Northwest Dharma Association



Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Fall 2015, Volume 28, #3

Broadening Teachers’ Meetings Across Region

People gathered at last year’s teachers’ meeting in Portland

After 13 years of coordinating annual teachers’ meetings, Northwest Dharma Association is broadening this tradition to encourage more frequent meeting, in more diverse locales. The gatherings could be simple conversations between a few teachers, or a larger day-long conference at a meditation center or temple. Local teacher-leaders will determine the date and location, and are invited to consider a theme…

Tibetan nuns step closer to historic milestone

Much of the two weeks of exams was conducted in the presence of other monastics

Twenty nuns in May passed the third of four years of examinations, as they neared their goals of becoming the first women of Tibetan ethnicity, in their Buddhist tradition, to win the equivalent of a doctorate degree. Of the 20 nuns, seven were fully or partly sponsored through Tibetan Nuns Project, a non-profit headquartered in Seattle and in India. The…

Jade Buddha’s Last Visit, New Temple, Attracted Visitors to August Seattle Ceremony

Buddhist leaders, temple members and temple friends, gathered from around the region for the ceremony

Several hundred people gathered at Seattle’s Duoc Su Ten Thousand Medicine Buddha Temple on a sunny August day, to see the beautiful Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. The visitors also were there to see the construction progress at the Medicine Buddhist Temple, also called the Buddhist Cultural Center of the Northwest, which is nearing completion after four years of work….

Northwesterners Dance Praises to Tara At the 14th Sakyadhita Conference in Indonesia

Offering of the 21 Praises of Tara at the Candi Sewu, Manjushri temple in Java.Photos by: Parvati Forrest Burke

Five Northwest people traveled on pilgrimage to Southeast Asia in late June, where they also offered the “21 Praises of Tara Mandala Dance.” The five – Kim Abbey, Maria Antilla, Phyllis Moses, Suzie Scollon and Scott Wurtz – were joined by people from other countries, creating a group of 22. The group traveled to the Indonesian islands of Bali and…

Northwest Buddhist Women Contribute to Unique Parliament of World’s Religions in Salt Lake City

The sixth World Parliament of Religions is the latest in a series of important gatherings

Several Northwest Buddhist women leaders have been preparing to attend the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the sixth such gathering since 1893. This year the event was scheduled for Salt Lake City, Oct. 15 to 19, 2015. The last was in Melbourne, Australia, in 2009, and the first was in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair. This year, the parliament…

Island Zen Center Shares Jewish Group’s Space

Puget Sound Zen Center and Havurat Ee Shalom are sharing a single space, and finding benefits for both of them

Pressed by a need for more space, the members of the growing Puget Sound Zen Center have opted to share the facility of an existing Jewish congregation. In June the 60-member Zen center started practicing at Vashon Island’s Havurat Ee Shalom, for a trial period that will last six to eight months. Vashon is a residential island just west of…


Featured Events

EXPLORING THE PRAMĀṆA TRADITION. A Nitartha Institute Advanced Curriculum Course.

Member Group: Nitartha Institute

Start: Thursday, October 1 @ 7:00 pm
End: Thursday, January 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
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The Buddhist science of pramāṇa, or ‘valid cognition,’ has been a key component of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies since the 5th century CE. The pramāṇa teachings explore the vast topics of how mind knows itself and its world, how trustworthy knowledge and experience can be ascertained, and how we may skillfully refine our ideas about these and related issues in dialogue with…

5th Anniversary Celebration of Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Temple

Member Group: Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple

Date: Sunday, October 11
Time: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Tradition: Nichiren Shu
Teacher: Kanjin Cederman Shonin

We will be celebrating our 5th anniversary on Sunday, October 11th. The celebration will feature a puppet show and the grand opening of our aikido dojo under the observance of Bernie Lau Sensei.  Please let us know if you would like to attend so that we can ensure that we have enough food for all.  RSVP by October 3rd, 2015…

Meditation Retreat with Sister Santussika

Member Group: Bellingham Insight Meditation Society

Start: Monday, October 12 @ 3:00 pm
End: Saturday, October 17 @ 12:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Ayya Santussika

Retreat Description: This residential retreat will be held at a rural retreat center south of Bellingham. The retreat location is on the water and has extensive grounds for walking. All registrants will have a cabin to themselves. There will be 3 simple vegetarian meals a day. This retreat is suitable for both new and experienced practitioners. After many requests that…

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…

Graceful Exit: Preparing for A Good Death

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Start: Friday, October 16 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 18 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Shambhala
Teacher: Andrew Holocek

Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom Weekend Program Jointly Hosted by Tergar Oregon and Portland Shambhala In this weekend program, Andrew Holecek guides us through the profound teachings on the process of death and dying from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. From practices and teachings to prepare us for our death, to a thorough view of the Bardos (the after-death states), you’ll…

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
Teacher: Bhikkhu Bodhi

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.

