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Art Form Fusion — on the spot!

Were you at the Spring Arts Festival this year?  If you were, you heard musicians create music on the spot, inspired by curated works of art (combinations of Ikebana with other visual art). All the artists and musicians are members of our Beloved Sangha.  We heard an excerpt of a movie script and poetry. We … Continue 

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May Council Meeting Summary and Meeting Notes

The PSMC Governing Council met on Thursday, May 21st, 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- Council Meeting 5/21/15 Here is a short summary of the meeting: David Engelbrecht joined the Council to discuss further his proposal … Continue 

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April Council Meeting Summary and Meeting Notes

The PSMC Governing Council met on Thursday, April 16th, 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- 4/16/15 Here is a short summary of the meeting: David Engelbrecht submitted a proposal to form a new social outreach group … Continue 

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It’s getting hard to talk…

The National Center for Voice and Speech states that 75 – 90% of people with Parkinson’s Disease will have speech and voice disorders at some point in the course of their disease (www.ncvs.org). The poet Hafiz describes this in a typically cheerful way in his poem Basically Useless:  They were happier, all the mouths I saw … Continue 

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Karuna Open House Thursday, June 11th, 6:30-8:30

My name is Anandi and I am a Shambhala community member and I have just opened Portland’s first meditation store!  My inspiration came from teaching programs at the center and realizing that many people did not have a cushion of their own. Once I asked a group of participants if they had a cushion at … Continue 

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Back from the snows of Montana, seeking Sangha warmth

After  some travel and spending the winter in Montana, fellow Shambhala member Sherrie Kimball is looking for a  house to share in Portland.  Spending the winter in cold and snowy Montana was the opportunity to be still, bond with her granddaughter, and to see where  to live next.  She reports that she enjoyed her time in Montana, … Continue 

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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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