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Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Winter 2016, Volume 29, #4

Inviting Dialogue Among Buddhist Traditions

In 2013, monastics gathered at Seattle University, and led a procession through the campus, in honor of Vesakha.

Next spring Northwest Dharma Association will support a series of conversations among Buddhist teachers, leaders, and practitioners, as part of the annual Vesakha Buddha day. Our plan is to explore the challenging dynamics and wonderful opportunities available in the rich arena of Buddhist diversity. Vesakha, which celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha, is universally shared among Buddhist…

Washington Nun One of Six From North America Awarded in Global Ceremony in Taiwan

Venerable Thubten Chodron receives the Global Bhikkhuni Award from the 90-year old chairman of the Chinese Buddhist Association, Venerable Jen Shin.

Venerable Thubten Chodron— a Buddhist nun, author, teacher, and founder of Sravasti Abbey in Newport, Washington— in November was given the Global Bhikkhuni Award. The award, one of 50 presented to leading nuns by the Chinese Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association of Taiwan, was given during six days of ceremonies Nov. 17 through 23. The ceremonies were conducted in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan….

Kathok Centre Programs, Buildings, Grew in 2016

Sangha members making tormas, traditional Tibetan offerings of flour and butter, before a Vajrasattva retreat.

For Kathok Centre , a traditional Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist center on Canada’s Vancouver Island, 2016 was a year of firsts. We held our first traditional Vajrasattva retreat with Venerable Lingtrul Rinpoche, expanded our temple facilities, and launched a community outreach program we’re calling Compassion in Action Services. In addition we completed a beautiful guest suite, so people can stay for…

Compassion Made Manifest and a Lot of Love Bring Syrian Refugee Family to Canadian Island

Syrian refugees Raina Khaldi, and her children Adam, Serina and Mimi, are feeling safe now on the remote Canadian Salt Spring Island.

A family of five Syrian refugees is finding a safe home on the tiny Canadian island of Salt Spring, helped by Buddhist and non-Buddhist supporters. The three children are attending a local school, while the father, who was an attorney in the Syrian city of Aleppo, now works at a grocery store. They arrived in July, after a harrowing journey…

Widening the Dharma Gate with New Home, Ashland Zen Center Begins Residential Practice

Sangha hands keep the facility in good repair. In 2016, members apply a fresh coat of stain to the entry gate.

The Ashland Zen Center is preparing to take a big step into residential practice by breaking ground for new facilities. The project will include long and short-term residential housing for retreatants, a dorm for meditation intensives, a gathering hall, kitchen, meeting spaces and support facilities. It is both exciting and humbling when we reflect on how we have arrived at…

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Featured Events

Dharma Talk with Vimalasara and Tuere Sala: Dharma, Identity and Uncertain Times

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, January 27
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Vimalasara

Who are we in uncertain times? Does it matter? What is identify? Can the dharma strengthen and support our sense of identity? What about non-self? These are questions all practitioners struggle with throughout their practice. Our sense of identity can come from race, gender, culture and even the roles we act out of at work, at home and at our…

Weekend Retreat with Vimalasara & Tuere Sala: Dharma, Identity and Uncertain Times

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Saturday, January 28 @ 9:00 am
End: Sunday, January 29 @ 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Vimalasara

Who are we in uncertain times? Does it matter? What is identify? Can the dharma strengthen and support our sense of identity? What about non-self? These are questions all practitioners struggle with throughout their practice. Our sense of identity can come from race, gender, culture and even the roles we act out of at work, at home and at our…

Buddhist Women’s Circle

Member Group: The Compassion Network (TCN Buddhist Center)

Date: Thursday, February 9
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: multiple

Buddhist women from several different traditions have been in dialogue about the role of Buddhist women and women teachers, past and present in Buddhist West.   At the December circle, each woman shared a quote or a reading she brought. Most were timeless quotes about the Dharma. A lengthier discussion about gender as a relevant topic ensued after a quote…

Going On – A One Woman Show by Liz Richardson

Member Group: Shambhala Meditation Center Seattle

Date: Saturday, February 11
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan

Seattle Shambhala is excited to present an evening of entertainment by Liz Richardson, an actress from the stages of London and Canada. Her show tells her personal journey weaving together the themes of breaking into the acting scene as an understudy with Peter O’Toole – waiting for the call that she would be ‘going on’ – along with the experience…

The Six Dharmas of Vajrasanapada

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Start: Saturday, February 18 @ 10:30 am
End: Monday, February 20 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: H.E. Khöndung Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche, H.E. Khöndung Abhaya Sakya Rinpoche, & H.E. Dagyum Kusho Sakya

Vajrasanapada the Elder was a great scholar and adept of Buddhist tantric practice in early medieval India. From him originate many practices relied upon in Tibetan Buddhism in general and the Sakya tradition in particular. Of his numerous initiations and instructions, six were so highly regarded for their profundity and efficacy that they were maintained as a rare set of…

