Personal thoughts on Cultivating the Path of Protection

Kristen Mullen writes about why she is looking forward to participating in Cultivating the Path of Protection: Hearts and Minds in Action with Dr. Michael Gayner & Steve Seely  on August 8th and 9th: “As a Chaplain in training here at Portland’s regional trauma center I work with conflict and confusion daily.  Confusion/aggression arises and … Continue 

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Taking Refuge

Willa Schneberg sent along these photos and recollections based on entries in her personal journal: Sunday, June 7th was the day I and about twenty other people would take refuge. I have been attending the Portland Shambhala Center for over fifteen years. In 2004, I went on a Buddhist pilgrimage to sites important in the life … Continue 

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June Council Meeting Summary and Meeting Notes

The PSMC Governing Council met on Thursday, June 18th, 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 6/18/15 Here is a short summary of the meeting: The Council discussed a regional gathering of Pacific Northwest Directors that … Continue 

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Co-Creating a Vision of Shambhala

In May, I attended a series of programs in Mexico, the Ziji Collective International Summit, and Ziji Leadership Retreat. You may remember last year I attended the Summit in San Fransisco, which I wrote a blog post about. This year it was hosted by the Mexico City sangha, and was accompanied by a 5 day retreat … Continue 

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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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