Apr
30
6:00 pm18:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

Our monthly celebration of life, gratitude and joy is happening on Sunday, April 30. 

One of our Tibetan Buddhist practices, the Queen of Great Bliss is a tsok--a puja where the community gathers to make offerings of flowers, food, wine, music and dance to uplift the environment and all  beings around us. The practice celebrates the creative energy of life in all dimensions and expresses our appreciation for the beauty and delight in our lives.

All are welcome to join us for this beautiful ceremony. Offerings are welcome although not required.

May
3
7:00 pm19:00

THE SCIENCE OF HOMEOPATHY WITH DR. SUJIT CHATTERJEE

World renowned homeopath Dr. Sujit Chatterjee is visiting the US and will give a free talk on the powerful, natural, and healing process that is homeopathy.

Dr. Chatterjee is a classical homeopath practicing in Mumbai since 1984. He is a principal founder and teacher at the internationally acclaimed homeopathic school, The Other Song Academy in Mumbai. He is passionate about his subject and is a delightful speaker.

Jun
23
Jun 25

RE-CENTER YOUR LIFE: A MEDITATION RETREAT

Are you looking for a way to make a change in your life or help in a transition you're undergoing? Or are you just seeking a respite from the chaos and confusion of daily life? You'll find it at our next group retreat, the Re-Center Your Life program, a 3 day meditation immersion that is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners.

Let us guide you through how to start or deepen your practice to provide a basis for sustained growth and transformation. The daily program includes several meditation sessions, hatha yoga, chanting, and a healing ritual or puja. Sessions are led by our senior teachers.  See the program schedule.

The primary focus of the Re-Center Your Life program is Kundalini Meditation, which awakens your potential for spiritual growth and empowers you to live a full, creative life. Through relaxation and conscious breathing into the chakras, you become aware of the joy in your heart, and learn to extend that experience into your whole life. This simple, profound, transformative practice is accessible to anyone.

The retreat takes place in our ashram, an urban sanctuary in Northeast Portland, in surroundings filled with sacred art and beautiful landscaping. 

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Apr
29
8:00 am08:00

COMMUNITY SEVA DAY

Community seva days are held twice a month at The Movement Center on Saturday mornings. It's a chance to share your skills or learn new ones. We've always got a variety of projects to choose from.

Some examples of the kinds of activities that happen on Service Days are:

  • painting, carpentry, and general maintenance work in the building
  • weeding, mulching and other gardening tasks
  • electrical and plumbing repairs
  • raking and other yard work
  • moving furniture
  • general housecleaning

Participating in Service Day is a wonderful way to get to know other students, learn a new skill or hone an existing one, and contribute in a tangible way to the welfare of a spiritual community. We start with an organizational meeting at 8:00 am, work until 12:30 pm, and then all participants are invited to stay for lunch.

Mar
31
6:00 pm18:00

INTRODUCTION TO THE THINKING BODY-FEELING MIND® WITH LINDA LACK PH.D.

The Thinking Body-The Feeling Mind® (created by Linda Lack, Ph.D.) is a contemporary movement training and therapeutic healing technique acknowledged for its efficacy alongside Pilates, Feldenkrais, Alexander and Bartenieff.

TBFM is a wonderful integrative mind/body tool that reveals universal truths about Body, its issues, weaknesses, imbalances, and then helps to resolve them. It can reduce pain, waylay pending surgery, minimize movement limitations and create possibility for life, athletics, dance and theater.

COST: $50

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Mar
31
Apr 2

THINKING BODY-FEELING MIND® SPRING WORKSHOP WITH LINDA LACK ALL LEVELS, ALL BODIES

The Thinking Body-The Feeling Mind® (created by Linda Lack, Ph.D.) is a contemporary movement training and therapeutic healing technique acknowledged for its efficacy alongside Pilates, Feldenkrais, Alexander and Bartenieff.

TBFM is a wonderful integrative mind/body tool that reveals universal truths about Body, its issues, weaknesses, imbalances, and then helps to resolve them. It can reduce pain, waylay pending surgery, minimize movement limitations and create possibility for life, athletics, dance and theater.

