The Basics of Mindfulness

Thu May 11 @ 06:00pm to Thu Jun 15 @ 06:00pm

During this introductory course, the basic instruction in insight meditation will be given sequentially, beginning with a focus on mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, of emotions, of thoughts, of mind and of the application of mindfulness in daily life and on retreat This 6-week class is appropriate for beginners as well as for experienced meditators who want to refresh the fundamentals of their practice. In this class you will learn to :

1. Develop a healthier relationship with your thoughts.

2. Develop more balance with your emotions.

3. Be more in touch with your body and mind.

4. Increase your capacity to be loving and kind

This class will provide students with a relaxed and supportive environment. Doug will tailor his instruction to meet the specific needs of participants. In a step-by-step process, students will learn the foundations of insight meditation and basic mindfulness practice. Students will be provided an at home practice guide and instructions to expand mindfulness into everyday life. Practice outside of class is an important part of the learning process. practices that lead directly to freedom from suffering, awakening joy, and deepening compassion.

Insight Meditation or Vipassana is a simple technique, beginning with focusing the attention on the breath. The practice concentrates and calms the mind. At the heart of Insight Meditation is the practice of mindfulness, a practice of moment to-moment non-conceptual observation which cultivates a clear, stable and non-judgmental awareness. While mindfulness practice can be highly effective in helping bring calm and clarity to the pressures of daily life, it is also a spiritual path that gradually dissolves the barriers to the full development of our wisdom and compassion.

Books for the class:

Mindfulness in Plain English

by Henapola Gunaratana.

The Power of Mindfulness

by Nyanaponika Thera.

Both may be downloaded online free of charge by double clicking on the red lettering above.


Recomended donation of $100.00 for the series of six classes.

No one turned away due to inability to pay.


6 pm to 7:25 pm on Thursdays 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, and 6/15 2017.


Portland Insight Meditation Center

6536 SE Duke Street,

Portland, OR 97206


Online registration available at

Please contact Doug at if you have questions.

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Public discussion (1)

Rick reynolds 96dpi


1 month ago

Sounds like an excellent path to personal growth, Doug...thanks for sharing your expertise and posting the course on ShareOregon!

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