Relocation: New Year, New Opportunities

Over the past few years our Portland Shambhala Meditation Center has grown its membership, classes and offerings, and budget to a size consistent with many other community-based nonprofits, religious communities, clubs, and social action groups in the Portland area! The challenge we face is that the physical space of our Center is limited and cannot meet our … Continue 

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The Path of Appreciation in Dharma Arts: Tiger Dharma Arts Salon, Part 1

Tonight the Dharma Arts Council hosted our first Four Dignities Dharma Art Salon of the year on the warrior quality of Tiger.  Societal Health and Wellbeing Director Mark Douglass gave a heartfelt and moving talk on the Path of Appreciation as manifested by the Meek qualities of Tiger, including appreciation, curiosity, and contentment. We began … Continue 

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Time to Sit, Time to Stand Up

The following was inspired by an online course, EcoSattva 2016 offered by One Earth Sangha, which is still available and I strongly recommend.  Thanissara is one of the principle teachers of the course.  The title and final paragraph are paraphrased from her book Time to Stand Up. How do we bring our individual consciousness and … Continue 

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Calling All Members and Friends: Extended Deadline for Communications Coordinator Apps: Now Jan 23

We are currently welcoming applications from our Members and Friends for the role of Communications Coordinator for the Portland Shambhala community and have extended the deadline to Monday, January 23! How did you hear about your first program at the Center, the next training you wanted to take, or that wonderful potluck celebration? The Communications … Continue 

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Fall Fundraiser Update — We have accomplished our 2016 goal, but we still have needs and new challenges for 2017!

Through contributions from many of you, our members and friends, including one large gift from an anonymous donor, we have raised over $7,000 in one-time donations! Thank you so much to everyone who supported our community in this way.   We also set a goal for an overall monthly membership increase from dues of $500 … Continue 

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Now Welcoming Applications for Communications Coordinator!

We are currently welcoming applications from our Members for the role of Communications Coordinator for the Portland Shambhala community! How did you hear about your first program at the Center, the next training you wanted to take, or that wonderful potluck celebration? The Communications Coordinator role is a key volunteer position for someone with great … Continue 

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Support our Harvest of Peace Fall Fundraising Campaign!

We had a delightful community celebration of the Harvest of Peace Nyida Day on Sunday, September 25.  You can find a Gallery of Photos taken on the day by Dale Bennett by following this link. Harvest of Peace, held at the time of the autumn equinox, is one of our traditional nyida days. In Tibetan, … Continue 

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Shambhala Climate Practice/Action Group Newsletter/blog

With the assistance of Corey Adkins and David Engelbrecht and support of the Director, I started a Shambhala Working Group tasked with the development of a program of practice and social action devoted to addressing the problem of climate change.  In my interview with Abbey as a new volunteer, I was invited to discuss my … Continue 

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Madness and Sanity

Lately, my mental health has been on the decline. My friends at the Portland Shambhala center have been supportive. I never hide my illness. As I write this, I am feeling mentally and emotionally unstable. I woke up early with less than 5 hours of sleep. There was no sunshine coming through the window this … Continue 

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America and Me/Shambhala and Me (Part of the Portland Shambhala Diversity Working Group Series)

The essence of warriorship, or the essence of human bravery, is refusing to give up on anyone or anything. We can never say that we are simply falling to pieces or that anyone else is, and we can never say that about the world either. Within our lifetime there will be great problems in the … Continue 

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