  • *Friday, March 31: Introduction to Thinking Body-Feeling Mind,®
    6:00-8:30pm
  • Saturday, April 1: Practice Workshop,  10:15am-12:45pm
  • Sunday, April 2: Practice Workshop,  10:15am-12:45pm
  • Sunday, April 2: Practice Workshop,  2:30-5:00pm
    (30 student maximum for Practice Workshops)

THE FULL WEEKEND: $200

SOLD OUT! CALL 503.231.0383 TO  BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST

Mar
24
7:30 pm19:30

MANTRA HEALING WITH DRUKMO GYAL

Drukmo Gyal, who performs all over the world, will be giving a very special concert of Tibetan mantras in Portland on Friday, March 24. We are delighted to host her for this concert on her first trip to the United States. A preview of her peformance is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDc22F7WHLQ. 

Mantra healing is an extraordinary and beautiful form of holistic therapy and healing. The songs sung by Drukmo Gyal, are based on mantra healing methods used in Traditional Tibetan Medicine. They are also part of the Yuthok Nyingthig spiritual path of Traditional Tibetan Medicine.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. 

 

ABOUT DRUKMO GYAL

Drukmo Gyal was born in the Northeastern part of Tibet into a family of yogis where mantra, yoga and meditation were introduced at an early age. With support from the local Tibetan yogic community, she began practicing mantras with ancient melodies and started singing publicly in 2008. She moved to Europe in 2014, produced her first album ‘Purification Voice of Tibet’ and began touring in European countries, Russia, Malaysia, and China with local musicians. Her second album ‘Tibetan Mantra Healing’ was released in 2016 and highlights the ancient healing system of Sowa Rigpa, Traditional Tibetan medicine as it was taught to her by Dr Nida Chenagtsang, a direct lineage holder and founder of Sorig Khang International. Drukmo Gyal travels the world, singing, teaching Tibetan Mantra Healing and Kunye Healing massage, and guiding retreats in the Yuthok Nyingthig tradition, the meditation practice of Tibetan physicians.

Mar
15
7:00 pm19:00

TALK: TIBETAN MANTRA HEALING WITH DRUKMO GYAL

Drukmo Gyal will introduce the theory behind Tibetan Mantra healing and discuss the connection between mantra and the five elements of Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, and Space. She will then chant with us the ‘Purification of the Five Elements’ mantra.

Mantra healing is an extraordinary and beautiful form of holistic therapy and healing. The songs sung by Drukmo Gyal, are based on mantra healing methods used in Traditional Tibetan Medicine. They are also part of the Yuthok Nyingthig spiritual path of Traditional Tibetan Medicine.

Drukmo Gyal was born in the Northeastern part of Tibet into a family of yogis where mantra, yoga and meditation were introduced at an early age. With support from the local Tibetan yogic community, she began practicing mantras with ancient melodies and started singing publicly in 2008. She moved to Europe in 2014, produced her first album ‘Purification Voice of Tibet’ and began touring in European countries, Russia, Malaysia, and China with local musicians. Her second album ‘Tibetan Mantra Healing’ was released in 2016 and highlights the ancient healing system of Sowa Rigpa, Traditional Tibetan medicine as it was taught to her by Dr Nida Chenagtsang, a direct lineage holder and founder of Sorig Khang International. Drukmo Gyal travels the world, singing, teaching Tibetan Mantra Healing and Kunye Healing massage, and guiding retreats in the Yuthok Nyingthig tradition, the meditation practice of Tibetan physicians.

She returns to The Movement Center Friday, March 24th for a very special concert. For information about her complete schedule, please visit www.sorigkhangportland.org

Mar
4
8:00 am08:00

COMMUNITY SEVA DAY

Community seva days are held twice a month at The Movement Center on Saturday mornings. It's a chance to share your skills or learn new ones. We've always got a variety of projects to choose from.

Some examples of the kinds of activities that happen on Service Days are:

  • painting, carpentry, and general maintenance work in the building
  • weeding, mulching and other gardening tasks
  • electrical and plumbing repairs
  • raking and other yard work
  • moving furniture
  • general housecleaning

Participating in Service Day is a wonderful way to get to know other students, learn a new skill or hone an existing one, and contribute in a tangible way to the welfare of a spiritual community. We start with an organizational meeting at 8:00 am, work until 12:30 pm, and then all participants are invited to stay for lunch.

Feb
19
7:00 pm19:00

KIRTAN WITH SHANTALA

Our favorite kirtan artists, Shantala (Heather and Benjy Wertheimer), return to The Movement Center with their special guests: Grammy-winning bamboo flute master Steve Gorn and multi-disciplined recording artist Jared May on bass. 

$15 in advance online through February 12 / $20 thereafter (including at the door)

Parking is available in the lot at the corner of NE 31st & NE Holladay Streets.

