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Retreats at PIMC

COMING HOME
A Two-Day Commuter Retreat with Trina Truong

March 1 – 2, 2024
9:00 am – 9:00 pm
$110 Suggested Donation

No one turned away for lack of funds

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HELD IN PERSON AT PIMC AND ONLINE VIA ZOOM

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

 

■ ZOOM LINK PROVIDED UPON REGISTRATION ■

Coming Home is the experience of arriving back to the body and the present moment. No matter where we are, no matter what life throws at us, in each moment the possibility of finding refuge from the turbulence is available for us simply by coming home to the body, coming home to the breath, and arriving in the present. There is no place like home. This is a home that is beyond the physical space we come to know as home. This home is everywhere we are. It is our true home. Through meditation and mindfulness practices we will have the opportunity to recall what it’s like to come home to ourselves.

This retreat will follow a schedule of sitting, walking, short chants, and an evening Dharma talk 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 mindfulnesswithtrina@gmail.com 

Registration

Click the button below to register. Your Zoom link is provided upon 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.

SPRING EQUINOX
MEDITATION, MOVEMENT, AND SOUND HEALING
with Candle Summers and Phyllis Moses

March 23, 2024
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$60 Suggested Donation

No one turned away for lack of funds

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HELD IN PERSON AT PIMC

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. 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 Women’s Restoration and Rejuvenation at Portland Insight Meditation Center. Candle has other sitting groups on Zoom throughout each month. Visit givenfreely.com 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 phyllismoses.com.

For more information about the dances, visit taradhatu.org. 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.

For more info, email Candle at candlemaui@gmail.com

Registration

Click the button below to register. 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.

Developing a Deep Intimacy with Our Experience
with Mary Stancavage

Saturday, April 27, 2024
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$75 Suggested Donation

No one turned away for lack of funds

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HELD IN PERSON AT PIMC

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

A beautiful definition of equanimity is the ability to be present with our experience, without needing it to be different; it’s a wise response to our world.

This is a beautiful aspiration, but often a challenge to put into practice! This daylong retreat with guest teacher Mary Stancavage will provide an opportunity to step back from our daily routine and spend time being with our experiences and learning to befriend them. Equanimity is a heart practice that invites us to be fully present – with gentle and kind awareness.

In this daylong you will have the chance to see what gets in the way of your equanimity – what stories and habits of mind tell you that things must be different to move towards joy and tranquility? There will be talks, sitting and walking meditation, and a chance for conversation and community. Hopefully by the end of the day you will find some ease with even the most difficult of emotions. Bring yourself, your heart, and something to write with.

Mary Stancavage has practiced meditation, yoga, and cultivated a spiritual practice for over 35 years. In 2009 she was empowered to teach Buddhadharma. She teaches classes, retreats, coaches and mentors individuals and has facilitated several Year-to-Live groups over the years. She has served as volunteer hospital chaplain and been involved with leadership in several non-profit organizations over the years both in meditation and in the social justice arena. She is currently a member of the Guiding Teachers Council for Insight Community of the Desert, serves on the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Interfaith Task Force and is a Board Member of both Meditation Coalition and CLUE: Clergy and Laity for Economic Justice. For the last several years, Mary has investigated what it means to live with an undefended heart. More information can be found at http://marystancavage.org.

For more info, please email mary@marystancavage.org

Registration

Click the button below to register. 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

Classes at PIMC

INVITATION TO JOY
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Eight Wednesdays
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$240 Suggested Donation

No one turned away for lack of funds

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HELD IN PERSON AT PIMC AND ON ZOOM

January 24, January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21, March 6, March 27, April 3

Zoom link to attend class will be sent upon registration

If one focuses only on the suffering side of life, it is easy to discover meaninglessness, despair, and depression. In their most engaging book "The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World", the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu explore the other side of life: JOY!

From the Book of Joy: “One of my practices comes from an ancient Indian teacher,” the Dalai Lama began answering the Archbishop’s question. “He taught that when you experience some tragic situation, think about it. If there’s no way to overcome the tragedy, then there is no use worrying too much. So I practice that.” ...No dark fate determines the future. We do. Each day and each moment, we are able to create and re-create our lives and the very quality of human life on our planet. This is the power we wield. Lasting happiness cannot be found in pursuit of any goal or achievement. It does not reside in fortune or fame. It resides only in the human mind and heart, and it is here that we hope you will find it.

In this 8-week class, we'll create a community of practice where we will support each other in awakening from our attachment to suffering and approach our lives with lighter hearts. I invite you to explore the experience of Joy with me in the New Year!

Registration

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

Drop-in donation at the door is also accepted.

Women's Restoration & Rejuvenation
with Candle Summers

January 19, February 17, March 15, April 19
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
$60 Suggested Donation

No one turned away for lack of funds

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HELD ONLINE VIA ZOOM ONLY

Zoom link to attend class will be sent upon registration

Women’s Restoration & Rejuvenation offers a monthly group to self-identified women, cis-gender, those gender fluid and non-binary, a place to come together in community to share our wisdom and strengthen our sense of belonging in our spiritual practice.

WRR comes together to reflect and inspire each other on the path to liberation. What has been inspiring you lately in your readings and your life? We will share our love for the Dharma through readings by women Buddhist teachers who have been influencing us. Each month there will be time for silent meditation and individual sharing about our practice. Candle will guide a 30 minute sitting practice of Mindfulness and Metta and guide the sharing of each person for about 5 minutes each.

This is a place to gather, speak truthfully, and listen deeply.  The format will be a talking stick style circle, each sharing, others listening deeply. No obligation to speak.

Women’s Restoration & Rejuvenation is committed to making the exploration of practices and teachings of the Buddha relevant and accessible in today’s world. It is important to welcome all people of every age, ethnicity, cultural heritage and religious background, socio-economic group, ability, sexual orientation and gender identity. In this way we aspire to follow in the footsteps of the Buddha, who offered his teachings of awakening and freedom freely to everyone without exception. A donation link will be provided to encourage generosity and to continue the time-honored teachings. 

Registration

This group fills up and will be limited to the first 20 people, so register early. Full scholarships available. If you require a full scholarship, please use THIS FORM to register. Drop-in donation at the door is also accepted.

Women's R&R

The Will to Change: Desire for a Deeper Connection
DEI Belonging & Inclusion Discussion Group

1st and 3rd Tuesdays in February and March

February 6, February 20, March 5, March 19
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
$60 Suggested Donation

No one turned away for lack of funds

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HELD ONLINE VIA ZOOM ONLY

Zoom link provided upon registration

When we think of patriarchy do we imagine men having the power, less assertive people taking the back seat, unable to take or stand up in their own power?

Join PIMC’s DEI Team for a lively and engaging class exploring the patriarchy, the desire for deeper connection, and learning how we are unwittingly being constrained by this unseen force. Let this be another step on the path toward clear seeing!

We will be exploring renowned author bell hooks as she suggests to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings and from loving. As hooks takes us on a journey, revealing the emotional wounds boys endure to fit into the mold of the patriarchy, one may begin to recognize the distorted seeing that the Buddha speaks of - seeing what is unsatisfying as satisfying. We will share additional resources to be read alongside the book, so sign up early for the materials.

How does this relate to the evolving and changing world of gender perception since she wrote the book? How does the patriarchy relate to the power structure in the Buddhist world of monasteries and sanghas, as well as sources of female power? JOIN US FOR AN IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION!

 

BOOK FOR CLASS:

The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

Registration

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

Events

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