Practice & Education Group Needs Your Feedback regarding City Retreat

The Portland Practice & Education group needs your voice and input. In order to continue supporting your practice and path, we would like to hear from you so we know what programs and teachings you find most beneficial at this time.

We have heard from many that, along with being together as a community, support for meditation practice, and especially practicing together, is most meaningful. We have also heard that these activities keep you energized and connected to the center, particularly at this time of uncertainty. This is why the Portland center now offers the weekly Sunday community practice.

In addition, we would like to offer a Weekthün, a week-long (seven day) meditation retreat. The Portland center has not offered a Weekthün in several years and we would like to offer this in the next few months.  This can be a precious opportunity to practice intensively, deepening our connection to meditation and to each other.

However, we need to hear from you before we begin planning.  We need your input so we can determine both the level of interest, and the best time to offer this retreat. Please visit this link to answer few questions regarding dates.

To help you decide, we would like to share some key points:

  • We are inviting Shastri Calryn Aston who is a Shastri at the Boulder Shambhala Center to teach this week-long meditation retreat. To read more about Shastri Aston, please click here. Shastri Aston has taught many weekthüns and dathüns.
  • Shastri Aston will be offering teachings based on Dzigar Kongtrul’s latest book Training in Tenderness. Dzigar Kongtrul is Ani Pema Chödrön’s main teacher.
  • Individuals may sign up for 1-3 days – but only during the first three days of the weekthün.
  • If finances are an obstacle, please ask about volunteer opportunities.
If you have additional questions, please email misha.drlikova@portland.shambhala.org.