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Leaven Community affirms the sacred interconnection of all and the creative and liberative power within our connective relationships.

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5431 NE 20th Avenue
Portland, OR  97211


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Waking Up Community in NE Portland

Saturdays, 9-10:30 am
(Refreshments and converstion follow)

We changed our name from Buddhist Mindfulness and Meditation to Waking Up Community in NE Portland! Our new name reflects the nature of our gatherings where we meditate and explore Buddhist concepts from a variety of sources. We are a spiritual circle within Leaven Community and average 10-20 people a week.

Join us Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30am. No prior meditation experience needed, just come as you are and be prepared to learn something new about yourself! Meditation sessions last 50 minutes and include opportunity for sitting, walking/movement. A group discussion follows on a topic introduced by the week's discussion leader. Afterwards we enjoy refreshments and casual conversations as we get to know one another and deepen relationships.

By coming together each week we strengthen our mindfulness practice, enjoy community, and develop a more mindful outlook with which to live and act in our interconnected world. 


Watch Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s TED Talk on flow, it’s a great inspiration.

Here are a few articles for diving in and getting your creative juices flowing:
How to Unleash the Great Perfection of Creativity, by Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Mindfulness and Creativity: Do They Mix?, by Sara Schairer
How to Apply Mindfulness to the Creative Process, by Crystal Goh

May you be well, happy, and peaceful.
May your compassionate efforts always meet with success.
May you have the patience, courage, understanding, and determination 

to meet and overcome the inevitable difficulties,
problems, and failures in life.

May you always rise above them with 
morality, integrity, forgiveness,
compassion, mindfulness, and wisdom.



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