Currently Scheduled Events
1) Path of Sincerity Sangha – Insight Meditation & Buddhism
Dates: Every other Monday from 7:00-9:00pm… 6/3, 6/17, 7/1, 7/15, etc.
Commitment: no RSVP needed
Location: The large room on the 1st floor of the Flander’s House – 2926 NE Flanders Street, Portland OR 97232.
This group is devoted to practicing Insight Meditation, a mindfulness-based style of Buddhist Meditation that aims to take us deeper into a life of love, wisdom and inner freedom. We aspire to build community, explore Buddhist philosophy in a down-to-earth way, and discover the place where our full humanity intersects with a rich spiritual life.
A typical gathering includes around 30 minutes of lightly guided meditation, an interactive talk and discussion. Everything is offered free of charge, though you may make a donation if you feel called to. All meditation experience levels, genders, ethnicities, ages and orientations are welcome! If you want a more detailed intro of a given week’s theme, sign-up for the mailing list, or check out the Facebook page.
11/18 – Gratitude & Opening to Life
12/2 – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness (pt 1. on the Satipatthana Sutta)
12/16 – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness (pt 2. on the Satipatthana Sutta)
12/30 – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness (pt 3. on the Satipatthana Sutta)
1/13 – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness (pt 4. on the Satipatthana Sutta)
1/27 – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness (pt 5. on the Satipatthana Sutta)
2) Embodied Freedom: A Daylong Insight Meditation Retreat
Dates: Jan 4, from 9am to 5pm
Registration: Please RSVP via the Eventbrite.
Location: Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple, 6401 NE 10th Ave, Portland 97211
This daylong retreat will take a deep dive into the question, “what is inner freedom?” Along the way, we’ll see how this inquiry into freedom isn’t an abstract or intellectual task, but rather something visceral, experiential, intimate & embodied. We’ll use classic mindfulness practices, as well as precise wisdom investigations to internalize this experience for ourselves.
The practices for the day will be rooted in the Theravada Buddhist tradition; both from the Buddha’s Satipatthana Sutta (the Four Foundations of Mindfulness) and the Awareness+Wisdom teachings of Burmese Monk, Sayadaw U Tejaniya.
There will be a couple short dharma talks, several periods of sitting meditation, and some walking meditation & relational meditation.
Registration & Logistics:
The retreat will go from 9am to 5pm, although to settle in, we recommend arriving at least 5-10 minutes early.
Please RSVP in advance by signing up through the Eventbrite page. It will help greatly will preparing the space.
There will be a one hour lunch break, so please bring a packed lunch. There will be plenty of storage space, as well as a refrigerator available.
Due to the priceless nature of these teachings, and in keeping with the Theravada lineage, this retreat will be offered on donation. Instead of thinking of that as “free,” we encourage you to check in with your heart, and see what exchange feels good and appropriate. Help us a culture of generosity, where we give and receive not because we have to, but because we choose to!
Ongoing Mindfulness Meditation Teaching
Apart from the above offerings, I regularly teach meditation for The Yoga Space’s 200 and 500hr Teacher Training Programs, a few classes a week at Nike, and periodically at both for-profit and non-profit organizations, as well as leading a new public workshop, daylong retreat or course in Portland every month or two.
Previously Taught Public Events
Single Day Workshops
Intro to Mindfulness Meditation
Buddhist Social Meditation Workshop
Intuition and Study as Skillful Means on the Buddhist Path
The Building Blocks of Insight Meditation
Touching Emptiness: The Heart of Buddhist Meditation
The Joy of Impermanence
Radical Relaxation – A Journey into Mindfulness
2019: The Year of Integrity
Yoga Body, Meditation Mind: Exploring Conscious Embodiment
Experiencing Selflessness: A Daylong Insight Meditation Retreat
Overcoming Pain w/ Mindfulness and Meditation
When Meditation Meets your Life – A Journey into Mindfulness (4 weeks)
Awakening Joy – The Buddhist Path to Happiness (4 weeks)
The Essence of Insight Meditation (10 weeks)
Merging Love & Wisdom – The Heart of Buddhist Meditation (6 weeks)
Dhamma Everywhere Book Club – (8 Weeks)
One Hours Classes
I’ve led over a hundred classes in secular, yogic and buddhist environments exploring themes like opening the heart, relaxing the mind, working with anxiety, understanding the variety of mindfulness techniques, concentration, deconstructing anger, the nature of distraction, wisdom cultivation, buddhist shadow work and many more.
Here’s the Completed 2019 Schedule for the Monday Night POS Sangha:
1/28 – The Why of Meditation & Spiritual Practice
2/11 – The Buddhist Approach to Anger
2/25 – On Samadhi: The Difference Between Rock Climbing & Meditation
3/11 – The Future Isn’t Real and Rent Is Due on the First
3/25 – Is Faith the New “F” Word?
4/08 – Turning Stupid Awareness into Wise Awareness
4/22 – The Most Radical Teaching in Buddhism
5/06 – The Experience of Awareness
5/20 – Integrating Yoga & Buddhism
6/03 – What Is Meditation? (this is a serious question!)
6/17 – Introducing an 11 Week Exploration of the Spiritual Perfections (Paramis)
7/01 – The What, Why and How of Generosity (Parami #1)
7/15 – The What, Why and How of Ethical Conduct & Integrity (Parami #2)
7/29 – The What, Why and How of Renunciation (Parami #3)
8/12 – The What, Why and How of Wisdom & Discernment (Parami #4)
8/26 – The What, Why and How of Energy & Effort (Parami #5)
9/9 – The What, Why and How of Patience (Parami #6)
9/23 – The What, Why and How of Truthfulness (Parami #7)
10/7 – The What, Why and How of Resolve & Determination (Parami #8)
10/21 – The What, Why and How of Goodwill & Kindness (Parami #9)
11/4 – The What, Why and How of Equanimity (Parami #10)