The Portland Buddhist Center is currently looking for space to rent and will not be holding classes.
Dharma Dog Walks are on occasional Sundays at 1000 acres dog park. email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The closest Triratna Centers are in Seattle and Tacoma. Please check those websites for events and retreats.
Transforming self and world
The Portland Buddhist Center aims to bring an ancient tradition alive in the modern world as part of the Triratna Buddhist Community. The basic message of Buddhism is simple:
- we can’t depend on anything to be permanent
- our actions have consequences
- we can change for the better
There are many things in life that are beyond our control. However, it is possible to take responsibility for our own states of mind and to change them for the better. By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energized states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to direct experience of freedom, compassion, and wisdom. Buddhism provides direction and meaning to the choices one makes in creating a fulfilling and happy existence. The aims of Buddhist practice are limitless in experiencing full wisdom, unbounded love, and ultimate freedom.
Aryadrishti has been practicing Buddhism and meditation since 1995 and received her name upon ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. Aryadrishti is a Sanskrit name meaning “Noble Vision” or a direct intuitive understanding of the way things are. She has lived and worked in Portland since 2006 and started offering meditation and Buddhism classes in 2012. Sangha night classes include a period of meditation followed by a talk and discussion with a tea break in between. At the center we actively create the conditions for friendship, explore Buddhist principles and their application to our lives here and now. Classes are by donation.
“People feel that life is short. Because of this, instead of working for others, they try to aquire wealth for themselves. If we live in this way we become isolated. Our lives become like bubbles on the surface of the water. But people can be inspired by action. If they see something is happening they can start to give. If you work hard in the right way the effects will spread like light.”~ Dhardo Rinpoche