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Retreats at PIMC

Shining the Light of the Dharma
Daylong Retreat with Candle Summers

Saturday, December 2, 2023
10 am - 4 pm
$70 Suggested Fee

No one turned away for lack of funds


The illuminating light of Dharmic wisdom shines in the midst of the darkness of our troubled, challenging world. Buddhism does not exist apart from human society.  The affairs of daily life are our Dharma practice.  We can contribute to our community and guide it in a positive direction through the power of kindness, wisdom and compassion. A community imbued with this understanding and wisdom can prosper and thrive. Let us share time together in meditation, reflection, and conversation, encouraging kindness and compassion for ourselves and each other while tapping into our true wisdom.

Bring a sack lunch.  All ages, ethnicities, socio-economic groups, religious backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome. Opportunity for scholarship is available on the registration page.

This retreat will take place hybrid online and in-person at PIMC.

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Winter Solstice Meditation, Movement and Sound Healing
with Candle Summers and Phyllis Moses

Saturday, December 16, 2023
10 am - 4 pm
$60 Suggested Fee

No one turned away for lack of funds


Held in person only

Portland Insight Meditation Center 6536 SE Duke Street Portland, OR 97206

Join Candle Summers of PIMC and Phyllis Moses of Taradhatu for a day of meditation, movement, and the healing sounds of crystal and Tibetan bowls.

We come together to share reflection on darkness and finding light while coming to our heart’s joy with simple movements based on sacred dance practices. We celebrate life with music, song and dance! No experience is necessary, all genders welcome and no commitments to undertake other than to your own Presence! The Mandala Dances of the 21 Praises of Tara is a simple ritual movement offered worldwide as a prayer of peace, protection, empowerment, and wisdom. Join in joyous companionship in the Dharma with others for a day of meditation and healing. There will be a letting go ceremony of something you no longer wish to carry with you through release of flying wish papers. Write it, light it, let it fly!

We will be seated, standing and lying down. All abilities can be accommodated. Bring a mat for laying on the floor and blanket to be cozy. 

Guides for the Day

Candle Summers teaches Sunday Insight and Metta, and facilitates Friday Women’s Restoration and Rejuvenation at Portland Insight Meditation Center. Candle has other sitting groups on Zoom throughout each month. Visit for more info.

Phyllis Moses is a seasoned Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and Facilitator, who has been in the healing field for the past three decades. To learn more about her other healing modalities, visit


For more information about the dances, visit Taradhatu is an organization established in 1985 to protect the Tara dance’s integrity as a Path to Liberation. We can rejoice in dancing and witnessing the devotion and peace transmitted by the movements.


Full scholarships available: If you require a full scholarship, please use THIS FORM to register.

Drop-in donation at the door is also accepted.

The Way Out is In / A Two-Day Non-Residential Retreat
with Trina Truong

December 22 – 23, 2023
9am - 9pm
$110 Suggested Donation

No one turned away for lack of funds


Held in person at PIMC and online via Zoom

Portland Insight Meditation Center 6536 SE Duke Street Portland, OR 97206

The Way Out is In is remembering to pause, open and allow ourselves to get in touch with what’s going on internally when life feels overwhelming, chaotic, or meaningless. Through the two days of practice, you will have the container to look deeply into the challenges you are facing and examine the nature of what is real and what is self-grasping. During this retreat we will work to settle the mind and compose the body with mindfulness and energy, giving rise to the unification of the heart mind. With the wisdom eye one can examine individual and collective suffering and see clearly into the nature of how things really are. Practices and techniques will be offered to help retreatants be with anxiety, stress and suffering internally and to transform it externally. Insights that arise from this subtle, cool, quiet place can then be put into further practice and applied into daily life with confidence and a deep inner knowing.

This retreat will follow a schedule of sitting, walking, mindful movement, self-massage, short chants, and Dharma talks by Trina. Noble Silence will be observed. Due to limited resources, there will be potluck style lunch for two days so please bring something to share each day. A light dinner will be served. Please have breakfast before arrival. Retreat begins at 9am each day.

We are looking for volunteers to help set up meal time and clean up after meals. If you would like to support your fellow practitioners on this retreat through volunteering or would like to contribute dana for a meal offering, we would graciously accept your generosity and support.


For more information, please email Trina at 


Click the button below to register. You will be emailed a Zoom link on successful registration. Drop-in donation at the door is also accepted.


Full scholarships are available: If you require a full scholarship, please use THIS FORM to register instead.


Classes at PIMC

An Introduction to Heart Cultivation
With Douglas Pullin

Five Thursdays, beginning January 11, 2024
6:00 pm – 7:20 pm
$135 Suggested Donation

No one turned away for lack of funds



January 11, January 18, January 25, February 1, February 8

Zoom link to attend class will be sent upon registration

This is what should be done by one who is skilled in goodness and who knows the path of peace...

—The Metta Sutta

Deepen your experience of love, compassion, joy and peace.

In a supportive space (on Zoom), learn to develop these qualities of mind and heart that are referred to as the Divine (or Sublime) abidings (or modes of conduct). They are also known as the Brahmaviharas (Brahma + viharas). They are described as the "four illimitables" (appamannya) in that they have no bounds.

Through a variety of concentration meditation practices and skillful intention we can cultivate our inherent capacity for calming, stilling, and healing our state of mind and body. As we cultivate these limitless qualities of loving goodwill, compassion, joy, and equanimity, we can harvest true happiness, spiritual strength, and insight. These practices are considered complementary to insight meditation.

Each class will focus on one of the four Brahmaviharas with the final class being an opportunity to practice integration into daily life.


The format for classes includes a Dharma talk, guided meditation, discussion, interactive exercises and take home practices. This class is open to both new and more experienced students. It is also a good companion to the Basics of Mindfulness class.

BOOK FOR CLASS: The Four Sublime States by Nyanaponika Thera
Also available on Amazon

Douglas Pullin

Douglas Pullin (he/him) has been teaching at PIMC since 2004. He is a lineage holder and authorized to teach in the Insight Meditation tradition of U Ba Kin, Ruth Denison, and Robert Beatty. Douglas graduated from the Spirit Rock sponsored Community Dharma Leader Training with Tara Brach and James Baraz in 2008.  Douglas is currently a student of Mathew Flickstein in the Bhante Gunaratana lineage from Sri Lanka.


Full scholarships available. If you require a full scholarship, please use THIS FORM to register.

Drop-in donation at the door is also accepted.

Heart Cultivation

Events at PIMC

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