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A Quarterly Online Publication
Spring 2017, Volume 30, #1

An Invitation to Skillful Means: Letter from the Executive Director

George Draffan in landscaping mode.

A couple weeks ago you may have received an email asking you to support NWDA financially. If you haven’t done so yet, you can do it right here. So let’s get right to the topic of this quarter’s letter: WANTED: Teachers, facilitators, volunteers, donors and patrons from across the region’s Buddhist communities: to carry their Northwest Dharma Association into the…

Buddhists Needed by EvergreenHealth Hospice To Help Seattle-area People Move into Death

Volunteer Julia Guderian with patient Roberta M, warmed by a blanket that Guderian’s son’s class knit for this hospice patient.

As the population of Western Washington becomes more diverse, EvergreenHealth Hospice Care is seeking Buddhist volunteers to support people in the last stages of their lives. Already about 250 people volunteer to support people as they near death, with the program supporting more than 3,000 patients in 2016, said Volunteer Coordinator Criss East. Currently only enough volunteers are available to…

Phuntsho Collection Favorites: Photographs of Early Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle

His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, and his wife Her Eminence Jamyang Dagmo Kusho (Dagmola) Sakya, married Mariam and me in Seattle on Nov. 26, 1977. Their ceremony not only marked the beginning of our marriage but also the start of the Phuntsho Collection, a nearly 40-year collection of photographs taken of Rinpoche, Dagmola, the Sakya family, our Sangha and Tibetan…

The Way of the Writer: Charles Johnson about Art, Dharma, Race and Political Action

Charles Johnson frees a bird outside a monastery in Chiang Mai, Thailand, during a 1997 trip there.

Charles Johnson is simultaneously a leading author, a Buddhist, and holds a doctorate in philosophy. Johnson has won multiple awards for his many works of fiction and non-fiction, as well as screenplays, children’s books and book reviews. He has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. For 33 years Johnson taught…

Kagyu Changchub Chuling Buys a Church To Become its New Portland Urban Center

Bill Spangle, KCC president Tim Campbell and Tara Sullivan visit the new center building for the first time.

After years of developing a long-term rural retreat center, Kagyu Changchub Chuling has purchased a former Portland church to become its new urban center. A member’s dog gets some of the credit. The Tibetan Buddhist group, also known as KCC, purchased the Northeast Portland church in December, and is now renovating it. The work should be done in May This…

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Featured Events

Support Your Association’s Programs – Spring Fund Drive

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Saturday, April 1
End: Thursday, June 29

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In 2016, NWDA focused its work on three new programs: Contemplative Caregiving Inclusive Communities Buddhist Recovery These programs apply Buddhist compassion and clarity where it counts — in real-life suffering in today’s world. In 2017, we will be exploring new and innovative ways of expanding our program reach throughout the region. To learn more about our programs, please visit our…

HE Garchen Rinpoche Teachings & Empowerments, April 21-30!

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Start: Friday, April 21 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, April 30 @ 6:00 pm
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Tradition: Drikung Kagyu
Teacher: HE Garchen Rinpoche

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche Returns to Seattle! His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche was imprisoned during the Communist occupation in Tibet for 20 years in the prime of his life. There, he met his guru Khenpo Munsel and secretly practiced. After his release, Rinpoche spread the teachings of dharma to all corners of the world, sharing his radiance and inspiring all with…

Dying with Confidence

Member Group: Bainbridge Bodhi Center

Start: Saturday, April 29
End: Sunday, April 30

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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Anyen Rinpoche

We are so honored that Anyen Rinoche, author of Dying with Confidence, will be coming to the Bodhi Center Saturday and Sunday April 29 – 30. As a culture, we have little insight into death – the most important moment of our lives after birth. The Tibetan teachings are deep and rich and Anyen Rinpoche has made them a focus of…

