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Welcome to

Based in Portland, Oregon, the Portland Insight Meditation community is an experiment in American Buddhism.


We welcome all people of every age, ethnicity, cultural heritage, religious background, socio-economic group, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The purpose of PIMC is to improve the lives of participants, their families, and the greater community through meditative practice and a lifestyle that supports liberation from suffering, the awakening of wisdom, and the manifestation of compassion.


A pile of colorful meditation cushions in a sunbeam

A listing of all scheduled events at PIMC.

A wooden gate with metal filagree at PIMC, entrance to the garden.

Residential and commuter retreats, classes, and special events. 

A close up of the face of a wooden statue of the Buddha with a circular tile mosaic background.

Open daily and weekly group meditation gatherings. 


This center is exclusively supported by the generosity of others - both financially and in volunteer service. PIMC is committed to the principle that all people shall have access to programs offered here, regardless of financial means.   

The wheelchair ramp at PIMC.


Portland Insight's building features newly upgraded ADA-Compliant bathrooms and a wheelchair ramp for ease of entrance to our Dharma Hall.  We also have hearing assisted devices for those who attend in-person events.


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PIMC Origins

PIMC Founder and Guiding Teacher Robert Beatty met Ruth Denison in 1981. Their first conversation, outside her camper van, lasted six hours.

In Gratitude to Our Teachers that Came Before

From PIMC teachers to students, the community holds the deepest gratitude to Ruth Denison, Sayagyi U Ba Khin, Saya Thetgyi, Ven. Webu Sayadaw, and Ven. Ledi Sayadaw for the transmission of the Buddha's teachings.

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