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Gratitude for Ayyā Santussikā’s Daylong Teaching

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On February 7, 2021, Ayyā Santussikā of Karuna Buddhist Vihara met online with Portland Friends of the Dhamma and friends from Seattle, Northern California, and throughout the Western Hemisphere. Ayya spoke to these 60 practitioners during a daylong session of meditation and teaching on the Mahāmangala Sutta, (Snp 2-4) also known as the chant “The […]

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A New Library — The Result of Patience, Generosity and Friendship

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There is a new library at the Center, with build-in shelves and an area for backstock. It was funded in memory of a community member Sophary Varns by her husband Nathan and grew from the vision and effort of many in the community. Here’s the story: Patty Pandzik, PFOD librarian, had a problem. Boxes of […]

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Thank you for Ayyā Medhānandī’s Inspiration at the New Year

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Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī, the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Saraniya Hermitage, spent a day of Dhamma with us on January 3, 2021. She met with Portland Friends of the Dhamma for the first time, a start to our new year, just before entering her winter retreat. The theme of the day was “An Ever-Present Refuge.” Over […]

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Gratitude for Ajahn Thanissaro’s November Visit on Zoom

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Ajahn Thanissaro (Geoff) appeared on Zoom hosted by Portland Friends of the Dhamma and joined by others from Belarus and Brazil to Peru and Sri Lanka. Over 170 practitioners gathered to hear his teaching on managing grief and coping with change. Guided meditation and two sutta study sessions were filled with practical skills on these […]

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A Rich Day of Teachings – Ayya Santussikā Returns to PFoD

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On September 27, 2020, Portland Friends of the Dhamma hosted a Daylong led by Ayya Santussikā, abbess of Karuna Buddhist Vihara. The topic which ran throughout the day was  “Directing the Mind, Cooling the Heart” and was attended by many, including one person from abroad. The day began with taking the Five Precepts, followed with […]

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A Gratitude Fills the Heart

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On Sunday, June 28th, 2020, friends and families gathered online to celebrate Portland Friends of the Dhamma’s anniversary-fundraiser. Appropriately, Luang Por Pasanno (the inspiration for the arising of this community) anchored the event. Themes throughout the day included comments on the rarity and beauty of drawing close to good people, encouragement to wisely reflect on […]

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Kalyanamittas in the Time of Covid19

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What is it like to give and receive the Dhamma in this time of the coronavirus global pandemic? It’s like this. We Zoom. We make videos for the children. We receive words of encouragement. We receive support from our renters and from our virtual dana bowl. We Zoom Our Programs Online programs and workshops hosted […]

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What’s Up, Online, and Ready to Zoom!

Join using Zoom Zoom is an online video meeting system. You don’t need an account. You can join either with video (of yourself) or just audio. Programs Sunday Sila – Sunday morning meditation, reflection, and check-in Led by Sakula 10:00 – 10:45 Meditation and five-minute break 10:45 – 11:15 Dhamma Reflections (video not recorded, reflections […]

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Inspiring Teachings Made Possible by Donors and Volunteers

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Our donors and volunteers made possible a wonderful weekend of meditation and teaching on the theme of joy by the inspiring Santussikā Bhikkhunī. She and Cittānandā Bhikkhunī visited for the weekend from Karuna Buddhist Vihara in the Santa Cruz mountains. Tea and conversation was held around the table downstairs. Ayya Santussikā spoke on the topic […]

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Debbie Stamp Brightens a Winter Weekend

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Sharing stories from her own life, Debbie Stamp reflected on skills for looking after our own heart with patience and kindness. We are grateful to our volunteers  and donors who made it possible for Debbie, a lay teacher and resident of the Abhayagiri community, to visit Friends of the Dhamma again this year.  With “The […]

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