November 2022

The windows in the chapel will be slightly opened to facilitate fresh air during the winter. With that in mind, you may want to dress more warmly so that you are comfortable during our services.  


Looking ahead to next year, we are happy to announce that Brother Devananda will be visiting us from May 26 through the 29th.  You may want to mark your calendars.  Speaking of calendars, the bookroom will be open today and has the beautiful SRF engagement and wall calendars available for purchase. These also make excellent Christmas gifts!

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The backyard landscaping project has made significant progress.  The paths and garden areas have been created.  The next phase is to install benches and then plants.  Feel free to visit the backyard following the service to view the new installations.  As progress continues to be made donations are still being accepted.  A chart with the fundraising progress is located on the display board in the Information room.  Thank you for your support!


A new committee is being formed with the goal of updating our audiovisual technology so that we can livestream next year’s convocation and monastic talks.  Please contact the Portland Center Coordinator, Mike O’Brien if you have feedback or expertise in this area.


The Portland Center Calendar of Services for October through December is available at the Newcomers Table.  In includes information about the All Day Christmas meditation and other holiday events.


We will be holding our annual Thanksgiving potluck on Sunday, November 20th following the service. We hope you can attend this festive event.  Please bring a vegetarian dish that will feed approximately 8 to 10 people.


Your donations help support the Portland Center.  One way to do that is through the Zelle money transfer system. It is free and most often used by banks.  Once you enroll, you just need an email address to send the money electronically.  The email for Portland Center donations is:  This information will be posted on the bulletin board in the Information Room.


The Book Room will be open after the service. It has all of the SRF publications available for your convenience including the 2023 calendars.


To provide time for personal silent meditation here in the sanctuary we are open every Tuesday evening from 6:30-9:30. One may quietly enter and leave at any time during this period.

Fragrances can be a problem for people who are allergic to them.  Please be mindful of others, and we request that you refrain from wearing fragrances when attending services and events at the Portland Center. Thank you for your understanding.