Northwest Dharma Association



Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Summer 2016, Volume 29, #2

From the Executive Director: The Region’s Dharma Community is Increasingly Collective and Effective

Participants in the May 7 Christian-Buddhist roundtable at Elliott Bay Books included Will Haag, Stephanie Eichentopf, George Draffan, CJ Young, Phil Peterson, Kyle Reynolds, Kathy Adams, Mark Winwood, Polly Trout, and Paul Metzger

Some 20 years ago, when I started volunteering with the Northwest Dharma Association, it was about old-fashioned mailing parties, loading bundles of original paper version of Northwest Dharma News into giant post office sacks, and getting event flyers out. After a while I served on the board for a few years, and then I focused on organizing and facilitating gatherings…

Canadian Leader to Offer First Online Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery courses

Author and teacher Valerie Mason-John, is now taking her eight-step work online

After years of offering the Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery courses in person, I will in July for time offer an online version of the series. The courses are a unique approach to breaking the cycle of addiction, based on the mindfulness teachings. As chairperson of the Vancouver Buddhist Centre, I am Dr. Valerie Mason-John M.A. (hon.doc of letters), a Buddhist teacher…

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche Book ‘Emotional Rescue’ Offers Real Solutions to Emotional Tangles

Ponlop Rinpoche laughs as he teaches on his new book, "Emotional Rescue," during a recent weekend event at Nalanda West in Seattle

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s  newest book, “Emotional Rescue: How to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Energy that Empowers You,” is a self-help guide for a broad audience. Unlike his previous books, such as “Mind Beyond Death” or “Rebel Buddha,” this one is written for a more Western readership, with little direct reference to Buddhist teachings or…

Freedom Project Resumes Mindfulness Circles

Rich Blick leads a mindfulness meditation session

Seattle Freedom Project’s monthly Mindfulness Circle has been re-started by Rich Blick, a former convict who is working to give to others what he received from the dharma. The Mindfulness Circle and discussion group now meets 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of each month, at the University Christian Church in Seattle. This is due to the efforts…

Buddhism in Black America: A Global Perspective

Dr. Charles Johnson, Lama Choyin Rangdrol, and Dr. Jason Wirth “turned the dharma wheel in new directions,” during a talk before a packed house March 8

Does BuddhaDharma philosophy and practice offer critical spiritual succor for African Americans? Two of the best-known and celebrated African American male Buddhist practitioners say yes. They shared their views on the relevance and urgency of BuddhaDharma for black Americans, before a packed house at Seattle University March 8. Lama Choyin Rangdrol opened and closed the unforgettable evening with short guided…

A Great Leader Passes on in Seattle, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen, Sakya Monastery Founder

The palanquin bearing the Thudkam, the body of H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, arriving at Sakya Monastery. On the left carrying the palanquin are H.E. Khondung Asanga Vajra Rinpoche, H.E. Dhungsey Zaya Vajra Sakya, H.E. Dhungsey Minzu Sakya. Also on the left, in glasses and dark hair, is H.E. Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche

His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, the founder and for decades leader of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, has passed into Paranirvana. Known more formally as His Holiness Vajra Dhara Kyabgön Dagchen Rinpoche Ngawang Kunga Sönam of the Phuntsok Phodrang, he died on April 29th, 2016. He was 87. His Holiness was considered a major leader within the world…


Featured Events

Summer 2016 Buddhist Studies Program

Member Group: Nitartha Institute

Start: Friday, July 15 @ 6:00 pm
End: Friday, August 12 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vajrayana: Kagyü and Nyingma
Teacher: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsengc

Join us for the Summer 2016 Buddhist Studies Program! July 15-Aug 13, 2016 in Vancouver, BC. Explore how everyday thought and speech serve as tools for discovering definitive meaning, the unconditioned wisdom and spontaneous compassion of the buddhadharma. Combining an in-depth course of study with training in meditation and analysis, Nitartha Institute introduces 21st century students to the complete Tibetan…

Buddhist Women Teachers Circle

Member Group: The Compassion Network (TCN Buddhist Center)

Date: Monday, August 15
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tradition: Multiple
Teacher: Multiple

Puget Sound area Buddhist women teachers and leaders are hereby invited into conversation. Given the profusion of Buddhist traditions that have developed since the time of the historical Buddha, how do Buddhist women in the Northwest think about and practice in light of gender norms and the multiplicity that is “Buddhisms”? Join special guests Venerable Dr. Pannavati and Reverend Myokei…

2016 Seattle Walk to Feed the Hungry

Member Group: Buddhist Global Relief

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Tradition: non-sectarian

The 2016 Walk to Feed the Hungry will be an opportunity to meet others interested in putting their compassion into action and raise funds to support Buddhist Global Relief. Since 2008, BGR has helped fund numerous projects around the world supporting food security, right livelihood, and human dignity. Join us for a fun day and good fellowship!


