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Northwest Dharma News

Spring 2014, Volume 27, #1

Artists Present Their Work as Buddhist PracticeAt a Rich and Moving Portland Event

Kim Swennes, musical thanatologist, playing the harp

Six of Portland’s finest artists, who also practice Buddhism, presented 15-minute segments of the essence of their artistry at a unique Portland celebration of the arts March 1.

The “Arts as Buddhist Practice” event was held in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church in downtown Portland, and organized by Jacqueline Mandell, with support from Northwest Dharma Association.

In lieu of a single annual meeting, this year the association coordinated separate events in Portland and Seattle, on successive weekends, focused on Buddhism and the arts. The Seattle event was March 8.

Several people attending the Portland gathering called it “a splendid and rich evening.” The artists said they had to work hard to contain the wealth of their knowledge and…

A Dharma Lecture: How to Perform a Retreat

Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche taught on how to perform a retreat, at Sakya Monastery

On Jan. 19, students were blessed to receive core instructions on how to perform retreat, from Venerable Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche, at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in north Seattle.

Khenpo-la taught in front of the monastery’s altar, which features a large gleaming statue of the Buddha Shakyamuni flanked by statues of Padmasambhava, Green Tara, and the first and fifth patriarchs of the Sakya lineage. These statues are in turn surrounded by butter lamps, incense braziers, and offerings of fruit and flowers.

Khenpo-la came to Sakya Monastery in 2009, and currently resides and teaches there. He is originally from Derge, a city in the Kham region of eastern Tibet.

A group of about 15 students sat in a semi-circle around Khenpo-la

Seattle Mindfulness Center Launches,Offers Mindfulness-Based Therapies

The front entrance of bright yellow Seattle Mindfulness Center is welcoming

What started out as a recurring fantasy for clinical psychologist Dr. Neha Chawla is now the Seattle Mindfulness Center, which opened its doors Jan. 1.

Chawla’s vision was to create a cohesive, reliable and trustworthy place for people to turn to for secular mindfulness instruction, classes and mindfulness-informed therapy.

The Seattle Mindfulness Center is housed in a two-story yellow 1902 house in north Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood. Newly remodeled, the building includes five therapist’s offices, a large waiting room, and a suite for a massage therapist or acupuncturist. It also provides a community sitting room for meditation, and for secular mindfulness-based classes.

Visitors, who packed a recent open house, shared in the excitement about the center.

Chawla said the group…

Featured Events

Zen Studies and Zen Practice: Early Western Impressions of Buddhism (#1 in series)

ENSO Four part lecture series (4/23-5/14) on history, academic and practice aspects of Zen. Professor Victor Sōgen Hori received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Stanford University and was ordained a Zen monk in Kyoto in 1976. After devoting the next 13 years to training at Daitoku-ji monastery in Japan, he returned to academic life in 1990. He is currently associate professor of Japanese reli more...

Zen Studies and Zen Practice: D T Suzuki’s Zen (#2 in series)

ENSO Four part lecture series (4/23-5/14) on history, academic and practice aspects of Zen. Professor Victor Sōgen Hori received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Stanford University and was ordained a Zen monk in Kyoto in 1976. After devoting the next 13 years to training at Daitoku-ji monastery in Japan, he returned to academic life in 1990. He is currently associate professor of Japanese relig more...

Zen Studies and Zen Practice: The Deconstruction of Zen (#3 in series)

ENSO Four part lecture series (4/23-5/14) on history, academic and practice aspects of Zen. Professor Victor Sōgen Hori received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Stanford University and was ordained a Zen monk in Kyoto in 1976. After devoting the next 13 years to training at Daitoku-ji monastery in Japan, he returned to academic life in 1990. He is currently associate professor of Japanese relig more...

Zen Studies and Zen Practice: Looking Forward (# 4 in series)

ENSO Four part lecture series (4/23-5/14) on history, academic and practice aspects of Zen. Professor Victor Sōgen Hori received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Stanford University and was ordained a Zen monk in Kyoto in 1976. After devoting the next 13 years to training at Daitoku-ji monastery in Japan, he returned to academic life in 1990. He is currently associate professor of Japanese relig more...

Mahamudra Instructions of the Mahasiddha Saraha

drupon rinchen 171 Mahamudra Instructions of the Mahasiddha Saraha Schedule

Friday April 18, 5-7 pm, Group Practice with Tsok, followed by public welcome dinner at Saraha
Sat. April 19: 10 am - 12 pm Teaching Session 1
Sat. April 19: 2 pm - 4 pm Teaching Session 2
Sat. April 19: 4:30-6 pm, Group Practice with Tsok
Sun. April 20: 10 am - 12 pm Teaching Session 3
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Calendar of Events

Saka Dawa Retreat
06-13-2014 9:00 AM Seattle, WA
6_13 Saka Dawa

The fourth month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar is called “Saka Dawa.” “Dawa” means “month” in Tibetan. Of the 28 major stars tracked in Tibetan astrology, “Saka” is the name of the star which is closest to the e…

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Sharing the Dharma Day
10-05-2014 10:00 a.m. Newport, WA
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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…

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Member Groups

Portland Sakya Center
Tibetan Portland, OR

The Center, a non-profit organization, is registered under the name Orgyen Chogyi Chonzo Ling, and was founded in 1988 by Chogyi Trinchen Rinpoche at the time of his visit to Portland. Chogyi Trichen Rinpoche is one of the great…

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Natural Awareness
Non-sectarian Seattle area, WA
Natural Awareness

George Draffan has trained for more than 30 years in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, as well as in taiji-qigong and other body-based practices. In his teaching George emphasizes body-based awareness, the cultivation…

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Ocean Light Zen Center
Zen Seattle, WA

We are an active Zen practice community located in West Seattle and
affiliated with the Kwan Um School of Zen.

We serve the Puget Sound region with group meditation practice, retreats, public
talks, and other pro…

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