Path of Sincerity Sangha
1) Every-Other-Week Group
Dates: Every other Monday from 7:00-9:00pm… Dates below
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.
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)
Note that I will be on retreat the month of February, and the group will not happen. Then, beginning in March, we will meet every Tuesday evening at the Little Church at 5138 NE 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97211.
2) Other Opportunities to Deepen Practice
- Embodied Freedom Daylong Meditation Retreat, Saturday January 4th from 9am-5pm.
- Awareness+Wisdom: An 8 Week Insight Meditation retreat, on Wednesday evenings from March 18th-May 6th
- 1-on-1 Practice Check-ins
I’ve previously written about endeavoring to weave in more community building opportunities outside the formal container. In turn, here’s an opportunity to plant trees together with Friends of Trees! Here are the dates on the calendar:
- Mar 14 – North Portland, exact location TBD
- Apr 4 – 5135 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland OR 97218, USA
Basically, we gather with roughly 100-200 other people at 8:45am, get some free breakfast, then split off into small groups of 6-15 and go into different neighborhoods and plant trees from around 9:30am – 12:00pm. Then we return to the meeting place, get a free lunch and are on our way by about 1:00pm.
I’ve volunteered with them for two prior years, and found it very rewarding. On one level, it’s a good opportunity to practice generosity and contribute to the world, and on other levels, it offers a really sweet container to lightly socialize while doing a relatively easy activity, and being outdoors & embodied.
In order to group us together for the small groups portion, they are requesting you RSVP 2-4 weeks in advance to a given planting if you’d like to come. You could sign up via the link above, or email me directly (the Dec 7 planting is officially full though I have one space left).
Also, please note that plantings happen rain or shine, and sometimes it’s also really cold. If you’d like to come, I’d encourage you decide to come independent of weather, dress for the occasion, and drop into the beauty of whatever is present! Every moment is an opportunity, whether wet or dry, cold or comfortable, to practice presence, equanimity, generosity and kindness!
4) 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)
11/18 – Gratitude & Opening to Life