Northwest Dharma Association



Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Fall 2016, Volume 29, #3

From President Tim Tapping: Help NW Dharma Meet Urgent Cash Crunch

Ven. Tulku Yeshe Gyatso leads a calligraphy workshop at the Arts as Buddhist Practice festival, organized by Northwest Dharma Association in March, 2014.

Here in the fall of 2016 the Northwest Dharma Association bank account is low — will you help? Even though your NWDA has been frugal and has cut expenses to the bone, donations have recently been falling behind expenses. The dharma community needs to be generous and chip in, if your Northwest Dharma Association is to continue supporting and connecting the…

New Seattle Buddhist Teachers Tread Own Paths

Happy new teachers Bonnie Duran, Tim Geil and Keri Pederson, at Spirit Rock. Embracing them is Andre Alton Hardy, a former Seahawks player who is now an author, grad school student, and partner of Against the Stream co-guiding teacher JoAnna Harper.

This summer four Seattle-area practitioners completed a four-year teacher training in Buddhadharma  and vipassana meditation, through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California and  Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts. The four new Seattle-area teachers are Bonnie Duran, Tim Geil, Brent Morton, and Keri Pederson. IMS and Spirit Rock are leading institutions in the evolution of insight or vipassana meditation in…

Buddhas Span 13 Centuries at Asian Art Museum

Three standing Buddhas, made of limestone and marble, from China and Thailand, are as old as the sixth century.

Seattle’s Asian Art Museum is displaying 20 images of historic Buddhas in its new installation, “Awakened Ones: Buddhas of Asia.” The installation is currently on view at the Asian Art Museum in Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park, until the end of February 2017. Then the museum, a unit of the Seattle Art Museum, will temporarily close for renovations. The pieces come…

Just Out of Prison? Where Will You Live?

Long-term volunteers like these are essential in prison work. Left to right: Emmanuel Go, Rev. Genko Blackman, Bruce Munson, Ven. Tsering Motup, Shirley Tam, and Chung Chun Chan.

Just-released prison inmates are struggling to find housing in the Seattle area’s white-hot housing market, while Buddhist supporters and others try to help them, before and after release. The vast majority of inmates in Washington state release into King, Pierce, or Snohomish counties, where skyrocketing rents and low vacancy rates create a perfect storm of housing issues. Seattle is the…

White Buddhist Practitioners Gather in Seattle To See, Challenge and Break Tangles of Racism

The three teachers guided participants in better understanding their whiteness, and unconscious attitudes about race.

In June more  than 60 people, most of whom self-identified as white, gathered at the Seattle Insight Meditation Center for a “Day of Mindfulness for White Allies.” They brought their open-hearted willingness to learn and grow, and a commitment to support one another to heal from the inner and outer effects of racism. They came from their own eagerness to learn…

A Brief History of Nothing Special… 30 Years of Practicing Zen in Anchorage, Alaska

After Sunday zazen and service. Front row from left to right: Cindy Bonney, Genmyo Jana Zeedyk, Resident Teacher, Judy Saha, Ronn Rasmussen and Traci Webb. Back row left to right: John Moriarty, Ralph Jordan, Matthew Rasmussen, Kirby Kauffman and Todd Blessing.

The Anchorage Zen Community is acknowledging its 30th anniversary this year, after evolving in an Alaskan city better known for snow and oil workers than Buddhist groups. The not-so-large sangha, with about 20 regular members, offers a regular program of zazen, the meditation practice common to Zen tradition. The biggest weekly event is a Sunday morning service, which includes periods…


Featured Events

In the Mirror of Death

Member Group: Rigpa Seattle

Start: Tuesday, September 27 @ 7:00 pm
End: Tuesday, November 15 @ 7:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhist
Teacher: Sogyal Rinpoche

An Introduction to the Tibetan Buddhist Understanding of Dying and Death Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm, Sept. 27th through Nov. 15th This 8 week course guides participants through the essential teachings on dying and death from the Buddhist tradition of Tibet. It offers a glimpse of this practical wisdom and sacred inspiration, which is beneficial for today’s world. The universal message of…

Eight Step Recovery Retreat October 1st!

