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Author Archives: Sakula

About Sakula

Sakula is the Spiritual Director and a guiding teacher at Portland Friends of the Dhamma. She is married with three children and three grand children. Her hobbies are art, hiking, camping, bicycling, and travel where she and her husband Alistair partake in all of the above.

Special Board Meeting for Budgeting

Special Board Meeting for Budgeting 6:30pm – 9:00p Open to the Community

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Third Quarter Board Meeting

Third Quarter Board Meeting 6:30pm – 9:00p Open to the Community

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Annual Board Meeting

Annual Board Meeting 9:00am – 4:00pm (includes a Potluck lunch break) Open to the Community – everyone encouraged to come Includes Year end Reports and Elections of new officers

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Consensus and Facilitation Training

For the PFoD Teachers, Board, Program Committee and Operational Team. Taught by Tree Breeson and joined by members of the Dharma Rain Community

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Leadership Retreat

A working retreat for the PFoD Teachers, Board, Program Committee and Operational Team to begin preliminary work on a 5 year plan. Friday, March 6th – Sunday March 8th, 2015

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Book Group

Book Discussion Group – Led by Paul Gerhards Begins New Book on Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 – 7:00 to 9:00pm, Downstairs “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert Pirsig. “The study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself. Working on a motorcycle, working well, caring, […]

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A Four-Fold Community Restores a Forest

A Four-fold Community – monks, nuns, lay women and men dedicated to the Buddha’s training Monks from the Abhayagiri monastery, the Pacific Hermitage and nuns from Sravasti Abby joined lay supporters from Portland Friends of the Dhamma to help re-plant a forest. Together we camped, dug, planted, chanted, meditated, and just plain hung out with […]

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Sit Boo-Boo Sit

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One of the things I noticed (like so many of us) when first attempting meditation was the constant ramblings of my mind. I was shocked and dismayed at how a simple thought, feeling or sensation could waft through my mind and without hesitation tantalize my attention over hill and dale, and I wondered “could this […]

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The Building Purchase Moves Ahead – Thank You

Dear All, On Friday (31st Jan 2014) the PFOD Board convened during the second half of the regular Friday Night Dhamma practice, and resolved, in full consensus, to make a formal offer on the building. You can find the proposal and supporting documents attached. I’ve also included the text of the proposal below. The board has been meeting every two […]

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Beginners Meditation Class

Meditation for Beginners introduces the participants to the practice of meditation as taught in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah.  The course consists of six two-hour classes held over six weeks. Students can join as late as the second class and then that course is closed.  The course is offered three times per year—in […]

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