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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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Keeping My Bucket Full

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Recently my grandson taught me a method that I find quite supportive with my practice. It was raining and cold when I picked my grandson Dylan up from school. Instead of running into my arms he went running into the park behind the building. For twenty minutes he wouldn’t come when I called, and I […]

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Joy in Body and Mind

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Swami Satchidananda (keynote speaker at Woodstock in 1969) said “We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he […]

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In Celebration of Spiritual Well-Being

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The Pah Bah is just around the corner and I’m inspired to share with you the joyful stirrings that this celebration brings up for me. Maybe you can relate? The deep relationship of a community sponsoring and supporting the source of its spiritual well-being goes all the way back to the time of the Buddha. Indeed, we […]

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Peaks and Valleys

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The Dhamma’s Path treads just the same through peaks as it does through valleys. PFoD has been in existence now for nearly thirteen years, incredible don’t you think? This past year has been especially sweet for me with the establishing of Matthew Grad as the second Dhamma teacher. I’m sure I’m joined by many when […]

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