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Recurring Programs

Weekly Gatherings – Sunday, Monday and Friday

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 foand reflections. On Uposatha days there will also be an opportunity to take the Five Precepts.

Reflections – led by Jessica Swanson

Monday Evenings, 7:00 – 9:00pm

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 this new Monday evening format, we will spend the first hour in sitting and walking meditation. Then we will allow time for all who are interested to reflect on their practice, share joys and challenges, and ask questions about practice and the Dhamma.

Several times a year, we will reflect on specific themes for an extended period of time, and on the fourth Monday of the month, there will be an opportunity for beginner’s instruction prior to the regular sitting time at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Most evenings, doors will open at 6:40.

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.

Once a year Six Week Courses

Introduction to Upasika Training – led by Sakula

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

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.

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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.