The 2014 Drala Hike schedule unveiled

After a lot of careful planning, the Drala Hike leaders Alice Price, Anandi Gefroh, Annie Popkin, Candace Stoughton, David Parker, Joan Sears, Liz Howell, Mark Douglass, and Yael Routtenberg have unveiled the schedule for 2014.  With the beautiful weather that we are now glimpsing, it’s time to write all these dates down in your calendar! Also, … Continue 

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Portland premier of “Contentment” on April 12

Contentment is the new work for wind ensemble by Portland Shambhala Center member Mary Ellen Grace and Kelly Dugger. It had its world premiere on March 29 in Las Vegas. The Spring show of The Portland Gay Symphonic Band is on April 12. Mary Ellen will be conducting her new composition, Contentment, at that time. She writes: We are … Continue 

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March Council Meeting Summary and Notes

The PSMC Governing Council met on Thursday, March 13th, 2014- the meeting notes, where you can find more details about what was discussed at our meeting, are accessible here: Council Agenda and Meeting Notes- Council Meeting March 13th, 2014 Here is a short summary of the meeting: -The Council heard and discussed a proposal by … Continue 

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Poet Laureate Ann Cason

Ann Cason wins Shambhala Day Poetry Contest

To our delight, Ann Cason won the Inaugural Shambhala Day Poetry Contest for the year of the Wood Horse. In sunlight, The leaves on plum trees quiver. They know!     Poems from the nine other finalists in the Lungtha Shambhala Day Poetry Contest are on the Shambhala Times site.

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Portland Shambhala Announces a New Paid, Part-Time Position: Bookkeeper

Dear Shambhala Community, We are happy to announce a new paid, part-time position for: Bookkeeper for the Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland Please find attached a job description, including information on pay rate and hours: JD_PSCBookkeeper TO APPLY: We are now accepting applications. Please submit a cover letter and short resume relating your interest, skills … Continue 

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Uplifting the Center Office

Lisa Stanley writes: Last year Abbey and I began to dream of a new office; one that would uplift us all and create a more welcoming and useable space for our visitors, teachers, staff and volunteers. In February the Center Council approved our plan. So Abbey and I decided to have our own Olympic event … Continue 

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Our PDX Dharma Arts Council Caitlin, Abbey Pleviak, and Amy Aycrigg

Spring Thunder

Happy New Year!  Ki Ki!  So So! I hope everyone had a happy and cheerful Shambhala Day, and the opportunity to experience some of the richness of our community, both at the Shambhala Center and beyond.  Personally, I love the sense of a fresh start, connecting with a sort of beginner’s mind in my relationships, … Continue 

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Lee Scher on Preparing for Long Sits

Thinking about taking part in the Portland Shambhala Center’s weeklong retreat, April 18-25? I asked Lee Scher, one of our meditation instructors, for suggestions on how people can prepare for long sits. Here’s what he said: Meditation practice is most helpful when you can make it a regular part of your routine. Sakyong Mipham has … Continue 

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Welcome to Ziji and Audrey!

Dale and Marjorie Hollocher’s twins, brother Ziji and sister Audrey arrived ahead of schedule but are most welcome… The community is getting organized to provide some meals for them in the next month or two.  If you’d like to help get in touch with Willa at willarab at earthlink dot net.

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The first day of sitting can feel like slamming on the brakes in the car. I didn't know I was going that fast!

Really There: Sitting the Second Day

Recently I spent a Saturday at the Shambhala Center doing a nyinthun, or one-day meditation retreat. It was a full day of mindfulness: mindful sitting, mindful listening, mindful working and walking, thinking and talking. Yet in spite of all that mindfulness, the busyness of my everyday life clung to me, like smoke on my clothes after … Continue 

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