Portland Friends of the Dhamma is a Theravada lay community of the Thai-Forest
lineage of Ajahn Chah. Our teachers are both monastic and lay. We exist to provide
access to the Buddha’s teachings as preserved in the Pali Canon. We do this through
ongoing programs, events, and workshops. We have a wide array of books and other
media all sponsored for free distribution.
Our purpose is to help interested people understand the Buddha’s teachings both
conceptually and through direct experience. Equally, we aim to support a community of
lay people following the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path of virtue, meditation, and
wisdom, grounded in generosity and compassion. Friends of the Dhamma is supported
by contributions (dana) from the community and does not charge fees for events.
We are honored to be affiliated with the Abhayagiri monastic sangha, provide support to
the Pacific Hermitage and receive guidance and teachings from both.