Program Details

3rd Annual Meditation Marathon, a Fundraiser


November 2 / 9:00 AM - November 3 / 9:00 AM

Shambhala’s view is that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, wisdom and compassion which can be cultivated through meditation, allowing us to work with others to bring about the best in human society.


Proceeds will support our core offerings and other initiatives that make the benefits of meditation accessible to more people including the PSC prison dharma program at Oregon State Penitentiary, retreat scholarships, the program tuition generosity policy and ecumenical community events such as the Portland City Sit.


Not only is this an opportunity to raise funds for the center to continue these programs, and raise consciousness about the benefits of meditation, this is also an amazing chance to test the limits of your own meditation practice by participating in the marathon. Participants from the last two years found the whole experience deeply rewarding both from a community and a practice standpoint. 


How It Will Work:


From 9am Saturday, November 2nd until 9am Sunday, November 3rd, we’ll be sitting at the Shambhala Center for 30 min. sessions of mindfulness meditation, interspersed with 10 minutes of walking meditation. (Please note that the "times" on the calendar are constrained by the Shambhala Database Parameters -- implying incorrectly that there is no sitting from midnight to 5 am the next morning.)


Although the event has been designed to allow meditators to “lean in” if they choose to, there is no minimum amount of sitting time required.


We will be maintaining functional silence throughout the marathon. Food will be provided for meditators every 3-4 hours.


How You Can Help:


1) Participate as a Meditator/Fundraiser:


We are looking for 15 - 20 meditator/fundraisers!


Before November 2nd, you’ll reach out to community members, friends, family and coworkers for pledges, then be responsible for collecting your raised funds by November 23rd. While we encourage fundraisers to target $150 - $750 in pledges, the minimum amount of fundraising or personal donation requested to participate as a meditator is $100.  


You’ll be increasing public awareness of the benefits of meditation, long term, through supporting the Portland Shambhala Center, and immediately, through conversations with sponsors. 


To participate, please register below.


2) Make a Pledge To Donate:


Please consider sponsoring someone’s sit, at any level!


Pledges may be made by the hour or as a flat amount. You may be asked to pledge by multiple people, so don’t be shy to say “no” if you’ve already done so.


3) Join Us During the Marathon:


We are looking for people to make and serve tea and snacks during the Meditation Marathon, and/or to take a turn as Umdze!


Visit/serve/clean-up one meal, or join us for multiple meal periods. Your services and the energy you bring will be deeply appreciated. And you may get to see Marathon Meditators actually falling over!


To help or to ask questions, please contact the Meditation Marathon coordinators, Kim Crossman or Chris Poor at (503) 477-9442 or contact the Community Practice Coordinator.  


If you are a marathoner, please print the pledge form and begin collecting pledges!

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