Dancing the Dharma Path: Celebrating Feminine Wisdom

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Tradition: Mahasangha
Teacher: Shastri Trinley Busby, Bonnie Duran, Zen Master Jeong Ji, Tuer Sala, Mitra Lee Worley

Five charismatic, dynamic and established Buddhist women teachers rooted in their lineages display wisdom through teachings and stories.  Rich in professional, family and dharmic lives, each teacher is living her unique human experience: joys and struggles; pleasures and pains. How did they emerge so beautifully? What sustains them? How do they bring it all into “moment to moment life.” What…

Nalanda Institute Annual Retreat, Lacey, WA

Member Group: Nalanda Institute

Start: Saturday, May 6 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, May 7 @ 3:00 pm
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This year our retreat will be led by Lama Tulku Yeshi, Rinpoche.  He is a highly accomplished practitioner, teacher, and writer.  The general topics are Bodhicitta, Emptiness and the Six Paramitas; i.e. the Bodhisattva Path. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is a Dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyaltsab Thodo Rinpoche.  He was recognized by H.H.  Dalai Lama’s Nyingmapa teacher Kyabje…

Balancing Mind, Body & Digital Devices

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Friday, May 19 @ 7:00 pm
End: Saturday, May 20 @ 5:30 pm
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Tradition: Various
Teacher: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Dr. David Levy, Julie Jacobs, RPT, Dr. Hilarie Cash

Are We Using Our Digital Devices or Are They Using Us? How often do you intend to take a break from your device, and then find yourself picking it up again? How can we take charge with mindfulness and a sense of balance? In this program, four authors and experts  – Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Dr. David Levy, Julie Jacobs, RPT, Dr. Hilarie Cash– will…

Dr. Jan Willis, Dharma and Activism

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Tuesday, May 23
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism, non-sectarian
Teacher: Dr. Jan Willis

Jan Willis is one of the earliest American scholar-practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, having studied Buddhism with Tibetan teachers for more than forty years, including as one of the first western students of Lama Thubten Yeshe. She discovered dharma as a path to healing the trauma of racism growing up in the segregated south, and has forged paths for the integration…

Dream Yoga with Chamtrul Rinpoche Part 1

Member Group: Vajra Body Vajra Mind

Date: Tuesday, August 1
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Chamtrul Rinpoche

Tibetan Dream Yoga is the original form of lucid dreaming documented for at least 1,000 years. Also known as Milam – the yoga of the dream state – it’s a suite of advanced tantric techniques. Just like our Westernized understanding of lucid dreams, the initial aim is to awaken the consciousness in the dream state. In the Tibetan tradition, dream…

Chamtrul Rinpoche Visits Seattle

Member Group: Vajra Body Vajra Mind

Date: Wednesday, August 2
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Chamtrul Rinpoche

Tibetan Dream Yoga is the original form of lucid dreaming documented for at least 1,000 years. Also known as Milam – the yoga of the dream state – it’s a suite of advanced tantric techniques. Just like our Westernized understanding of lucid dreams, the initial aim is to awaken the consciousness in the dream state. In the Tibetan tradition, dream…

Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Friday, October 20 @ 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 2:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Buddhist teachers and leaders are developing innovative practices that support recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The Buddhist Recovery Network and the Northwest Dharma Assoication are bringing these leaders together in a working retreat in Lacey Washington in October 2017. While the retreat is invitation-only, you can participate in several ways. We are raising money to help cover the costs of bringing…

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Calendar of Events

Day of Mindfulness w/ Tim Geil

Join us for a day of sitting and walking meditation in the vipassana tradition.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, July 15
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tim Geil

Nalanda Institute Annual Retreat, Lacey, WA

This year our retreat will be led by Lama Tulku Yeshi, Rinpoche.  He is a highly accomplished practitioner, teacher, and writer.  The general topics are Bodhicitta, Emptiness and the Six Paramitas; i.e. the Bodhisattva Path. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is a Dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyaltsab Thodo Rinpoche.  He was recognized by H.H.  Dalai Lama’s Nyingmapa teacher Kyabje…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalanda Institute

