Northwest Dharma Association

Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Spring 2015, Volume 28, #1

Northwest Dharma Association Annual ReportFinancial Activities for 2014

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2014 income from gifts: In 2014, Northwest Dharma Association received $15,087 in donations. Donations from member groups as dues, and from generous individual donors and supporters, included: Gifts from the members of the Mahsangha Mala, NWDA supporters who have made a monthly pledge of $12 per month or more, represented…

Kilung Foundation Brings Education to Nomads

Kilung Monastery, in the snow of the Tibetan Himalayas.

Kilung Foundation, dedicated to bringing humanitarian and spiritual support to a key area of eastern Tibet, has been making significant progress in recent months. The organization, based on Whidbey Island in Washington state, is in particular focused on the region of Dzuchuka, in the region of Tibet traditionally known as…

Deeply Experiencing Sangha in a Magnificent Place

The MCPS group gathered, at beautiful Camp Indianola.

In January the extended sangha of the Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound gathered for a retreat led by teacher Michael Ciborski, and enlivened by the presence of many children. The mindfulness retreat, over the Martin Luther King weekend, was in the in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat…

Seattle-based Lotus Sisters Collective Gathers For Five-day Residential Retreat

Lotus sisters at the Whidbey Island retreat.

Bird singing in the trees above the alder-filled marsh, frogs croaking from within the marsh, and gorgeous stars in the night skies outside our meditation hall, accompanied us at the Lotus Sisters’ annual mid-February five-day winter residential retreat. The retreat, on Whidbey Island in Washington state, was led by the…

Drikung Seattle with New Members, Activities

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and his two attendants, Lama Bunima and Lama Abao at the Sakya Monastery in 2013. This was the first event organized by Drikung Seattle and the year of its founding.

Just two years after opening, Drikung Seattle is bustling with activity, new people and plans. Last September the center, which practices in the Drikung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, moved from a private residence to the West Seattle Senior Center. There the group is meeting weekly on Saturdays, from 10…

Featured Events

MahaSangha Regional Coordinators Meeting

nwda-logo-from-Home-Page The Regional Coordinators are NWDA’s representatives for the Mahasangha program. The Coordinators are the main volunteers who reach out to Buddhist organizations and non-aligned practitioners in their geographic area, and they facilitate local gatherings. The purpose of the quarterly Coordinators’ meetings is to develop the common purpose, guidelines, and message for the Mahasangha gather more...

The Undiscovered Society: The Undiscovered Self

SFcover3-1-300x226 Larry Ward is a lay dharma teacher practicing in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition since the 1990s. He co-leads mindfulness retreats with Peggy Rowe around the world. Larry and Peggy work with The Lotus Institute, whose mission is to offer mindfulness teachings, principles and practices that encourage individual healing and transformation, professional growth, and development in ways that enhan more...

BGR Walk to Feed the Hungry

bgr banner Buddhist Global Relief is an international organization that provides direct food aid to people afflicted by hunger and malnutrition, promotes ecologically sustainable agriculture, supports the education of girls and women, and helps start right livelihood projects to support families. more...

Expanding Mindfulness: CE Workshop for Mental Health Professionals

nbcc jpeg Learn about the Meditative Processes, different ways the mind functions and transforms in meditation. Recollective Awareness Meditation is a psychologically sophisticated process of meditation, reflection, and recollection which includes the benefits of mindfulness, while expanding the range of awareness. This thought and emotion friendly approach to meditation encourages a process of clear d more...

HE Garchen Rinpoche Teaching Program: July 4-12, 2015

DS_HEGR2015_PublicTalk His Holiness the Dalai Lama is quoted in the film “The Yogis of Tibet” as saying that His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is one of the last remaining Tibetan yogis in the world.

About HE Garchen Rinpoche

HE Garchen Rinpoche is an esteemed teacher in the Drikung Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. HE Garchen Rinpoche was imprisoned for 20 years at the age more...

HE Garchen Rinpoche, Inspiring Public Talk: “Living a Meaningful Life”

DS_HEGR2015_PublicTalk Please join us for an inspiring public talk by respected Tibetan teacher HE Garchen Rinpoche.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is quoted in the film “The Yogis of Tibet” as saying that His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is one of the last remaining Tibetan yogis in the world.

About HE Garchen Rinpoche

HE Garchen Rinpoche was imprisoned f more...


Calendar of Events

Lojong and the Practice of Enlightened Society
04-11-2015 8:30am Portland, OR

Weekthun is a week long, non-residential group retreat which
includes sitting and walking meditation, personal meditation instruction, talks,
periods of silence, contemplative meals, and other activities. During the week, we


Recollective Awareness Meditation Workshop
04-19-2015 9:30 AM Portland, OR
Pine Street Sangha

Open to all, but especially useful to meditators who are newer to
Recollective Awareness Meditation.This half day workshop is also an opportunity for
more experienced students to meditate and to ask your current questions about…



Member Groups

Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Seattle Chapter
Non-sectarian Seattle, WA

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 ins…


Pacific Hermitage
Theravada White Salmon, 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…


Samden Ling
Tibetan Portland, OR
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Samden Ling was founded in 2000 by Adzom
Rinpoche. The lineage of The Longchen Nyingthig, Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse
as taught by Tibetan Meditation Masters Longchen Rabjam and Jigme Lingpa are open to
All Interested. Sa…


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