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Retreats, Classes, and Events


Retreats at PIMC

Half-Day Qi-Gong Retreat
with Jim Dalton

Saturday February 18, 2023
9 am - 1 pm
$35 Suggested Fee (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Jim Dalton, Teacher

No experience is necessary and beginners are welcome.

These unique retreats combine elements of basic Vipassana practice, mindful movement (QiGong), and quiet contemplation using poetry. Short periods of movement are followed by listening to poetry, and then short periods of sitting. These alternating practices create an atmosphere of relaxation and alert interest, a rhythm of deep explorations of a whole range of mindfulness tools.

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


Jim has studied the Dharma since 1990.  Ever since his teenage years he has been grappling with questions like: Who am I? Where did I come from? What am I here for?  It is only since practicing in the Portland Insight Meditation Community that he has found the tools to effectively address those fundamental questions.  He doesn’t have the answers to his own questions, but his greatest joy is trying to teach so he can learn.

What he teaches reflects the constantly changing nature of his practice while also returning to his foundations in the Four Noble truths: how to understand suffering; how to abandon clinging; how to learn to let go of clinging; how to find the path to freedom and stay on it. If he can inspire others to practice with him, he feels successful.

Most recently he has established mindful movement as the foundation of his practice, deepening his investigation of the body through QiGong and Tai Chi, deepening his exploration of the body as the First of Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

His aging body has become his new teacher, lending a sense of urgency to his own search for liberation, focusing more and more on aging as a spiritual journey.  As the sands of his personal time on this planet continues to run out, he draws more and more inspiration from the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.

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Classes at PIMC

Women's Restorative  Rejuvenation Circle
with Candle Summers

Four Fridays,
Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 17,

Apr. 15
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$60 Suggested Fee (No one turned away for lack of funds)

Candle Summer Headshot

ONLINE ONLY.  Women’s Restoration and Rejuvenation offers a monthly group to self-identified women and those non-binary, a place to come together in community to share our wisdom and strengthen our sense of belonging in the world.


WRR comes together the 3rd Friday of each month 6:30-8:30 pm 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 Summers will guide a 30 min. sitting practice of Mindfulness and Metta and guide the sharing of each woman 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. (Registration is limited to 20 people.)


Candle Summers arrived in Portland from Maui, Hawaii in 2013. She has practiced for over 20 years with her root teachers Kamala Masters and Steve Armstrong. She completed Spirit Rock’s four year Dharma Leader program in 2001 and her Theravadan background includes the teachings of Anagarika Munidra, Sayadaws U Pandita and U Tejaniya, Gil Fronsdal, Mark Nunberg, and more. Candle has been offering a monthly insight/metta meditation gathering on Mondays (currently on Zoom) in SE Portland and previously led a women’s group, a Buddhist book club and managed retreats for the Vipassana Metta Foundation on Maui for 12 years.

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Basics of Mindfulness
with Doug Pullin


2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23

6:00 pm – 7:20 pm

$150 Suggested Fee (No one turned away for lack of funds)
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If you want support in establishing a daily mindfulness meditation practice (or deepening practice) this is the class for you.


During this six-session journey you will learn mindfulness of breathing, the body, of emotions, thoughts, of mind and of the application of mindfulness in daily life and on retreat. This class is appropriate for beginners as well as for those more experienced meditators who want to refresh the fundamentals of practice.


The benefits of this practice include:


1. A healthier relationship with your thoughts.

2. More balance with your emotions.

3. Be more in touch with your body and mind.

4. Increase your capacity to be loving and kind.

5. Be more peaceful


This class will provide you with a relaxed and supportive environment for mindfulness practice to deepen. Doug will tailor his instruction to meet your specific needs. You will be provided an at home practice guide and instructions to expand mindfulness into everyday life. Practice outside of class is an important part of the learning process.





Mindfulness in Plain English

by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana (Click on the title to pick up latest edition.)


The Power of Mindfulness

by Nyanaponika Thera.   (Click on title for a free PDF version.)


Douglas Pullin 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.  Douglas is currently a student of Mathew Flickstein in the Bhante Gunaratana linage from Siri Lanka.  Douglas has a master’s degree in counseling psychology, and master’s in clinical social work. He has over 25 years of non-profit management experience in community mental healthcare. In addition to teaching at PIMC, Douglas offers mindfulness-based psychotherapy and consultation in independent practice. Douglas also works as a consultant in the nonprofit social service field.  He enjoys meditation retreats, running in the woods, hiking, and gardening.

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