Guru Purnima Celebrations 07/21/2024 at 10:30 AM PT

Date & Time: July 21, 2024 & 10:30 AM PT
Location: Chinmaya Haridwar” 3551 NE John Olsen Ave
Free & Open to all, Signup required to attend

Hari OM!

To students of Vedanta, the Guru is the embodiment of their goal. The Guru is nothing but pure Consciousness, absolute Bliss, and eternal Wisdom. Self-redemption must come ultimately from ourselves. The external props, such as temples, idols, and gurus, are all encouragements and aids. They must be intelligently used to help build up inner perfection.

With inner purity, the student comes to be guided more and more by the intellect. In fact, the real guru is the pure intellect within; the purified, deeply aspiring mind is the disciple.

When we come to deserve a master, he shall reach us. Stick to spiritual practices. Be good, be kind, be sincere. Refine the motives by building a life upon the enduring values of love, mercy, charity, and purity. Through constant remembrance of the Lord rise in spirituality.

Gurus shall from time to time reach such determined and sincere seekers. This is the eternal law.

We will celebrate Guru Purnima with Guru Paduka Puja followed by Aarati & Puja Prasad.

Please feel free to invite your family and friends. It is an in-person event and RSVP required to attend.

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    Summer Camp 2024: Empty Nest Escapes: Rediscover, Reconnect, Rejuvenate – Aug 23, 24 & 25 2024

    What: Empty Nest Escapes: Rediscover, Reconnect, Rejuvenate
    Dates: August 23, 24 & 25, 2024
    Total 5 Sessions
    Time (Add to Calendar):  Friday 6-8 PM,
    Saturday 10 AM-Noon 1-3 PM (Lunch Included)
    Sunday 10 AM-Noon 1-3 PM (Lunch Included)
    Who:  Everyone who wants to plan your empty nester days
    Camp Topic Guidance & Valedictory Address:  Swami Shantananda, President, Chinmaya Mission West
    Camp Coordinator:  Ramesh Krishnamurthy
    Description: Step into a transformative journey designed specifically for empty nesters. At Empty Nest Escapes, we provide a serene and nurturing environment to rediscover your passions, reconnect with your inner self, and rejuvenate your spirit. Through guided meditations, reflective workshops, and meaningful connections, embrace this new chapter of life with a renewed sense of purpose and joy. Join us for an unforgettable experience of growth, peace, and community.

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      Waiver and Release

      In consideration of my family’s participation in the above program, I hereby, for myself and my family, waive and release Chinmaya Mission and its officers, trustees, volunteers, and participants, and all other persons participating in the program, or involved in planning or execution of the program, from all liability or claims arising from any injury to myself, my family or my property. This release shall include, without limitation, all claims for negligence, and shall exclude only claims for willful injury, which exclusion for willful shall extend only to the person committing willful injury and not to any other person. I assert that my family’s participation in Chinmaya Mission activities is voluntary and that I knowingly assume all risks associated, whether such risks are known or unknown to me at this time. I hereby give permission for my family to have their picture/video taken while participating in activities associated with Chinmaya Mission. Said pictures/videos become the sole property of Chinmaya Mission and will be used only for recruiting/information-sharing purposes.

      Transforming Finite Contributions into an Infinite Impact

      Give in plenty, with both hands give”
      – Swami Chimayananda – Discourses on Taittiriya Upanisad

      In 2023, we celebrated the joyous 10th anniversary of Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda’s blessing bestowed upon our center, gracing it with the sacred name ‘Chinmaya Haridwar’. Join us in celebrating 10 Years of unity, growth, and community! May 8th, 2024 marks the 108th birth anniversary of our most beloved Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda.. On this momentous occasion we’re reaching out to you, our valued supporter, with an exciting opportunity to make a lasting impact.

      Why is your contribution to Chinmaya Mission Portland (CMP) so vital? Because it goes beyond a simple donation. It’s a statement of your commitment to growing our Chinmaya family and a tangible expression of your belief in the power of collective giving. Join hands with us to create a debt-free community space! Contribute today to pay off the loan on our beloved center and ensure a brighter, more secure future for us all.

      Since 1996, nearly a hundred Bala Vihar children have graduated from Chinmaya Mission Portland. We stand prominently as a pillar in this community. Our commitment shines through the ongoing dedication of our Bala Vihar students. They immerse themselves in preparing weekly meals for the homeless shelter, organizing quarterly street cleanups, spearheading impactful environmental awareness programs, and offering free English tutoring for immigrant families, just to highlight a few of our community activities.

      Together let us honor Chinmaya Hardwar’s decade-long journey, and support our cause: ‘Vedanta in Action: Celebrate 10 years of Chinmaya Haridwar‘ Let’s harness the collective power of our sankalpa to raise $500,000 to make our facility debt-free as an offering to Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda on His 108th birth anniversary.

      Here’s how you can participate and make a difference:

      1. Create a Fundraising Challenge today:

      Consider setting up a personal ‘Vedanta In Action: Celebrating 10 years of Chinmaya Haridwar‘ fundraising challenge. Don’t know how to get started? We’ve got everything set up for you, just go through the steps mentioned below to get started fast – 1-2-3!

