Northwest Dharma Association

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

Seattle MahaSangha Meeting

nwda-logo-from-Home-Page In this second MahaSangha meeting we will begin to define the principles we feel are common to all Buddhist traditions. We will use this map to guide future MahaSangha meetings. 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...

Buddhism Beyond Belief

pathhighway Sitting meditation and dharma discussion. All are welcome. Free. more...

Achi Chokyi Drolma & White Tara Weekend


Friday, January 9
6pm Registration table opens
7-9pm Achi Chokyi Drolma empowerment

Saturday, January 10
9am Registration table opens
10am-12pm White Tara empowerment
2pm-5pm White Tara teaching

Sunday, January 11
9am Registration table opens
10am-12pm White Tara teaching
2pm-4:00p more...


Calendar of Events

Sharing the Dharma Day at Sravasti Abbey
12-07-2014 10:00 a.m. Newport, WA

One Sunday a month, Sravasti Abbey opens our doors for Sharing the Dharma Day, an opportunity for newcomers and old friends to explore the Buddha’s teachings and share in community fellowship.

People from all faiths…


SEC 115 The Heart Sutra
12-07-2014 8:30 a.m. Seattle, WA
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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 ex…



Member Groups

Puget Sound Zen Center
Zen Vashon, WA

The Puget Sound Zen Center offers a supportive place for the practice of Zen Buddhism. Founded in 2002, we are located on Vashon Island, Washington, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Tacoma, and the Olympic Peninsula.


Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim
Tibetan Seattle, WA
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For people seeking spiritual and personal growth, Sakya Monastery provides access to the Buddha’s teachings and guidance in a community of practitioners. Sakya Monastery provides a place to learn from highly qualified and spiritu…


Seattle Insight Meditation Society
Vipassana Seattle, WA

We begin with a 45-minute meditation followed by dharma talk or discussion. Except
for occasional guest teachers, classes are conducted by Rodney Smith. See our
website, for introductory classes and special ev…


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