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.
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.