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Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Summer 2016, Volume 29, #2

From the Executive Director: The Region’s Dharma Community is Increasingly Collective and Effective

Participants in the May 7 Christian-Buddhist roundtable at Elliott Bay Books included Will Haag, Stephanie Eichentopf, George Draffan, CJ Young, Phil Peterson, Kyle Reynolds, Kathy Adams, Mark Winwood, Polly Trout, and Paul Metzger

Some 20 years ago, when I started volunteering with the Northwest Dharma Association, it was about old-fashioned mailing parties, loading bundles of original paper version of Northwest Dharma News into giant post office sacks, and getting event flyers out. After a while I served on the board for a few years, and then I focused on organizing and facilitating gatherings…

Canadian Leader to Offer First Online Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery courses

Author and teacher Valerie Mason-John, is now taking her eight-step work online

After years of offering the Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery courses in person, I will in July for time offer an online version of the series. The courses are a unique approach to breaking the cycle of addiction, based on the mindfulness teachings. As chairperson of the Vancouver Buddhist Centre, I am Dr. Valerie Mason-John M.A. (hon.doc of letters), a Buddhist teacher…

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche Book ‘Emotional Rescue’ Offers Real Solutions to Emotional Tangles

Ponlop Rinpoche laughs as he teaches on his new book, "Emotional Rescue," during a recent weekend event at Nalanda West in Seattle

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s  newest book, “Emotional Rescue: How to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Energy that Empowers You,” is a self-help guide for a broad audience. Unlike his previous books, such as “Mind Beyond Death” or “Rebel Buddha,” this one is written for a more Western readership, with little direct reference to Buddhist teachings or…

Freedom Project Resumes Mindfulness Circles

Rich Blick leads a mindfulness meditation session

Seattle Freedom Project’s monthly Mindfulness Circle has been re-started by Rich Blick, a former convict who is working to give to others what he received from the dharma. The Mindfulness Circle and discussion group now meets 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of each month, at the University Christian Church in Seattle. This is due to the efforts…

Buddhism in Black America: A Global Perspective

Dr. Charles Johnson, Lama Choyin Rangdrol, and Dr. Jason Wirth “turned the dharma wheel in new directions,” during a talk before a packed house March 8

Does BuddhaDharma philosophy and practice offer critical spiritual succor for African Americans? Two of the best-known and celebrated African American male Buddhist practitioners say yes. They shared their views on the relevance and urgency of BuddhaDharma for black Americans, before a packed house at Seattle University March 8. Lama Choyin Rangdrol opened and closed the unforgettable evening with short guided…

A Great Leader Passes on in Seattle, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen, Sakya Monastery Founder

The palanquin bearing the Thudkam, the body of H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, arriving at Sakya Monastery. On the left carrying the palanquin are H.E. Khondung Asanga Vajra Rinpoche, H.E. Dhungsey Zaya Vajra Sakya, H.E. Dhungsey Minzu Sakya. Also on the left, in glasses and dark hair, is H.E. Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche

His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, the founder and for decades leader of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, has passed into Paranirvana. Known more formally as His Holiness Vajra Dhara Kyabgön Dagchen Rinpoche Ngawang Kunga Sönam of the Phuntsok Phodrang, he died on April 29th, 2016. He was 87. His Holiness was considered a major leader within the world…

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Featured Events

Summer 2016 Buddhist Studies Program

Member Group: Nitartha Institute

Start: Friday, July 15 @ 6:00 pm
End: Friday, August 12 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vajrayana: Kagyü and Nyingma
Teacher: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsengc

Join us for the Summer 2016 Buddhist Studies Program! July 15-Aug 13, 2016 in Vancouver, BC. Explore how everyday thought and speech serve as tools for discovering definitive meaning, the unconditioned wisdom and spontaneous compassion of the buddhadharma. Combining an in-depth course of study with training in meditation and analysis, Nitartha Institute introduces 21st century students to the complete Tibetan…

Buddhist Women Teachers Circle

Member Group: The Compassion Network (TCN Buddhist Center)

Date: Monday, August 15
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tradition: Multiple
Teacher: Multiple

Puget Sound area Buddhist women teachers and leaders are hereby invited into conversation. Given the profusion of Buddhist traditions that have developed since the time of the historical Buddha, how do Buddhist women in the Northwest think about and practice in light of gender norms and the multiplicity that is “Buddhisms”? Join special guests Venerable Dr. Pannavati and Reverend Myokei…

2016 Seattle Walk to Feed the Hungry

Member Group: Buddhist Global Relief

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Tradition: non-sectarian

The 2016 Walk to Feed the Hungry will be an opportunity to meet others interested in putting their compassion into action and raise funds to support Buddhist Global Relief. Since 2008, BGR has helped fund numerous projects around the world supporting food security, right livelihood, and human dignity. Join us for a fun day and good fellowship!

