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.

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

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Jul
27
3:00 PM15:00

THE HISTORY OF HATHA YOGA: RECENT RESEARCH with DR. JASON BIRCH

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The Institute for Saiva and Tantric Studies will present a lecture by Dr. Jason Birch on Friday, July 27. Jason is part of the London-based team working on the Hatha Yoga Project, a five year study of the historical roots of Hatha Yoga. He'll introduce the work being done by the Hatha Yoga Project and discuss his own work on the history of Rāja and Haṭhayoga from the 15th through the 18th century.

As part of his presentation, he will show segments of film footage of a reconstruction of an eighteenth-century āsana practice from one of the manuscripts, the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati, which the Haṭha Yoga Project team based in London is editing and translating. The Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati is a practice manual and extends our knowledge of Haṭhayoga in India prior to the onset of British colonialism as it locates moving and strenuous āsanas within a premodern tradition. Another striking innovation is the categorization of āsanas in sequences.

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About Dr. Jason Birch

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Dr. Jason Birch obtained a DPhil in Oriental Studies at Balliol College, University of Oxford, under the supervision of Prof. Alexis Sanderson, All Souls College. His dissertation (submitted 2013) focused on the earliest known Rājayoga text called the Amanaska and included a critical edition and annotated translation of this Sanskrit work along with a monographic introduction which examines the influence of earlier Śaiva tantric traditions on the Amanaska as well as the significance of the Amanaska in more recent yoga traditions.

In 2014 Jason was a research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and a visiting associate professor at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. In 2015 he was invited to research the histories of yoga, āyurveda and rasaśāstra as a visiting post-doctoral fellow on a project called Ayuryog at the University of Vienna. He is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at SOAS University of London on the Haṭha Yoga Project, which has been funded for five years by the European Research Council. His area of research is the history of physical yoga on the eve of colonialism. He is editing and translating six texts on Haṭha and Rājayoga, which are outputs of the project, and supervising the work of two research assistants at the Ecole française d’ Extrême-Orient, Pondicherry.

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Aug
5
3:00 PM15:00

GONG SOUND HEALING WITH DR. MICHELLE HEBERT

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Join us 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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Aug
22
to Aug 28

LECTURE SERIES WITH PROF. DR. HARUNAGA ISAACSON

In an intensive series of lectures sponsored by the Institute for Śaiva and Tantric Studies, Professor Dr. Harunaga Isaacson will translate and explain the whole of the Bhramahara, a profound and comprehensive  Sādhana of Hevajra that has reached us in its original Sanskrit. 

Its eleventh-century author Ratnākaraśānti [Rinchen 'byung gnas zhiba] is arguably the most brilliant and insightful of all the Indian masters of Tantric Buddhism of whom we have surviving works; and he is all the more remarkable since his contributions were not limited to the Tantric domain. He also produced major works in the general Mahāyānist domains of Yogācāra and Prajñāpāramitā; and he has much to say on the crucial issue of how the relationship between the Tantric and non-Tantric, between the Way of Mantras and the Way of the Sūtras, should be understood.

The schedule of talks is as follows:

Hevajra with consort

Wednesday, August 22  
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 23
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 25
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Sunday, August 26
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Monday, August 27
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, August 28
6:00 to 8:00 pm

On Friday, August 24, there will be a lecture by Professor Alexis Sanderson, Academic Director of ISTS, on a topic to be announced.

About Professor Dr. Harunaga Isaacson

Prof. Harunaga Isaacson

Professor Dr. Harunaga Isaacson is a world-renowned Sanskritist with exceptional expertise in the fields of Vajrayāna Buddhism, classical  Sanskrit poetry, classical Indian philosophy, Purāṇic literature, and manuscript studies.

Professor Isaacson 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. In the field of Indian Vajrayāna Buddhism, he is undoubtedly the world’s leading authority, exploring its vast unpublished literature in Sanskrit and Tibetan and bringing to bear on it a degree of rigorous scholarship that has rarely been seen in classical Indology and never before in this branch of it.

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Jul
15
6:00 PM18:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

This beautiful ritual is performed monthly to reinvigorate ourselves and our environment. We make a variety of offerings and prayers for the well being of all, especially our community. We evoke the things that delight us and offer them all to the goddesses, gurus and dakinis associated with the practice.

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One of our Tibetan Buddhist practices, the Queen of Great Bliss is a tsok--a puja where the community gathers for a feast that includes 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 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. The practice includes a long life prayer as well. 

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

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Jul
7
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,  July 7, 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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Jun
23
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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Jun
22
to Jun 24

WORKSHOP: EXPERIENCE WHAT A FELDENKRAIS TRAINING IS LIKE

Discover how the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education can help you—and the people you work with—thrive!

