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Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Fall 2014, Volume 27, #3

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: A Decade of Teaching With Seattle as Home

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche teaching students at Nalanda West, Mitra Dean Tyler Dewar translating

Ten years ago Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche made Seattle the home of his dharma activities around the world, and created what has become Nalanda West. Born in India, Rinpoche studied with some of the great teachers in the Nyingma/Kagu lineage, including…

Sravasti Abbey Consecrates New Chenrezig Hall

Abbess Ven. Thubten Chodron and Construction Manager Ven. Thubten Tarpa cut the ribbon together

Sravasti Abbey’s new Chenrezig Hall, the accomplishment of a long endeavor, will expand the monastery’s offerings to a growing circle of people. In June about 80 people gathered at the abbey, near Newport, Washington, to consecrate the new building. Guests…

New Eugene Saraha School for ChildrenOffers Buddhist and Secular Curriculum

Saraha President Lama Sonam Tsering with children at time of inaugural announcement of Saraha Children's School

Saraha Children’s School, created to offer secular and dharma education to young children, is opening for its first classes this fall. The school was launched just six months ago by Lama Sonam Tsering, president of Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute of…

Celebrating Dharma Practice in Urban Setting,Seattle Insight Meditation Opens New Home

The Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS) sits together July 22, for the first time in their new home

Seattle Insight Meditation Society celebrated the opening of its own dharma center this summer, after more than 20 years of renting space. More than 200 people gathered for the July 22 inaugural sit and commemoration at the center, in an…

Featured Events

A Day of Practice for Our Diverse Communities

Bonnie and Arinna Sitting, walking, and eating meditation, dharma talks, questions and group inquiry. Led by Arinna Weisman,Theravadan teacher since 1988 and Bonnie Duran, Native American Theravadan leader from the People of Color and Allies Sangha. more...

Public Talk: False Contentment & Leaving the Comfort Zone

lama_tsering A wonderfully clear and inspiring American teacher, Lama Tsering is a student of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche with whom she traveled for many years as an interpreter. After completing a three-year retreat she was ordained as a lama in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Tsering teaches with great directness, humor, and compassion through lively images and the language of everyday l more...

Dharma Teaching: Transforming Negative Emotions

tsering_teachers A wonderfully clear and inspiring American teacher, Lama Tsering is a student of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche with whom she traveled for many years as an interpreter. After completing a three-year retreat she was ordained as a lama in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Tsering teaches with great directness, humor, and compassion through lively images and the language of everyday l more...

Northwest Dharma MahaSangha Introductory Meeting

nwda-logo-bright The concept of "MahaSangha" is the idea that Buddhists of every tradition should be connected and in communication, in our modern world. Modern Buddhism lends itself to small isolated communities and solitary practitioners. This has its advantages but it fall short in one of the three jewels...Sangha.

In order to facilitate the creation of this larger Sangha, the Northwes more...

Open House and Pottery/Crafts Sale

Dana Bowl Have you been curious about Recollective Awareness Meditation and the Pine Street Sangha? Join us for an open house; bring your questions and interest. Support us with your purchase of pottery and art handcrafted by sangha members. Help the Pine Street Sangha and the dharma survive and thrive while doing your holiday shopping. Drop by anytime between 1-4PM. more...

Resting in the Nature of Mind: A Meditation Workshop

ah_tigle_sm You are invited to a practice intensive, discussion based meditation workshop. We invite students with no experience and practitioners with lots of experience to create a learning environment that provokes insight and understanding. Learn about meditation, share your experience, deepen your practice. more...

Women Ancestors Retreat with Anita Feng, JDPSN

psnfeng What have women brought to Buddhism, and the practice of Zen over the last couple thousand years? And why is it important for us (both men and women) to include and study the women masters that have been hidden from the lineage charts and teaching texts? Is there something unique that is brought to the teachings from a woman's point of view?

During this retreat we wil more...

Sherab Chamma, Wisdom Loving Mother

Ligmincha_NW_2200_col Through the power of these Sherab Chamma teachings we learn to connect to our own innate wisdom and its radiance of love and compassion. Overcome struggles and fears on physical, energetic and spiritual levels by opening to self arising wisdom needed to creatively host life's challenges. Through these practices we connect with the healing qualities of the Five Elements and the deepest essence 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.

All are welcome. more...

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Calendar of Events

Refuge Recovery One-Day Retreat
10-25-2014 9:00 a.m. Portland, OR
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Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist path to recovering from addictions
of all kinds. It is an international movement of people who are successfully
applying the Four Truths and the Eightfold Path to ending the suffering that
addictio…

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Nyung Ne Retreat with Bhiksuni Thubten Chodron
11-14-2014 4:00 p.m. Newport, WA
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The nun Bhikshuni Palmo originated the Nyung Ne practice in India many centuries ago, healing herself from leprosy and gaining a bodhisattva’s realizations. Nyung Ne is a purification retreat and a wonderful opportunity to deepen…

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Member Groups

Seattle Meditation Center
Vipassana Mountlake Terrace, WA

Teaching Dhammakaya Meditation Technique that was taught over 2,000
years ago. This technique disappeared and was rediscovered by our great grand master
Phramonkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro), Luang Pu Wat Paknam Pasi Charoen, Thai…

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Taradhatu
Non-sectarian Kirkland, WA
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We are a movement meditation group. Based on an ancient Tibetan Buddhist 21 Praises to Tara text, there is a modern choreography of movement making this a lived experience of accessing Tara. We are here to inspire and uplift human…

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People of Color and Allies Sangha
Non-sectarian Seattle, WA

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 in…

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Kagyu Changchub Chuling
Tibetan Portland, OR

Kagyu Changchub Chuling is a Vajrayana Buddhist center in the Tibetan tradition, founded by the Very Venerable Kalu Rinpoche, where the authentic teachings of the Karma and Shangpa Kagyu lineages are taught, practiced, and support…

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Go to the Group Directory page for more!