What we're about

The Portland Insight Meditation Community (PIMC) is an experiment in American Buddhism. While we hold closely to the essential teachings of the Buddha, we are dedicated to evolving beyond the ritualism, sexism, hierarchy and other cultural artifacts that have characterized traditional religion. We welcome everyone: members of other faith traditions, male, female, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, single, partnered, all skin colors and ages.

PIMC is currently wheelchair-accessible via a temporary ramp, requiring advance notification for set-up. We have amplification headsets for the hearing impaired. We are fragrence-free.

PIMC is based upon the Noble Eightfold Path of the Buddha. Its purpose is to improve the lives of participants, their families and the greater community through meditative practice and a lifestyle that supports liberation from suffering, the awakening of wisdom, and the manifestation of compassion.

Please join us for meditation and the life of a welcoming community.

http://www.portlandinsight.org

We acknowledge that the Earth and its resources are finite, are currently under duress, and that our lives are inseparably interwoven with that of all other beings. We seek to understand our lives in the context of the web of life in which we co-exist, and to live respectfully and responsibly with all of that life.

Recognizing that our actions have a profound impact upon our happiness and that of others we aspire to be guided by the five ethical precepts of the Buddha.

You do not have to become a 'Buddhist' to practice at PIMC. There is no dogma to believe in. Instead you will be invited to explore your own experience of life using the tools of meditation and reflection with the support of a warm and caring community.

Insight Meditation (Vipassana), has continued as a living practice for 2500 years. At its heart is the practice of mindfulness, the simple and systematic cultivation of the mind and heart. It is the non-judgmental, moment-to-moment investigation of the body, feelings, and consciousness through calm, and focused awareness. Practiced regularly, mindfulness meditation relieves stress, has beneficial effects upon the body, and promotes the healing of psychological and emotional wounds. Ultimately, meditation nurtures the development of love, compassion, and freedom from suffering.

The Portland Insight Meditation Community began in 1978 as the Portland Vipassana Sangha. Robert Beatty (http://www.robertbeatty.com/) is the founding and guiding teacher. He traces his lineage through Ruth Denison and the Burmese teacher U Ba Khin.

PIMC has a wide range of programs that include frequent opportunities for meditation and classes, as well as informal opportunities for developing friendships with others on the spiritual path. You are invited to inquire further and to visit us at the center.

The Portland Insight Meditation Community is open to all. Those interested in mindfulness meditation are invited to visit whenever they wish. Visit our calendar for meeting times.

Upcoming events (5)

Weekly Sit at PIMC: Boundless Heart w/ Gary Sanders

Living Room - Portland Insight Meditation Center

In response to the social distancing mandates to slow the spread of the COVID-19, virus, Gary will be leading his Boundless Heart sit via video conferencing. All you should need to do is simply click on the link during the scheduled time. To join the Zoom Meeting, please click: https://zoom.us/j/552545982 Since we cannot, for the time being, gather together in a physical location, Boundless Heart now has its own Virtual Dana Bowl link for making donations. Here's the link: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=pAJfsX PIMC Guiding Teacher and Founder Robert Beatty has talked often about the need for money donations to maintain this community, and the need for your financial support is still important even though, for now, we are not physically meeting together in the physical home of our Dharma community. Any amount that you can contribute helps ensure that the Gary, the other teachers, and this center can continue in the mission of helping reduce suffering. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ABOUT BOUNDLESS HEART Boundless Heart is a Regular weekly drop-in sit at PIMC, led by teacher Gary Sanders. (Donation requested, but no one turned away for lack of funds) Basic Flow: Introductions/check ins, Brief talk about the meditation, Guided meditation, Dharma talk and discussion. In the Metta Sutta, the Buddha encouraged us all to cultivate a boundless heart of loving-kindness for all beings and that is exactly what our intention is for this new weekly group. We will practice a variety of meditations and discuss a full spectrum of dharmic nuggets, all infused with the gentleness and friendliness of metta. By meeting weekly, we get a chance to build strong relationships within our sangha (community) and clearly see that we truly aren't alone in this crazy dance we call life. When training the mind with goodwill and appreciation, we find that peace and ease become more like frequent visitors than distant and forgotten relatives. Through it all, we will find that not is it possible to cultivate a boundless heart, but it is our birthright and a necessity to survive in the turbulent times we live in.

Orientation to Meditation

Living Room - Portland Insight Meditation Center

This picture just needs you! Never quite managed to get here? This would be the perfect time! Each month on the first Sunday, we welcome anyone who would like to get a bit more comfortable with Portland Insight Meditation Community, meditation, and what we do here. Come and join us in our Living Room for an informal discussion. Stay for guided meditation at 10, Dharma Talk at 11, and hospitality at noon, or simply come for an hour to find out more about who we are. If you have questions or would just like to chat before you come, please call me![masked]. I'm usually here between 9 and 2, Tuesday through Friday :) ~may every adventure bring wisdom and clarity to your heart ~kate

Portland Insight Meditation Center Meetup

Portland Insight Meditation Center

Please come join us for our new meeting time of 9am starting Sunday October 10th 9:00 - 9:40 AM Early sitting 9:40 - 10:00 Walking (arriving) 10:00 - 10:40 Sitting (teacher present) 10:40 - 11:00 Movement/walking 11:00 - 11:05 Announcements 11:05 - 12:00 Dharma Talk Tea and visiting will follow every Sunday.

Weekly Sit at PIMC: Boundless Heart w/ Gary Sanders

Living Room - Portland Insight Meditation Center

In response to the social distancing mandates to slow the spread of the COVID-19, virus, Gary will be leading his Boundless Heart sit via video conferencing. All you should need to do is simply click on the link during the scheduled time. To join the Zoom Meeting, please click: https://zoom.us/j/552545982 Since we cannot, for the time being, gather together in a physical location, Boundless Heart now has its own Virtual Dana Bowl link for making donations. Here's the link: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=pAJfsX PIMC Guiding Teacher and Founder Robert Beatty has talked often about the need for money donations to maintain this community, and the need for your financial support is still important even though, for now, we are not physically meeting together in the physical home of our Dharma community. Any amount that you can contribute helps ensure that the Gary, the other teachers, and this center can continue in the mission of helping reduce suffering. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ABOUT BOUNDLESS HEART Boundless Heart is a Regular weekly drop-in sit at PIMC, led by teacher Gary Sanders. (Donation requested, but no one turned away for lack of funds) Basic Flow: Introductions/check ins, Brief talk about the meditation, Guided meditation, Dharma talk and discussion. In the Metta Sutta, the Buddha encouraged us all to cultivate a boundless heart of loving-kindness for all beings and that is exactly what our intention is for this new weekly group. We will practice a variety of meditations and discuss a full spectrum of dharmic nuggets, all infused with the gentleness and friendliness of metta. By meeting weekly, we get a chance to build strong relationships within our sangha (community) and clearly see that we truly aren't alone in this crazy dance we call life. When training the mind with goodwill and appreciation, we find that peace and ease become more like frequent visitors than distant and forgotten relatives. Through it all, we will find that not is it possible to cultivate a boundless heart, but it is our birthright and a necessity to survive in the turbulent times we live in.

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