Mar
3
8:00 AM08:00

PRUNING WORKSHOP WITH MASTER GARDENER MASA MIZUNO

Ever wonder how to prune an unruly tree or bush in your yard to bring out its beauty?

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Here is your chance to learn from an expert and help out at  The Movement Center--a true win/win. On Saturday,  March 3, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Master Landscaper Masa Mizuno will share skills in the art of Japanese pruning.

Masa Mizuno came to the United States from Osaka and was the landscape director of the Portland Japanese Garden for over a decade. As the president of his own 30-year-old design firm, he has installed public and private Japanese gardens around the world. 

Bring your pruners, work gloves and join the grounds crew to watch, learn and practice with the best....and have fun in the process.

Lunch is provided.  All are welcome, and you can come for any part of the day. We especially need help at the end, when we have to remove the yard debris.

Please direct questions and RSVP to Jan LaRue if you are planning to come.

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Mar
10
11:30 AM11:30

BREATHE AND BE CALM: A YOGA WORKSHOP

What if you could change your state at will, quietly, anytime, anywhere?

Well you absolutely can, and it doesn't take mastering complicated pranayama ratios or techniques. The simple act of breathing naturally has the innate capacity to calm your mind and help you keep your stress levels down.  Many of us find that our breath is shallow and inaccessible.  We feel cut off from the a sense of flow and ease within.

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If you want to calm your mind and connect to the depth and strength available within you, please consider joining in this workshop.

Previous experience in yoga classes is not required. While there will be yoga-inspired movements at various times during the workshop, it's important to note that this is not a yoga asana practice workshop. EVERYONE is welcome.

Experienced yoga students will learn something new, or find benefit in renewing their connection to their natural breath.

The program will be divided into 20-30 minute segments with informative talk, lots of experiential pieces, time for questions, and time to just be in your own experience.

INSTRUCTOR: Ruth Knight, eRYT 500

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Cost: $27.00
Age 62 plus: $20.00

REGISTER NOW

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Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

WHITE MAHAKALA PUJA

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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 and create more flow 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.

We practice the White Mahakala every other month on a Saturday afternoon. All are welcome to attend and share in the blessings generated and received.

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Mar
18
7:30 PM19:30

AN EVENING OF KIRTAN WITH SHANTALA AND SPECIAL GUESTS

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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, lead guitarist for pop superstar Beyonce, Bibi McGill, on electric guitar, and multitalented musician Sean Frenette on bass.

$15 in advance online/$20 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.

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Apr
13
to Apr 15

LINDA LACK, PH.D. THINKING BODY-FEELING MIND® SPRING WORKSHOP

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.

You'll find complete information about workshop sessions and registration options here:

http://www.themovementcenter.com/study-with-linda-lack/

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Jul
24
to Jul 29

SUMMER RETREAT WITH SWAMI CHETANANANDA

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Swami Chetanananda will lead a retreat in Portland this summer from Tuesday evening, July 24, through Sunday, July 29, 2018. We invite you to join this gathering of our community as we come together to deepen our spiritual practice in our very sacred space.

During this program, 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, a havan (fire ceremony), morning talks and darshan. In addition, there will be daily Chod practice, hatha yoga classes and seva projects. 

There is an orientation for first-time retreat attendees at 6 pm on Tuesday evening. It covers the retreat format, protocols, and provides an introduction the meditation techniques we use.

Three meals a day are included in the program.

REGISTER NOW

For more information, please call The Movement Center office: 503.231.0383. 

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Feb
21
8:00 AM08:00

ANNIVERSARY OF RUDI'S MAHASAMADHI

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We will have a puja to Rudi (Swami Rudrananda) In honor of the anniversary of his mahasamadhi in 1973.  We will gather at the shrine where Rudi's ashes are interred in the inner courtyard at The Movement Center. All are welcome. There will be an abishek (ritual washing) of the shrine and new offerings presented.

It's good to bring an offering of fruit, flowers or sweets to be placed on top of the shrine at the end of the puja.

