Community Conversation Summary: Actions from An Olive Branch

Ten members and two guests attended our Community Conversation this past Sunday reviewing proposals for helping build safety and trust in our organization. There are six specific, interrelated proposals, some drawn directly from the Olive Branch report to the Shambhala organization, some inspired by them, all reflective of individual and group conversations we’ve had to … Continue 

What feedback would be helpful?

Co-directors Janie Paige and John Smith have an impromptu conversation about what kind of feedback would be useful from the community conversation giving them feedback.  Here’s what we came up with:  

Portland Buddhist Festival – 2019

Multiple Portland Buddhist groups got together on June 1st, 2019, celebrating “everyday mindfulness” at the “Portland Buddhist Festival.”  Portland Shambhala had a booth and co-directors John Smith and Janie Paige and other volunteers met with people who were interested in our offerings. We invited Juan Carlos la Puente to give one of the talks.  Click … Continue 

Summary from May 18 Town Hall

Eighteen sangha members gathered for a town hall discussion led by our co-directors, Janie Paige and John Smith, along with two observers from outside the community. Howard Silverman and Milla McLachlan were invited to observe our process and make contributions from their perspectives as agents of social change and community development. Together we spent three … Continue 

Community Conversation: Shambhala Global Services

Ten people gathered for a conversation on Sunday, May 5, regarding Shambhala Global Services (SGS) and the Portland Shambhala Center’s relationship to it. What follows is a brief summary of information shared by John Smith and Jack Bodner, as well as questions that were answered at this conversation. About SGS: Shambhala is the global organization … Continue 

Community Conversation: Abuses of Power in Our Community

On Sunday, April 28, 18 people attended our Community Conversation focused on the topic of abuses of power in our community. Aspirations for this conversation included “getting to know one another at a deeper level,” “healing,” “understanding what happened and how to address it,” “learning to hold, express, and feel pain along with love,” “development … Continue 

Relo Team Community Bulletin for May

Your Relo Team Community Bulletin for May What we’re thinking about and doing to ensure a home for our community. Background: We will keep a pulse on our collective wishes to see what we want and what we have the energy and resources.  For example, right now, our dues alone do not cover our expenses. … Continue 

Community Conversation: Reports from An Olive Branch

On Sunday, April 20, seventeen of us gathered to review and discuss the reports from An Olive Branch, the third-party organization investigating misconduct within our Shambhala international organization. We reflected on the following questions: What can our community learn from these reports? How do we hold these stories in our hearts without becoming overwhelmed or triggered? … Continue 

The Dharma of Social Justice

The Dalai Lama has said, “The threshold between right and wrong is pain.” (Imagine All the People, p.98). He was speaking to the intersection of love and justice. As Buddhists, we know that all humanity is innately compassionate, however often we lose touch with that. No matter how often we try to turn away from … Continue 

More on who does what

In this episode we talk a bit more about who does what at the Portland Shambhala Meditation Center.