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About the artists:

Benjy and Heather Wertheimer have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001 as the duo Shantala. They are known for their special gift of bringing the audience into a vast and loving experience through their unique blend of exquisite voices with instruments of India and the West. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence. Heather and Benjy have released five beautiful and well-loved albums of sacred chant music since 2003, including Living Waters, Jaya, LIVE in love, Sri, and The Love Window.

Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, and Jai Uttal. They were named as one of the top Kirtan “Wallahs to Watch” by Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine. Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names, carrying the audience into a state of heightened awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance, and meditation.

Steve Gorn’s bansuri is featured on the 2011 Grammy winning recording, “Miho – Journey to the Mountain,” with Dhruba Ghosh and the Paul Winter Consort, as well as the Academy Award winning Documentary film, Born into Brothels. He has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world. He has often performed in India and his concert with Ravi Shankar’s disciple, Barun Kumar Pal was televised throughout throughout the country. In 2013, he was awarded the Pandit Jasraj Rotary Club of Hyderabad Award for Cross Cultural Achievement.

Jared May excels as a performer and recording artist in a huge range of musical styles, including jazz, soul, reggae, gospel, Kirtan , rock, country, live electronic, and hip-hop. In addition to his work as a world-class bassist and educator, he's also a longstanding member of the eminently sustainable rock band, the Ginger Ninjas, who tour the world carrying their gear on bicycles and pedal-powering their shows.

Feb
1
Feb 22

LEARN TO MEDITATE

This four-week course, taught by Sadhvi Parānandā, will benefit both beginners wanting to begin a meditation practice and experienced meditators who would like to renew their practice.

There are many ways to meditate, and people usually try a few methods until they find one that resonates with them. Explore our powerful, energy-oriented method in this course and make a connection with your inner Self. You will learn techniques that can improve your mental and emotional wellbeing and greatly enhance your life. 

Each session will include instruction, practice and discussion.

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Dates:             Four Wednesdays
                       February 1, 8, 15, & 22   2017

Time:              6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Price:              59.00

 

Sadhvi Parānandā is a senior meditation teacher at The Movement Center and has taught hatha yoga, meditation and spiritual leadership here for over thirty years.

Jan
27
5:45 pm17:45

REST AND RESTORE YOGA BY CANDLELIGHT

Join Ruth Knight for yoga by candlelight. This class is offered once a month on a Friday evening.

Unwind your body, and turn your effort inward for an experience of the magic of breath and pure awareness in harmony.

Doable yoga movements followed by period of deep relaxation and meditation.  ALL WELCOME!

Jan
24
8:00 am08:00

RUDI'S BIRTHDAY

We will be celebrating the birthday of Swami Rudrananda on Tuesday, January 24, with a puja at Rudi's mahasamadhi shrine at 8 am. 

All are welcome to join us for this occasion. Offerings of flowers, chocolate or fruit are appropriate at the puja.

To learn more about Rudi, visit the website dedicated to him: http://www.rudi.org/.

Jan
22
6:00 pm18:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

Our monthly celebration of life, gratitude and joy is happening on Sunday, January 22. 

One of our Vajrayana practices, the Queen of Great Bliss is a tsok--a feast practice where offerings of flowers, food, wine, music and dance are made to uplift the environment and our entire community. The practice celebrates the creative energy of life in all dimensions, and expresses our appreciation for the beauty and delight in our lives.

All are welcome to join us for this beautiful ceremony. Offerings are welcome although not required.

Dec
27
Dec 31

CANCELLED: WINTER RETREAT WITH SWAMI CHETANANANDA

THE DECEMBER 2016 RETREAT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Our Winter Retreat with Swami Chetanananda is a way to prepare for the year ahead by gathering the resources needed to make powerful changes in your life.

For the initial three days of the retreat, you will have the chance to sit in satsang with Swamiji and participate in the rich practice traditions of the Movement Center. The program schedule will include morning and evening meditation with Swamiji, as well as his morning talks. In addition, there will be daily Chod practice, hatha yoga classes and seva projects. 

If you have not attended a retreat before, you will need to come to an orientation to the retreat at 6:00 pm on Monday, December 26.

The final two days of the retreat are dedicated to the Shaktipat Immersion segment. During the intensive, Swamiji will be giving shaktipat individually to everyone present. He will use the classical method of touch, usually on the head or heart chakra, to awaken kundalini energy and begin a natural process of spiritual transformation.

Three meals a day are included in both programs. Accommodations are available at the Movement Center, though the number of rooms available is limited.