Tibetan Buddhist ‘DharmaPractics’ (Redmond)

Member Group: Chenrezig Project

Start: Sunday, October 18 @ 10:30 am
End: Sunday, December 13 @ 10:30 am
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Tradition: Tibetan, Gelug-oriented Rime
Teacher: Mark Winwood

Each Sunday (10:30am – 12:30pm) we study and consider specific aspects of the Tibetan Buddhist path of wisdom and compassion, with an emphasis on practical everyday application(s) for Western living.   A core teaching in this curriculum will be the classic 11th century Mahayana text “Eight Verses for Training the Mind.” Included in our gatherings are meditation, lecture and discussion; while…

Dave Smith of Refuge Recovery – Workshop and Talk

Member Group: Northwest Buddhist Recovery

Start: Friday, October 23 @ 7:00 pm
End: Saturday, October 24 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Refuge Recovery
Teacher: Dave Smith

Come join NWBR and Refuge Recovery Northwest in welcoming author and guiding teacher Dave Smith from the “Against the Stream Meditation Center” in Nashville, for a Dharma talk and daylong meditation workshop.   This event is open to the public and no-one will be turned away for lack of financial ability to help support this event. Speaking Event Friday, Oct. 23rd 7-9pm…

Tara practice teaching and book signing with Marcia Schmidt

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Friday, October 23 @ 7:00 pm
End: Saturday, October 24 @ 5:00 pm
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Join us Friday, October 23rd from 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm, as Marcia Schmidt gives a talk and book signing “The Tara Compendium” followed by teachings on Tara practice Saturday, October 24th from 9:30 am — 5:00 pm. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Registration and further information. Connecting with the sublime phenomena of a Tara, a pure wisdom being who has…

Dzogchen Introduction

Member Group: Younge Drodul Ling (Washington)

Start: Saturday, October 24 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, October 25 @ 5:00 pm
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Join us as we welcome the Venerable Younge Khachab Rinpoche back to Seattle. Rinpoche will be providing a systematic overview of common shamatha and vipassana meditation found in both the sutra and tantra traditions. He will then give an experiential introduction to meditation within the Dzogchen tradition and how this compares to the meditation of other traditions. This weekend seminar…


Calendar of Events

Newcomer Orientation

Each 2nd & 4th Sunday from 9:30-10am. Learn about Recollective Awareness Meditation and the conditions that support an integrated meditation practice. All who would like to hear the basics are welcome.

Member Group: Pine Street Sangha

Date: Sunday, October 25
Time: 9:30 am - 10:00 am
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Tradition: Vipassana

Weekend Retreat

Wat Atammayatarama

The Retreat is a weekend retreat starting on Friday evening at 7 pm until Sunday morning at 9 am. 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 towels, soap, etc.) Breakfast and lunch (vegetarian) are provided. …

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery

Start: Friday, October 23 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 25 @ 9:00 am
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Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Ven. Santidhamma

Buddhism in Action: Wisdom and Social Engagement


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…

Mahasangha Event

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

Pottery/Art Sale & Open House

Have you been curious about Recollective Awareness Meditation and Pine Street Sangha? Join us for an open house and bring your spirit of inquiry. Your purchase of handcrafted pottery and art (donated by sangha members) will help the Pine Street Sangha thrive. It will also get you that much closer to finishing your holiday shopping! Most of the cost of…

Member Group: Pine Street Sangha

Date: Saturday, November 21
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana

Dharma Talk with Anushka Fernandopulle


No registration is required.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, April 29, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Anushka Fernandopulle

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Member Groups

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

People of Color and Allies Sangha

The People of Color and Allies Sangha (POCAS) is a Buddhist inspired, peer led mindfulness group. It meets weekly on Thursday Nights for a sit and Dharma discussion. All People of Color interested in meditation and Buddhism are invited to attend. Allies must be sponsored by a person of color and current member that can vouch for their level of...

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

Drukpa Mila Center (Salem)

The Drukpa Mila Center has been established by Lama Karma Namgyel in the tradition of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage of Buddhism from Bhutan. The purpose for creating the center is to bridge the religious cultures from the areas of the East including Bhutan, Tibet, India and Nepal to the West. This includes bringing Buddhist teachers from the Drukpa Kagyu and...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Salem, OR

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

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

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

Dharma Buddies

Dharma Buddies offers a safe space to explore spiritual freedom and growth within a Buddhist framework for Seattle-area gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer men. The group provides peer-led meditations, conversations, and book discussions on spiritual and practical themes. Dharma Buddies also offers annual retreats allowing men to explore the benefits of meditation in depth. Our meeting site, Cal Anderson House...

Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Mixed || Location: Seattle, WA

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

For people seeking spiritual and personal growth, Sakya Monastery provides access to the Buddha's teachings and guidance in a community of practitioners. Sakya Monastery provides a place to learn from highly qualified and spiritual Tibetan Lamas in a beautiful traditional setting.   Head Lama of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism and a Head Lama of the Sakya Sect, H.H. Jigdal...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

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