Thanking the whole Communications team

This group helps the Shambhala Community be visible to itself and to the world.  Visibility is key to making enlightened society possible. Pub team Jason Bray (now promoted to director of Health and Social Wellbeing Melissa Mead (retiring after 5 years of awesome, professional service) Nancy Smith John Smith Now joined by  David Engelbrecht Bill … Continue 

Siouxon Creek Drala Hike reflections

  Four people took part in the hike on Saturday September 14 (Candace, Rick M, Kimberly J, Marjorie). Candace read a poem by David Wagoner (1999)  to start: Lost Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission … Continue 

3rd Annual Meditation Marathon Seeks Meditators

The 3rd Annual Meditation Marathon, a fundraiser for the Portland Shambhala Center, will be happening on Saturday November 2nd – Sunday November 3rd. The Meditation Marathon works a lot like other “a-thons”: participants set a personal goal for how long they’d like to try to sit (up to 24 hours!), then reach out to their … Continue 

Nonviolent Communication

Paul Shippee, a long-time student of Chogyam Trungpa who has also trained intensely with Nonviolent Communication founder Marshall Rosenberg, will be at the Portland Shambhala Center on Nov. 8-10 to teach his class, Nonviolent Communication as a Spiritual Path.  He has written an article on this practice as a community building tool.  In it, he … Continue 

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