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Summer 2015, Volume 28, #2

From One Tree, Many Branches, Many Leaves:International Vesak Day Celebrates Diversity

Laypeople from Seattle-area temples gathered and lit candles to celebrate International Vesak Day, May 30, at the Seattle Meditation Center in Mountlake Terrace, Washington

They came from different countries, wore different robes, spoke different languages, and chanted different chants. But unity was the theme of the day. International Vesak Day brought together clergy and laypeople from 15 different Buddhist groups in the Seattle area on May 30, to celebrate the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing away. The event attracted about 25 Buddhist clergy and…

First Vancouver, B.C Buddhist FestivalAttracts Many from Across the Province

Sri Lankan dancers demonstrate traditional dance

Members of more than 20 British Columbia Buddhist groups gathered in Vancouver, B.C. May 30, for the first annual BC Buddhist Festival. People at the event celebrated the Buddhist Vesak holiday for world peace, raised money for local hospitals, and raised awareness of the plight in Nepal after the earthquakes. Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhists, from a variety of cultures,…

17th Karmapa Reaches out to YouthIn Historic 2015 Seattle Visit

Children from the Tibetan Association of Washington sang for the Karmapa and then lined up to offer katas during an event at Lynnwood Convention Center

The greatest legacy of the recent cross-country tour by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, could be his connection with American youth and young adults. The young Karmapa, considered Tibetan Buddhism’s third-highest lama, began his unprecedented two-month U.S. visit with a whirlwind of college campus engagements, including sell-out talks at Stanford, Harvard, Princeton and Yale universities. The charismatic spiritual leader,…

Mindfulness Transforms Seattle Artist’s Creations

WISHING. YOU. A WISH. MOMENT. View of the installation in the gallery space

Over the last decade, my life-long journey as a visual artist has been given new dimensions by my deepening practice of Vipassana, or insight, meditation. Insight practice has gradually changed my sense of my artistic work into more of offering or gift, less of a commodity. It also is clarifying what I mean by making artwork that invites people to…

Three Bozeman Buddhist Groups Share a New Home: Bozeman Dharma Center

The center sign, on the building’s rusted metal exterior, reflects the aesthetics of the West

Three dharma groups in Bozeman, Montana, are growing fast under one roof, 18 months after they opened the Bozeman Dharma Center. The center, in an upper floor of a downtown Bozeman professional building, is the new home for the Bozeman Insight Meditation Community (BIC), the Bozeman Zen Group, and the Bozeman Dharmata Sangha. Bozeman Dharma Center is the culmination of…

The Sealing of SCOL’s First Three-Year Retreat

Lama Tsang Tsing offers a ceremonial khata scarf to retreatant Liza Baer

On April 4, Kagyu Changchub Chuling (KCC), a Buddhist center in Portland, Oregon, celebrated a momentous occasion with the sealing of its first three-year retreat. The event took place at KCC’s retreat center, Ser Chö Ösel Ling (SCOL) — The Land of Clear Light Golden Dharma. Seated in the lava rocks and ponderosa pines of Goldendale, Washington, the retreat sealing…


Featured Events

LGBTQ Weekend Retreat – Queer Dharma: “Non-Self” Help

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Start: Friday, August 28 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, August 30 @ 6:00 pm
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Tradition: Shambhala
Teacher: Dr. Julia Sagebien

This program will provide a summary of the view, practice and action of the Buddhist path with special attention to the issues and concerns relevant to the LGBTQ community.  We will explore: The relevance of the view of “Non-self” to the debates about identity The practice of “Out-breath”, a form of shamatha-vipassana meditation suited to mixing one’s mind with non-referential…

Wake Up Retreat for Young Adults: Connecting to our Roots, Responding to our Deepest Calling

Member Group: Mountain Lamp Community

Start: Thursday, September 3 @ 6:00 pm
End: Monday, September 7 @ 2:00 pm
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Tradition: Plum Village
Teacher: Kaira Jewel

