PIMC Fall Classes and Workshops 2019
Greetings Sangha!
We are excited to present PIMC's offerings
for the upcoming fall 2019 season.

Below you will find a catalog of our classes and workshops,
along with links to register.
We look forward to connecting with you and finding ways to inspire your practice.
Fall 2019 Classes and Workshops:
1.       Intermediate Mindfulness with Doug Pullin

2.      Cultivating a Boundless Heart: A Deep Dive into Loving Kindness Practice with Gary Sanders

3.       Healing Self-Hatred with Love and Compassion with Robert Beatty and Christine Howard Gieben

4.       Meet Our Teachers (Bios)

Intermediate Mindfulness with Doug Pullin
This six-week course will take you beyond basic instruction so that your meditation practice can be a more reliable refuge to experience direct insight into the nature of life. 

Content will include the Buddha’s teaching on the five aggregates of clinging, the four foundations of mindfulness, the seven factors of awakening, and the three characteristics of existence. In class there will be guided meditations, sharing, and group discussion. 

During this class there will be support and encouragement for expanding your daily meditation practice. This includes keeping a meditation journal, small group sharing, and a half day retreat. 

This class will provide you with a relaxed and supportive environment and will be tailored to meet your specific needs. Practice outside of class is an important part of the learning process. 
The prerequisite for this class is having taken the Basics of Mindfulness, Eightfold Path, or other similar class .
Check with Doug if you have questions about suitability of this class for you. 

Dates: 5 Thursdays; 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12 & Half Day Retreat Saturday 12/7 
Time: Weekly Classes 6 PM – 7:25 PM & Retreat from 9am to 1pm.
Suggested Dana: $175 (no one is turned away for lack of funds)
Teacher Contact (for class questions): douglas@douglaspullin.com

To Register, Click Here
Cultivating a Boundless Heart:
A Deep Dive into Loving-Kindness Practice
with Gary Sanders
In this time of divisiveness, taking sides, and creating enemies, we all have the potential to find peace and ease within, to recognize our interconnection to all other beings, and to embrace them all with acceptance and friendliness. It is the practice of Metta that enables this to become our reality, to cut through our conditioning and decades of comparison, judgement and resentment. When the sublime attitude of Metta becomes more and more of our natural state, we are able to completely change our relationship with ourselves and the world. So, each week, in this class, we will focus on working with one of the five categories, creating a solid foundation in our hearts and minds to enable this sublime attitude to take root.

"For all of us, love can be the natural state of our own being; naturally at peace, naturally connected, because this becomes the reflection of who we simply are."

        -Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

No prior meditation experience is necessary, and this class is suitable for even the most experienced of practitioners. 

Dates:  8 Wednesdays: 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27 
Time: 7 PM – 8:30 PM 
Day Long Practice Session/Retreat (Optional): Saturday 12/7 from 9-4 
Suggested Dana for Class: $180 / Suggested Dana for Retreat $50
Teacher Contact (for class questions): pimc.gary@gmail.com

To Register, Click Here
Healing Self-Hatred with Love and Compassion with Robert Beatty and Christine Howard Gieben
In this daylong retreat we will use meditation, dharma talks and some group interaction to assist you in healing whatever self-hatred persists in your life. 
Self-hatred is a learned negative attitude toward oneself that can lead to a lifetime of self-defeating behavior: including addictions, eating disorders, loneliness and unhappy relationships. 
Self-hatred is learned during the first few years of life. When the needs, pleasures and emotions of the infant/child are met with parental absence, scorn, preoccupation, or abuse, the overwhelmed child turns against itself. Natural needs for attention, love, and affection are experienced as bad, unwanted and alien. This leads to many forms of acting out toward oneself, and a self-image that is destructive. 
Fortunately, this personality process is not permanent or unchangeable. Meditation based in wisdom, compassion and love can help to illuminate these old patterns and can result in a blossoming into more wholeness. 

Dates:  Saturday 11/16
Time: 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Suggested Dana: $70 (no one is turned away for lack of funds) 
Teacher Contact (for day long questions): drchristinehoward@gmail.com robert@robertbeatty.com

To Register, Click Here
Robert Beatty  is a member of the first wave of Theravada Buddhist Teachers who brought the Dharma from Asia in the 1970's. His mission is to help others discover the profound ways Buddhist practices can transform one’s life, reduce suffering and create happiness. He is the founder of the Portland Insight Meditation Community and its Guiding Teacher.

His meditation training began in India in 1972. He has studied with many teachers in Burma, India and the US. He traces his primary lineage is through  Ruth Denison , founder of the  Dhamma Dena Retreat Center , who named him a Dharma successor and authorized him to teach in 1982.

He has a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto, and Masters in Social Work from Portland State. He has pursued his own inner work for decades with the help of several fine therapists. Robert is moved by the wisdom, compassion and maturity he gained through his own inner exploration and through experiences he shared with thousands of people he guided and counseled as they faced illness, death, divorce, disappointment, loss, major life transitions and end of life issues.
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Doug Pullin is a student of Robert Beatty. In 2015 he completed a three year teacher training program with Robert. He has also received teaching and guidance from a variety of other Western Buddhist teachers. In 2008 Doug completed the Spirit Rock sponsored two and half year Community Dharma Leader Training with Tara Brach and James Baraz.  More recently he has been a student of Mathew Flickstein and is currently in a teacher training program with him.   

Doug's teaching is an integration of Western psychology, neuroscience, Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to life, and compassionate engagement in the world. While remaining true to the core of the Dharma, his approach is relevant and accessible to our culture today. Doug's focus is on practices that lead directly to freedom from suffering, awakening joy, and deepening compassion.
Christine Howard Gieben came to Dharma practice after years of interest in psychology and human interaction. After completing her degree in Clinical Psychology in 2001, she was drawn to explore the teachings of the Buddha and how these fit with western psychological concepts. She was introduced to the Dharma in January of 2003 while attending a weekend retreat with Robert Beatty. This retreat changed how she experienced life in a very profound way and she began a regular sitting practice and comprehensive study of the Dharma.

Christine has has studied mainly under Robert Beatty and Matt Flickstein and as such, has had influences from both traditional Buddhist and non-dual teachings. She has attended retreats of various lengths and has enjoyed assisting Robert on some of his retreats. Christine attributes most of her growth and increased happiness to Dharma practice, and over the course of time, has found herself more and more drawn to sharing the Dharma with others. Christine has a thriving psychotherapy practice where she integrates the teachings of the Buddha and western psychology. She enjoys sharing with clients the benefits of meditation as well as helping to support them on their psychological/spiritual journeys. When not at work or meditating, Christine enjoys hiking, biking, running, and pretty much anything that involves movement and the outdoors.
Gary Sanders lives in Portland, OR. He is originally from the Los Angeles area, where he was the founder of SCV Mindfulness and led up to three weekly groups for over 5 years. He was empowered to lead Buddhist meditation and dharma groups at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He helped, from the ground level, to found Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist based recovery program for all addictions, which has now spread worldwide. After moving to Portland, Gary was asked to join the teaching staff at Portland Insight Meditation Community. Gary travels frequently and teaches daylongs and workshops all around North America.