Member Group: Northwest Buddhist Recovery

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tradition: Eight Step Recovery / Triratna
Teacher: Taraphrabha

Eight Step Recovery Meetings (Seattle and Everett) are combining energy to hold a retreat in Everett on Oct 1 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. All are welcome.  Taraphrabha, from the Triratna Buddhist Community in Seattle will focus on The Five Precepts and the book, Eight Step Recovery: Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction will be referenced. There will be…

Faith and Climate Action Conference

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, and other practitioners address the question: How do the beliefs and practices of my faith help me respond to climate change? Workshops include the Principles of Spiritual Activism, Community Solutions to Climate Disruption, Getting to the Green Economy, Plant for the Planet Academy for Middle School Kids, Eating for a Healthy Planet, How to Talk about Climate to your Friends and Neighbors,…

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!

Compassion and Bodhicitta, Essential Ingredients for a Peaceful World, with Venerable Tenzin Tsepal

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: non-sectarian/Tibetan
Teacher: Venerable Tenzin Tsepal

Public Talk on foundational teachings in the path by Venerable Tenzin Tsepal. Biography:

The Wisdom of Dependent Arising, with Venerable Tenzin Tsepal

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Sunday, October 16
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tradition: non-sectarian/Tibetan
Teacher: Venerable Tenzin Tsepal

Understanding the most profound truth in Buddhism – the absence of inherent existence involves a careful process of reasoning that falls neither to the extremes of nihilism, nor eternalism. Dependent arising is considered “the king of reasonings”, enabling the practitioner to move closer to liberating insight without falling into erroneous views. ***DFF does not charge admission to any of our…

Contemplative Caregiving: A Day-Long Skill-Building Retreat

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian
Teacher: Jonathan Prescott

The realities of old age, sickness and death touch each of our lives.  When these events happen to us, we have the possibility of accepting them with wisdom and resilience.  When they happen to our loved ones, we can learn to respond with skillful caregiving and compassionate presence. Join us for a day long retreat that invites us to touch…

Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering, with Venerable Thubten Chodron

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Tuesday, November 15
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: non-sectarian/Tibetan
Teacher: Venerable Thubten Chodron

Why do things happen the way they do in our lives? How do we create the causes for a happy life? The Buddhist practice of mind training gives us the answer to these questions: it involves overcoming our self-centered attitude and replacing it with an attitude that cherishes others. This, in turn, leads us to act in ways that naturally…

Wesak Dialogues

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am
End: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Our region includes virtually every Buddhist tradition and culture, and is a great crossroads for tens of thousands of practitioners, those born into Buddhist heritage, and those adopting Buddhist practice as adults. In March and April 2017, the Northwest Dharma Association will be hosting a series of dialogues among Buddhist teachers and leaders. The goal is to share our experiences and perspectives,…


Calendar of Events

Faith and Climate Action Conference


Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, and other practitioners address the question: How do the beliefs and practices of my faith help me respond to climate change? Workshops include the Principles of Spiritual Activism, Community Solutions to Climate Disruption, Getting to the Green Economy, Plant for the Planet Academy for Middle School Kids, Eating for a Healthy Planet, How to Talk about Climate to your Friends and Neighbors,…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions with Ven. Thubten Chodron


Ven. Chodron teaches from her book, co-written with His Holiness the Dalai Lama—Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions. The course offers a rare opportunity to delve into Buddhism by studying the commonalities and differences in Buddhist traditions of the world. This is the second installment of the teaching, picking up at Chapter 6, “The Higher Training in Wisdom: Thirty-Seven Aids to…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Start: Wednesday, November 9 @ 4:00 pm
End: Friday, November 18 @ 1:00 pm
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Journey to Dunhuang: Buddhist Art of the Silk Road Caves