Start: Saturday, May 6 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, May 7 @ 3:00 pm
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Chamtrul Rinpoche Visits Seattle

Tibetan Dream Yoga is the original form of lucid dreaming documented for at least 1,000 years. Also known as Milam – the yoga of the dream state – it’s a suite of advanced tantric techniques. Just like our Westernized understanding of lucid dreams, the initial aim is to awaken the consciousness in the dream state. In the Tibetan tradition, dream…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Vajra Body Vajra Mind

Date: Wednesday, August 2
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Chamtrul Rinpoche

Dharma Talk with Phillip Moffitt: The Four Qualities Needed for Mindfulness

n this Friday night dharma talk, Phillip Moffitt will give an overview of the four qualities needed for mindfulness practice as described in the Satipatthana Sutta.  The four qualities are diligence (energy), clear knowing, mindfulness, and a mind free from desires and discontent.  Through an exploration of how each quality applies to each of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, Phillip…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, December 1
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Phillip Moffitt

Book Talk: Touching the Infinite with Rodney Smith

Book Talk: Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, authored by Rodney Smith There seems to be a cohesive message that lies within the Satipatthana Sutta that may have been less emphasized in earlier translations. The Buddha seems to be moving us through our mental interpretations of form in the first three Foundations and dropping…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Tuesday, November 14
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Rodney Smith

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Member Groups

Three Treasures Sangha of the Pacific Northwest

Three Treasures Sangha of the Pacific Northwest (TTS) is a lay Zen group located in Seattle, Washington and affiliated with the Diamond Sangha, an independent lineage founded by Robert Aitken Rōshi, a dharma heir in the Sanbō Kyōdan (Harada-Yasutani-Yamada) lineage. Our form is derived from the Japanese tradition, favoring simplicity. While we focus on individual sitting meditation (zazen), we also...

Tradition: Japanese Zen Tradition || Location: Seattle, WA

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

Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery

Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery is a traditional Rinzai Zen training monastery on Whidbey Island. Osesshin (7 day intensive retreat) and Kosesshin (shorter retreats) emphasizing Zazen practice are offered with opportunity of sanzen with Shodo Harada Roshi and Daichi Roshi. Daily Zazen and Sutra chanting schedule is ongoing as well as mini weekend retreats, all day sits, and work (samu)...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Freeland, WA

Seattle Soto Zen

Come Sit with Us Our weekly Sunday sitting is open to all. Beginners are more than welcome. We offer zazen instruction at 9:10 AM. Seattle Soto Zen practices in the tradition of Suzuki Roshi, founder of the San Francisco Zen Center. We follow the forms of Soto Zen with a spirit of warmth and inclusion. Anyone interested in meditation is...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

Portland Insight Meditation Community

The Portland Insight Meditation Community is a gathering of individuals who are dedicated to the learning and practice of Insight Meditation and the Eightfold Path of the Buddha. PIMC's purpose is to improve the lives of participants, their families and the greater community through meditative practice and a lifestyle that supports liberation from suffering, the awakening of wisdom, and the...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Portland, OR

Back To True Nature

Back to true nature is an important programs to all human beings. Back to true nature program is help us to know how to present our true nature in our daily life, it help us to discover the real richness life. To free from the worry, sad and anxiety. Discover our real richness life start from here. We provide a...

Tradition: Zen life || Location: Bellevue, WA

Seattle Community Practice Group of the Dzogchen Foundation

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Foundation for Active Compassion

Our Mission: To empower people with profound, accessible spiritual practices that support their individual and collective work to become better people and to make a better world. We provide powerfully transformative practices from Tibetan Buddhism, adapted into new forms that can meet the hearts and minds of people from all backgrounds and faiths, so as to help them bring out...

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism || Location: Portland, OR

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