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Northwest Dharma News

Summer 2014, Volume 27, #2

Stepping out of the Silent Practice Box: Insight Meditation for Parents and Children

The children and their parents gather for a picnic in a Vancouver, B.C., park

The insight meditation community in Vancouver, British Columbia, has begun to offer meditation sessions intended to meet the needs of entire families, including children. With support of the British Columbia Insight Meditation Society, since January we have met monthly to…

Dalai Lama to Confer Empowerment, Teach Lojong During Oct. 21-23 Visit to Vancouver, B.C.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting people during his 2009 trip to Vancouver

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Vancouver, British Columbia, Oct. 21-23, for public teachings and other events associated with two Vancouver-area education non-profits. On the morning of Oct. 23, His Holiness will confer an empowerment of Avalokiteshvara, the Tibetan…

Thai Forest Monks and Tibetan Nuns Together Restore Forest at Old Gold Mine Hermitage

Monks, nuns, and dharma friends on a windy hill near the Old Gold Mine Hermitage

This spring the Old Gold Mine Hermitage, near rural Republic, Washington, was the site of what for the locals must have seemed an unlikely work party. For five days Buddhist monks and nuns joined lay practitioners to help restore a…

The Siskiyou Householder Refuge A Dharma Rain Cohousing Initiative

Betty Huang and Jeff Stooky staff a Siskiyou outreach table on Earth Day

Members of Portland’s Dharma Rain Zen Center are creating a cohousing community of 32 units on their newly purchased temple land, to be a place of refuge and practice. Site preparations for the Siskiyou Householder Refuge are to start this…

Featured Events

Annual Regional Teachers Meeting (Seattle)

nwda-logo-bright Nurturing understanding and cooperation among diverse Buddhist traditions and practitioners is the mission of the Northwest Dharma Association. What better way than to bring together Buddhist teachers and monastics from across the region?

For the past 12 years, on the first Saturday of October, Buddhist teachers have been hosted by various Zen, Theravada, Tibetan, and Pure La more...

Annual Regional Teachers Meeting (Portland)

nwda-logo-bright Nurturing understanding and cooperation among diverse Buddhist traditions and practitioners is the mission of the Northwest Dharma Association. What better way than to bring together Buddhist teachers and monastics from across the region?

For the past 12 years, on the first Saturday of October, Buddhist teachers have been hosted by various Zen, Theravada, Tibetan, and Pure La more...

Introduction to Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga

sit.breathe.feel A rare opportunity to take classes in Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga. If you are a meditator, or you have never found a yoga that works for you, it is worth checking out Kum Nye. Based on exercises that date back to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha, these exercises are thought to be an excellent support for meditation practice.

If you have never done yoga before or tried yoga but ha more...

Dharma Talk with Lama Rabten Tsering

Lama Rabten Join us for a dharma talk and Q+A with Lama Rabten Tsering.

Translation by Chris Stagg.

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Meg Wheatley – Avoiding the Ambush of Hope

Meg-Wheatley-600dpi Are you trying to make a difference in your family, community, oganization or in the world? Are you struggling with the hope and fear that clings to the desire to make positive changes? Join us at NalandaWest as Meg Wheatley brings her extensive experience and foundation as a Buddhist practitioner to Seattle to lead a retreat to support those of us actively engaged in changing things for the more...

Fall 2014 Sesshin: The Full Awareness of Breathing

Fall The Puget Sound Zen Center invites you to attend a five day period of intensive Zen practice at beautiful Camp Sealth on the shores of Vashon Island from October 8-12, 2014. Co-teachers Genko Kathy Blackman and Koshin Christopher Cain will focus throughout the sesshin on the sutra “The Full Awareness of Breathing.” The daily schedules will include periods of seated and walking meditation, dhar more...

Heart of Zen

Kaj-picture-1-533x400 This formal day-sit, with guest teacher Eshin John Godfrey of the Zen Centre of Vancouver, will include periods of seated meditation, walking meditation, lunch, and a dharma talk and discussion. Eshin trained under Joshu Sasaki Roshi in the Rinzai tradition. He became a monk in 1982, later accepted responsibility for the Zen Centre of Vancouver, and was ordained in 1988 as a Zen Osho, or authorize more...

Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara

10_09 Green Tara Initiation A sacred mandala dance practice in which Tara's 21 aspects are praised for the purpose of sending the blessing and healing to All Sentient Beings. We will be instructed in movement, meditation, and hand mudras by Parvati, a senior Taradhatu teacher visiting from Arizona. On the last day we will offer the dance to family and friends at Sakya Monastery. This mandala dance was envisioned in 1985 more...

Buddhist Global Relief’s Walk to Feed the Hungry

bgr logo 2 Close to a billion people worldwide face hunger as a fact of daily life. Hunger and related illnesses claim some ten million lives each year, half of them children. The increasingly serious effects of climate change are making it ever harder on farmers and increasing the price of food. We may feel helpless in the face of so much need, but by joining together we can make a difference and make more...

In the Mirror of Death- An Introduction to the Tibetan Buddhist Understanding of Death and Dying

MirrorOfDeath image full size 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 so beneficial for today’s world. The universal message of these teachings speaks to people from all walks of life and is relevant for those of any spiritual tradition or none. They show u more...

Steve Armstrong Day Long Retreat

search A Lifestyle of Awareness and Wisdom Retreat

On this day of mindfulness practices, we will discover the Buddha’s many practical applications of awareness in the fullness of our householders’ life in the 21st century. Since our personal, professional, political, economic, and social environments are constantly in flux, so too the mind is ever-changing, a dynamic opport more...

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Calendar of Events

Introduction to Recollective Awareness Meditation
09-28-2014 9:30 AM Portland, OR

Open to all, but especially useful to meditators who are newer to Recollective Awareness Meditation. Learn the fundamentals of an innovative approach to meditation that emphasizes gentleness, curiosity and freedom. This approach i…

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Member Groups

Drikung Seattle
Tibetan Seattle, WA

Drikung Seattle was founded by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche in 2012. Drikung Seattle is a Dharma center in the Drikung Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Bellingham Insight Meditation Society
Vipassana Bellingham, WA

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 t…

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Dharma Friendship Foundation
Tibetan Seattle, WA

Our Mission Statement:

* To sponsor qualified Buddhist teachers to teach Buddhist philosophy, psychology, and meditation.
* To provide a mutually supportive spiritual community for Buddhist practitioners.
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Maitripa College
Non-sectarian Portland, OR

Maitripa College in Portland, Oregon, is the Northwest’s first Buddhist college. Rooted in a lineage of Tibetan Buddhist practice from its founder and president, Yangsi Rinpoche, the college is officially non-sectarian and welcomi…

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