November 2021

We are pleased to announce that as of Sunday November 14 we have resumed offering Sunday Inspirational services, as well as holding Tuesday evening open silent meditations.

Kindly note the following guidelines for attendance:

  • Masks are required

  • Seating is only in designated seats, allowing three feet between individuals – including couples

  • All chants and prayers are to be done mentally, not aloud

  • Doors open at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays, 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays

  • The chapel may be cooler than usual, as windows will be partially open and overhead fans running; please dress accordingly.

  • The Book Room continues to be closed.

We hope to add more services in the future, so please sign up for our e-Newsletter to receive updates, as circumstances can change rapidly.


Changes to SRF Websites: Along with the inauguration of the Voluntary League of Disciples, Mother Center has announced a few changes to the official names and URLs of several programs that you may want to note, bookmarking these new links for the SRF Online Meditation Center,  Volunteer Portal, and the Voluntary League of Disciples. More information about each of these programs is available on SRF's website, and YSS of India will soon unveil their equivalent pages. 


Portland Center of SRF is supported solely by financial contributions from members and friends, and by volunteers who donate their time. We have especially appreciated your ongoing financial support during those months when we were unable to hold live services.

We have been receiving requests for alternative methods to donate, as an increasing number of members are no longer using checks. For those who use online banking, the option to send funds through Zelle is now available. Zelle is a money transfer service that is secure, free of charge, and widely accepted. 


To use Zelle: Log in to your bank’s website and check for the Zelle icon. Click to set it up by following the instructions. You will then need to add the recipient (Portland Center of SRF) as a contact, using our designated email address:


For those who choose to make regular donations to our Center, another convenient option is to set up automatic bill pay through your bank. Or, checks may be mailed to us at 356 NE 80th Avenue, Portland 97213.


Portland Center to be incorporated.  On Sunday March 21st the Council held an election with Portland Center’s registered voting members, to decide whether to incorporate our Center. The vote was unanimous in favor of this action. Incorporation will help our logistical operations in several important areas: Clear guidelines (provided by Mother Center) for conducting the Portland Center operations, greater ease of banking, adding a donation button to our website, better liability protection, and clear nonprofit status. Our thanks go to the Mother Center monastics and managers who guided us through this process. In addition, we are grateful to the coordinators of the Eugene SRF Group and the Seattle Center for their advice.


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