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Calendar of Events

SEC 114 The Significance of Lama/Guru in Tibetan Buddhism

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All spiritual practices at Sakya Monastery begin with a prayer to the lineage of Lamas who have kept the authentic teachings of the Buddha alive.  Lineage is very important in Tibetan Buddhism.  Once you take this class, you will have a greater understanding of the importance of lineage to you personally and come to see the spiritual practices in a…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, August 28
Time: 8:30 am - 9:45 am
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Ron Hogan

SEC 112 Understanding the Sunday Chenrezi Practice

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In this class, we will go page by page through the Sunday morning Chenrezi practice book, An Ocean of Compassion: Meditation on Chenrezi.  We will explain the meaning of the text, the visualizations, and the hand gestures (mudras) that should be used in each section.   Chenrezi is the key spiritual practice at Sakya Monastery and blesses us to become…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, August 7
Time: 8:30 am - 9:45 am
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Moses Tovar

Summer 2016 Buddhist Studies Program

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Join us for the Summer 2016 Buddhist Studies Program! July 15-Aug 13, 2016 in Vancouver, BC. Explore how everyday thought and speech serve as tools for discovering definitive meaning, the unconditioned wisdom and spontaneous compassion of the buddhadharma. Combining an in-depth course of study with training in meditation and analysis, Nitartha Institute introduces 21st century students to the complete Tibetan…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nitartha Institute

Start: Friday, July 15 @ 6:00 pm
End: Friday, August 12 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vajrayana: Kagyü and Nyingma
Teacher: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsengc

Awakened Ones: Buddhas of Asia

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Experience 20 works and artifacts from SAM’s collection depicting Buddhas from across Asia, including Japan, China, India, Korea, Nepal, and Pakistan. Sculptures and paintings spanning nearly 13 centuries will be on view. This exhibition is ongoing.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: SAMGardnerCenter

Start: Friday, July 1 @ 10:00 am
End: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Connecting Body, Mind and Heart

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The body, mind and heart are not separate. We’ll take this week of silence to explore and put into practice various skillful means to access grounded bodies, naturally relaxed, open hearts and clear quiet minds. It is from these lovely states that insights into how we’ve become unnecessarily distressed will naturally arise. These are the insights that heal us, uplift…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Bellingham Insight Meditation Society

Start: Monday, October 10 @ 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 16 @ 12:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: James Baraz and Adrianne Ross

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Member Groups

Dharma Buddies

Dharma Buddies offers a safe space for gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer men to explore spiritual freedom and growth within a Buddhist framework. 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 on...

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

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

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

Dharmata of Seattle

In the Nyingma tradition, affiliate of the Dharmata Foundation located in Point Richmond, Ca. We meet on Sunday (sometimes another evening) for meditation, fellowship, and watching a livestream video of Anam Thubten giving a dharma talk. Weekend retreats offered every year. Please call for more information.

Tradition: Tibetan/Non-sectarian || Location: Kirkland, WA

Bellevue Dharma Group

We practice Buddhist meditation--Recollective Awareness as taught by Jason Siff of the Skillful Meditation Project. The facilitator of our group is Bill Cooper, who has practiced meditation for over 30 years. Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome.

Tradition: Theravada || Location: Bellevue, WA

Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple

Tuyết Sơn Thiền Tự We are a small rural Thien (Chàn/ Zen) Temple in the Vietnamese Tradition. We practice "laughing farmer zen" with a strong focus on metta practices.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Trout Lake, 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

Dharma Rain Zen Center

DRZC is a diverse group of people who come together to share the practice of meditation, and to study the principles of Buddhism. The purpose of the Center is to offer instruction in Zen practice and Buddhist teachings, and to provide a place where people can form a community that supports Zen practice in everyday life.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Portland, OR

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