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Author Archives: Jessica Swanson

Offering each other refuge

by Greg Satir, board vice president Last month, Portland Friends of the Dhamma Board and community came together and formally agreed to purchase the Dharma Rain Zendo. Soon we will produce a formal offer to Dharma Rain. Since this is a transaction between two Dharma groups, there is enormous goodwill and shared interest in making […]

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The Observer Dec. 20, 2013

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The Observer An e-Newsletter from Portland Friends of the Dhamma News, Upcoming Events, & Visiting Teachers learn more at www.pdxdhamma.org New to meditation or Buddhism? Start here! Portland Friends of the Dhamma is very excited to announce our first Meditation for Beginners class series of 2014. It will begin on Tuesday Feb. 4, and run […]

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Notes from the Annex: Community Preparedness

Volunteers, Leadership Development and Conflict Resolution When considering buying a building, it is very natural for the discussion to be focused on the finances. Building costs, loan payments, maintenance reserves, fundraising — the Board has a duty to consider all of these financial aspects and more. If the numbers don’t work out, then the community […]

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Drawing Near to the Source

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Winter retreat for monastics, meal dana needed, Ajahn Sudanto soon on sabbatical Thanksgiving at the Hermitage was festive and fun! We had a lovely turkey meal, took a walk with the monks, and then shared Dhamma near the warmth of the wood stove. It doesn’t have to be a holiday to share in the rich […]

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Ring in the new year with new friends

Dharma Rain will host a special New Year’s Eve celebration on, of course, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Zendo, 2514 SE Madison St. in Portland. Below is the sweet announcement, in their own words. Please consider joining in: “This is the last year we will be able to host this […]

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New to Meditation or Buddhism? Start here!

Portland Friends of the Dhamma is very excited to announce our first Meditation for Beginners class series of 2014. It will begin on Tuesday Feb. 4, and run for 6 weeks. A six-week Introduction to Theravada Buddhism will start on Tuesday, March 18, immediately following the beginners series. These classes are offered on a dana […]

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Notes from the Annex

A report on the latest efforts of PFOD’s Board of Directors When the possibility of purchasing the Dharma Rain Zendo first came up, the natural question was, Does the community support this purchase? One way to interpret this is purely financially: Do we have the money coming in for a downpayment and monthly loan payments. […]

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Exciting Times!

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Fall is upon us, and what exciting times for Portland Friends of the Dhamma! Here’s a glimpse of some of PFoD’s top news. Call for volunteers!! We can use your help! Share in PFoD’s good fortune. October is rich with monastic visits, so there is an abundance of opportunities to serve. Assistance with preparation, support […]

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It’s Arrived!

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Check out our new website! There’s lots of new photos and information to explore. The site is still evolving and expanding. In the meantime, we want to hear from you. Please look around, and if you have any comments or suggestions, we would appreciate hearing them. Looking for more? Check out Portland Friends of the […]

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