This puja will replace our usual Thursday Rudi puja for this week.

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Feb
18
6:00 PM18:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

Our monthly celebration of life, gratitude and joy is happening on Sunday, February 18.

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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. We invite a rain of blessings from the gurus of the lineage as well as the mandala of deities associated with the practice.

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

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Feb
10
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. When our energy is weak and unbalanced, this longevity practice can strengthen and coordinate it. 

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.

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Feb
2
to Feb 16

100 HANDPRINT HEALING PUJA

The 100 Handprint Healing Puja is a powerful practice from the ancient tradition of Chod with benefits on many levels. It has  been effective to help others release trauma and tension and alleviate mental, physical and emotional suffering. It can be beneficial for those suffering from any kind of illness or injury, as well as stress and other issues.

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During the 100 Handprint Ritual, recipients lie down while the practice is being performed. There are prayers, chanting and extensive offerings. The instruments used are a bell, a double-sided drum, and a bone trumpet.

In the ritual, practitioners give of themselves to release the disturbances present in the environment. Through giving, the practitioner learns about the unity at the heart of life, and all those present share the benefit from the offering that is made.

We perform the 100 Handprint Ritual on the first 3 Fridays of every month.  

Please call our office at 503.231.0383 by 5 pm on Thursday to reserve a place if you would like to be a recipient. You can also sign up online here.

If you or your loved one is unable to attend in person, you're invited to send a photo (either printed or digital), and we'll post in on the board of those we practice for at a distance.

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Jan
21
3:00 PM15:00

GONG SOUND HEALING WITH DR. MICHELLE HEBERT

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Join us monthly on a Sunday afternoon for a special session of double gong meditation created to uplift consciousness, balance your energy and unlock the joy from within. This healing experience begins with breathing, gentle stretching and movement (all beginner level) which allows the nervous system to prepare for the sound vibrations. Class participants then lie face up on a yoga mat in resting pose (Shivasana) and experience the powerful healing sound vibrations of two gongs, crystal bowl, bells, and guided meditation.

Sound healing meditations are considered one of the most profoundly healing and restorative meditations possible because of the deep state of relaxation that is attained in response to the sound vibration. Many class participants feel as though a huge weight has been lifted off of them by the end of the meditation. Don't miss this opportunity to de-stress and relax!

About Dr. Hebert:

Dr. Michelle Hebert is a gifted intuitive healer and teacher of meditation, yoga, and holistic health classes to students of all backgrounds. She holds degrees and certifications in Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, Hypnotherapy, Acupuncture and Yoga. Treating thousands of patients over the past 17 years has motivated her to master alternative healing techniques that include guided visualization, sacred sound healing, yogic breathing and movement techniques that purify the mind and energy system.

Cost: $20

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Jan
20
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 and create more flow 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 generated and received.

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Jan
14
6:00 PM18:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

Our monthly celebration of life, gratitude and joy is happening on Sunday, January 14.

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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. We invite a rain of blessings from the gurus of the lineage as well as the mandala of deities associated with the practice.

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

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Jan
5
to Jan 19

100 HANDPRINT HEALING PUJA

The 100 Handprint Healing Puja is a powerful practice from the ancient tradition of Chod with benefits on many levels. It has  been effective to help others release trauma and tension and alleviate mental, physical and emotional suffering. It can be beneficial for those suffering from any kind of illness or injury, as well as stress and other issues.

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During the 100 Handprint Ritual, recipients lie down while the practice is being performed. There are prayers, chanting and extensive offerings. The instruments used are a bell, a double-sided drum, and a bone trumpet.

In the ritual, practitioners give of themselves to release the disturbances present in the environment. Through giving, the practitioner learns about the unity at the heart of life, and all those present share the benefit from the offering that is made.

We perform the 100 Handprint Ritual on the first 3 Fridays of every month.  

Please call our office at 503.231.0383 by 5 pm on Thursday to reserve a place if you would like to be a recipient. You can also sign up online here.

If you or your loved one is unable to attend in person, you're invited to send a photo (either printed or digital), and we'll post in on the board of those we practice for at a distance.

