Introduction to the Five Precepts, a six-week course

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 S.E. 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 There is no charge for this course. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Introduction to Meditation, a four-week course

On Monday nights from Nov. 28 to Dec. 19, we will practice the fundamentals of meditation in the Thai Forest Tradition. We will practice sitting, standing, and walking meditation, and cover techniques using the breath, the body, and contemplations. The objective over the four weeks is to establish a sitting practice with lots of tools in our toolbox and learn more about the Theravada tradition. All are welcome to attend, and donations for the center are gratefully received. RSVP is not required but it is appreciated. Please reach out with any questions or to RSVP. Taught by Jessica Swanson.

  • November 28
  • December 5
  • December 12
  • December 19

Zoom Daylong with Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī

Please join PFOD in welcoming Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī, founder and guiding teacher of Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage in Perth, Ontario, for meditation and Dhamma reflections. Ayyā will be Zooming in from Canada for the day, and attendees are welcome both to gather together at the Portland Dhamma Center or remotely online.

The Joy, Beauty, and Benefit of Spiritual Friendship (Pali: Kalyanamitta)
10 a.m. Requesting the Five Precepts, Meditation, Dhamma Reflection
12 p.m. Break for lunch
1 p.m. Dhamma Reflections and Questions
3 p.m. Chanting and Close

All programs are supported by the generous giving of the community. Donations are gratefully accepted. For more information about Portland Friends of the Dhamma, please visit The Zoom link for Ayya’s visit will be on the website in December.