Ken Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist monk from Ladakh, India who has been traveling and teaching in the United States for over twenty years. In 2005, he was appointed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as Abbot of the Tashi Lungpo Monastery, and is founder of the Siddhartha School, serving over 200 children in Ladakh. He will be offering two teachings next weekend: a Dharma talk with meditation and afternoon program next weekend in Portland.
Friday, November 13, 7-9pm Dharma talk, meditation Osher Hall, MECA, 522 Congress Street
Sunday, November 15, 1:30 - 4:30pm A Peaceful Mind Portland Yoga Studio, 616 Congress Street
All events are free, however donations are encouraged which go to support the Siddhartha School.
This group focuses on our practice of increasing awareness and being present in our lives through mindfulness meditation. When we practice observing the mind, we notice it is continually making commentary, and we cultivate the ability to carefully observe those thoughts, seeing them for what they are without aversion or judgement. We learn to be more present by realizing that thoughts are just thoughts, allowing us to let go of unhelpful, conditioned thinking. We will meet to discuss the benefits, challenges and opportunities of a mindfulness practice as a path to improved quality of life, and support each other as we explore this practice individually and collectively. Guided and/or group meditation may be included in gatherings. And we can discover additional ways to practice mindfulness beyond meditation, like when waiting in lines, at traffic lights, or while walking. All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your sense of humor (nothing should be taken too seriously).