The Feldenkrais Training Academy, under the direction of Jeff Haller, begins October 2018 in Seattle—attend this workshop to see what it's like to be in the training! 

There are 3 parts to the weekend:

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Photo: Yulia Kriskovets

Friday 10am-5pm—Functional Integration® Private Sessions: Hands-on sessions with Educational Director Jeff Haller. Observers welcome!

Friday 6:30-8:30pm—Free Gathering & Talk: A free introductory talk about the Feldenkrais Method and this new innovative training. Refreshments provided!

Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 10am-3pm—Workshop: You’ll experience Awareness Through Movement® group classes, watch demonstrations of Functional Integration lessons and practice your own hands-on work, learn some of the principles of the Feldenkrais Method, meet our staff, and more.

Being a Feldenkrais practitioner can be the most rewarding work you’ll ever do—fascinating, challenging, and fulfilling. Imagine helping people live their lives more fully, comfortably, and with renewed vigor. This weekend is ideal for you if:

  • You want to become a Feldenkrais practitioner and are deciding which training to attend;
  • You want to become a practitioner but have questions and concerns;
  • Feldenkrais has improved your life and you are curious about becoming a practitioner;
  • You are a practitioner interested in retaking the training, to gain the skills and confidence you need to have a successful practice.

We’ll focus on:

  • Learning how Feldenkrais practitioners use movement and attention to create well organized, adaptable improvements at the neurological level.
  • Learning how to gain internal strength. Maximizing how you utilize support from your skeleton improves your ability to create choices, move with less effort and more efficiency, and gain a profound sense of living where lightness and ease are integrated into your life.
  • Learning how you can help others thrive. Explore the practice and art of the Feldenkrais Method. Learn how to use attention, awareness, and touch to help your clients gain biological fitness, maturity, and internal strength, and ease of movement. Discover the joys and benefits of a career as a Feldenkrais practitioner.

Limited Functional Integration sessions with Jeff are offered on Friday, June 22 for $150 USD.
Contact Jeff's office to schedule an appointment; priority goes to those seriously considering attending the Feldenkrais Training Academy.

Coming from out of town? Lodging available at The Movement Center!

Learn more about the Feldenkrais Training Academy, where you'll train to become a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner with the confidence and competence to build a successful practice in the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education.

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Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

BEGINNER'S YOGA PRACTICE FOR STRESS RELIEF, STRENGTH AND MOBILITY

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Would you like to learn how yoga can help you take control of your health and well-being?

Increased capacity for movement, relief from stress, and improved mood are benefits of yoga that go a long way toward forestalling or improving common chronic health issues, so you can feel good in your body.

Jesse and Ruth invite you to join them for a fun and experiential introduction to the health-increasing possibilities awaiting you in a yoga practice. They'll guide you through doable exercises for safe and effective body movement and essential focused breathing and relaxation, so you'll feel confident to take a next step in your yoga practice.

About the workshop and instructors:

Backed by decades of experience as a yoga teacher, teacher training faculty member, meditator, and personal trainer, Jesse will teach you basic yoga movements and poses within the context of learning and embodying good physical alignment (a neutral pelvis, spine, and shoulder girdle).

Ruth Knight teaches the Breathe and Be Calm yoga practice. She has practiced and taught yoga and meditation throughout her adult life, and is director of The Movement Center's yoga teacher training. She'll help you understand why and how focused breathing is key to the benefits of yoga, guiding you in connecting to a natural and functional breath that will melt mental and physical tensions from your mind and body.

Together they'll share fact-based information on the benefits of yoga, take your questions and assist you in your practice.

Everyone is welcome - all ages and bodies.  If you have movement constraints or circumstances that will require individual attention, please let us know before you register. This will help us prepare for your best experience. Feel free to contact Ruth at 503-231-0383, ext 2201 with your questions.

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Jun
10
6:00 PM18:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

This beautiful ritual is performed monthly to reinvigorate ourselves and our environment. We make a variety of offerings and prayers for the well being of all, especially our community. We evoke the things that delight us and offer them all to the goddesses, gurus and dakinis associated with the practice.

IMG_4800.jpg

One of our Tibetan Buddhist practices, the Queen of Great Bliss is a tsok--a puja where the community gathers for a feast that includes 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 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. The practice includes a long life prayer as well. 

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

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May
19
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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May
18
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.  It begins at 5:30 pm and ends at about 7:30 pm. 

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 or sign up online using the link below.

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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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

TIBETAN MANTRA HEALING: TALK & MANTRA MEDITATION WITH DRUKMO GYAL DAKINI

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Drukmo Gyal Dakini will guide the evening program at The Movement Center and discuss the theory behind Tibetan Mantra Healing. She will also share with us her beautiful healing melodies from the Tibetan medical and yogic tradition. All are welcome, as are donations. This program replaces our usual Wednesday night meditation.