Journey To Dunhuang: Buddhist Art Of The Silk Road Caves

Located at China’s western frontier, the ancient city of Dunhuang was at a crossroads of the civilizations of East Asia, Central Asia, and the Western world. The Gobi desert lay east. To the west, the soaring peaks of Mount Kunlun, Mount Tian, and the Pamirs encircled the dreaded Taklamakan desert. These surroundings of living rock, sand, wind, and water—alive with…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: SAMGardnerCenter

Start: Thursday, September 1 @ 10:00 am
End: Friday, December 9 @ 5:00 pm
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New Year’s Non-Residential Retreat


Welcome in the New Year with reflection and introspection at a week-end non-residential retreat at the Pine Street Sangha. On Saturday we’ll meditate with Recollective Awareness Meditation sanghas around the world. At retreats there is ample time for sitting meditation, silent reflection, dharma talks and group discussion. New perspectives are discovered in interviews. Non-residential retreats are low cost, while offering…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Pine Street Sangha

Start: Friday, December 30 @ 6:30 pm
End: Sunday, January 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Nelly Kaufer

Introductory Meditation Class Series


6 Mondays (9/19 – 10/24) Insight meditation also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life with increasing balance and equanimity….

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Monday, September 19 @ 7:00 pm
End: Monday, October 24 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tuere Sala

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Member Groups

Co Lam Pagoda

Vietnamese Pure Land buddhist Temple. The Abbot is the most reverened Thich Nguyen An. We provide 1. Temple chanting and meditation 2. a Buddhist youth program (in English and Vietnamese),teaching values and moral behavior. 3. Fellowship 4. We have several monks who speak English. 5 We perform weddings, funerals, memorial, blessing, and hospital visitation services.

Tradition: Pure land || Location: Seattle, WA

Ashland Zen Center

A Soto Zen temple in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi. Our non-residential, temple-based training provides the opportunity to practice with teachers, priests and a sangha while fully, meaningfully engaged in work and family life. One-day sittings, sesshins and extended retreats provide students additional opportunities to deepen practice. Ashland Zen Center is a non-profit organization, maintained and supported entirely by donations...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Ashland, OR

White River Buddhist Temple

Our monthly gatherings center on a dharma discussion of some aspect of Buddhist social activism. All are welcome to attend. Our intent is to make our monthly discussions alive and meaningful, open to new folks, and Buddhist in inspiration. The practice of listening as a way of healing and being present with the suffering of the world is the focus...

Tradition: Mahayana Buddhism - Pure Land Sect - Nishi Hongwanji Ha - Founder Shinran Shonin circa 13th Century || Location: Auburn, WA

People of Color and Allies Sangha

The People of Color and Allies Sangha (POCAS) is a Buddhist inspired, peer led mindfulness group. It meets weekly on Thursday Nights for a sit and Dharma discussion. All People of Color interested in meditation and Buddhism are invited to attend. Allies must be sponsored by a person of color and current member that can vouch for their level of...

Tradition: Non-sectarian || Location: Seattle, WA

Palchen Study Group Seattle

We are a Tibetan Buddhist practice group within the Terchen Barway Dorje lineage under the spiritual guidance of Venerable Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, the spiritual head of Kunzang Palchen Ling in Red Hook, New York.  We reflect Kunzang Palchen Ling’s non-sectarian mission and respect all religious traditions. Bardor Rinpoche has a close connection with the Northwest, having taught here for the past...

Tradition: Terchen Barway Dorje (Tibetan Buddhism) || 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

Birken Forest Monastery

A Canadian Theravada Buddhist Monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah.

Tradition: Theravada Thai Forest || Location: Knutsford, BC

Natural Awareness

George Draffan has trained since the 1970s in the Tibetan and Theravada Buddhist traditions, and in body-based practices including taiji-qigong and Feldenkrais. In his teaching George emphasizes body-based awareness, stability (shamatha) and clarity (vipassana), and compassionate awareness of the habit-patterns that prevent us from being present and responsive. He encourages students to connect with their own situation and motivation. George offers workshops,...

Tradition: Non-sectarian || Location: Seattle area, WA

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