You may choose to attend the full retreat or only the Shaktipat Immersion.

Cost: 

  • Full Winter Retreat: 575.00 (early bird 520.00 ends December 2)
  • 2 day Shaktipat Immersion: 325.00 (early bird 295.00 ends December 2)

 

Dec
25
4:00 pm16:00

CHRISTMAS HELP FOR POTLUCK IN THE PARK

Join us to help Potluck in the Park with their Christmas Dinner for those in need. They'll serve about 1400 people on Christmas, and we'll be doing the cleaning up afterwards. It's happening at the Portland Art Museum Fields Sunken Ballroom, 1219 SW Park Avenue.

To sign up, put your name on the list in the lobby at The Movement Center, contact Swami Prakashananda at prakashananda@themovementcenter.com, or RSVP at our Facebook Event Page.

ABOUT POTLUCK IN THE PARK

Rain or shine, 52 weeks a year, hundreds of needy people have a hot meal and a community gathering place because generous supporters understand food is a human right and hunger is a human wrong. Every Sunday for twenty-five years, Potluck in the Park volunteers ahve prepared and served healthy wholesome meals with dignity and kindness. The secret to Potluck in the Park's staying power is the story of its people. Our tenacious teams of career-volunteers have inspired thousands of other volunteers to donate their time, talent and money. Their dedication and passion has made Potluck in the Park a touchstone for a community in crisis. For more information, visit http://www.potluckinthepark.org/

Dec
17
1:00 pm13:00

WHITE MAHAKALA PUJA

The White Mahakala ceremony brings wealth and good fortune in the areas of family, business, knowledge and spirituality. The practice removes obstacles to the flow of prosperity and invokes positive energies, helping participants to remove obstructions in their lives. The holiday season is a wonderful time to perform this puja.

White Mahakala is a powerful deity of prosperity. He is a wrathful form of the deity of compassion, Avalokiteshvara. In this form, he demonstrates the compassionate activity of overcoming obstacles and attracting positive influences.

All are welcome to attend and share in the blessings received.

Dec
4
6:00 pm18:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

Our monthly celebration of life,, gratitude and joy is happening on Sunday, December 4. It's a wonderful way to begin the holiday season.

One of our Vajrayana practices, the Queen of Great Bliss is a tsok--a feast practice where offerings of flowers, food, wine, music and dance are made to uplift the environment and our entire community. The practice celebrates the creative energy of life in all dimensions, and expresses our gratitude for the beauty and delight in our lives.

All are welcome to join us for this beautiful ceremony. Offerings are welcome although not required.

Nov
26
1:00 pm13:00

LONG LIFE PUJA

We practice the Long Life Puja once a month to renew and strengthen the life force for ourselves and everyone in our community. In the Long Life Puja, participants summon the vital energy and life force from the elements and universal powers through meditation and visualization.

By strengthening our creative energy, this practice has the effect of extending our lifespan so that we can continue to practice and be of loving service to all beings. Like our Queen of Great Bliss and Chöd practices, this ceremony is from the Longchen Nyingtig Cycle of Teachings and was transmitted to us by Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche.

Everyone is welcome to attend and share in the blessings of the practice.

Nov
18
8:30 pm20:30

HIGHER GROUND KIRTAN WITH SUZANNE STERLING AND MASOOD ALI KHAN

Join Suzanne Sterling and Masood Ali Khan for a musical journey into the heart of a living collective prayer.

Through a fusion of devotional songs, call and response chanting, ritual and prayer, we will ignite the fires of our passion, free our voices and connect soul to spirit.

Join us as we dive into deep night and rise up singing!

TICKETS: $15 advance/$20 at the door

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Suzanne Sterling is a dedicated musician, yogi, activist, and social innovator who has been performing and teaching transformational workshops for over 20 years. She is founder of Voice of Change, a co-founder of Off the Mat into the World, and Director of the Global Seva Challenge. Learn more at SuzanneSterling.com

Masood Ali Khan, percussionist, composer, producer has a unique musical sound that inspires a meditative experience with his mesmerizing combination of the "Hang" drum and sacred mantras. Born in London, UK, from a Muslim heritage, Masood musically explores a merging of cultures and styles as a way to help heal humanity. Learn more at MasoodAliKhan.com.

Nov
6
7:00 pm19:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

Our monthly celebration of community and creative energy happens Sunday, October 2.