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Dec
28
to Dec 31

WINTER RETREAT WITH SWAMI CHETANANANDA

We are delighted to announce that Swami Chetanananda will lead a retreat in Portland from Thursday evening, December 28 through Sunday, December 31, 2017. You are warmly invited to join us as we come together to deepen our spiritual practice in our very sacred space.

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During this program, 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, morning talks and darshan. In addition, there will be healing rituals, 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 Thursday, December 28. 

Three meals a day are included in the program.

Cost: 350.00.

VIEW THE RETREAT SCHEDULE

REGISTER NOW

For more information, please call The Movement Center office: 503.231.0383. 

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Dec
24
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.

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/

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Dec
17
6:00 PM18:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

Our monthly celebration of life, gratitude and joy is happening on Sunday, December 17.

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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. We invite a rain of blessings from the gurus of the lineage as well as the mandala of deities associated with the practice.

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

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Dec
15
5:30 PM17:30

100 HANDPRINT HEALING PUJA

The 100 Handprint Healing Puja is a powerful practice from the ancient tradition of Chod with benefits on many levels. It has  been effective to help others release trauma and tension and alleviate mental, physical and emotional suffering. It can be beneficial for those suffering from any kind of illness or injury, as well as stress and other issues.

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During the 100 Handprint Ritual, recipients lie down while the practice is being performed. There are prayers, chanting and extensive offerings. The instruments used are a bell, a double-sided drum, and a bone trumpet.

In the ritual, practitioners give of themselves to release the disturbances present in the environment. Through giving, the practitioner learns about the unity at the heart of life, and all those present share the benefit from the offering that is made.

We perform the 100 Handprint Ritual on the first 3 Fridays of every month.  

Please call our office at 503.231.0383 by 5 pm on Thursday to reserve a place if you would like to be a recipient. 

If you or your loved one is unable to attend in person, you're invited to send a photo (either printed or digital), and we'll post in on the board of those we practice for at a distance.

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Dec
3
3:00 PM15:00

GONG SOUND HEALING WITH DR. MICHELLE HEBERT

Join us monthly on a Sunday afternoon for a special session of double gong meditation created to uplift consciousness, balance your energy and unlock the joy from within. This healing experience begins with breathing, gentle stretching and movement (all beginner level) which allows the nervous system to prepare for the sound vibrations. Class participants then lie face up on a yoga mat in resting pose (Shivasana) and experience the powerful healing sound vibrations of two gongs, crystal bowl, bells, and guided meditation.

Sound healing meditations are considered one of the most profoundly healing and restorative meditations possible because of the deep state of relaxation that is attained in response to the sound vibration. Many class participants feel as though a huge weight has been lifted off of them by the end of the meditation. Don't miss this opportunity to de-stress and relax!

About Dr. Hebert:

Dr. Michelle Hebert is a gifted intuitive healer and teacher of meditation, yoga, and holistic health classes to students of all backgrounds. She holds degrees and certifications in Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, Hypnotherapy, Acupuncture and Yoga. Treating thousands of patients over the past 17 years has motivated her to master alternative healing techniques that include guided visualization, sacred sound healing, yogic breathing and movement techniques that purify the mind and energy system.

Cost: $20

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Nov
26
6:00 PM18:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

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Our monthly celebration of life, gratitude and joy is happening on Sunday, November 26.

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.

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Nov
24
7:00 PM19:00

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT: HAYDN AND BRAHMS

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For your listening pleasure:  Trio Musicorum Medicorum presents a post-Thanksgiving concert on Friday, November 24th, at 7pm. 

The performance will feature:

F.J. Haydn: Trio in C, Hoboken XV:27 (1797)
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto

A delightful and charming work with a dazzling piano part featuring numerous cadenzas.

J. Brahms: Trio in B, Op.8
I. Allegro con brio
II. Scherzo
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro

This is perhaps Brahms' most famous and enduring piano trio. Don't let the early Op.8 listing fool you. It is a luscious, dramatic and fully romantic work whose initial form was written early and later revised in Brahms' maturity (yet retaining the early Op.8 listing).

