News Update by Gail

Fall is upon us here in the North with temperatures beginning to fall and the daylight fading. Many a porch and front step are decorated with pumpkins and mums, a beautiful display of the season’s growth.

Our Wednesday Friends Night has been doing something new for the last few weeks. We have split into two groups for study. Bodhana and Maitrimani are leading a group who are reading “Change Your Mind?, by Paramananda. Dharmasuri and Gail are leading a group in Once – a – Week- Topics covering some of the Buddhist Basics like the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

Narottama continues to teach Introduction to Meditation classes at least once per month. Dharmasuri lead a morning retreat in July on “Self, No Self, True Individual. Will the real me please stand up??. Louise and Dharmasuri are furthering Nagaloka’s outreach into the community by visiting the Cumberland County Jail and leading sessions at Birthroots.

In August Dharmasuri visited Adhisthana (Bhante’s new home and project of Triratna Preceptors’ College Trust) in Coddington, England for two weeks attending the special chairs, mitra convenors, presidents, and college members retreat and European Chairs Assembly meeting. She has returned home to us very inspired by our world wide community and hopes to have some senior order members from the UK come and share their practice with us here in the states.

Louise will begin leading Young Children’s Creative Movement and Mindfulness classes beginning September 24th. A Children’s Story time and Puja is scheduled for September 29th, and a Sangha picnic at Vienna Farm (home to mitra Jim Jaeger) is also scheduled for the afternoon of 29th. A video of Dharmasuri leading a Sunday meditation at Nagaloka will be released to Youtube in September. It was filmed by a local Portland newswork, CTN. Be sure to check it out!

A Holistic Women’s Health Day is scheduled for October 19th at Nagaloka. The program for the day is developing. Check our website’s calendar for further updates.

Nagaloka will also be participating in this years Urban Retreat November 9-16th. “Blazing Like the Sun?.