How can we better understand our true calling and deepest desires in this life? How may we awaken to our vast connections to this planet? And how do we step forward as beautiful continuations of our blood, cultural, and spiritual ancestors? In this retreat, we will explore the power of mindfulness to cultivate and trust in the seeds of insight,…

​A Pre – Parliament of the World’s Religions Event in Seattle

Member Group: The Compassion Network (TCN Buddhist Center)

Date: Saturday, September 19
Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Tradition: Multiple
Teacher: Multiple

What does it mean for women to live the intersection that is wisdom and compassion? How can women of wisdom traditions contribute to spiritual leadership and compassionate action? On October 15th, Parliament of the World’s Religions will host the very first Women’s Initiative for Global Advancement in Salt Lake City. Women from around the world, representing diverse religions, spiritual and cultural traditions, will address the vital nexus…

A Spectrum of Buddhist Traditions from One Northwest Corner: A Multi-Tradition Dialogue

Member Group: The Compassion Network (TCN Buddhist Center)

Date: Sunday, September 27
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Multiple
Teacher: Multiple

“What is Buddhism?” If you have an easy answer to this question, you may want to reconsider your understanding of Buddhism. This panel of different Buddhist traditions and representatives will immediately make it apparent to you that there is a wide spectrum of Buddhists and Buddhist lifestyles. Furthermore, the answer to this question may not be possible with words; hence…

Women in Buddhism Conference: “Everyday Bodhisattvas”

Member Group: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

Date: Saturday, October 3
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Tradition: Pure Land

Join us for the Women in Buddhism conference, “Everyday Bodhisattvas,” Saturday, October 3, from 9:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. at the Seattle Buddhist Temple and further your understanding of the role of Buddhism in women’s everyday lives.     This year’s presenters are:     *Rev. Miho Sekiya, Seattle’s new Associate Minister, whose talk is titled, “Rhythm and Echoes of Buddhism.”  She says, “We…

Ven. Bardor Tulku Rinpoche – October Teachings in Seattle

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Start: Saturday, October 3 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, October 4 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Drikung Kagyu
Teacher: H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

Drikung Seattle is pleased to announce Ven. Bardor Tulku Rinpoche to turn the Wheel of Dharma in Seattle in October 2015. Born in Kham, East Tibet, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche was recognized at an early age by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa as the third incarnation of Terchen Barway Dorje, an incarnation of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe, one of the five…

Buddhism in Action: Wisdom and Social Engagement

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Thursday, October 15
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: non-sectarian
Teacher: Venerable Robina Courtin

How do we live in the world, working for positive change, without getting lost in the many disappointments and tragedies of modern life? How do we free ourselves from worldly attachments while being effective agents for social change in struggles for racial justice, civil rights, animal welfare, peace, climate activism, ecology, etc.? Venerable Robina Courtin, a deeply engaged spiritual leader…

BGR Walk to Feed the Hungry

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Buddhist Global Relief is an international organization that provides direct food aid to people afflicted by hunger and malnutrition, promotes ecologically sustainable agriculture, supports the education of girls and women, and helps start right livelihood projects to support families.


Calendar of Events

LGBTQ Weekend Retreat – Queer Dharma: “Non-Self” Help


This program will provide a summary of the view, practice and action of the Buddhist path with special attention to the issues and concerns relevant to the LGBTQ community.  We will explore: The relevance of the view of “Non-self” to the debates about identity The practice of “Out-breath”, a form of shamatha-vipassana meditation suited to mixing one’s mind with non-referential…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Start: Friday, August 28 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, August 30 @ 6:00 pm
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Tradition: Shambhala
Teacher: Dr. Julia Sagebien

Wat Atamm August Weekend Retreat

The Retreat is a weekend retreat starting on Friday evening at 7 pm until Sunday morning at 9 am, or Saturday only a “Day of Mindfulness”. You are required to provide your own sleeping accommodations (sleeping bag and cushion).  You may sleep in the Meditation Hall or camp on the grounds (provide your own tent).  There are showers available (bring your own…

Member Group: Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery

Start: Friday, August 28 @ 7:00 pm
End: Monday, August 31 @ 9:00 am
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Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Ven. Santidhammo

