Aug
19
to Aug 19

THE GODDESS & THE ŚRĪ CHAKRA PRACTICE: AN ONLINE COURSE WITH SWAMI CHETANANANDA

Swami Chetanananda has studied and practiced the Śrī Chakra puja for over 40 years. Here he offers an in-depth study of the ancient tradition of Śrī Vidyā and the Śrī Chakra sadhana. He discusses the philosophical concepts underlying the tradition and relates them to contemporary discoveries in quantum physics and neuroscience.

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The puja incorporates the practices of kundalini yoga with emphasis on the unfolding of the powers in the chakras. It incorporates the ritual components of nyāsa, mudrā, japa, and yantra contemplation along with outer ritual offerings. The distinctive characteristics of the Śrī Vidyā tradition are the worship of the Goddess Tripurasundarī, the recitation of the Śrī Vidyā mantra, and the employment of the Śrī Chakra mandala.

The traditional Śrī Chakra practice is highly elaborate, and Swamiji has worked to distill it to its essential elements so that it is short enough to be performed by practitioners daily while remaining authentic and powerful.

The course includes everything you need to know to practice the pūjā—how to create a space for the practice, a commentary on the text of the daily practice manual, explanations and demonstrations of nyāsa, mantra and mudrā, and descriptions of the offerings. It includes a variety of resources for further study and exploration to enhance your practice.

This course is available for your independent study—all the sessions have been pre-recorded. You can see the course curriculum, view free preview lessons, and register using the link below:

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Oct
4
to Oct 18

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 usually 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. You can do that using the online signup form above.

To view these programs on YouTube Live (starting at approximately 6 pm PDT), use the following links:

10/4/19 https://youtu.be/YFBMTQKoXqM
10/11/19 https://youtu.be/zp_1cj-tHlA
10/18/19 https://youtu.be/DJsJtT18WeA

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Oct
27
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. If you can’t be there in person, you can join us via livestream on YouTube Live.

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Sep
6
to Sep 7

FALL WORKSHOP WITH LINDA LACK, PH.D. : THE THINKING BODY, THE FEELING MIND®

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. Linda Lack is a gifted, charismatic and astute teacher.

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

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Aug
25
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.

20180218_174838.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. If you can’t be there in person, you can join us via livestream on YouTube Live.

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Aug
17
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,  August 17, 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. Our focus will be the camellias and Japanese maples.

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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Aug
3
9:00 AM09:00

INNER & OUTER ALIGNMENT: FEET

Part 1 in a Therapeutic Master Class Series with Isa Raim

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In this 2-1/2 hour workshop our focus will be on the body’s foundation, namely the feet. Standing, walking, dancing etc. is our main vehicle for transporting our bodies, and misalignments in the feet are a huge cause of muscle and joint pain throughout the entire body.

The arches and musculature of the feet work in synergy with the core to support your entire structure in daily movement. Cultivating awareness, ease and strength in the feet is movement medicine that helps us to stand with confidence and poise in our lives.

No prior experience needed. All levels are welcome. We will start from the ground and work our way to standing poses.

About the Inner and Outer Alignment Series:

Come explore body-consciousness awareness through a series of movements and experimental approaches to movement and yoga. Gain insight into your own body-mind alignment, and how to improve your own personal practice, or moving in general. Absolutely everyone is welcome

Isa Raim

Isa is a yoga teacher with a physical therapy background, rooted in a Sri Vidya tantric approach to yoga philosophy and life.  Essential to his offerings in meditation and movement is the idea that everything in our daily life can be related to a higher purpose.

Through a mix of alignment, self-inquiry, and a practice full of joy and freedom, laughter and bhakti, Isa encourages you to find your own authentic expression.

Whether you are spiritual, religious, or neither, Isa offers a space to get into wholly into sync with whatever is present at the moment.

Learn more about Isa.

 

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Aug
2
to Aug 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 usually 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. You can do that using the online signup form above.

To view these programs on YouTube Live (starting at approximately 6 pm PDT), use the following links:

August 2 https://youtu.be/N8F0EVcVlRY
August 9 https://youtu.be/5Rh8EIJ6rmQ
August 16   https://youtu.be/4DUN3HgsJ1s

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Jul
23
to Jul 28

SUMMER RETREAT WITH SWAMI CHETANANANDA: ŚIVA SUTRAS

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We’re delighted to announce that there will be a retreat with Swami Chetanananda in Portland this summer from Tuesday evening, July 23, through Sunday, July 28, 2019. We invite you to join this gathering of our community as we come together to deepen our spiritual practice in our very sacred space.

Swamiji’s teachings for this retreat will focus on the Śiva Sutras, one of the cornerstone texts of Kashmir Shaivism.

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 to the meditation techniques we use.

Three meals a day are included in the program.

Swamiji’s daily teachings are also available via livestream. You can register for the livestream using the button below.

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

Download the retreat schedule.

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Jul
21
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.

