Portland News Magazine

Portland Shambhala Fall Membership Drive

October 21st, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

Our center’s I-Ching reading for this Year of the Water Dragon evoked the image of a gentle consistent breeze.

In keeping with that spirit, we are asking our wonderful members to offer just a little bit more monthly to sustain the financial health of our local center.

This will allow us to keep the gentle breeze of basic goodness radiating from our center steady.

The wonderful news is that at and since our Harvest of Peace Community Celebration, we’ve raised $4660, more than 2/3 of our goal! We still need your support to close the final gap and ensure that our center moves into 2013 on stable footing. We need to raise another $230 a month in increased dues or new memberships ($200 of which is to cover our 2013 rent increase of which we were just recently notified).

If you are already a member, look into your heart and see if you could raise your monthly commitment by $15, $10 or just $5 a month. If you’ve been thinking of becoming a member, now is a great time to act on that generous impulse! Click here to read about membership and the various membership donation levels.

If 23 more members raise their dues by $10 a month we are there! When you’ve felt in your heart the amount that feels right, please email us and let us know how much you’d like to increase your dues. And if you find that you are already giving at your full capacity to give, please consider making and sending us an aspiration for the center.

We thank you for your generosity!

With Gratitude,

Melanya Helene & Marc Otto

Membership Coordinators

Nov. 3-4 Portland Shambhala Meditation Marathon Fundraiser Needs Your Pledges!

October 21st, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

Proceeds will support our core offerings and other initiatives that make the benefits of meditation accessible to more people including the PSC prison dharma program at Oregon State Penitentiary, retreat scholarships, the program tuition generosity policy and ecumenical community events such as the Portland City Sit.

How It Will Work:

From 9am Saturday, November 3rd until 9am Sunday, November 4th, we’ll be sitting at the Shambhala Center for 30 min. sessions of mindfulness meditation, interspersed with 10 minutes of walking meditation. Although the event has been designed to allow meditators to “lean in” if they choose to, there is no minimum amount of sitting time required. We will be maintaining functional silence throughout the marathon. Food will be provided for meditators every 3-4 hours.

How You Can Help:

1) Participate as a Meditator/Fundraiser: We are looking for 10 – 15 meditators/ fundraisers!

Before Nov. 3rd, you’ll reach out to sangha members, friends and family for pledges, then be responsible for collecting your raised funds by Nov. 18th. While we encourage fundraisers to target $100 – $500 in pledges, the minimum amount of fundraising required to participate as a meditator is $50. You’ll be increasing public awareness of the benefits of meditation, long term, through supporting the Portland Shambhala Center and immediately, through conversations with sponsors. Register on-line at www. portland.shambhala.org

2) At This Point What We Need Are Sponsors — Make a Pledge To Donate: Please consider sponsoring someone’s sit, at any level! 

Pledges may be made by the hour or as a flat amount. You may be asked to pledge by multiple people, so don’t be shy to say “no” if you’ve already done so. And just in case you’re not asked, we’d appreciate your proactive support for this community fundraising effort: Contact one of the Meditators listed on the bulletin board at the Center, and let them know you’d like to pledge to support their Marathon. 

3) Join Us During the Marathon: We are looking for people to make/serve tea and snacks during the Meditation Marathon, and/ or to take a turn as Umdze!

Visit/serve/clean-up one meal, or join us for multiple meal periods. Your services and the energy you bring will be deeply appreciated. And you may get to see Marathon Meditators actually falling over!

To help or ask questions, contact Kim Crossman at 503-477-9442

Bearing Witness at Auschwitz-Birkenau

September 24th, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

Dear Friends,

I’m raising a mala (traditional begging practice of the Zen Peacemakers) this year to support my ongoing bearing witness work at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where I serve as one of the spirit holders and retreat staff for this annual bearing witness retreat.  Please visit my mala raising page at:

If you might be interested in attending the retreat yourself, please visit:

All the best,

Acharya Fleet Maull

Portland Shambhala Chinook Book Fundraiser

September 17th, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

Meet Chinook Book — A coupon book filled with valuable coupons for savings at local, sustainable businesses, as well as information about living green in our community. Think Ben and Jerry’s, Portland Nursery, Ace Hardware. Groceries, movies, clothing, gardening, restaurants and so much more.

For the first time ever, Portland Shambhala Center is taking advantage of the Chinook Book to raise funds. We’ll receive a generous 50% for each full price book or mobile ap sold! Coupon books are $20. Mobile aps which can load straight to your smart phone or android are $15. You’ll find that you can save the cost of the book many times over! And members will receive an additional 10% discount on purchase price. If you have friends, neighbors, colleagues, classmates who might be interested in purchasing their new Chinook Book from us, contact Carol Lieberman, Book Store Manager, to make arrangements.  Subject line: Chinook Book