Harvest of Peace Highlights

Ikebana arrangements were everywhere, even in the men’s room. It was a great turn-out! Lisa Stanley gave a talk about generosity and practicality — and how we balance them in a sane way.   Babies got hugged and passed around and there was a lot of talk about twins.

Nyima (Ruth Hampton) going on retreat in Toronto

Ruth Hampton writes:

Brave Kiss

Enlightened society includes everyone. How could it be otherwise? We are taught that there is no separation – between you and me. Yet our fear gets in the way of seeing and reaching for the basic goodness in each other. Some decades ago, I had an experience with someone apparently very different from me that … Continue 

Dahlia hunting

On Labor Day, Ikebana practitioners Lisa Stanley, Candace Stoughton and Jan Rogerson had fun attending the annual Swan Island Dahlia Festival in Canby.  40 acres of gorgeous and vibrant dahlias were in full bloom.

The Council self-reflects

The Portland Shambhala Center’s governing Council (Alice Price, Candace Stoughton, Chris Poor, John Smith, Lisa Stanley, Michael McCormick, and Nancy Smith) spent a day in retreat together on August 28th. (Bettina Hetz, the newest member of the Council, couldn’t make it.)  Here is my personal, unsolicited and unauthorized, report (I did ask permission to use … Continue 

Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries

The following is a re-post from Ann Cason’s blog, and is an invitation to the conversation on “Aging and the Arising Wisdom” that Ann will host at the Shambhala Center on Saturday September 14th from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: As a caregiver, I look at the old person and wonder how to get what is … Continue 

A self-aware community takes effort

It takes an effort for a community to see itself and to become self-aware.  Somebody needs to reflect back, report, be there, and let others know what’s happening.  If you have a story about our community that you think others should know about or if you want to help our community get to know itself … Continue 

Portland Blog, continued

Earlier blog posts for the Portland Shambhala Meditation Center are here: http://portland.shambhalatimes.org/ The blog has a long history: Archives August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 … Continue 

Helpful feedback on weekly emails

We ASKED for it and we got it!  Thanks to the inspiration of Melissa Mead, who has been faithfully producing the weekly email for the Portland Shambhala Center for the last 5 years, we included the following notice in our Weekly Announcements email last week: What have we done wrong? What do you think of … Continue