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January 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 1/8/15 Here is a short summary of the meeting: The Council briefly discussed the upcoming Membership Aspiration Event and Town Hall. … Continue 

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December Council Retreat Summary and Meeting Notes

The PSMC Governing Council met on Sunday, December 21st, 2014- the meeting notes, where you can find more details about what was discussed at our meeting, are accessible here: Public December Retreat Agenda and Meeting Notes Here is a short summary of the meeting: The Council discussed a reading from Thich Nhat Hanh to further communication … Continue 

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December Council Meeting Summary and Meeting Notes

The PSMC Governing Council met on Thursday, December 11th, 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 12/11/14 Here is a short summary of the meeting: The Council primarily discussed details of the Budget for 2015 and the … Continue 

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Announcing the Appointment of Jack Bodner as Center Chagdzö

The Governing Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Jack Bodner as the Chagdzö (Bursar) of our local center. The Council was unanimous in recommending him for this position, and his appointment has been confirmed by the Chagdzö Kyi Khyap, Connie Brock. He will formally take his seat on Shambhala Day for a three year term of … Continue 

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Why meditate?

I spend what seems to me a lot of time meditating and sometimes I wonder why. There is getting to be a lot of evidence that any kind of mindfulness practice is good for one’s health, and I can certainly testify to that from my experience. When I meditate (and I’m talking about shamatha here – … Continue 

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Upcoming arts happenings

It’s interesting how the arts folks in our community combine business and pleasure.  When Amy Aycrigg sends out the Ikebana Practice schedule it has all kinds of juicy tidbits about the past, the future, and how they mix.  Start with a message from erstwhile blogger Caitlin Bargenquast: “On Sunday Dec 14th (12-2pm) I’m joining the … Continue 

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Reflection and feedback

View.  Shambhala leadership is a path, both for individual office-holders and for all of us who are involved in creating the culture of enlightened society. The Sakyong has spoken of leadership as the natural fruition of the Shambhala teachings, and as such has stressed the need for all of us to deepen our understanding and … Continue 

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Holiday Gift Drives

“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” –Buddha The Portland Shambhala Center is taking part in two Holiday / Winter Gift Drives this year: with Human Solutions and SMYRC. We invite you to offer new items from each wishlist by dropping them in the … Continue 

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November Council Meeting Summary and Meeting Notes

The PSMC Governing Council met on Thursday, November 20th, 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 11/20/14 Here is a short summary of the meeting: The Council discussed the recent thefts that have occurred at the center, … Continue 

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Why do I want to heal?

I could easily fill my entire day with activities aimed at benefiting my health: meditation for peace of mind, dance workouts for my balance and coordination, stretching to combat rigidity, riding my bike to keep my aerobic exercise up, writing exercises to keep my handwriting somewhat legible, vocal exercises to try to keep my voice … Continue 

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