      1 Go to “JustGiving” page and set up your user account.
      2 Click here Create your own fundraising page! Suggested choices below to get started fast.
      * Are you fundraising in the memory of someone? “No”
      * Are you taking part in an activity? “Just fundraising”
      * Are you fundraising for an occasion? “Skip this question”
      * How much would you like to raise? Type your target, Aim High as Gurudev says!
      * Optionally, personalize your page
      3 Kick off your fundraiser page! Bookmark the page so that you can send it to your friends & family, update the offline donations you collected and watch your campaign grow!

      2. Share Your Giving Story:

      Join us in spreading the spirit of giving! Share on social media why you support Chinmaya Mission Portland and encourage your friends and followers to join you in making a change for the sake of the community we serve. Use the hashtag #Haridwar10 #Gurudev108 #VedantaInAction #ChinmayaMissionPortland to be part of the conversation.

      Challenge your network to match your donation or beat your contribution amount. Together, we can turn individual acts of kindness into a collective force for good.

      Your support for Chinmaya Mission Portland is not just a donation; it’s an investment in the positive transformation it brings to individuals’ lives, the promotion of spiritual and cultural values, and its contributions to the well-being of communities. We believe in the power of collective giving to bring about meaningful change, and we’re grateful to have you as part of our community.

      Let’s make 2024 a celebration of generosity and positive change.

      Trinidad Trip Pre Registration

      Swami Prakashanandaji’s visit in April 2024 brought an exciting invitation for us to journey together to Trinidad in November 2025, coinciding with Thanksgiving week. This is an incredible opportunity!

      Trinidad, often dubbed the gem of the southern Caribbean, awaits us with its captivating beaches, ancient temples, and thrilling adventures. Join us for a group expedition where we’ll delve into new experiences, expand our horizons, and absorb knowledge that promises an unforgettable journey.

      Our itinerary, which you can help plan by joining our team early, will be packed with visits to revered pilgrimage sites such as the “Temple in the Sea,” the towering 85-foot Hanumanji statue, and the serene Chinmaya ashram & Vidyalaya. These historical marvels not only offer breathtaking views but also narratives to ponder upon and insights to absorb.

      As a finale to our adventure, we’ll trek up Tapovanam Hill, winding through the rainforest to reach the ashram at its peak. Traveling in Jeeps and pickup trucks, we’ll relish an incredible vista and experience.

      With numerous sights to behold, ample moments for reflection, and a plethora of activities to engage in, this trip promises to be enriching in every way! As a crowning glory, Swami Prakashanandaji has offered to be there throughout the trip, conducting one Vedanta class in the morning and a Ramayana session in the evening for our spiritual upliftment.

      To secure your spot, please complete the pre-registration process and submit an initial fee of $200 per person. Upon finalizing the trip’s planning, the remaining amount of $600 per person (totaling $800 per person) will be due. This fee encompasses accommodation, meals, and local transportation throughout the trip. Airfare is not included; you may choose to book your flights separately or explore group rate options with us.

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        Please Zelle this amount shown to "accounts@cmportland.org" and email the screen print to confirm your registration.

        Cooking for Homeless Shelter continues

        When: Every Saturday
        Location: Chinmaya Haridwar” 3551 NE John Olsen Ave
        Volunteering Opportunity Exclusively For Our Sponsors!
        Signup Required

        Develop noble and enduring qualities. Watch in others for weaknesses that you should guard against, in yourself. Love all. Serve all. Love creates and lust destroys the peace in the heart of man.
        – Swami Chinmayananda

        Hari OM!

        On Saturdays, we cook for a homeless shelter…

        Since 2013, we have been collaborating with Transition Projects to serve Portland’s most vulnerable residents. Volunteers cook and serve meals at a homeless shelter, for about 100-120 residents, every Saturday. Few service projects do as much immediate good or offer such a meaningful, personal experience as volunteering to prepare and serve a meal to people in need.

        *During the COVID-19 pandemic, all meal providing is “delivery only,” and volunteers cannot enter the shelter to cook or serve. We are cooking either at home or at Haridwar following all COVID-19 guidelines. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us and we will connect you with Ravi, who coordinates this activity.

        We encourage you to sponsor one time meal for the shelter ($150) or part of the meal through the button below, we will keep it as the seed money dedicated for this activity.  Please check with your employer about matching grants, it doubles your donation’s impact today!




        Thank you for your kindness & generosity in advance!

        FREE tutoring for qualifying ELL students (Translate)

        What: Free Tutoring
        When: In-Person on Sundays
        Location: 3551 NE John Olsen Ave Hillsboro OR 97124
        For English Language Learners (ELL) All-Ages!

        Online learning challenges pose a significant educational hurdle, particularly for immigrant students. Recognizing this, we have in-person one-on-one assistance to ensure they feel confident seeking and receiving help. Our high school students, under adult supervision, will act as tutors for English language learners (ELLs) of all ages if your family’s annual income is below $55,000.

        We are pleased to offer free personal tutoring sessions for ELLs. To participate, prior registration is required. For optimal benefits, consistent attendance is necessary, and drop-ins are not permitted. You can register at:

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