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Recurring Programs

All of our programs shown below are now online. See our resource page for the Zoom links.

Weekly Gatherings 

Sunday Sila – led by Sakula

Every Sunday Morning, 10:00am — 11:30pm, upstairs (Children’s program downstairs)

Sunday morning is Family Program day, meaning there is meditation and dhamma reflections upstairs and a children’s program downstairs. Drop ins (upstairs or down) are welcome.And of course, you don’t have to have children to join us on Sunday. If you do bring your child(ren), please enter via the downstairs door on Madison after 9:45. When visiting for the first time you’ll want to introduce yourself and your child to the teacher, Jessica Swanson.

Upstairs we’ll begin with a 50-minute meditation followed with a short walking/break period and reflections. On Uposatha days there will also be an opportunity to take the Five Precepts.


Reflections – Led by Jessica Swanson

On hold during the pandemic
Every Tuesday Evening, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Enter through the downstairs door after 6:40.

In the Theravada Thai Forest tradition, we are taught to skillfully reflect on our practice, on our actions, and on the teachings of the Buddha. At Portland Friends of the Dhamma, we strongly encourage practitioners to develop this ability. In a relaxed and friendly environment, we sit for a 45-minute guided meditation, a reflection on a practice topic, and then have time for all who are interested to reflect on practice, share joys and challenges, and or ask questions — all while enjoying a cup of tea and each other’s company.

All adults are welcome, cushions and chairs are provided. There is no fee for any gathering, and donations are gratefully accepted.

Investigations – led by Matthew Grad

Every Friday Evening, 7:00 — 9:00pm

The expression dhamma vicaya means using the Buddha’s teachings to investigate all that we experience—sights, sounds, thoughts, emotions—so that we may come to understand the true nature of things. This sort of investigation is a factor of awakening, according to the Buddha, and on Friday nights, we’ll put it to work.

Each gathering will have a Dhamma theme. To begin the evening, Matthew will offer some brief reflections on the theme, drawing from his own experience and the Buddha’s ancient discourses. Then after a period of meditation, he’ll guide a group discussion on that topic. The focus will be on our direct experience and how we can apply the Buddha’s teachings in our everyday lives.


Bi-Weekly Gatherings

Virtually Bookish – led by Ruby Grad

Portland Friends of the Dhamma’s Virtually Bookish book group meets on the first and third Saturday of each month, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. We discuss Dhamma books chosen by the group.
Before we begin our book discussion, we check in about intentions on how to practice with what we learned from our last meeting. Everyone is welcome, even if you have not yet attended a meeting of the group or done the reading.
Here is the Zoom information to join the meeting:
Or you can call on your phone +1 346 248 7799  and enter the Meeting ID: 920 1001 3335

Also please feel free to contact me at rubygrad@gmail.com if you would like more information


Twice a year Six Week Courses

led by senior practitioners

Beginners Meditation Class

Six Consecutive Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00pm (check calendar for exact dates)

This six-week class series introduces the practice of meditation. The class series is offered twice a year and is followed by other introductory classes. 

Each class consists of one or two periods of guided meditation and a discussion of a variety of topics that help us understand what meditation is and how to practice it.  Participants will be encouraged to establish a regular sitting meditation practice at home.

There is no advance registration, just show up for the first class. If you cannot come to the first class, then you can still join beginning with the second class.  Attendance to this particular series will close at the end of the second class. 


Once a year Six Week Courses

Introduction to Upasika Training 

On hold during the pandemic

led by Sakula

Six Consecutive Mondays,  7:00 – 9:00pm, starts the first Monday of every New Year.

This six week program is designed to provide an avenue of support for people new to the Portland Friends of the Dhamma community and/or new to the practice of living by the Five Precepts, while also introducing our lineage. Those interested in rejuvenating your current Upasika training are also welcome to join.

Beginning with the first precept on week one, we will add a precept each week through week five.

Click here for more information


The Buddha’s Basic Teachings 

led by Matthew Grad

Six Consecutive Mondays,  7:00 – 9:00pm (check calendar for exact dates)

This six-part course offers a solid introduction to the Buddha’s core teachings, which date back 2600 years. These teachings are very practical and down to earth, yet surprisingly radical. As a general framework, we’ll use the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths, which contain all his other essential teachings as well. This is not just a lecture series, but an opportunity to investigate these remarkable teachings together.

These classes are offered without charge, though donations to Portland Friends of the Dhamma would be gratefully received. And there’s no need to preregister—just show up.