Supporting PFoD in 2016
Thanks to you, our community, this has been a beautiful year for Portland Friends of the Dhamma. With your help, we have accomplished so much. It still feels like a miracle that we have the Dhamma Center and together we are making the most of it.
We invite you to support our growing community by making a donation today.
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“I was introduced to the Theravada Thai Forest tradition nearly 13 years ago at Portland Friends of the Dhamma. A steady practice under the guidance of the teachers and monks affiliated with this organization has completely transformed my life. As PFOD grows to provide high quality programming to all regardless of ability to donate, I am inspired to increase my annual pledge to make a small difference to the larger community. I invite you to join me this month in doing the same.” — Jessica Swanson
For all of the ways that you already support our community, thank you. With your help in 2015, we’ve
- Renovated the downstairs of the center
- Launched the Children’s and Sunday Sila Programs, and
- Reached hundreds of beginners with our varied 6-week introductory courses.
Our connection to the Thai Forest Lineage continues to deepen. In 2015 alone we welcomed multiple monastic visitors including a very special blessing and dedication of our new Buddha image gifted to us by Luang Por Pasanno. Along with a large retinue from Thailand, Luang Por Liem led the ceremonies. These joyful memories are a sweet reminder of how wholesome action can inspire amazing generosity, even abroad.
As we plan for 2016, our budget is slated to increase by nearly $10,000. Among other necessities this increase will help us to strengthen the Children’s Program for families, update outdated electrical wiring (needed to get the stove working), and purchase much needed kitchen supplies.
You can be assured your gift will be stewarded and leveraged with care. A few community members have pledged to match the first $3,200 in new and increased contributions.
Sakula Mary Reinard, Spiritual Director
Charla Chamberlain, Board Chair