One of our Vajrayana practices, the Queen of Great Bliss is a tsok--a feast practice where offerings of flowers, food, wine, music and dance are made to uplift the environment and our entire community. The practice celebrates the creative energy of life in all dimensions, and expresses our gratitude for the beauty and delight in our lives.

All are welcome to join us for this beautiful ceremony. Offerings are welcome although not required.

Oct
2
6:00 pm18:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

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Our monthly celebration of community and creative energy happens Sunday, October 2.

One of our Vajrayana practices, the Queen of Great Bliss is a tsok--a feast practice where offerings of flowers, food, wine, music and dance are made to uplift the environment and our entire community. The practice celebrates the creative energy of life in all dimensions, and expresses our gratitude for the beauty and delight in our lives.

All are welcome to join us for this beautiful ceremony. Offerings are welcome although not required.

Oct
1
9:00 am09:00

COMMUNITY YARD SALE

We'll be having an epic yard sale at 1014 NE 31st Avenue--just around the corner from the ashram. We've got it all--furniture, appliances, and all kinds of household goods.

Come if you can, and be sure to tell your families, neighbors and friends. 

Sep
23
2:00 pm14:00

CONSCIOUS WALKING WITH JOHN PEPPER

After being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease over 30 years ago, John Pepper, now 81 years old, has successfully managed his PD symptoms without medication for over 9 years!

NY Times best selling author, Norman Doidge, MD, of The Brain’s Way of Healing (2015), devoted Chapter 2 of his book to John Pepper’s story: “A Man Walks Off His Parkinsonian Symptoms. How Exercise Helps Fend Off Degenerative Disorders and Can Defer Dementia.”

In this presentation, you will learn how to change your brain through conscious walking. You will understand how and why walking helps the Parkinson's brain to repair itself.

This talk will be of special interest to anyone with Parkinson's, RA, MS or Huntington's, as well as their caregivers, yoga therapists, physical therapists, and others interested in symptom management of degenerative diseases, dementia and neurological disorders.

View a YouTube video of John.

$15 advance ($20 at the door).

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This program is being sponsored by the Feldenkrais Center of Portland.

For more information, contact Susan Marshall.

Sep
17
1:00 pm13:00

WHITE MAHAKALA PUJA

The White Mahakala ceremony brings wealth and good fortune in the areas of family, business, knowledge and spirituality. The practice removes obstacles to the flow of prosperity and invokes positive energies, helping participants to remove obstructions in their lives.

White Mahakala is a powerful deity of prosperity. He is a wrathful form of the deity of compassion, Avalokiteshvara. In this form, he demonstrates the compassionate activity of overcoming obstacles and attracting positive influences.

All are welcome to attend and share in the blessings received.

Sep
9
6:00 pm18:00

INTRODUCTION TO THE THINKING BODY, THE FEELING MIND WITH LINDA LACK

Created by Linda Lack, Ph.D., The Thinking Body-The Feeling Mind® is a contemporary movement and healing technique acknowledged for its efficacy alongside Pilates, the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique and Bartenieff. Through mind/body integration, TBFM reveals body issues (weakness and imbalance) and then resolves them while supporting strength and stability. It is a wonderful tool to help reduce pain, minimize restriction and create possibility for movement and for life. Linda has shaped the technique to support universal truths about the human body, alignment, movement and breath.

For more information about Linda and her technique, please visit Linda Lack's website.

COST: $25

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Sep
1
Sep 8

THE KAULA YOGA OF THE MALINIVIJAYOTTARA WITH SOMDEV VASUDEVA

The Mālinīvijayottara, a root Tantra of the Trika, teaches a rich variety of yogic practices. These include primarily three systems.  Firstly, “The Yoga of Six Ancillaries” (Ṣaḍaṅgayoga),  the common core of Śaiva yoga praxis, secondly, a series of elaborate Dhāraṇās to effect a visionary ascent through the seven modalities of perceiverhood, and, thirdly, a Trika version of the Kaula yoga of the four immersions called Piṇḍa, Pada, Rūpa, and Rūpātīta. After placing these practices in their historical context, we will read the textual passages teaching this third form of yoga. 

This material will be presented in a series of five lectures on the following dates, from 5:30 to 6:45 pm each night:

Thursday, Sept. 1
Friday, Sept. 2
Sunday, Sept. 4
Tuesday, Sept. 6
Thursday, Sept. 8

COST FOR THE SERIES: $100

 

ABOUT SOMDEV VASUDEVA

Somdev Vasudeva received his PhD from Oxford University for his work on the Yoga of the Mālinīvijayottara in 2000. Since then he has been a Postdoctoral Researcher at the EFEO in Pondicherry in South India and has held Sanskrit teaching positions at UC Berkeley, at Columbia University in New York, and now at Kyoto University in Japan. His main areas of research are Esoteric Yoga and Sanskrit Poetry and Aesthetics.

