We may often give without love, but we can never love without giving.
– Swami Chinmayananda
We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID# is 46-3068853.
The Mission of the Chinmaya Mission(R) organization is to provide to individuals, from any background, the wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means of spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors to society
Chinmaya Mission was established in India in 1953 by devotees of the world-renowned Vedanta teacher, H.H Swami Chinmayananda. Under his guidance, these devotees formed the nucleus of a spiritual renaissance movement that now encompasses a wide range of spiritual, educational, and charitable activities, ennobling the lives of thousands in India and worldwide. The Mission is now headed by His Holiness Swami Tejomayananda with 300 centers worldwide.
Chinmaya Mission makes available the ageless wisdom of Vedanta, the knowledge of the one Reality, and provides the tools to realize that wisdom in one’s life. “to give maximum happiness to the maximum number for the maximum time” is the tenet that drives Mission workers to uplift humanity beyond selfish and sectarian attitudes and activities. Each person’s gain is many-fold: personal growth, heightened efficiency, contentment, and the ability to live with others in peace and harmony.
For the past 25 years in existence, Chinmaya Mission Portland has lived up to the Chinmaya Mission motto of providing “maximum happiness to the maximum number of people for the maximum amount of time”. We have taught our children to live honestly the noble life of sacrifice and service, to produce more than they consume, and to give more than they take from society. We have seen the toddler class of 1996 bloom into productive members of society, graduating from the best institutions in the world and going on to demonstrate leadership in the professional careers and personal lives.
With over 200 families and 250+ students, we continue to do the noble work inspired by Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda, to build a better nation by imparting the age-old wisdom of the Indian scriptures. This learning is delivered through an army of volunteers, who teach the children through a structured age-appropriate curriculum. In order to learn through practice, we work in our local as well as our world community. We partner locally with the Oregon Food Bank, Transition Projects for the homeless, and Adopt-A-Road program while globally we work with our nonprofit partner CORD USA Inc to work with women’s empowerment, seeking sustainable permanent solutions, wherein our members including children participate in service visits to countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Nepal where they work to educate and assist to improve the lives of the not so fortunate, guided by our goal to “give people a hand up rather than a hand out”.
Our local center works closely with CORD USA to sponsor fundraising activities for rural projects in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. CORD USA also works with sustainable national humanitarian projects like the Bhutanese Refugees Empowerment Program and Transition Projects. We coordinate closely with these projects and facilitate service visits for high schoolers to these areas, which offers a once in a lifetime opportunity in volunteering and experiencing life in remote parts of the world.
We thank you for joining us in this journey with enthusiastic support that will help enrich the lives of many people in the Portland community and the Indian subcontinent and simultaneously create a lasting legacy for generations to come.
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Chinmaya Mission Portland
3551 NE John Olsen Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97124
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