Sat November 3rd: 9:00 AM - 11:45 PMSun November 4th: 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
In Room(s): Main Shrine Room
2012 Fundraiser For:
The Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland
Shambhala’s view is that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, wisdom and compassion which can be cultivated through meditation, allowing us to work with others to bring about the best in human society.
Proceeds will support our core offerings and other initiatives that make the benefits of meditation accessible to more peopl e including the PSC prison dharma program at Oregon State Penitentiary, retreat scholarships, the program tuition generosity policy and ecumenical community events such as the Portland City Sit.
How It Will Work:
From 9am Saturday, November 3rd until 9am Sunday, November 4th, we’ll be sitting at the Shambhala Center for 30 min. sessions of mindfulness meditation, interspersed with 10 minutes of walking meditation.
Although the event has been designed to allow meditators to “lean in” if they choose to, there is no minimum amount of sitting time required.
We will be maintaining functional silence throughout the marathon. Food will be provided for meditators every 3-4 hours.
How You Can Help:
1) Participate as a Meditator/Fundraiser:
We are looking for 10 – 15 meditator/fundraisers!
Before November 3rd, you’ll reach out to sangha members, friends and family for pledges, then be responsible for collecting your raised funds by November 18th. While we encourage fundraisers to target $100 - $500 in pledges, the minimum amount of fundraising required to participate as a meditator is $50.
You’ll be increasing public awareness of the benefits of meditation, long term, through supporting the Portland Shambhala Center and immediately, through conversations with sponsors.
To participate, register below.
2) Make a Pledge To Donate:
Please consider sponsoring someone’s sit, at any level!
Pledges may be made by the hour or as a flat amount. You may be asked to pledge by multiple people, so don’t be shy to say “no” if you’ve already done so.
One excellent way to support the Marathon is by having members of your smaller affiliated Shambhala group get together to field and sponsor a marathon meditator.
It would be wonderful to see all of our various teams nominate and support a meditator from their ranks, such as the Deleks, the Young Meditators group, the Prison dharma team, the Shambhala Guides, the Meditation Instructors, Ashe Society, the Drala hikers, etc. For example, last year members of the Ikebana guild were some of Kim Crossman's primary sponsors, and the flower she wore in her hair to remind her of this support throughout the marathon served as awesome mind protection for the long, long sit.
And just in case you’re not asked, we’d appreciate your proactive support for this community fundraising effort:
You will find a list of meditators on the bulletin board at the Center whom you may pledge with, or if you are unable to get to the Center, contact the Meditation Marathon Coordinator Kim Crossman)
3) Join Us During the Marathon:
We are looking for people to make/serve tea and snacks during the Meditation Marathon, and/or to take a turn as Umdze!
Visit/serve/clean-up one meal, or join us for multiple meal periods. Your services and the energy you bring will be deeply appreciated. And you may get to see Marathon Meditators actually falling over!
To help or ask questions, contact the Meditation Marathon Coordinator, Kim Crossman or 503-477-9442