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PIMC Winter Classes 2020
Greetings Sangha!
We are excited to present PIMC's offerings
for the upcoming winter 2020 season.

Below you will find a catalog of our classes and workshops,
along with links to register.
In the stillness and contemplative nature of winter, may the season provide inspiration on your path of practice.
Winter 2020 Classes and Workshops
1.     Friday Foundations with Gary Sanders

2.   Intermediate Skillful Speech and NVC: Working with Anger, Ours and Others with Doyle Banks

3.    Basics of Mindfulness with Doug Pullin

4.   Intermediate Skillful Speech and NVC: Deepening your Relationship with your Partner/Spouse with Doyle Banks

5. Meet Your Teachers
FRIDAY FOUNDATIONS WITH GARY SANDERS
Friday Foundations is a book study and practice group utilizing  Bhante Henepola Gunaratana’s book,  The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English. A foundation will be examined each week, and in community discussion and study we will explore the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness and how we can implement these principles to improve our daily lives, deepen our practice, and move closer to our spiritual goals.

Please purchase the book in advance of the first class meeting:

CLASS DETAILS:
Dates:  5 Fridays; 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31 
Time:  Weekly Classes 7:30 PM – 9:00PM
Suggested Dana:  $115 (no one is turned away for lack of funds)
Teacher Contact (for class questions): pimc.gary@gmail.com

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE
INTERMEDIATE SKILLFUL SPEECH AND NVC:
WORKING WITH ANGER, OURS AND OTHERS
WITH DOYLE BANKS
Waterdrop
Have you ever tried to speak skillfully when you felt angry about something? 

Have you ever been the object of someone’s anger and wondered what to do?

In this short course, Dharma Teacher and  NVC  Facilitator, Doyle Banks will guide you through both content and exercises that will help you with the answers to those questions and prepare you for those tough situations.

This four-week course builds upon your learning from the Skillful Speech and NVC foundations class you completed. That course (or a similar course of 16 hours or more of classroom time) is a pre-requisite for participation.

Note that the  NVC  Monthly Practice Group will be included as part of the course and will meet on January 14 (second Tuesday of the month).

Reading materials (please obtain prior to the first class):

Anger , by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Surprising Purpose of Anger: Beyond Anger Management: Finding The Gift , by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

CLASS DETAILS:
Dates:  Tuesdays 1/7, 1/14/, 1/21, 1/28
Time:  Weekly Classes 7:00 PM – 8:30PM
Suggested Dana:  $80 (no one is turned away for lack of funds)
Teacher Contact (for class questions):  doyle_banks@yahoo.com

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE
BASICS OF MINDFULNESS WITH DOUG PULLIN
Blue Buddha
In this introductory class, the basic instruction in insight meditation will be given sequentially, beginning with mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, of emotions, of thoughts, of mind and of the application of mindfulness in daily life and on retreat. This class is appropriate for beginners as well as for experienced meditators who want to refresh the fundamentals of their practice. 
In this class you will learn to: 

1. Develop a healthier relationship with your thoughts.
2. Develop more balance with your emotions.
3. Be more in touch with your body and mind.
4. Increase your capacity to be loving and kind.

This class will provide a relaxed and supportive environment and will be tailored to the specific needs of participants. Students will be given a home practice guide and instructions to expand mindfulness into daily life. Practice outside class is an important part of the learning process. 

BOOKS FOR CLASS:

by   Bhante Henepola Gunaratana (Click on the title to pick up latest edition.)

by Nyanaponika Thera.   (Click on title for a free PDF version.)

CLASS DETAILS:
Dates:  6 Thursdays; 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20
Time:  6 PM – 7:25 PM
Suggested Dana:  $135 (no one is turned away for lack of funds)
Teacher Contact (for class questions):  douglas@douglaspullin.com

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE

INTERMEDIATE SKILLFUL SPEECH AND NVC:
DEEPENING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR PARTNER/SPOUSE
WITH DOYLE BANKS
It has been said that, “Love is a verb.”
When you say, “I love you,” to your spouse (partner, significant other, etc.), what do you mean?

Have you ever asked your partner, “How do you like to be loved?” Not sexually but, in the day-in-day-out of your relationship? Put another way, do you know what love in action looks like to your partner?

In this four-week course, Doyle Banks,  NVC  Facilitator, Life Coach and Dharma Teacher, will guide you on how to use the tools of  NVC and Skillful Speech to:

    Reduce the number of arguments you may be having and reduce their impact

    Create deeper connection by planning it into your daily, weekly and monthly routines,

    Turn misunderstandings into “adventures of discovery” that can invigorate your relationship,

    Create a “no fault zone” in your relationship in which you can transform conflicts into greater appreciation for one another, deeper harmony between you and enjoy less stress with each other.

This four-week course builds upon your learning from the Skillful Speech and NVC foundations class you completed. That course (or a similar course of 16 hours or more of classroom time) is a pre-requisite for participation.

Note that the  NVC Monthly Practice Group will be included as part of the course and will meet on March 10 (second Tuesday of the month).

Resource: Participants will be asked to obtain The No Fault Zone® game. See details at  thenofaultzone.com. Game sets are $40. Couples will share the game. Individual participants will need their own game.

CLASS DETAILS:
Dates: Tuesdays 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24
Time: Weekly Classes 7:00 PM – 8:30PM
Suggested Dana: $60 (no one is turned away for lack of funds)
Teacher Contact (for class questions): doyle_banks@yahoo.com

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE

MEET YOUR TEACHERS

GARY SANDERS
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.
DOYLE BANKS
Doyle Banks  brings a lifetime of spiritual experience to his expression of the Dharma. As a former Eastern Orthodox Christian priest, a former school music teacher and currently, a Nonviolent Communication instructor, he offers a deeply compassionate presence to those with whom he works. Doyle's commitment to the Dharma began in 2004 when he purchased a copy of the Dhammapada, translated and commentated by Eknath Easwaran, devoured it and immediately began sitting mediation practice. In January 2009, he says he finally found his Dharma teacher, family and home when he came to his first PIMC meditation and dharma talk with Robert Beatty. "The rest..." As they say, "... is history."
DOUG PULLIN
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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.

PORTLAND INSIGHT MEDITATION COMMUNITY
6536 SE Duke, Portland, OR 97206
Tel: 503-771-4123