 

Aug
28
4:00 pm16:00

VOLUNTEER FOR POTLUCK IN THE PARK'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Please join us in helping Pot Luck in the Park to feed those in need. They will be serving 1,400 people on August 28, their 25th Anniversary. We will be doing break-down and clean-up--as we've done in the past for holiday meals. We love supporting this organization, and hope you can make it.

We'll meet in the South Park Blocks near PSU's Smith Hall, which is at 1825 SW Broadway.

Please let us know you're coming by signing up in the lobby or email to Swami Prakashananda:
prakashananda@themovementcenter.com

Aug
21
3:00 pm15:00

TRIO MUSICORUM MEDICORUM IN CONCERT

Three wonderful musicians who are also medical practitioners present a chamber music concert featuring works by Piazzolla, Beethoven and Dvořák.  

Invite your family and friends to hear Alistair Kok on violin, Rebecca Reese on cello, and Andrew Bonner on piano in the ashram living room.

Aug
20
1:00 pm13:00

LONG LIFE PUJA

We practice the Long Life Puja once a month to renew and strengthen the life force for ourselves and everyone in our community. In the Long Life Puja, participants summon the vital energy and life force from the elements and universal powers through meditation and visualization.

By strengthening our creative energy, this practice has the effect of extending our lifespan so that we can continue to practice and be of loving service to all beings. Like our Queen of Great Bliss and Chöd practices, this ceremony is from the Longchen Nyingtig Cycle of Teachings and was transmitted to us by Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche.

Everyone is welcome to attend and observe the practice, which is held every other month on a Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. 

Aug
17
7:00 pm19:00

SIDDHILAKSHMI HOMA WITH SURENDRA BIR KARMACHARYA

On Wednesday, August 17, at 7:00 pm, Surendra Bir Karmacharya will perform a Siddhilakshmi homa (fire ceremony) at the main havan kund on the south side of the building. Siddhilakshmi is the highest goddess of his spiritual tradition, and this puja is rarely performed outside of Nepal.

We are delighted to welcome Surendra Bir Karmacharya and his wife Dipta to Portland again. Until his recent move to Canada, Surendra Bir was the chief priest of the Vidya Peeth Agam House in Bhaktapur, Nepal.  The Agam house was established in the 11th century, and Surendra Bir's  family had performed tantric rituals there for over 1000 years. 

All are welcome to attend and experience the blessings of this ancient practice.

This event will replace our usual Wednesday evening 7:00  pm meditation program.

Aug
7
6:00 pm18:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

Our monthly celebration of community and creative energy happens Sunday, August 7.

One of our Vajrayana practices, the Queen of Great Bliss is a tsok--a feast practice where offerings of flowers, food, wine, music and dance are made to uplift the environment and our entire community. The practice celebrates the creative energy of life in all dimensions, and expresses our gratitude for the beauty and delight in our lives.

All are welcome to join us for this beautiful ceremony. Offerings are welcome although not required.

Jul
19
Jul 24

RUDI'S TANTRIC TEACHINGS: A RETREAT WITH SWAMI CHETANANANDA

This July Swamiji will present three days of commentary on Rudi's Tantric Teachings, the last phase of Rudi's work, followed by a two day Shaktipat Intensive.

For the initial three days of the retreat, you will have the chance to sit in satsang with Swamiji and participate in the rich practice traditions of the Movement Center. The program schedule will include morning and evening meditation with Swamiji, as well as his talks on Rudi's tantric work. In addition, there will be daily Chod practice, hatha yoga classes and seva projects. 

Retreat participants are invited to attend eyes-open class at 7:00 pm on the evening of Tuesday, July 19. If you have not attended a retreat before, you will need to come to an orientation to the retreat at 6:00 pm on Tuesday.

The last two days of the retreat are dedicated to the Shaktipat Intensive segment. During the intensive, Swamiji will be giving shaktipat individually to everyone present. He will use the classical method of “touch,“ usually on the head or heart chakra, to awaken kundalini energy and begin a natural process of spiritual transformation.

Three meals a day are included in both programs. Accommodations are available at the Movement Center, though the number of rooms available is limited.

You may choose to attend the full retreat or only the weekend Shaktipat Intensive.

REGISTER NOW