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Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Spring 2016, Volume 29, #1

NWDA 2015 Financial Activity

Northwest Dharma Association supports Buddhist teachings, practice and community. NWDA relies completely on donations from member groups and individual donors to pay for the website, directory, calendar, news, and all the events that NWDA sponsors. Modest stipends help to compensate four people who do most of the major organizing and maintain NWDA’s activities. The total donated in 2015 was $21,961….

Seattle Buddhists Deepen Awareness of Racism

Ruby Phillips, right, reads to the people gathered at the White Awake group

About 20 Seattle Buddhist practitioners have been meeting over five weeks, learning to use mindfulness practice to bring more awareness to issues of racism. Each of the meetings is a focused exploration, with topics including: personal experience of race, four levels of racism, explicit bias, and white fragility. In our practice, we learn to sit with whatever arises rather than spiraling…

Artist’s Glass Buddhas Reveal the Light Within

A compassionate Buddha, created by Jill Whitmore of kiln-formed glass, sometimes in six layers

I am an artist. And one of the many things that truly inspires me is creating Buddhas. I work in glass and multi media, creating florals, nudes, landscapes, still life wine scenes, abstracts, wearable art, and large multimedia pieces in acrylic with glass overlays. I especially like making Buddhas. I started creating Buddhas in glass well over a decade ago….

Cooking 100 Meals a Month for the Hungry; A Template for Expanding the Work Broadly

100 Meals cooks in the zendo kitchen left to right, Dee Seishun Endleman, Anne Sendo Howells and Sally Zenka Metcalf

When a group of friends at Chobo-Ji Zen Practice Center heard about the nutritional shortcomings of food offered to homeless people, they decided to make a solid culinary difference for the hungry. Thus their 100 Meals Program was born. Since June of 2015, volunteers from Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji (a Rinzai Zen temple in the heart of…

Old Gold Mine Hermitage Offers Rural Retreat Space For Monastics, Dedicated Lay People, in Washington

The two primitive kutis share a beautiful view of the Kettle River Mountains

Ten years after its founding, Old Gold Mine Hermitage continues to provide isolated retreat space for individuals in the extreme northeast corner of Washington state. The name reflects the fact that there’s an old gold mine shaft on the 40-acre property, but more deeply points to the hope that retreatants staying here are mining for true gold, that which is…

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Featured Events

Vesakha Buddha Day

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, May 28
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Mahasangha

Join together with monks, teachers, and practitioners from many Buddhist traditions in an afternoon of celebration in observance of the birthday, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Co-sponsors include the Northwest Dharma Association, Chua Duoc Su Buddhist Cultural Center of the Northwest, Atammayatarana Temple, Buddhangkura Temple, Dhammakaya Seattle Meditation Center, Seattle Koyasan Temple, and others.

Geshe Thubten Phelgye – Three Principal Aspects, Foundation of All Good Qualities – Root Texts by Je Tsongkhapa

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Saturday, May 28
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Geshe Thubten Phelgye

e Phelgye is Global Scholar in Residence at Gonzaga University, Founder of the Universal Compassion Foundation dedicated to animal welfare and protecting and preserving Mother Earth. He was ordained as a monk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1977.  He completed a 5 year solitary retreat in the mountains above Dharamsala, India in 1998. He is also a past…

Geshe Thubten Phelgye – Three Principal Aspects, Foundation of All Good Qualities – Root Texts by Je Tsongkhapa

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Sunday, May 29
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Geshe Thubten Phelgye

Geshe Phelgye is Global Scholar in Residence at Gonzaga University, Founder of the Universal Compassion Foundation dedicated to animal welfare and protecting and preserving Mother Earth. He was ordained as a monk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1977.  He completed a 5 year solitary retreat in the mountains above Dharamsala, India in 1998. He is also a past…

Summer Weekthun: The Heart of Nowness with Rebecca Hazell & Jay Stewart

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Start: Saturday, June 4 @ 8:30 am
End: Friday, June 10 @ 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Shambhala
Teacher: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

So often our lives seem like a chaotic blur of events, emotions, needs, demands, hopes, fears, and regrets.  Yet there is no other time than right now, and it is possible to live not only fully in nowness but also with great heart and appreciation for life. These are the themes we will explore in our 2016 weekthun. Rebecca Hazell,…

Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee – Seattle Teachings

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Date: Friday, June 10
Time: 7:00 pm
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Tradition: Drikung Kagyu
Teacher: H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee is the spiritual director and guide at Chicago Ratna Shri, a dharma center in the Drikung Kagyu tradition. Rinpoche will be giving a weekend teaching on the Chakrasamvara practice, according to the Fivefold Path of Mahamudra by Lord Drigungpa. During the time of the Buddha, King Indrabudhi requested the Buddha for a method of liberation, which…

Compassionate Care Seminar

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, June 18
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Mahasangha

Health and social service professionals and volunteers and monastics from any Buddhist tradition are invited to participate in a day-long seminar to share their skills and experiences in dealing with the terminally ill and their families, and to explore opportunities for improving communication and working relationships with hospices, hospitals, funeral homes, and other institutions. The formats and topics for the…

Wisdom Lecture Series – Modern Reflections on Buddhism – Second of eight of a series of talks

Member Group: Seattle One Drop Zendo - Moon Water Dojo

Date: Friday, June 24
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Zen
Teacher: Jan Chozen Bays

