Mindfulness meditation is a technique used to focus and settle the mind, producing numerous benefits for health, well being and an inner life. The technique is actually independent of any specific religion or spirituality but we practice under the direction of the Tibetan teacher ZaChoeje Rinpoche.

We meet every Sunday evening at the Komito residence 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, for 45 minutes of mindfulness meditation, followed by a discussion. Email David Komito at pathtoliberationcenter@gmail.com for information and address. We also meet at 5:00 PM most Sundays for various other programs; see below for details.

While the mindfulness meditation practice is free of any specific religious context, our discussions are in a Buddhist framework. You may stay for all or any part of the gathering, as suits your interest. We sit on chairs and on cushions on the floor to accommodate differing physical needs.

No prior experience is necessary to attend the mindfulness meditation gathering; the audio recording of Rinpoche's guided mindfulness practice will explain all you need to know about posture, breathing and focusing the mind.

All events are free of charge.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Preparing for the Dalai Lama's Teachings

In preparation for attending the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Portland in May, members of the group may find it helpful to listen to any of these earlier recordings from our gatherings:
I have met with him privately many times in Dharamsala, India, and attended scores of public teachings, and these experiences usually have a significant influence on me.  Actually, as Kayla says, he often “prepares the ground” before we even get to the teachings, and you might be finding that. I’ll follow up on this idea when we meet on May 5.

The photo above was taken when we met with him in June 2001.  Kayla was getting some guidance about her thanka paintings. And if you are curious, he has an iron grip!