The concert takes place in the ashram living room. All are welcome. No charge.

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Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

CONCERT WITH SRI SHYAMJI BHATNAGAR, MASTER OF NADA YOGA

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This concert is a unique opportunity to experience the sublime music and chanting of a master in both nada and svara yoga. During this concert, Sri Shyamji will play tambura and chant mantras in unique ways that provide all attendees with the chance to expand awareness and experience high levels of clarity and joy. Sri Shyamji will also provide short teachings on the Microchakras and Innertuning.

Tickets are on sale on Eventbrite for $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

We look forward to seeing you at this special event. It's going to be incredible!

 

About Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar:

Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar was born and raised in India. At age 12, he met his spiritual teacher in the Himalayas and spent several years under his guidance. The Guru initiated Shyamji into the Saivite tradition of Tantra—imparting a rare oral tradition of sacred sounds (nada yoga), breath (svara yoga), and spiritual wisdom. The grace of the guru and the spiritual practices he imparted are the basis for Shyamji’s extraordinary intuition and unique chanting of sounds and mantra. 

Several years later Shyamji studied with the renowned vocalist, Pran Nath, and his disciple Jagdish Mohan. During this period, Shyamji further developed his unique ability to play music and chant in unique ways that can open direct pathways to pure consciousness. From these great vocalists, Shyamji also learned how to play the tambura, an ancient drone instrument.

At age 24 Shyamji migrated to the USA and began teaching about the effects of sound on consciousness. In the 1970s he frequently taught at the Esalen Institute and at UC Berkeley. In his 20s, Shyamji also began performing concerts around the USA, including playing tambura with Ravi Shankar on several occasions at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

During this time period, on several occasions Shyamji had clear visions of the chakra system and the intricate interconnectivity between the subtle and gross bodies. On one occasion, in deep meditation he underwent an extended period of automatic writing. These writings are the basis for Shyamji's lifework, Microchakra Psychology and Innertuning Systems.

Shyamji founded the Chakra Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the integration of ancient Indian wisdom, music, and artistic expression with modern science and psychology. At the Chakra Institute, Shyamji teaches workshops and leads 3-body purification retreats. He's also on the faculty of the Open Center, New York’s leading center of holistic learning and he travels the globe to play concerts and provide practical teachings for spiritual growth.

For more information on Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar and to listen to his music, please visit www.chakrainstitute.com.

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Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

YOGA IN THE BUDDHIST YOGINĪTANTRAS: A LECTURE BY PROFESSOR DR. HARUNAGA ISAACSON

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The Institute for Śaiva and Tantric Studies presents a lecture by Professor Dr. Harunaga Isaacson: "Yoga in the Buddhist Yoginītantras."

All are welcome, as are donations.

Professor Dr. Harunaga Isaacson is a world-renowned Sanskritist and the leading authority on Indian Vajrayana Buddhism. In 1995 he was awarded the doctorate by Leiden University for his work on materials of the Vaiśeṣika system of philosophy. For the next five years he worked with Professor Alexis Sanderson as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the University of Oxford. From 2002 to 2006 he was Assistant Professor in the Department of South Asia Studies in the University of Pennsylvania; and from 2006 until the present he has been Professor of Classical Indology in the University of Hamburg.

ABOUT ISTS

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ISTS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting translation and interpretation of the key Sanskrit sources of the Tantric tradition using original source materials. Its academic director is Professor Alexis Sanderson. For more information, visit www.tantrictraditions.com.

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Nov
12
3:00 PM15:00

GONG SOUND HEALING WITH DR. MICHELLE HEBERT

Join us monthly on a Sunday afternoon for a special session of double gong meditation created to uplift consciousness, balance your energy and unlock the joy from within. This healing experience begins with breathing, gentle stretching and movement (all beginner level) which allows the nervous system to prepare for the sound vibrations. Class participants then lie face up on a yoga mat in resting pose (Shivasana) and experience the powerful healing sound vibrations of two gongs, crystal bowl, bells, and guided meditation.

