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Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Spring 2016, Volume 29, #1

NWDA 2015 Financial Activity

Northwest Dharma Association supports Buddhist teachings, practice and community. NWDA relies completely on donations from member groups and individual donors to pay for the website, directory, calendar, news, and all the events that NWDA sponsors. Modest stipends help to compensate four people who do most of the major organizing and maintain NWDA’s activities. The total donated in 2015 was $21,961….

Seattle Buddhists Deepen Awareness of Racism

Ruby Phillips, right, reads to the people gathered at the White Awake group

About 20 Seattle Buddhist practitioners have been meeting over five weeks, learning to use mindfulness practice to bring more awareness to issues of racism. Each of the meetings is a focused exploration, with topics including: personal experience of race, four levels of racism, explicit bias, and white fragility. In our practice, we learn to sit with whatever arises rather than spiraling…

Artist’s Glass Buddhas Reveal the Light Within

A compassionate Buddha, created by Jill Whitmore of kiln-formed glass, sometimes in six layers

I am an artist. And one of the many things that truly inspires me is creating Buddhas. I work in glass and multi media, creating florals, nudes, landscapes, still life wine scenes, abstracts, wearable art, and large multimedia pieces in acrylic with glass overlays. I especially like making Buddhas. I started creating Buddhas in glass well over a decade ago….

Cooking 100 Meals a Month for the Hungry; A Template for Expanding the Work Broadly

100 Meals cooks in the zendo kitchen left to right, Dee Seishun Endleman, Anne Sendo Howells and Sally Zenka Metcalf

When a group of friends at Chobo-Ji Zen Practice Center heard about the nutritional shortcomings of food offered to homeless people, they decided to make a solid culinary difference for the hungry. Thus their 100 Meals Program was born. Since June of 2015, volunteers from Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji (a Rinzai Zen temple in the heart of…

Old Gold Mine Hermitage Offers Rural Retreat Space For Monastics, Dedicated Lay People, in Washington

The two primitive kutis share a beautiful view of the Kettle River Mountains

Ten years after its founding, Old Gold Mine Hermitage continues to provide isolated retreat space for individuals in the extreme northeast corner of Washington state. The name reflects the fact that there’s an old gold mine shaft on the 40-acre property, but more deeply points to the hope that retreatants staying here are mining for true gold, that which is…

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Featured Events

The Comprehensive Practice of Compassion

Member Group: Nalanda Institute

Start: Saturday, May 7 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, May 8 @ 3:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Loppon Jamyang Tsultrim

While kindness to others is the profound display of compassion, to achieve that consistently over many years involves a deep grounding in fundamental Buddhist principles and understandings.  This retreat will take you deeper into the fundamental underpinnings for maintaining a compassionate face to the world.

E​xploring Liberation and Awakening to Timeless Freedom

Member Group: Younge Drodul Ling (Washington)

Start: Saturday, May 7 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, May 8 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Younge Khachab Rinpoche

Join us for a weekend of teachings and meditation instruction. Rinpoche will be exploring the three types of liberation that are presented in the Dzogchen tradition- natural liberation, liberation upon arising and timeless freedom. Rinpoche will be presenting these teachings from the point of view of one’s practice based on his own extensive study and experience. This is a rare…

Evangelical Zen Book Reading

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Multifaith
Teacher: Paul Louis Metzger

Evangelical Christian Paul Louis Metzger has been engaging in deep multifaith dialogue, exploring “key aspects of our respective faiths, including what divides us. We don’t sweep our differences under the table, nor do we stop short of engaging one another relationally. Instead, we go through our differences to build bridges of authentic trust that bind us together in the midst…

Oral Transmission and Teachings on Amitayus – The Buddha of Long Life

Member Group: Buddhist Dharma

Date: Friday, May 13
Time: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Buddhism
Teacher: Venerable Rigdzin Hungkar Dorje Rinpoche

This Terma (Hidden treasure practice) of Amitayus was revealed by Pema Lingpa. He was regarded as the greatest Terton (Treasure revealer) in the history of Buddhism. In the Nyingma school,  Pema Lingpa was considered as only second in importance to Padmasambhava. Amitayus is the Buddha of long life, merit and wisdom. When our life is constantly being threatened by diseases,…

Devotion in Dzogchen

Member Group: Samden Ling

Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Nyingma
Teacher: Dza Kilung Rinpoche

Respected Dzogchen Master DZA KILUNG RINPOCHE teaches on Devotion in Dzogchen from 9:30am to 4pm (12-1:30pm lunch) with a 4:00pm book signing for The Relaxed Mind. Rinpoche requests attendees have some basic familiarity with meditation practices and principles of Mahayana & Vajrayana Buddhism. Doors open 9:00am, event begins 9:30am Tickets here Event webpage here Kilung Jigme Rinpoche is an important holder of the Dzogchen-Longchen Nyingtik lineage….

Oral Transmission and Teachings on Orgyen Dzambhala – The Buddha of Wealth

Member Group: Buddhist Dharma

Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Buddhism
Teacher: Venerable Rigdzin Hungkar Dorje Rinpoche

Orgyen Dzambhala is the emanation of Padmasambhava along with his retinue of Eight Dzambhalas. This most auspicious Terma (Hidden treasure practice) was hidden by Padmasambhava to be revealed later by His Holiness Orgyen Kusum Lingpa who then transmitted it to Venerable Rigdzin Hungkar Dorje Rinpoche. This is an excellent practice for those suffering from financial difficulties or any misfortunes. The…

Transforming Obscurations and Afflictions on the Path to Buddhahood

Member Group: Buddhist Dharma

Date: Sunday, May 15
Time: 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Tradition: Buddhism
Teacher: Venerable Rigdzin Hungkar Dorje Rinpoche

All beings are inherently enlightened by nature. We all want to achieve ultimate peace and happiness. By practicing the dharma, we are able to achieve some enlightenment from the chaotic samsara. However, our path to Buddha-Hood is not an easy destination. It is a path filled with numerous obscurations and afflictive obstructions. These obscurations obstruct our direct perception into the…

Vesakha Buddha Day

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, May 28
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Mahasangha

Join together with monks, teachers, and practitioners from many Buddhist traditions in an afternoon of celebration in observance of the birthday, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Co-sponsors include the Northwest Dharma Association, Chua Duoc Su Buddhist Cultural Center of the Northwest, Atammayatarana Temple, Buddhangkura Temple, Dhammakaya Seattle Meditation Center, Seattle Koyasan Temple, and others.

