Sakula and Matthew with their guiding teacher, Luang Por Pasanno
Sakula – Mary Reinard, Spiritual Director
Sakula is the Spiritual Director and a teacher for Portland Friends of the Dhamma. In 1996 Mary Reinard (Sakula) came into contact with Buddhism through an internet search that led her to a beginners course at Dharma Rain Zen Center. One year later she met Luang Por Pasanno and then co-abbot of Amaravati, Ajahn Amaro, for the first time and immediately felt at home. Luang Por accepted her as his lay student, eventually giving her the Pali name Sakula meaning One of Good Family. In 2001, Sakula was invited by the venerables to join eleven others in a three-year training. The group graduated in 2004 as Community of Abhayagiri Lay Ministers, or C.A.L.M.
Sakula’s Fall Schedule
Monday: Available from 9 am – 2 pm; Tuesday and Thursday: Available from 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday and Wednesday: Unavailable (personal time for family)
Saturday: Community events (e.g., Magga-Bhavana and Upasika Days in White Salmon)
Friday: Available from 9 am – noon; Unavailable after 12 pm (personal time for Dhamma study)
Matthew Grad, Teacher
Matthew Grad offers the bi-monthly class Walking the Eightfold Path and co-leads the monthly Magga-Bhāvanā Program. He has practiced in the Theravada lineage for more than 25 years. Before joining our community, Matthew taught an ongoing course in sutta study for Spirit Rock Meditation Center. When teaching from the suttas (discourses of the Buddha) he emphasizes their direct application in daily life. His practice is rooted in the teachings on intuitive awareness, and the teachings of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Thanissaro on training the mind and heart.
The Forest Sangha: Visiting Teacher Ajahn Sudanto
Ajahn Sudanto is abbot of the Pacific Hermitage, a small branch monastic community in White Salmon, Washington. Ajahn travels to Portland Friends of the Dhamma once a month for a Friday night meditation and Dhamma talk. See our calendar for dates.
Born in Portland, Oregon in 1968, Ajahn became interested in Buddhism and Indian spiritual traditions while completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon. After graduation he set off for an open-ended period of travel and spiritual seeking in India and Southeast Asia. After a year of traveling, he proceeded to Thailand to begin a period of intensive study and meditation, which drew him to Wat Pah Nanachat in the Northeast of Thailand. There he met Ajahn Pasanno (then the abbot) and requested to ordain and train with the resident community, taking full ordination as a bhikkhu in 1994. After training for five years at Wat Pah Nanachat and various branch monasteries in the Ajahn Chah tradition, he came to Abhayagiri to live and train with the emerging sangha in America.