About Us


Our Center
The Natural Mind Dharma Center was founded in 1996 by Michael Scott Stevens (Pema Kunsang). Located at 345 SW Century Drive in Bend, Oregon, the Center maintains a full weekly schedule of dharma practices and talks, along with introductory classes, book groups, special workshops, and teachings from visiting lamas. Our small center includes a traditional shrine room with an altar and thangkha paintings (symbolic images used for visualization & reflection), as well as a small shop with dharma items and library.

About Vajrayana Buddhism
Vajrayana is a form of Buddhism that had its highest development in Tibet. Rich in imagery and archetype, Vajrayana employs visualization and mantra (the chanting of prayers in Tibetan or Sanskrit) to cultivate meditation and a sense of sustained inner peace. If we approach these outward forms of the practice with playful curiosity, we open ourselves to their true meaning.

Our Lineage
A lifetime spiritual practitioner, Michael Stevens arrived to his home in Vajrayana Buddhism following a degree in Comparative Religions,
graduate work in theology and clinical psychology, and twenty years studying and teaching yoga. Michael opened the first yoga center in Bend in the early 1980s. In the early 90s, Michael discovered his Buddhist spiritual home through study with Khenchen Palden Sherab, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, Lama Rinchen Phuntsok, and other masters in the Dudjom Tersar Lineage.

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Michael is the author of Being an Ordinary Buddha: Practicing the Natural Mind (available at the center or amazon.com) His approach to the dharma is thoroughly studied, fearlessly direct, disarmingly humorous, and richly applicable to daily life.

You are invited to listen to Michael’s recent teachings. Simply go the links page and click on “Dharma Talks”.