After the Bodhisattva Vow

Some Shambhalians and friends are taking part in Mahayana practice and study at the Center, and we want to make sure that everyone knows about these new opportunities. Two groups, the Mahayana Morning Liturgy group and the Bodhisattva Study Group, are open to anyone willing to commit to regular participation once they’ve joined. The morning … Continue 

What is Body in relationship with mind? Charity, activity, and mindfulness reconciled

We all know Shamatha meditation is not about getting into a trance – let alone get rid of thoughts. I find a regular exercise routine helps me getting focused and mindful – in combination with my daily meditation practice. It helps me be kind to others and myself, and be present. There is a different, … Continue 

December Council Meeting Summary and Meeting Notes

The PSMC Governing Council met on Thursday, December 17th, 2015- 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 12/17/15 Here is a short summary of the meeting: The Council issued final approval for the 2016 Budget. The Council … Continue 

December Council Retreat Summary and Meeting Notes

The PSMC Governing Council had its Winter Council retreat on Saturday, December 5th, 2015- the meeting notes, where you can find more details about what was discussed at our meeting, are accessible here: Public Winter Retreat Agenda and Minutes- 12/5/15 Here is a short summary of the meeting: The Council discussed our views on authority within the … Continue 

What is Victory Over War? A Peek into a View of Kasungship

When I began exploring Buddhism and meditation over 20 years ago, I kind of hoped that the dharma would give me a free pass: no more conflict and the discomfort it brings. I hoped that enlightenment would come easily in the form of being free from my pain, always full of kindness for others, and … Continue 

Silent days in Bellingham

Sherrie Kimball writes: This was my first seven-day silent retreat. I had participated in three nyinthun retreats, but nothing close to seven days of silence. I was both excited and intimidated as I planned my trip to Bellingham, Washington this winter. Seven days of silence is an experience of all there is. The gifts of … Continue 

November Council Meeting Summary and Meeting Notes

Apologies on getting these out later than usual, I was travelling for the holidays and lost track of this item. -Corey The PSMC Governing Council met on Thursday, November 19th, 2015- 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 … Continue 

No mistake: you are invited

A week ago I sent an email message to all members of the Portland Shambhala Center asking them if they would consider taking the position of Practice and Education Director. (I’m on the search committee, and the other two members were out of town.) I included the job description and sent the email using MailChimp, … Continue 

Seeking a new Director of Practice and Education

Our current Director, Michaela McCormick is stepping down on Shambhala Day.  This job description is being circulated through various channels.

Unity, service, recovery: acknowledging 6 months of sobriety

A Buddhist Alcoholic Getting Sober in AA – a spiritual journey

When I returned to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) this year, I was a Buddhist. I took refuge in 2012 and my last AA meeting was in 2009. In 2011, I started drinking again. It took a few years to get back to AA. When I got back, I wanted to take The 12 Steps right away. … Continue