The word ‘mantra’ comes from the ancient Sanskrit language. The syllable ‘man’ means ‘mind’, ‘tra’ means ‘protection, rescue’. Mantra Healing is natural cure in tune with the universe’s inherent vibration. Originating from Tibetan, Sanskrit, or the secret Dakini language, mantras can be learned and used by anyone regardless of professional, cultural or religious background.

Drukmo Gyal Dakini was born in the Northeastern part of Tibet into Tibetan yogi family 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.

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May
2
6:00 PM18:00

MEDITATION: HOLDING YOUR CENTER IN A CRAZY WORLD

Learn how to transform stress and tension into fuel for growth while awakening your creative potential. This four-week program will introduce you to the essential elements of kundalini meditation. It’s a powerful and life-changing practice that can connect you to the core of your being, the source of the love within you, and show you a way to express yourself from a place of real depth.

Each week we will focus on a different aspect of our meditation technique.

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  • Week 1:  Conscious Breathing
  • Week 2:  Chakras and Channels
  • Week 3:  Cultivating Creative Flow
  • Week 4:  Experiencing Your Inner Self

No prior experience in meditation is necessary.

Four consecutive Wednesdays: May 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2018

Cost $50.00

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

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Apr
28
12:30 PM12:30

BEGINNER'S YOGA PRACTICE FOR STRESS RELIEF, STRENGTH AND MOBILITY

Yoga students on backs with arms overhead

Would you like to learn how yoga can help you take control of your health and well-being?

Increased capacity for movement, relief from stress, and improved mood are benefits of yoga that go a long way toward forestalling or improving common chronic health issues, so you can feel good in your body.

Jesse and Ruth invite you to join them for a fun and experiential introduction to the health-increasing possibilities awaiting you in a yoga practice. They'll guide you through doable exercises for safe and effective body movement and essential focused breathing and relaxation, so you'll feel confident to take a next step in your yoga practice.

About the workshop and instructors:

Backed by decades of experience as a yoga teacher, teacher training faculty member, meditator, and personal trainer, Jesse will teach you basic yoga movements and poses within the context of learning and embodying good physical alignment (a neutral pelvis, spine, and shoulder girdle).

Ruth Knight teaches the Breathe and Be Calm yoga practice. She has practiced and taught yoga and meditation throughout her adult life, and is director of The Movement Center's yoga teacher training. She'll help you understand why and how focused breathing is key to the benefits of yoga, guiding you in connecting to a natural and functional breath that will melt mental and physical tensions from your mind and body.

Together they'll share fact-based information on the benefits of yoga, take your questions and assist you in your practice.

Everyone is welcome - all ages and bodies.  If you have movement constraints or circumstances that will require individual attention, please let us know before you register. This will help us prepare for your best experience. Feel free to contact Ruth at 503-231-0383, ext 2201 with your questions.

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Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

HOMEOPATHY IN TODAY'S WORLD: A TALK BY DR. SUJIT CHATTERJEE

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We welcome back Dr Sujit Chatterjee for a presentation on the contemporary applications of homeopathy, including the relationship between homeopathy and spirituality.  Dr. Chatterjee will also talk about treating the side effects of cancer treatment, antibiotic resistance, and other pathologies. There will be a question and answer session where he will address questions about homeopathy and being a homeopathic patient.

Dr. Sujit Chatterjee (D.H.M.S, H.D, F.C.A.H), has been a Mumbai based classical homoeopathic practitioner since 1984. He is known for his extensive research into cancer and other pathological diseases.  He uses his many years of personal expertise together with specific remedies, the sensation method and mother tinctures to treat patients.  His knowledge of the process of metamorphosing patients’ understanding into homeopathic rubrics is unique.  He is eager to share his knowledge with professionals and has given International Seminars all over the world, including Switzerland, Germany, Austria, U.K, U.S.A & Canada.

 

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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:

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Apr
6
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.

IMG_0203.jpg

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.  It begins at 5:30 pm and ends at about 7:30 pm. PLEASE NOTE: In April 2018, we will hold the 100 Handprint Ritual only twice: April 6 and 20.

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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Mar
25
3:00 PM15:00

Gong Sound Healing with Dr. Michelle Hebert

Join us 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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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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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
11
6:00 PM18:00

QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS PUJA

Our monthly celebration of life, gratitude and joy is happening on Sunday, March 11.

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. The practice includes a long life prayer as well. 

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

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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

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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
2
to Mar 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.  It begins at 5:30 pm and ends at about 7:30 pm.

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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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.

IMG_0203.jpg

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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