20180218_174838.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. If you can’t be there in person, you can join us via livestream on YouTube Live.

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Jul
5
to Jul 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 usually 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. You can do that using the online signup form above.

To view these programs on YouTube Live, use the following links:

July 5  https://youtu.be/OPt6knTT7iE
July 12    https://youtu.be/Xr4jH6DdDVQ
July 19   https://youtu.be/MNWB_PJHiZU

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Jun
30
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.

20180218_174838.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. If you can’t be there in person, you can join us via livestream on YouTube Live.

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Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

SHALOM TOUR: SACRED CHANT AND WORLD FOLK MUSIC WITH SHANTALA & MIKEY PAUKER

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SHALOM TOUR: SACRED CHANT AND WORLD FOLK MUSIC
SHANTALA & MIKEY PAUKER
Sanskrit, Hebrew and English Singing to Open the Heart
Sunday, June 16, 2019
7:30  p.m.

Tickets: $20 advance.  $25 at the door.

This ShalOM tour is a synthesis of sacred chanting in the languages of Sanskrit and Hebrew and uplifting songs in the style of world folk music. The music is a blend of East and West, meditative and ecstatic, ancient and contemporary. Everyone is welcome, and there will be a lot of audience participation and invitation for all to sing. 

The roots of religion all have their origins in the same soil. We believe in building bridges across the lines of different faiths, trusting in the ground that anchors those bridges. When we move deeply enough into sacred space, we find common truths and shared experiences. We want to sing to God in many different languages. We believe in honoring the sacredness of spirit and nature. One sun is shining down upon us all. 

MikeyPauker.com     ShantalaMusic.com

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Jun
7
to Jun 21

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 usually 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. You can do that using the online signup form above.

To view these programs on YouTube Live, use the following links:

June 7   https://youtu.be/OPt6knTT7iE
June 14    https://youtu.be/Xr4jH6DdDVQ
June 21   https://youtu.be/MNWB_PJHiZU

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May
26
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.

20180218_174838.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. If you can’t be there in person, you can join us via livestream on YouTube Live.

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May
18
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, expand our awareness, and be of loving service to all beings. Like our Queen of Great Bliss and Chöd practices, this ceremony is from the Longchen Nyingthig 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. This event will be livestreamed, so if you can’t attend in person, you can watch it on YouTube Live.

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May
15
7:00 PM19:00

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

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Are you new to the concept of homeopathy? Have you heard about it and wonder how you and your loved ones could benefit? Perhaps you're a student or patient of homeopathy and seek an added perspective. Please join Dr. Sujit Chatterjee for a talk illuminating homeopathy from a spiritual perspective, and learn about its effectiveness for treating the side effects of cancer treatment, antibiotic resistance, and other pathologies.

After his talk, Dr. Chatterjee will take your questions about homeopathy and being a homeopathic patient. Everyone is welcome!

If you’re interested but can’t attend in person, join us via livestream on YouTube Live.

Dr. Sujit Chatterjee (D.H.M.S, H.D, F.C.A.H),has been a Mumbai based classical homeo-pathic 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, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

 

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May
3
to May 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.

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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 usually 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. You can do that using the online signup form above.

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Apr
25
to Jun 1

LIVESTREAM: THE GODDESS AND THE SRI CHAKRA PRACTICE

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Swami Chetanananda recently led a retreat in Portland on The Goddess and The Śrī Chakra Practice.  From his deep personal experience of the ancient tradition of Śrī Vidya, Swamiji gave a series of profound and important teachings.

The replay of those teachings is available now through our online learning platform. To complement them, we are creating a complete course with Swami’s prior teachings, the afternoon workshops led by Monica O’Neal during the retreat, and other resource materials for those who wish to learn and practice this powerful puja.

Register now for the replay of Swamiji’s talks and have access to the full online course when it becomes available around June 1. You’ll have a head start on learning the practice and time to absorb the rich information transmitted.



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Apr
25
to Apr 28

THE GODDESS AND THE SRI CHAKRA PRACTICE

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THE GODDESS AND THE ŚRĪ CHAKRA PRACTICE
A 4-day Workshop Retreat with Swami Chetanananda

Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28

We are pleased to announce that Swami Chetanananda will lead a workshop retreat in Portland this April on the topic of The Goddess and The Śrī Chakra Practice. Swamiji will present a discussion of the Goddess and how She relates to our lives and our human body.  From the ancient tradition of Śrī Vidya, Swamiji will transmit the daily practice of the Śrī Chakra puja, complete with the worship sequence, mantras and mudras. This is a rarely given teaching, and we encourage all those interested to take advantage of this opportunity to receive these teachings now.


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“We make offerings of beauty into beauty for the sake of beauty,
so that we come to realize this beauty as the center of ourselves.”

