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Retreats, Classes, and Events


Retreats at PIMC

Half-Day Qi-Gong Retreat
with Jim Dalton

Saturday January 7, 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


Awakening Together
Belonging, Race, and Inclusion

Five Tuesdays,
Jan. 10, 24, Feb 14, 28, Mar 14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$90 Suggested Fee (No one turned away for lack of funds)

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How can we diversify and broaden the Dharma’s reach? 

Western Buddhism has been most accessible to people who are middle to upper middle class, white, heterosexual, and privileged. We want to build sangha that reflects the promise of liberation for everyone. 

We learn both from our personal individual lives and also from the rich gathering together of our collective experiences. How can we embrace diverse identities and experiences within our spiritual community?  How can we compassionately and wisely navigate belonging and exclusion in our own hearts?

Let’s explore how community and identity can be a doorway into Dharma practice and spiritual freedom. The DEI Team will continue our exploration and discussion in the 2nd community class series: Belonging Race and Inclusion.

Please join in this ZOOM class and community discussion group using AWAKENING TOGETHER by Larry Yang as the springboard.

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We 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.

Events at PIMC

Sat. Dec. 17th, 7-10 pm
At Portland Insight Meditation Community

Our gathering on Dec 17th is a celebration of Robert's 75th birthday, but perhaps more importantly a recognition of the devotion and leadership he has shown in the creation of PIMC. Your gift will help continue Robert's legacy and support PIMC in the coming year.  DONATE HERE