Geshe Thubten Phelgye – Three Principal Aspects, Foundation of All Good Qualities – Root Texts by Je Tsongkhapa

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Saturday, May 28
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Geshe Thubten Phelgye

e Phelgye is Global Scholar in Residence at Gonzaga University, Founder of the Universal Compassion Foundation dedicated to animal welfare and protecting and preserving Mother Earth. He was ordained as a monk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1977.  He completed a 5 year solitary retreat in the mountains above Dharamsala, India in 1998. He is also a past…

Geshe Thubten Phelgye – Three Principal Aspects, Foundation of All Good Qualities – Root Texts by Je Tsongkhapa

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Sunday, May 29
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Geshe Thubten Phelgye

Geshe Phelgye is Global Scholar in Residence at Gonzaga University, Founder of the Universal Compassion Foundation dedicated to animal welfare and protecting and preserving Mother Earth. He was ordained as a monk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1977.  He completed a 5 year solitary retreat in the mountains above Dharamsala, India in 1998. He is also a past…

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Calendar of Events

Compassion Cultivation Evening for CCT Alumni

Diane-Hetrick

This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who has taken the Compassion Cultivation Training class series to gather again to further explore the topic of compassion, share with each other, hear the latest research related to compassion, and do practices together.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Wednesday, May 25
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Diane Hetrick

Dharma Talk: Refuge Recovery: Dharma as a Vehicle for Overcoming Addiction

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Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction program that utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the path of recovery. Strong emphasis is placed on both wisdom and compassion as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, May 20
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: David Smith

Performance Salon — Lion

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The Portland Shambhala Dharma Arts Council is pleased to announce the second of a series of Perfomance Salons relating to the four dignities: LION. More details on the Lion theme coming soon. . . Our intention is to offer a venue and container for local Shambhala Sangha artists to practice, develop and show timely and thematically relevant Dharma Art, while…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Date: Tuesday, May 31
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Shambhala
Teacher: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Dharma Talk: Essential Causes of Insight

Ajahn-Chandako

Venerable Ajahn Chandako was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1990 in the lineage of Venerable Ajahn Chah of the Thai Forest Tradition. Born in 1962 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., his interest in the teachings of the Buddha grew as he studied towards a B.A. degree in Religious Studies from Carleton College (1984). Following graduation, he began applying himself to…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Tuesday, May 10
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Ajahn Chandako

Gandharan Buddhist Texts

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Seattle Buddhist Temple welcomes Joseph Marino for a discussion on Gandharan Buddhist Texts: What the Oldest Extant Buddhist Manuscripts Tell Us About Early Buddhism. Joe Marino is a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington and a member of the Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

Date: Saturday, June 4
Time: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Teacher: Joe Marino

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Member Groups

Rigpa Seattle

Rigpa aims to present the Buddhist tradition of Tibet in a way that is both completely authentic, and as relevant as possible to the lives and needs of modern men and women. Open to all schools and traditions of Buddhist wisdom, and with the guidance and gracious patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rigpa offers those following the Buddhist...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Buddhist Dharma

Our group follows the practice of the Buddha with emphasis on Tibetan Vajrayana and Mahayana Buddhism.

Tradition: Buddhism || Location: Seattle-Edmonds, WA

Mountain Lamp Community

Mountain Lamp is a rural practice center located on 115 acres of meadow, lake, and forest lands nestled in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains about 45 minutes east of Bellingham, near Deming. It is a place of serenity and refuge which embraces the path of an engaged Buddhist practice in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh...

Tradition: (Zen) Thich Nhat Hanh; Zen (Robert Aitken) || Location: Deming, WA

Kadampa Meditation Center Washington

Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana Buddhist school founded by the great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (AD 982-1054). His followers are known as 'Kadampas'. Ka refers to Buddha's teachings, and dam to Atisha's special Lamrim instructions known as 'the stages of the path to enlightenment'. Kadampas, then, are practitioners who regard Buddha's teachings as personal instructions and put them into practice...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji

A Rinzai Zen temple in an urban setting that includes a residential lay-practice that offers: Daily meditation services Beginning instruction Dharma talks Various practice-oriented classes and gatherings Quarterly week-long retreats (sesshins) An online electronic bookstore Weekly email updates and a quarterly newsletter There is an apartment unit available in the temple for housing guests and students during sesshins. It can...

Tradition: Zen (Hakuin/Rinzai School) || Location: Seattle, WA

Kagyu Changchub Chuling

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Portland, OR

Buddhist Global Relief

Founded in 2008, BGR's mission is to combat chronic hunger and malnutrition. Bearing in mind the Buddha’s statements that “hunger is the worst kind of illness” and “the gift of food is the gift of life,” we sponsor projects that promote hunger relief for poor communities around the world.

Tradition: nonsectarian || Location: Seattle, WA

Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple

Tradition: Koyasan Shingon Buddhism (Japanese Vajrayana) || Location: Seattle , WA

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