The Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland is part of the global community of Shambhala. Our purpose is to contribute to a society informed by meditation  — with a culture of kindness and care, embracing the inherent goodness of every person. Our programs, groups, and community gatherings offer a way to train in spiritual warriorship, and study and practice these teachings from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition in everyday life. Please join us in this journey!

Portland Shambhala News

  • Gathering leaders from Portland Sanghas

    Last week Mark Douglass and Jane Perlstein invited leaders of several Buddhist sanghas in Portland for a pot luck dinner and conversation about care and conduct questions that all of us are facing.  Misconduct and ideas for how to deal with it is a topic that’s on the minds of many people who are responsible … Continue 

  • Talking about racism in our sangha; Opening Our Hearts to Social Liberation

    The following was posted as part of a review of our sangha by a person of color, Buddhist practitioner, and former participant at the Portland Shambhala Meditation Center…. “After attending this center for 6+ months, being bullied and made to feel unwelcome, I let the powers that be know of my experience. Despite a tearful … Continue 

  • Misha Drlilkova reflections on people learning to meditate

    It was pretty amazing to see over 30 people show up  on a Saturday Morning at their community center and spend two and a half hours learning about meditation. Misha Drlikova reflects on what it’s like when a group of people come together to learn to meditate.  It’s a great opportunity to witness their learning … Continue 

  • Reflection on the experience of reconciliation

    A long-time Shambhala meditation practitioner, Rayna Jacobson reflects on what it was like to reconcile with a community member after a long period of hurt feelings and misunderstanding.

  • Feedback from our “Should we change?” poll

    The Portland Shambhala Meditation Center Council has been discussing what we heard at the Town Hall (see background information and panel discussions blog posts). We invited community members to weigh in on the issues in a poll titled “Should We Change or Not, Move or Stay?”  We had 49 respondents, which for an online survey of a … Continue