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Welcome to PIMC

Greetings! We are glad you have come to visit our meditation center. Despite the fact that you will most likely discover us sitting in silence, we are a warm and welcoming community. We are sitting in silence to learn about our own minds, so that we can become more loving, compassionate and happy.

Who We Are

The Portland Insight Meditation Community (PIMC) was founded in 1978 by our guiding teacher, Robert Beatty. PIMC is an independent center inspired by the Theravada Buddhist teachings of South East Asia. We are a community where individuals and families come together to learn, support one another, and deepen their practice of the Eight-Fold Path of the Buddha. Please know you need not be a "Buddhist" to join us. The practice of Insight Meditation requires no belief or adherence to a particular dogma. People of several faiths participate here at PIMC to enhance their other spiritual traditions.

What We're "Doing"

The Buddha taught Insight Meditation, known in Asia as Vipassana, the practice of seeing things as they truly are. At the heart of Insight Meditation is the practice of mindfulness, the systematic cultivation of the mind and heart. It is the moment-to-moment investigation of the body, feelings, and consciousness through calm, affectionate and focused awareness. Sitting in silence allows us to pay close attention to the workings of the mind so we are less enthralled by our thoughts and emotions.

Why We're Doing It

We, like all human beings, long to be happy. We understand that happiness comes from within and can be cultivated by learning about the mind. Insight Meditation relieves stress, has profound beneficial effects upon the body, promotes healing of psychological and emotional wounds, and nurtures the development of wisdom, compassion and happiness.

We're Happy You're Here

Please come in, find a comfortable seat or cushion anywhere you wish, and make yourself at home. You need not sit on the floor or cross-legged. The usual format of our Sunday gatherings includes chanting, sitting meditation, walking meditation or guided movement, followed by a talk by Robert Beatty or one of our other teachers. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask our greeter or anyone near you. All participation is optional. Do what feels comfortable to you and feel free to just observe. Please join us for tea, snacks and relaxed conversation in the living room, through the door to the right of the altar, when the meeting ends.

Hear aid Amplification devices can be found in a basket just to the right of the center doors as you enter the hall by the center doors.


9:00 am – 10:00 am Silent sitting and walking meditation (Unguided)
10: 00 am - Noon Meditation and Dharma talk
Noon – whenever - Each Sunday Volunteers bring Tea & Treats to share in the Living Room.

(See Weekly Schedule for more information.)

New to PIMC or Meditation?

On the first Sunday of every month, Robert offers instruction for newcomers at 9:00 a.m. for those who are new to meditation or to our community.


We remove our shoes out of respect for the meditation hall and to help keep the place clean. If you need your shoes, please keep them on.

Got kids?

PIMC offers a Children's Program to kids ages 3 and up from 10 a.m. – Noon while their parents/guardians attend meditation. Please escort your child to the Children's Room via the back door of the Dharma Hall. (It's located adjacent to the Community Room.) See Children's Program for more information.

We rely on your generosity...

PIMC is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that relies on "dana" (donations) from community members like you. Our "dana bowl" is located just inside the entrance of the Dharma Hall. Please be sure to complete a donation envelope (next to the bowl). We provide annual tax receipts each January. (You can also donate online at then click "Donations" on left-hand side of the home page.)

Keep in-touch!

PIMC is an active community. To keep abreast of the latest news and events here at the Center and within the PIMC community at-large you may join our Yahoo groups list-serve and our announcement list. See the box on the Who We Are page for more details.

Stay for tea and treats!

Every week, PIMC volunteers bring treats to share .... so stop on by (through the back-right door of the Dharma Hall) into the living room for tea, treats and conversation.

Visit our "Barking Dog" Library

Located just off of the Living Room you will find a wide assortment of books about meditation and Buddhism which you can borrow. Also, if you have any books you'd like to donate, please bring them in to share with others. You might even run into Had ... he's our "chief librarian" who can tell you the story about why it's called the "Barking Dog" Library. See out Library page for more details.

Potluck Sundays

On the last Sunday of every month, we have a Potluck Party at noon. Please bring a dish to share... and if you didn't, no worries! There's always plenty to go around.


From gardening to baking to flower-arranging to cleaning....PIMC welcomes members who want to give dana in form of "service". If you're interested in helping out just once, or on an ongoing basis, please contact Kirsten Smith, our Volunteer Coordinator, See Volunteer Opportunities for more information.

Our Giving Chest

You'll notice a big chest located in the front left hand side of the Dharma Hall. Several times a year we collect food, clothing and hygiene products for a local nonprofit serving low-income individuals and families. Please consider making a contribution.

Individual Guidance in Meditation

Our guiding teacher, Robert Beatty is available for individual instruction and consultation.


Call 503-771-4123 or email