Robert Beatty

Robert Beatty is a member of the first wave of Theravada Buddhist teachers who brought Mindfulness from Asia in the 1970s. He is the founder and guiding teacher of the Portland Insight Meditation Community. His life is devoted to helping others discover the profound ways Buddhist practices can transform one’s life, reduce suffering and create happiness. Robert founded the Portland Insight Meditation Community where he is the guiding teacher.

His meditation training began with Goenka in India in 1972. He has studied with many teachers in Burma, India and the US. Robert was empowered to teach the Dharma by Ruth Denison in 1983. He has worked with thousands of students and created a unique synthesis of Buddhist methods of awakening and healing and those of Western psychotherapy. He works with individuals and leads retreats in British Columbia, Canada, Europe, Oregon, and Washington.
Robert has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto and a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University. 
Robert uses humour, movement, music, poetry and drumming to teach meditation for everyday life, including intimate relationships, parenting, work and our relationship to the greater community.
Robert is a husband, father, grandfather, poet, musician, skier, lover of mountains and is fully engaged with life.

Events with Robert Beatty

Prayer flags Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
December 1 - 8, 2023

Awakening with Love and Compassion, a Mindfulness Meditation Retreat Perhaps it is time for you to take a deeper dive into your inner life.? Explore what mindfulness and love can reveal with some focused practice in the context of a compassionate community. Take a week before the Christmas rush to center yourself on what really matters to you. Join Robert Beatty for eight days of meditation in a beautiful natural setting. Robert will provide Dharma instruction, guided meditations, and individual guidance. In addition to sitting, walking, and movement meditations, you will be invited to use every moment of your days…