Events

Sunday Sila with Gyokuko Carlson

Please join PFOD in welcoming Gyokuko Carlson, founder and former Abbess of Dharma Rain Zen Center, on Feb. 19 for a special Sunday Sila. The event will be hybrid, available to guests at the Portland Dhamma Center and on Zoom. No registration necessary. Meeting ID: 89578178445. Click here to log in.

Schedule
10 a.m. Meditation
10:45 a.m. Dhamma reflections, questions, and sharing
11:30 a.m. Potluck lunch and community fellowship

Support for Portland Friends of the Dhamma
Donations are essential to the health and welfare of our community and to continue offering teachings and community gatherings without charge. Please consider becoming a monthly donor today!

Virtually Bookish

Portland Friends of the Dhamma’s Virtually Bookish book group discusses 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.

Join with Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92010013335
Or you can call on your phone +1 346 248 7799  and enter the Meeting ID: 920 1001 3335

Feel free to contact contact Ruby if you would like more information.

Virtually Bookish

Portland Friends of the Dhamma’s Virtually Bookish book group discusses 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.

Join with Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92010013335
Or you can call on your phone +1 346 248 7799  and enter the Meeting ID: 920 1001 3335

Feel free to contact contact Ruby if you would like more information.

Virtually Bookish

Portland Friends of the Dhamma’s Virtually Bookish book group discusses 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.

Join with Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92010013335
Or you can call on your phone +1 346 248 7799  and enter the Meeting ID: 920 1001 3335

Feel free to contact contact Ruby if you would like more information.

Virtually Bookish

Portland Friends of the Dhamma’s Virtually Bookish book group discusses 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.

Join with Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92010013335
Or you can call on your phone +1 346 248 7799  and enter the Meeting ID: 920 1001 3335

Feel free to contact contact Ruby if you would like more information.

Special Sunday Sila Commemorating Ajahn Chah

Everyone is welcome to join in a special Sunday Sila event commemorating Ajahn Chah on January 15. Jan. 16 marks 30 years since his passing, and there are celebrations in Thailand and throughout the world every year on this date.

We will do our part by decorating the altar, sharing about Ajahn Chah’s life, reading from his teachings, meditating, and taking the precepts together as a community. After Sunday Sila, the community is invited to take part in a light potluck lunch.

Feel free to bring a dish to share, flowers or greenery for the altar, a reading from Ajahn Chah’s Dhamma talks, or a sharing about his influence on your practice. Family and friends are welcome to join in any part, and the Sunday program will be in-person and online as usual. Join on Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89578178445

Read more about Luang Por’s life and influence.

Donations are essential to the health and welfare of our community and to continue offering teachings and community gatherings without charge. Please consider becoming a monthly donor today! 

Holiday Gathering

Everyone is welcome to join in a holiday tea time after Sunday Sila on Dec. 18. Feel free to bring a treat to share, flowers or greenery for the altar, and family and friends to enjoy the time together beginning at 11:30. We will be closed the following Sunday, Dec. 25.

“Words of Peace and Harmony” with Ayyā Santussikā Bhikkhunī

Please join PFOD in welcoming Ayyā Santussikā Bhikkhunī, senior teacher and resident of Karuna Buddhist Vihara, on Jan. 8 for “Words of Peace and Harmony,” a daylong focused on the benefits of skillful speech. The day will run in person and online from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a meal offering at noon. 

Schedule
Ayyā will lead us in precepts, meditation, and Q & A. Meal offering is potluck.

10 a.m. Requesting of the 3 refuges and 5 precepts, followed by meditation and teachings
12 p.m. Potluck meal offering
1 p.m.   Dhamma reflections, Q & A (break as needed)
3 p.m.   Closing Chant

The event will be hybrid, available to both onsite guests at the Portland Dhamma Center and online. No registration is necessary. Come and go quietly as you please.
Zoom Meeting Login (same as Sunday Sila’s link)
Click here to login
Meeting ID: 895 7817 8445

About Ayyā Santussikā
In 1999, Venerable Santussikā made the first of many trips to Thailand to visit her son who was a monk at Wat Pah Nanachat at the time. In 2003 Ayyā formally became a student of Ajahn Pasanno. She received samaneri ordination in 2010 and took the bhikkhuni ordination in 2012 at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara with Ayyā Sudarshana as her preceptor. In 2012, she was supported to establish the Karuna Buddhist Vihara, a Theravada monastery for bhikkhunis located in Boulder Creek, California, where she practices alongside Cittānandā Bhikkhuni. They currently live at the new hermitage property in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Her teachings are primarily based on the suttas of the Pali Canon as they apply to everyday life and lead to awakening.

Dana: Support for Ayyā Santussikā’s livelihood
Ayyā and her monastery are completely supported by our donations (dana in pali). If you would like to help assure her and her monastery’s wellbeing, click here. Thank you!

Support for Portland Friends of the Dhamma
Your support helps us continue hosting these freely offered events, and donations are grateful accepted. Click here to offer dana to PFOD.

Introduction to the Five Precepts

All are welcome to join in this introduction to the Five Buddhist Precepts for laypeople. Running six Mondays from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13, this course is an exploration of the Buddha’s teachings on the five ethical precepts and how they inform our practice today. It is designed to:

  • Introduce the practice of living by the Five Precepts as training for Buddhist practitioners.
  • Introduce lay etiquette and customs supportive to monastics of the Ajahn Chah lineage.
  • Provide a community of support for this exploration, and a doorway to deeper practice.

A progressive practice
Starting with the first precept in week one, by the end of the course, we will be practicing with and reflecting on all five. In the final week of the course, participants will have the option to undertake a traditional ceremony of Requesting the Five Precepts. Those requesting the precepts will be encouraged and supported to live by all five for a period of three months, draw near to the monastic sangha and practice with others living on the precepts.

All are welcome
This course will be taught in person at the Portland Dhamma Center, 1404 SE.. 25th Ave. All are welcome to begin in the first two weeks of class. This course closes to new participants after the second session on Jan. 16. All programs are supported by the generous giving of the community.

For more information or to RSVP, email us through the contact page at www.pdxdhamma.org. There is no charge for this course. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Introduction to the Five Precepts

All are welcome to join in this introduction to the Five Buddhist Precepts for laypeople. Running six Mondays from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13, this course is an exploration of the Buddha’s teachings on the five ethical precepts and how they inform our practice today. It is designed to:

  • Introduce the practice of living by the Five Precepts as training for Buddhist practitioners.
  • Introduce lay etiquette and customs supportive to monastics of the Ajahn Chah lineage.
  • Provide a community of support for this exploration, and a doorway to deeper practice.

A progressive practice
Starting with the first precept in week one, by the end of the course, we will be practicing with and reflecting on all five. In the final week of the course, participants will have the option to undertake a traditional ceremony of Requesting the Five Precepts. Those requesting the precepts will be encouraged and supported to live by all five for a period of three months, draw near to the monastic sangha and practice with others living on the precepts.

All are welcome
This course will be taught in person at the Portland Dhamma Center, 1404 SE.. 25th Ave. All are welcome to begin in the first two weeks of class. This course closes to new participants after the second session on Jan. 16. All programs are supported by the generous giving of the community.

For more information or to RSVP, email us through the contact page at www.pdxdhamma.org. There is no charge for this course. Donations are gratefully accepted.