Other groups comprising community life may find a home in the CLSG. The benefits are communication and support as needed from among all the KCC Service Groups.
Service Group Coordinator:
Sattva Social Club
The mission of the Sattva Social Club is to support the sangha by creating opportunities to relax together and nurture supportive connections in the dharma. We plan movie nights, potlucks, presentations, Tara Dancing events and more. Have an idea? Let us know! Care to join us? We’d love it if you did! Contact or one of our members directly.
Sattva Social Club Members:
Carolyn Peck –
Kay Hartsock – Linda Grove –
Mary Woods –
Peter Wood –
Phyllis Moses –
Needs & Care Group
The Needs & Care Group has created a Program of Care for the KCC sangha. The group will share learning, provide support, and build ongoing awareness and opportunities for KCC as a Practice Community of Care.
To join, or to ask for help, send an email to any member of the Needs & Care Group. You may also contact .
Needs & Care Group Members
Carolyn Peck –
Cynthia Irvine – Judatha Kline –
Linda Grove –
Linda Logan –
Michele Zimmerman –
Peter Wood –
Phil Wallin –
Susan Giese –
Results of a sangha-wide services survey are accessible to the 47 sangha members who completed the survey. They can use the data to find help for themselves and anyone in the sangha. Supporting more people in connecting and facilitating care promotes growth and sustainability of a Practice Community of Care within KCC.
We encourage anyone in the sangha to contact a member of the Needs & Care Group to ask for support.
Short term meals support is available to sangha members as needed. Anyone in the Needs & Care group can assist in setting up a Meal Train page for coordinating this help. Upon request, sangha members who cook for each other may be reimbursed for up to $9 per meal they provide through Meal Train. Recipients may donate $1 to $9 for meals they receive.
If a sangha member needs more support with food, finances, aging, support groups, mental health, retirement, children’s needs, caregiver needs, legal issues, or good self-care in trying times, check out the Portland Area Support Services List. Sometimes, just talking with someone and looking at the list together can help.
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Sangha members can submit changes to their survey data to anyone on the Needs & Care Group. From time to time, we will make the survey available again, on the website and via the KCC newsletter, so that others can be included. Link to complete the survey.
The Needs & Care Group will continually review the links and resources on the Support Services List to make sure we have good information. Keep aware of the helpful resources that you, your loved ones, and others use in the wider community to stay healthy, active, and connected, and to get by. Let anyone on the Needs & Care group know what helps so we can add those resources to the Support Services List!
The mission of the Engaged Buddhism Group is to support social causes to reduce suffering and to develop Bodhicitta both on and off the cushion. We are a large group of sangha members taking action in the world, individually and together, for the benefit of all. Activities include Letter Writing for Vote Forward to get out the vote! We volunteer time and money to non-profits in Portland, and we build awareness of Climate Change, its disproportionate effects, and how to respond as Buddhists. We share our concern for social justice issues, our compassion, and our need to change our own minds as we work together. The Engaged Buddhism group meets over lunch on the last Sunday of the month at 12:30 in person at KCC and on Zoom. To join email or connect with one of the contacts listed here.
Currently, members of the Engaged Buddhism Group are gathering to consider how we respond to the specter of climate change. We have formed the Engaged Buddhism Book Study/Contemplation Group. Currently we are reading “The Practice of the Wild” by Gary Snyder. This group meets on the third Monday of the month at 1pm on Zoom. Questions? Contact Peter, Sherry or Judatha.
Engaged Buddhism Group Contacts:
Peter Wood –
Sarah Clark –
Sherry Bohannan –
Sonia Arion –
Judatha Kline –
What distinguishes Buddhist activism from any other kind of activism?
Setting motivation: Our political actions can be dedicated to the awakening and benefit of all beings. Holding this, the action moves beyond mere do-gooding or fighting so-called oppression and into the realm of dharma practice.
Interbeing: First we see alive and present in our own minds the same internal structures of greed, hatred, and delusion that we are fighting against. We bow to them. Then we realize that there is no “other” to fight against anyway.
Not Knowing: Our job as activists is to learn to hold the multiple questions that arise in our work. We don’t have to have the answer. We want to be present with everything that is coming up. Maybe we are wrong.
Opening to Suffering: Through our meditation practice we learn to be present in the face of suffering. We take this skill out into the world and don’t turn away as we face all levels of injustice.
Knowing and Equanimity: Can we bring equanimity to all our actions? Can we act without being attached to the result of our actions? Can we recognize the impossible nature of our tasks and act anyway?
Being Peace: Beyond ideological differences there is a place where we can as Buddhist activists stand together, our commitment to be in ourselves that which we are trying to bring about in the world.
Mindfulness in Action: The non-distracted state of mindful awareness must accompany and underlie Buddhist activists in our work to change the world. It is the fundamental nature of our being. There is no separation.
–Excerpted and reworked from The Intersection Point: Buddhist Activism at the WTO by Diana Winston, Turning Wheel, Spring 2000 www.bpf.org