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

  • Theory U 2x project: Discerning obstacles and raising lungta

    A small group of us have applied to be part of the Presencing Institute’s Spring 2020 2x program.  Here is what we said in our application (which had to be compressed into a ONE MINUTE VIDEO!): Title: Discerning obstacles and raising lungta in the Portland Shambhala community As a community we have not reached our … Continue 

  • From Ego to Liberation

    Ego is a bossy, sultry trickster, constantly corraling us into small mind, hawking the cosmetics of status, recognition, and reward. Self-doubt makes us easy marks, no matter how often we have proven worthy. How many times must we check the mirror, jockey for a compliment, command the last word? And do it all as if … Continue 

  • Margins are good news

    This video conversation with Juan Carlos la Puente, a friend of many of us in the Shambhala community,  has been working in the arenas of human rights and spiritual awakening for many years, discusses the margins in our own experience, in our own thinking, and in our own being, as well as the margins in … Continue 

  • Conversation as a training equivalent to meditation

    In this video, Greg Heffron, who’s giving a free public talk about  Relational Meditation: Using Inherent Wakefulness to Unlock Communication on December 3, responds to three questions: What does meditation have to do with communication? What’s the equivalent of meditation training for for communication? How can we use conversations with difficult people (even people we’re … Continue 

  • Connecting to ourselves through meditation is the foundation of a spiritual life

    In this discussion with Ricky Porter, a participant in a recent Shambhala Training weekend, we ask what a  spiritual connection is and how it’s a matter of being human, beyond all of our labels, religious or otherwise.