Support our Harvest of Peace Fall Fundraising Campaign!

We had a delightful community celebration of the Harvest of Peace Nyida Day on Sunday, September 25.  You can find a Gallery of Photos taken on the day by Dale Bennett by following this link. Harvest of Peace, held at the time of the autumn equinox, is one of our traditional nyida days. In Tibetan, … Continue 

Shambhala Climate Practice/Action Group Newsletter/blog

With the assistance of Corey Adkins and David Engelbrecht and support of the Director, I started a Shambhala Working Group tasked with the development of a program of practice and social action devoted to addressing the problem of climate change.  In my interview with Abbey as a new volunteer, I was invited to discuss my … Continue 

Madness and Sanity

Lately, my mental health has been on the decline. My friends at the Portland Shambhala center have been supportive. I never hide my illness. As I write this, I am feeling mentally and emotionally unstable. I woke up early with less than 5 hours of sleep. There was no sunshine coming through the window this … Continue 

America and Me/Shambhala and Me (Part of the Portland Shambhala Diversity Working Group Series)

The essence of warriorship, or the essence of human bravery, is refusing to give up on anyone or anything. We can never say that we are simply falling to pieces or that anyone else is, and we can never say that about the world either. Within our lifetime there will be great problems in the … Continue 

June Council Meeting Summary and Meeting Notes

The PSMC Governing Council met on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016- 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 6/2/16 This was the rescheduled date for the May Council Meeting. The regular June 16th Council Meeting was cancelled … Continue 

Joyful Means, or why art can save us, by Elizabeth Russell

The intelligence that evolved us from star dust and interconnects us with all beings is sufficient for the healing of our Earth community, if we but align with that purpose.  -Joanna Macy If there is one thing that I’ve gained from my relationship to art, it’s the appreciation of the role the creative process has … Continue 

Council Meeting Minutes: Jan-April 2016

Hello community, Belatedly, here is public the minutes for the three times the Council has met in 2016, January, February, and April (the March meeting was cancelled due to lack of a quorum). Public Agenda and Meeting Notes- Council Meeting 1-21-16 Public Agenda and Meeting Notes – Council Meeting 2-18-16 Public Agenda and Meeting Notes- … Continue 

Discovering the listening cure

One hard thing about having Parkinson’s Disease (PD), or any mysterious, poorly understood condition, is that there’s no road map. The conventional treatments are ok as far as they go, but unsatisfying: no one knows how the disease works, or how to cure it. The conventional treatments – drugs, surgery, and exercise – can treat … Continue 

Contemplative Group Dynamics Returns to Portland in April

Dear Shambhala Community, I’m looking forward to returning to Portland to hold a Contemplative Group Dynamics weekend Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10. It’s been four years since visiting Portland to offer the workshop and the form has developed over this time. What we are discovering in our group work is how immediately we … Continue 

Annual Maneuvers is a gathering where Dorje Kasung practice, train and have fun!

by: Timaree Bierle-Dodds January 29 our main teachers Jai Crapella from Juneau, AK and Barbara Moffat from Vancouver BC arrived. Dorje Kasung from Eugene, Salem, Portland, Seattle, Bellingham and Vancouver BC attended. The first night was the opening night of Mamos chants, so people from the sangha and general public joined in practice with Kasung. … Continue