Chenrezi Initiation with H.E. Khöndung Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, February 26
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: H.E. Khöndung Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche

Through the meditation on Chenrezi (Avalokiteshvara), one develops loving kindness, compassion, and bodhicitta. Buddha taught that “love” is the wish for all beings to experience happiness, that “compassion” is the aspiration that they be free from all suffering, and that “bodhicitta” is the mind dedicated to attaining enlightenment for the benefit for all beings. His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche…

Inclusive Community Dialogues

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Wednesday, March 1 @ 8:00 am
End: Sunday, April 30 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Our region includes virtually every Buddhist tradition and culture, and is a great crossroads for tens of thousands of practitioners, those born into Buddhist heritage, and those adopting Buddhist practice as adults. In March and April 2017, the Northwest Dharma Association will be hosting a series of dialogues among Buddhist teachers and leaders. The goal is to share our experiences and perspectives,…

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…

Celebrating the Sangha

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, November 11
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

The Northwest Buddhist community is huge, and diverse, encompassing traditional temples from every Buddhist culture, modern practice and study groups, and creative applications of Buddhist perspectives by health professionals, teachers, social activists, and others. NWDA invites you to explore our shared aspirations as Buddhists and contemplative practitioners. We’ll engage in large and small group discussion to strengthen our individual and…

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Calendar of Events

Introductory Meditation 6 Week Class Series with Tim Geil

Insight meditation also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life with increasing balance and equanimity. This balanced awareness, grounded in…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Monday, January 9 @ 7:00 pm
End: Monday, February 13 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tim Geil

Inclusive Community Dialogues

Our region includes virtually every Buddhist tradition and culture, and is a great crossroads for tens of thousands of practitioners, those born into Buddhist heritage, and those adopting Buddhist practice as adults. In March and April 2017, the Northwest Dharma Association will be hosting a series of dialogues among Buddhist teachers and leaders. The goal is to share our experiences and perspectives,…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Wednesday, March 1 @ 8:00 am
End: Sunday, April 30 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Dharma Talk with Heather Martin: Connecting the Mind and Heart

Becoming intimate with our living reality, as opposed to merely thinking about life, helps us deeply connect to our experience, without being bound by it. Sinking from the busy peripheral experience of mental activity into the quiet clarity of conscious presence is the movement we make, as we practice meditation. Please come and join others in this journey, as the…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, February 24
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Heather Martin

Day of Mindfulness with Tim Geil

Join us for a day of sitting and walking meditation in the Vipassana (insight) tradition.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tim Geil

Weekend Retreat with Venerable Pannavati

Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage in Hendersonville, NC. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, she is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. An international teacher, she advocates on behalf of disempowered women…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Saturday, March 25 @ 9:00 am
End: Sunday, March 26 @ 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Venerable Pannavati

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Member Groups

Empty Field - Zen West

The Zen West ~ Empty Field community offers an intimate  setting to engage Zen Buddhist practice adapted and expressed within a Western context. Our sangha fosters genuine warm relationships and values practice connected to the earth and responsive to contemporary social and ecological challenges.  Zen West meets weekly in Eugene for meditation, dharma teaching, discussion and social connection.   We offer...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Eugene, OR

Rigdrol Dechen Ling Vajra North

established in 1984, only Canadian affiliate of Chagdud Gonpa  

Tradition: Vajrayana || Location: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, BC

Pacific Hermitage

Nestled in the Columbia River Gorge along a forested stretch of White Salmon's Jewett Creek is the home of a small group of Theravada Buddhist monks. The Pacific Hermitage is a branch of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, California. The Hermitage is a place of seclusion where the monks devote their lives to meditation and simple living. The monks...

Tradition: Theravada || Location: White Salmon, WA

Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound

The Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound supports the practice and tradition of mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, as exemplified by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and other Buddhist teachers. We share and co-own the Seattle Practice Center with the Three Treasures Sangha, which practices in the Zen tradition of Robert Aitken Roshi. MCPS practice opportunities are open to anyone with...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

PT Sangha

We are a self-led group practicing in the Vipassana (Insight Meditation) tradition.

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Port Townsend, WA

Mountain Way Zendo

We are a small Zen temple in Grays Harbor, on the Washington coast. Please see our website for details.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Grays Harbor, WA

Great Vow Zen Monastery

Great Vow is a residential, Zen Buddhist, training monastery inspired and guided by Jizo Bodhisattva's vow to help all beings who suffer, no matter where they are found. The monastery's aspiration is to maintain authentic, whole-hearted practice while keeping the teachings open and accessible to anyone with a sincere desire to practice the Buddha-way. Our practice is a synthesis of...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Clatskanie , 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

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