Swami Chetanananda about the Śrī Chakra Puja


Topics which will be covered as part of Swamiji’s workshop teaching:

  • The Goddess and Our Lives

  • The Structure of the Śrī Chakra

  • The Human Energetic System and the Śrī Chakra

  • The Śrī Vidyā Mantra, the Mantra of the Goddess

  • The Sequence of the Śrī Chakra Puja with Mantras, Bijas and Mudras

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For more information about Śrī Vidyā, The Goddess Tripurasundarī and the Lalitā puja at The Movement Center, please follow this link: https://www.themovementcenter.com/sri-vidya.

The retreat schedule each day will include morning meditation with Swamiji, Śrī Lalitā puja, Hatha yoga class and a 2 hour workshop teaching with Swamiji. In addition, Swamiji will be conducting a Havan (fire ceremony) on Friday evening in honor of the Goddess for the blessing of all. And, on Thursday and Saturday evenings, he will teach an open-eyes transmission of the energy of the Goddess.

“These are special mystical teachings, delivered by one who has studied deeply and intensively. All should attend this workshop that have any interest or feel they have the capacity to carry this wisdom. It is profound and you will have a profound experience.”
—Marc Ketchel, Swami Sivananda, and Co-founder of Organic Vegan Superfoods.

Included with your full workshop retreat fee:

  • Access to the online Śrī Chakra Puja course, complete with videos and downloadable reading materials, normally a $199 value.

  • A printed copy of the Daily Worship of The Śrī Chakra practice manual.

“The Śrī Chakra practice, which Swami Chetanananda transmits is the most beautiful practice. I felt as though I was awakening my divinity in every inch and crevice of my body. The teachings have profoundly carved the course of my life. Swami Chetanananda has spent his life dedicated to this practice, so that when he teaches its vast array of knowledge to you, it is transmitted in an energetic way alongside the practice work he gives you to take away. Pure magic is the energy of Swamiji, pure magic!” — Autumn Rose, Yoga teacher and student

Please register by April 20th, so that we can print your Śri Chakra Puja practice manual for you in time for the workshop.

Fee: $379

Payment plans may be arranged, and some full and partial scholarships are available—inquire here.

Accommodations in the ashram are available. Information about rooms and fees are given during the registration process.

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

We will livestream Swamiji’s morning teachings; you may register for the livestream below:

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Apr
12
to Apr 13

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
5
to Apr 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 usually perform the 100 Handprint Ritual on the first 3 Fridays of every month, but in April there will only be two events: April 5 and 19.  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. You can do that using the online signup form.

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Mar
31
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.

20180218_174838.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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Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

100 HANDPRINT HEALING PUJA (ORANGE COUNTY, CA)

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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.

Recommended donation: $25. Please make an offering and bring a blanket and pillow as you will be lying down during the practice.

To reserve a space or for any other information regarding the location, text Sophie at 714-393-0978.

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Mar
2
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 2, 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. Our focus will be the camellias and Japanese maples.

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
1
to Mar 15

100 HANDPRINT HEALING PUJA (PORTLAND)

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 usually 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. You can do that using the online signup form.

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Mar
1
to Mar 3

LEARNING THE CHOD PRACTICE (ORANGE COUNTY, CA)

Come for  basic instruction on the practice of the Chod ritual, given in three sessions by Swami Prakashananda.

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Friday, March 1:
5:30 to 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 2:
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Sunday, March 3:
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Chod is an ancient practice of cutting through tensions, fears, and obstacles in our life. In Chod, we visualize making an offering of our body, which is transformed into whatever is wanted by all beings in all realms. In this vast offering we create and cultivate a flow with everything around us and are in contact with the boundless dimension of ourselves.

This course will draw on the teachings of Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche, Swami Chetanananda, and the Longchen Nyingthig tradition.

The topics we'll cover include:

  • What Chod is and its origins

  • Instructions for practice, with commentary

  • Visualizations

  • How to play the drum and bell

  • The rhythms and melodies

  • Mudras

Recommended donation for the course: $50.00. Please make an offering in whatever amount you can.

This program will be held at Unity of Tustin, 14402 South Prospect, Tustin. For information about the program, contact Sophie at 714-393-0978.

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Feb
24
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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Feb
9
to Feb 28

FEBRUARY SPECIAL OFFER FROM RUDRA PRESS

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February is the month in which Rudi (Swami Rudrananda) took samadhi. In his honor, Rudra Press is offering a special price on the book containing his last teachings: Entering Infinity. It includes material from the powerful talks he gave at his ashrams in Manhattan and Big Indian in 1972 and 1973.

“During the years since Rudi’s passing, the vital force that was the essence of his teaching remains undiminished. The particular flavor and form he gave it remind those of us who knew him of his presence every time we sit in meditation, every time we digest life’s daily tensions and pressures the way he taught us to.”

—-from the introduction by Swami Chetanananda

This month the price of Entering Infinity is $20.00 (regularly $22.95). Use the code FREESHIP for free shipping in the US.


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Feb
1
to Feb 15

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 usually 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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Jan
27
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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Jan
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.

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

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Jan
4
to Jan 18

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 usually 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.

View Event →