Calendar of Events

Madhyamaka through Metaphors with Geshe Dadul Namgyal


Geshe Dadul returns to continue his brilliant course on the relationship of dependent arising and emptiness. Combining his understanding of American culture with a lifetime of philosophical training, Geshela vividly guides our journey to explore the intricacies of cultivating the profound Middle-Way View. Geshe Dadul teaches in English and his style is lively and interactive. To prepare for this course,…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Start: Friday, September 9 @ 3:00 pm
End: Tuesday, September 13 @ 1:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Geshe Dadul Namgyal

SEC 111: How Buddhism Applies to Daily Life

Sakya Seal Better quality

Do you wonder about the protocol and proper etiquette to follow at Sakya Monastery?  Would you like to have specific guidelines about how to act like a Buddha?  In this class, we will cover Sakya Monastery’s Code of Conduct, the importance of making conscious choices throughout the day about your actions and thoughts, the Six Perfections (the key Buddhist ethical…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, July 31
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Murray Gordon

SEC 117 Buddha’s Life: In the Footsteps of the Buddha

Sakya Seal Better quality

To be covered: Overview of the life of Lord Buddha (DVD) The Holy days that we celebrate at Sakya Monastery Readings: A Praise of the Twelve Exemplary Deeds of Lord Buddha, The Heart Sutra and a Non-Sectarian Prayer by Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, The Life of Buddha: According to the Pali Canon by Bhikkhu Nanamoli  

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, August 21
Time: 8:30 am - 9:45 am
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Ngakpa Tashi Paljor

Developing an Internal Ethical Compass: CE Workshop

PSS branch

A Meditative Exploration of Skillful Clinical Boundaries Recollective Awareness Meditation is a thought and emotion friendly approach to meditation that encourages a process of clear discernment in the face of professional challenges and ethical dilemmas. Most mental health professionals know ethical “rules”, but often have little opportunity to ponder more nuanced situations. Ideally mental health professionals set aside our needs…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Pine Street Sangha

Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Nelly Kaufer

2016 Seattle Walk to Feed the Hungry


The 2016 Walk to Feed the Hungry will be an opportunity to meet others interested in putting their compassion into action and raise funds to support Buddhist Global Relief. Since 2008, BGR has helped fund numerous projects around the world supporting food security, right livelihood, and human dignity. Join us for a fun day and good fellowship!

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Buddhist Global Relief

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Type:

Tradition: non-sectarian

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Member Groups

Heart of Wisdom Zen Buddhist Temple

Our purpose is to offer a Zen Temple as a vibrant home in Portland for the Zen Community of Oregon and the larger community. We envision this temple as a place of stillness in a busy urban environment. In this temple we intend to; practice Zen Buddhism, offer Buddhist teachings, and embody the qualities of unflagging optimism, compassion and courage.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Portland, OR

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

For people seeking spiritual and personal growth, Sakya Monastery provides access to the Buddha's teachings and guidance in a community of practitioners. Sakya Monastery provides a place to learn from highly qualified and spiritual Tibetan Lamas in a beautiful traditional setting.   Head Lama of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism and a Head Lama of the Sakya Sect, H.H. Jigdal...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Bellingham Insight Meditation Society

Member led meditation group formed to support the Dhamma practice and teachings in the Theravada Buddhist traditions. Classes, study groups, book clubs, residential and non-residential retreats are regularly scheduled to support the practice and to benefit all beings.

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Bellingham, WA

Shambhala Meditation Center Seattle

Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center offers classes in Shambhala Buddhism, traditional Tibetan Buddhism, and open house meditation instruction and practice opportunities.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Drikung Seattle

Drikung Seattle was founded in 2013 by HE Garchen Rinpoche, a remarkable teacher with a remarkable life story. Garchen Rinpoche was imprisoned during the Communist occupation in Tibet for 20 years in the prime of his life. There, he met his guru Khenpo Munsel and secretly practiced. After his release, Rinpoche spread the teachings of dharma to all corners of...

Tradition: Drikung Kagyu || Location: Seattle, WA

Great Vow Zen Monastery

Great Vow is a residential, Zen Buddhist, training monastery inspired and guided by Jizo Bodhisattva's vow to help all beings who suffer, no matter where they are found. The monastery's aspiration is to maintain authentic, whole-hearted practice while keeping the teachings open and accessible to anyone with a sincere desire to practice the Buddha-way. Our practice is a synthesis of...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Clatskanie , OR

Sorig Institute

The Sorig Institute is dedicated to teaching Sorig Rigpa - the Science of Healing - and the related Vajrayana practices.  The curriculum of traditional Tibetan medicine follows that taught for centuries in Tibet based on the Four Tantras. The spiritual practices follow the Yuthok Nyingthik and related practices.  These practices were handed down by Yuthok Yonten Gompo and have a...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Shingyo Pre-sectarian Buddhist Temple

Practicing Buddhists have gathered in Shingyo Pre-sectarian Buddhist Temple (Shingyo Temple) to rediscover themselves and find the Buddha’s ways to be truly happy, successful, and enlightened in their everyday lives. While taking part, many of them show sincere desire to support other people, and help them to bring back satisfaction into their lives as well. Shingyo Temple was established through...

Tradition: Pre-sectarian || Location: Ellensburg, WA

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