Ongoing series held one day in Seattle, WA at Nalanda West and one day on Whidbey Island at Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery. This second talk (June 24 Seattle and 26 Tahoma) will be by Chozen Bays, a Zen Teacher in the White Plum tradition and a pediatric physician practicing in Oregon. Cost of entire 8 lecture series is $100…

Wisdom Lecture Series – Modern Reflections on Buddhism – Second of eight of a series of talks

Member Group: Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery

Date: Sunday, June 26
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Tradition: Zen
Teacher: Jan Chozen Bays

Ongoing series held one day in Seattle, WA at Nalanda West and one day on Whidbey Island at Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery. This second talk (June 24 Seattle and 26 Tahoma) will be by Chozen Bays, a Zen Teacher in the White Plum tradition and a pediatric physician practicing in Oregon. Seattle June 24 @ Nalanda West [7 –…

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…

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Calendar of Events

Online auction of art by Miya Ando in support of the Tibetan Nuns Project

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Miya Ando, the renowned New York minimalist artist, has created a special series of five mandalas to be auctioned online to raise funds for the Tibetan Nuns Project, a registered charity based in Seattle and India. All proceeds of the sale of the works, after the small fees from the auction house, will be donated by the artist to the…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Tibetan Nuns Project

Start: Thursday, May 26 @ 8:00 am
End: Thursday, June 9 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan

SEC 116 Understanding the Thursday Chenrezi Service

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In this class, we will go through the Thursday evening Chenrezi practice book, Filling Space to Benefit Beings, page by page.  We will explain the meaning of the text, the visualizations and the hand gestures (mudras) that should be used in each section.   Chenrezi is the key spiritual practice at Sakya Monastery and blesses us to become kinder and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, June 19
Time: 8:30 am - 9:45 am
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Moses Tovar

SEC 115 The Heart Sutra

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Emptiness is one of the most important, but hardest to understand philosophical concepts in Tibetan Buddhism.  When you  understand emptiness, you understand the features of an enlightened mind.  In this class, you will receive an explanation of emptiness and how to discover, understand, and realize it.   Readings: Essence of the Heart Sutra by the Dalai Lama; The Heart Sutra…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, May 29
Time: 8:30 am - 9:45 am
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Tim Tapping

Through Dhamma Eyes: Training in Awareness and Wisdom

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Cultivating stable awareness of all experience is training in wisdom that reveals liberating insights into the nature of reality. We see that everything that appears is the natural display of impersonal conditions giving rise to their lawful effect. When the mind is supported by skillful view and is unclouded by confusion, greed or negativity, reality is accurately recognized. This is seeing the world through…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Bellingham Insight Meditation Society

Start: Saturday, June 25 @ 9:00 am
End: Sunday, June 26 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Steve Armstrong and Alexis Santos

Madhyamaka through Metaphors with Geshe Dadul Namgyal

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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

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Member Groups

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

Pacific Hermitage

Nestled in the Columbia River Gorge along a forested stretch of White Salmon's Jewett Creek is the home of a small group of Theravada Buddhist monks. The Pacific Hermitage is a branch of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, California. The Hermitage is a place of seclusion where the monks devote their lives to meditation and simple living. The monks...

Tradition: Theravada || Location: White Salmon, WA

Dharma Buddies

Dharma Buddies offers a safe space for gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer men to explore spiritual freedom and growth within a Buddhist framework. The group provides peer-led meditations, conversations, and book discussions on spiritual and practical themes. Dharma Buddies also offers annual retreats allowing men to explore the benefits of meditation in depth. Our meeting site, Cal Anderson House on...

Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Mixed, Mahasangha || Location: Seattle, WA

Seattle Community Practice Group of the Dzogchen Foundation

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Mahasati Retreat Association

The Mahasati Retreat Association is a group of over twenty volunteers, in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco Bay area, Southern California, and Houston, Texas, including several Theravadan Buddhist monks, who are dedicated to promoting the teachings of Ajahn Jamnian (also know as Luang Por Jumnien), a meditation master in the Thai Forest Tradition. Each summer, in June, Ajahn Jamnian travels from...

Tradition: Theravada- Vipassana (Thai Forest Tradition ) || Location: Olympia, WA

BICW-Seattle

Bodhi Institute of Compassion and Wisdom 我們的宗旨是弘扬佛法,让佛法的慈悲、智慧甘露滋润人们的心田;消弭人们心中的烦恼、痛苦和压力。从改变自身开始, 令生命更有意义,促进社会和谐。

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: , WA

Pema Kilaya Sangha

Pema Kilaya is the sangha of western students of H.E. Kilung Jigme Rinpoche. Begun in 1998 in Seattle, the group has members around the US and Canada, and in Denmark. We organize teachings of Kilung Rinpoche, bringing him to the west at least once a year or more. Rinpoche's seat is now on Whidbey Island, where many of his teachings...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Clinton, WA

Seattle Soto Zen

Come Sit with Us Our weekly Sunday sitting is open to all. Beginners are more than welcome. We offer zazen instruction at 9:10 AM. Seattle Soto Zen practices in the tradition of Suzuki Roshi, founder of the San Francisco Zen Center. We follow the forms of Soto Zen with a spirit of warmth and inclusion. Anyone interested in meditation is...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

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