Sound healing meditations are considered one of the most profoundly healing and restorative meditations possible because of the deep state of relaxation that is attained in response to the sound vibration. Many class participants feel as though a huge weight has been lifted off of them by the end of the meditation. Don't miss this opportunity to de-stress and relax!

About Dr. Hebert:

Dr. Michelle Hebert is a gifted intuitive healer and teacher of meditation, yoga, and holistic health classes to students of all backgrounds. She holds degrees and certifications in Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, Hypnotherapy, Acupuncture and Yoga. Treating thousands of patients over the past 17 years has motivated her to master alternative healing techniques that include guided visualization, sacred sound healing, yogic breathing and movement techniques that purify the mind and energy system.

Cost: $20

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Nov
11
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. When our energy is weak and unbalanced, this longevity practice can strengthen and coordinate it. 

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.

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Nov
3
to Nov 17

100 HANDPRINT HEALING PUJA

The 100 Handprint Healing Puja is a powerful practice from the ancient tradition of Chod with benefits on many levels. It has  been effective to help others release trauma and tension and alleviate mental, physical and emotional suffering. It can be beneficial for those suffering from any kind of illness or injury, as well as stress and other issues.

During the 100 Handprint Ritual, recipients lie down while the practice is being performed. There are prayers, chanting and extensive offerings. The instruments used are a bell, a double-sided drum, and a bone trumpet.

In the ritual, practitioners give of themselves to release the disturbances present in the environment. Through giving, the practitioner learns about the unity at the heart of life, and all those present share the benefit from the offering that is made.

We perform the 100 Handprint Ritual on the first 3 Fridays of every month.  

Please call our office at 503.231.0383 by 5 pm on Thursday to reserve a place if you would like to be a recipient. 

If you or your loved one is unable to attend in person, you're invited to send a photo (either printed or digital), and we'll post in on the board of those we practice for at a distance.

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Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

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Our monthly celebration of life, gratitude and joy is happening on Sunday, October 29.

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.

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Oct
22
11:00 AM11:00

A YOGA CLASS TO BENEFIT POTLUCK IN THE PARK

For 26 years, Potluck in the Park has nourished and enriched the lives of individuals in need by providing nutritious food and social contacts to 400 to 600 individuals, every single week, rain or shine.  They are a nondenominational, volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that has never missed a meal, never run out of food and never turned anyone away.

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Each year at Christmas, the residents and community of The Movement Center volunteer their time to help with the massive undertaking of providing a complete holiday feast with all the trimmings to over 1,000 homeless and hungry individuals.

This fall we are working together to provide financial support to Potluck in the Park by offering a monthly benefit yoga class. 100% of the profits from this yoga class will go directly to support Potluck in the Park. This month's class will be taught by Jennifer Cho Kain.

Because this is a benefit class, class passes, Groupons and other membership discounts do not apply.

Please make a separate contribution in the amount of $20 or more.  

 

 

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Oct
21
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 and create more flow 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 generated and received.

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Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

WHY IS HEALING OUR GRIEF IMPORTANT?

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How is grief a necessary part of our emotional and spiritual growth and healing? Amyra Braha, Spiritual Care and Bereavement Counselor, speaks to us about how grief is a natural response to any form of loss we experience in our life’s transitions, and reminds us that unresolved grief can result in an imbalance in our physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Amyra will explore the various causes of grief; define loss and grief in a broader context; and provide information for healthy ways to address grief and let it go.

The evening will begin with a brief chanting session followed by Amyra’s talk. She will close the program with a guided meditation.  All are welcome. 

