Community aspiration and town hall

  From the beginning, when we were planning our community aspiration event, we knew that all 120 members couldn’t fit in the room even if everybody could be there at the same time.  So my job was to share some of the discussion and provoke reflection on some important questions that are up for all … Continue 

Tibetan New Year – Losar (Shambhala Day)

Tibetan New year, also known as Losar, is the most important festival in the Tibetan calendar. Tibetan New Year is said to last 15 days, but the first 3 days are most important. It is mainly celebrated over a period of 3 days in late January or February, according to the Tibetan calendar.  (Chögyam Trungpa, … Continue 

Stay in touch

There’s a lot of coming and going in the Portland Shambhala community, as there is in all communities.  People aren’t around for a while, you start to notice, and then suddenly they’re back!  Some “away times” are more colorful and interesting than others.  Anandi Gefroh and her friend Rahul Vora have just returned from a trip … Continue 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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