Offering Service Saturday


One Saturday a month, volunteers come together to offer service to Sravasti Abbey. Service could include garden work, help in the forest, cleaning, or cooking—all skills and all levels of ability are welcome. The Saturdays are organized by local Friends of Sravasti Abbey supporters. Coordinators Sarah and Doug write, “The idea is to strengthen the Abbey’s support community and, at…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Date: Saturday, August 29
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Venerable Thubten Chodron

Annual Jizo Bon Festival for Families


Come join us for the fun and festivities at our sixth annual Jizo Bon. This special festival includes painting lanterns, Obon dancing, a play, and an informal dinner. The evening will also include a Ksitigarbha ceremony, and a lantern procession through the Jizo garden. All are invited; families with children are especially welcome. Donation of $10 or $15 for families…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Great Vow Zen Monastery

Date: Saturday, August 29
Time: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tradition: Zen

SEC 113 Calm Abiding Meditation

This is one of the most popular classes at Sakya Monastery. H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, Sakya Monastery’s Head Lama has taught, “The only way to relieve suffering is to understand your own mind. You do that by observing your thoughts.” In this class, we will teach you eleven meditations including: observing your breath, observing your thoughts, mantra recitation, and insight…

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, August 30
Time: 8:15 am - 9:45 am
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Chris Rebholz

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Member Groups

Blue Heron Zen Community

Blue Heron Zen Community practices Zen in the lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn, the first Korean Zen Master to live and teach in the West. Zen Master Jeong Ji (Anita Feng), Dharma heir of Zen Master Ji Bong, is the guiding teacher of Blue Heron Zen Community. Jeff Tipp, JDPSN,  Eric Nord, JDPSN, and Tim Colohan, JDPSN, teach, lead...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA


Shingyo Temple is a group of people who are completely free from spiritual materialism and truly looking for the final salvation.  Our belief is, "If the Buddha could attain  the final salvation, we can do it."  This does not insult the Buddha.  Rather, this is the statement of our faith in the Buddha's original teachings and practice. That is why...

Tradition: Pre-sectarian || Location: Ellensburg, 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

Portland Friends of the Dhamma

Portland Friends of the Dhamma is a Buddhist Meditation Center in Portland, Oregon affiliated with and advised by the Abhayagiri monastic descendants of the Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho lineage. This center is supported by the goodwill and generosity of its participants.

Tradition: Theravada / Vipassana || Location: Portland, OR

The Compassion Network (TCN Buddhist Center)

A western Buddhist nunnery in the Mahayana tradition that originated by way of China. A small center with a big wish to share wisdom and compassion with all beings. Contemplative programs and retreats, courses on sacred texts, community building, and engaged Buddhism are among the offerings intended to benefit the world. Everyone is welcome! Beginning and advanced practitioners, open hearts...

Tradition: Mahayana || Location: Seattle, WA

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center is a non-sectarian Buddhist center hosting residential retreats year round. Our mission is to provide opportunities for all individuals to hear and practice Buddhist teachings with qualified teachers in a forest refuge that combines simplicity, comfort and a supportive container for spiritual transformation.

Tradition: Non-sectarian || Location: Castle Rock, WA

Mahasati Retreat Association

The Mahasati Retreat Association is a group of over twenty volunteers, in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco Bay area, Southern California, and Houston, Texas, including several Theravadan Buddhist monks, who are dedicated to promoting the teachings of Ajahn Jamnian (also know as Luang Por Jumnien), a meditation master in the Thai Forest Tradition. Each summer, in June, Ajahn Jamnian travels from...

Tradition: Theravada- Vipassana (Thai Forest Tradition ) || Location: Olympia, WA

Walla Walla Dharma Sangha

Walla Walla Dharma Sangha is a non-sectarian Buddhist spiritual community. By joining together we can support each other and expand our resources to bring teachers and events to the Walla Walla area. Currently we offer group meditations weekly and day long retreats every other month.

Tradition: Non-sectarian || Location: Walla Walla, WA

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