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      Remembering Liberation: An Introduction to Buddhist Practice and Theory in Portland

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      August 24, 2019

      Saturday   8:30 AM

      4525 Southeast Stark Street
      Portland, Oregon 97215

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      Remembering Liberation: An Introduction to Buddhist Practice and Theory

      “Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.” –Udana 5.5   “Both formerly and now, what I teach is suffering and the cessation of suffering.” –Majjhima Nikaya 22.38   Remembering Liberation: An Introduction to Buddhist Practice and Theory is a half-day event designed to expose interested parties to the fundamental teachings of the historical Buddha, and explore their application in day-to-day contemporary life. This event is, in many ways, designed for beginners, but may also serve as an occasion for those with more experience to deepen their understanding and re-familiarize themselves with the Buddhist path and it’s liberative function.  Emphasis will be placed on the Noble Eightfold Path—with particular attention on right view, right effort, and right mindfulness—which can be said to contain the entirety of the Buddha’s forty-five years of teaching.  The event will include sitting meditations focused on breath, body, and mind states; the cultivation of loving-kindness and compassion; walking meditation; as well as talks and time for question and answer.     This venue is ADA accessible.  This event is open to and would benefit from the presence of people of all genders, sexual orientations, races, cultural and religious backgrounds, and abilities.  This event is offered freely to the community. Donations will be accepted with gratitude and a portion will go to Unite Oregon, a non-profit run by people of color, immigrants, and refugees working for inclusivity, equity, and the empowerment of marginalized communities in Oregon.     After working as a hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator, Asher Wallis currently serves as a grief counselor and community educator in Portland, OR where he focuses on grief literacy, cultural competence in end-of-life care, and non-violent approaches to social justice. He has degrees in Religious Studies, Art History, and Conflict Resolution.  He has studied and practiced within various schools of Buddhism for over fifteen years and has about a year of meditation retreat experience in both Theravada and Mahayana contexts. Asher has led the Aspen Grove Sangha of Portland, a weekly Buddhist meditation group that meets in SE Portland, with his partner for seven years. For more information about Asher’s history, visit the Bio page at   “What should be done for his disciples out of compassion by a teacher who seeks their welfare...that I have done for you, Ānanda.  There are these roots of trees, these empty huts.  Meditate, Ānanda, do not delay...This is our instruction to you.” –Majjhima Nikaya 106.15 Benefit for:

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