emotional provocation. I’ve always felt emotions deeply and cried relatively easily, but the present situation is something altogether different. Telling a sad story to a friend is often difficult; reading a … Continue 

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A process for gathering feedback for the director

Our Committee (Corey Adkins, as Chair, David Parker, Jay Stewart, and John Smith) was formed and began working in September 2014 and produced a final report that was submitted to Council at its February 2015 meeting. Portland’s feedback gathering process was the result of a contractual agreement to review the Council and the Director’s “performance, … Continue 

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March Council Meeting Summary and Meeting Notes

The PSMC Governing Council met on Thursday, March 19th, 2015- the meeting notes, where you can find more details about what was discussed at our meeting, are accessible here:  Public Agenda and Meeting Notes- 3/19/15 Here is a short summary of the meeting: The Council approved a proposal to create a new Council seat to … Continue 

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Conversation about aging with Dr. Jenny Sasser

On Sunday afternoon, January 25, the Portland Shambhala Center Aging group met for its their winter gathering at the home of Annie Popkin and David Parker.  Thirty-nine of us (of widely varying ages) showed up for the talk, discussion, pot luck dinner and social time. Dr. Jenny Sasser, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Human Sciences Director, … Continue 

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Spring Nyida Day Celebration— Creative Bouquet

Dear Sangha Well, it is certainly Spring outside!  I wish everyone a cheerful new season as we dodge raindrops and leap through sun puddles.  I am writing to thank all of the artists and volunteers and participants who helped make our 2015 Spring Arts Festival a truly delightful sense display and art happening!  It really … Continue 

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Meditations from Antarctica, by Amina Kirby

Greetings Shambhalians! I write this to you all from the bottom of the planet, Antarctica, where I’m currently working as a steward at McMurdo, the largest US base here set up through the National Science Foundation’s US Antarctic Program, to assist and support various science research that is being conducted. Being a steward involves two … Continue 

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An Offer and a Request to the Portland Shambhala Community

Hello everyone, You might have remembered a post I made here last year describing an event I was able to attend in San Francisco last May, the Ziji Collective Global Summit. It was an incredible experience for me, linking up with so many other young Shambhalians, and my first experience seeing the Sakyong in person. … Continue 

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February Council Meeting Summary and Meeting Notes

The PSMC Governing Council met on Thursday, January 8th, 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 2/12/15 Here is a short summary of the meeting: The Council discussed Center policy with regards to MIs, and … Continue 

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