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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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Offering each other refuge

by Greg Satir, board vice president Last month, Portland Friends of the Dhamma Board and community came together and formally agreed to purchase the Dharma Rain Zendo. Soon we will produce a formal offer to Dharma Rain. Since this is a transaction between two Dharma groups, there is enormous goodwill and shared interest in making […]

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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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The Observer Dec. 20, 2013

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The Observer An e-Newsletter from Portland Friends of the Dhamma News, Upcoming Events, & Visiting Teachers learn more at www.pdxdhamma.org New to meditation or Buddhism? Start here! Portland Friends of the Dhamma is very excited to announce our first Meditation for Beginners class series of 2014. It will begin on Tuesday Feb. 4, and run […]

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Notes from the Annex: Community Preparedness

Volunteers, Leadership Development and Conflict Resolution When considering buying a building, it is very natural for the discussion to be focused on the finances. Building costs, loan payments, maintenance reserves, fundraising — the Board has a duty to consider all of these financial aspects and more. If the numbers don’t work out, then the community […]

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Drawing Near to the Source

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Winter retreat for monastics, meal dana needed, Ajahn Sudanto soon on sabbatical Thanksgiving at the Hermitage was festive and fun! We had a lovely turkey meal, took a walk with the monks, and then shared Dhamma near the warmth of the wood stove. It doesn’t have to be a holiday to share in the rich […]

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