About Amyra Braha

A Certified Grief Counselor, educator, and Fellow in Thanatology, Amyra Braha specializes in spiritual care and loss education. As a hospice counselor for over 15 years, she supported patients and their families facing end-of-life issues. Currently in private practice, Amyra works with people internationally offering bereavement and loss counseling. She has served as an educational program developer and workshop presenter for numerous international agencies, corporations, and community groups on grief, health, and wellness. Most recently, Amyra served as a 10-year founding board member of Our Community House of Hope, a social model end-of-life care home. Amyra holds a masters of Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing. www.amyrabraha.com

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Oct
6
to Oct 20

100 HANDPRINT HEALING PUJA

The 100 Handprint Healing Puja is a powerful practice from the ancient tradition of Chod with benefits on many levels. It has  been effective to help others release trauma and tension and alleviate mental, physical and emotional suffering. It can be beneficial for those suffering from any kind of illness or injury, as well as stress and other issues.

During the 100 Handprint Ritual, recipients lie down while the practice is being performed. There are prayers, chanting and extensive offerings. The instruments used are a bell, a double-sided drum, and a bone trumpet.

In the ritual, practitioners give of themselves to release the disturbances present in the environment. Through giving, the practitioner learns about the unity at the heart of life, and all those present share the benefit from the offering that is made.

We perform the 100 Handprint Ritual on the first 3 Fridays of every month.  

Please call our office at 503.231.0383 by 5 pm on Thursday to reserve a place if you would like to be a recipient. 

If you or your loved one is unable to attend in person, you're invited to send a photo (either printed or digital), and we'll post in on the board of those we practice for at a distance.

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Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

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Our monthly celebration of life, gratitude and joy is happening on Sunday, September 24. 

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.

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Sep
24
11:00 AM11:00

MAGNIFY GRACE, MAGNIFY INTENTION: A YOGA CLASS TO BENEFIT POTLUCK IN THE PARK

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For 26 years, Potluck in the Park has nourished and enriched the lives of individuals in need by providing nutritious food and social contacts to 400 to 600 individuals, every single week, rain or shine.  They are a nondenominational, volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that has never missed a meal, never run out of food and never turned anyone away.

Each year at Christmas, the residents and community of The Movement Center volunteer their time to help with the massive undertaking of providing a complete holiday feast with all the trimmings to over 1,000 homeless and hungry individuals.

This fall we are working together to provide financial support to Potluck in the Park by offering a monthly benefit yoga class. 100% of the profits from this yoga class will go directly to support Potluck in the Park. The first class in the series is Magnify Grace, Magnify Intention with Natasha Sagalovsky on Sunday, September 24.

Because this is a benefit class, class passes, Groupons and other membership discounts do not apply.

Please make a separate contribution in the amount of $20 or more.  

 

 

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Sep
17
3:00 PM15:00

GONG SOUND HEALING WITH DR. MICHELLE HEBERT

Join us monthly on a Sunday afternoon for a special session of double gong meditation created to uplift consciousness, balance your energy and unlock the joy from within. This healing experience begins with breathing, gentle stretching and movement (all beginner level) which allows the nervous system to prepare for the sound vibrations. Class participants then lie face up on a yoga mat in resting pose (Shivasana) and experience the powerful healing sound vibrations of two gongs, crystal bowl, bells, and guided meditation.

Sound healing meditations are considered one of the most profoundly healing and restorative meditations possible because of the deep state of relaxation that is attained in response to the sound vibration. Many class participants feel as though a huge weight has been lifted off of them by the end of the meditation. Don't miss this opportunity to de-stress and relax!

About Dr. Hebert:

Dr. Michelle Hebert is a gifted intuitive healer and teacher of meditation, yoga, and holistic health classes to students of all backgrounds. She holds degrees and certifications in Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, Hypnotherapy, Acupuncture and Yoga. Treating thousands of patients over the past 17 years has motivated her to master alternative healing techniques that include guided visualization, sacred sound healing, yogic breathing and movement techniques that purify the mind and energy system.

Cost: $20

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Sep
16
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. When our energy is weak and unbalanced, this longevity practice can strengthen and coordinate it. 

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.

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Sep
8
to Sep 10

LINDA LACK, PH.D. THINKING BODY-FEELING MIND® SUMMER WORKSHOP

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.

You'll find complete information about workshop sessions and registration options here:

http://www.themovementcenter.com/study-with-linda-lack/

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