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Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
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…

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Featured Events

Help Nepal!

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association
Start: Monday, June 1 @ 10:00 pm
End: Friday, July 31 @ 10:00 pm
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We are all aware of the devastation that has overtaken Nepal. Those suffering the effects of the earthquake need our help now. Here are two links where you can donate money to ease that suffering. http://www.matthieuricard.org/en/ https://www.upaya.org/give/fund.php?id=22

HE Garchen Rinpoche Teaching Program: July 4-12, 2015

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Member Group: Drikung Seattle
Start: Saturday, July 4 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, July 12 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: HE Garchen Rinpoche

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is quoted in the film “The Yogis of Tibet” as saying that His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is one of the last remaining Tibetan yogis in the world. About HE Garchen Rinpoche HE Garchen Rinpoche is an esteemed teacher in the Drikung Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. HE Garchen Rinpoche was imprisoned for 20 years at…

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche in Seattle!

Member Group: Chagdud Gonpa Amrita

Member Group: Chagdud Gonpa Amrita
Date: Sunday, July 12
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

A Teaching on The Way of the Bodhisattva, the Bodhicharyavatara of Shantideva with Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche As we become more aware of the increasing power of aggression and the spreading hopelessness of displacement and disasters presently affecting so many populations these days, this 7th century treatise on cultivating love, compassion and wisdom continues to be a relevant manual on…

Yuthok Empowerment, Guru Yogas, and Activities

Member Group: Sorig Institute

Member Group: Sorig Institute
Start: Thursday, July 16 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, July 19 @ 6:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Yuthok Nyingthig, “the innermost essence of the teaching of Yuthok,” is the most important spiritual practice for physicians and healing practitioners of traditional Tibetan medicine and can benefit anyone with a medical or meditation practice. These concise practices, practical for those with limited time, present a union of medical and spiritual practice that is focused upon the most essential and…

Chamtrul Rinpoche ( Disciple of Jigme Phuntsok) Teaches in Portland Aug 14,15, & 16.

Member Group: Samden Ling

Member Group: Samden Ling
Start: Friday, August 14 @ 9:45 am
End: Sunday, August 16 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Rime'
Teacher: Jacqueline Mandell

Chamtrul Rinpoche returns to Portland from India for three incredible teaching days. Attend all 3 or individual. Friday 8/14 is View Meditation Conduct and Results and 7 Line Prayer & Vajra Guru Mantra Saturday 8/15 is Three Bardos: Intermediate State of Death, Reality and Becoming Sunday 8/16 is Chakras and Channels Tickets at http://www.tickettomato.com/event/3061/chamtrul-rinpoche-tibetan-buddhist-master/ Daily 9:45am-noon and 2-4pm Full Day Tickets…

BGR Walk to Feed the Hungry

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

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.

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Calendar of Events

Help Nepal!

Nepal Earthquake

We are all aware of the devastation that has overtaken Nepal. Those suffering the effects of the earthquake need our help now. Here are two links where you can donate money to ease that suffering. http://www.matthieuricard.org/en/ https://www.upaya.org/give/fund.php?id=22

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association
Start: Monday, June 1 @ 10:00 pm
End: Friday, July 31 @ 10:00 pm
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Live as a Monastic: Summer (July) Residential Program at Great Vow Zen Monastery

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2015 Summer Residency Program June program: June 2-28 July program: July 1-August 2 The Summer Program is an opportunity to plunge into Zen monastic practice with the support of community and teachers, and taste the benefits of calming the mind and opening the heart. There is no fee for residency during the Summer Program, though donations during the summer months…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Great Vow Zen Monastery
Start: Wednesday, July 1 @ 12:00 pm
End: Sunday, August 2 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Zen

HE Garchen Rinpoche Teaching Program: July 4-12, 2015

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is quoted in the film “The Yogis of Tibet” as saying that His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is one of the last remaining Tibetan yogis in the world. About HE Garchen Rinpoche HE Garchen Rinpoche is an esteemed teacher in the Drikung Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. HE Garchen Rinpoche was imprisoned for 20 years at…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Drikung Seattle
Start: Saturday, July 4 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, July 12 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: HE Garchen Rinpoche

Queer Dharma Group Meeting

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Queer Dharma is a group for LGBTQ practitioners to study and practice meditation and Dharma and to discuss personal experiences.  The group serves to send a message to new-comers that they are welcome in our tradition and to explore (perhaps in ways that may be unintentionally overlooked or excluded in our regular programming) how we as gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center
Date: Sunday, July 5
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Shambhala
Teacher: Michaela McCormick

Exploring Buddhism for Young Adults with Venerable Thubten Chodron

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Curious about Buddhism or meditation? Looking for a way to express your spiritual values and hopes for a better world? Sravasti Abbey invites young adults aged 18 to 29 to explore the Buddha’s teachings within our American culture. No meditation experience is necessary; just an open and curious mind/heart. The course includes: meditation instruction and practice teachings and Dharma discussions…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey
Start: Friday, July 10 @ 3:00 pm
End: Friday, July 17 @ 2:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Venerable Thubten Chodron

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Member Groups

White River Buddhist Temple

Our monthly gatherings center on a dharma discussion of some aspect of Buddhist social activism. All are welcome to attend. Our intent is to make our monthly discussions alive and meaningful, open to new folks, and Buddhist in inspiration. The practice of listening as a way of healing and being present with the suffering of the world is the focus...

Tradition: Mahayana Buddhism - Pure Land Sect - Nishi Hongwanji Ha - Founder Shinran Shonin circa 13th Century || Location: Auburn, WA

Bellingham Insight Meditation Society

Member led meditation group formed to support the Dhamma practice and teachings in the Theravada Buddhist traditions. Classes, study groups, book clubs, residential and non-residential retreats are regularly scheduled to support the practice and to benefit all beings.

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Bellingham, WA

Dzogchen Community Seattle

We are over a dozen people here following the teachings of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. We do not have a 'center' in the Seattle area. It's usually around 4-8 people practicing informally together. Practice dates are being posted below and updated frequently. In March 2006 we founded a Gakhyil in Seattle and started to invite teachers from the Dzogchen Community after...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Kirkland / Seattle , WA

Creston Zen Centre

Creston Zendo is a lay practice centre in the Soto Zen tradition. Resident lay teacher, Kuya Minogue took lay precepts at Shasta Abbey in 1986, lay discipleship presepts with Kyogen Carlson in 1989 and received dharma transmission in the Zen Writing Practice tradition from Natalie Goldberg in 2006. She has been teaching practice in Canada since 1993.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Creston, BC

Open Way Sangha

Open Way's mission is to nurture all who wish to practice Mindfulness. We are part of a world-wide network of communities inspired by the teachings and practices of Thich Nhat Hanh, a widely-known Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author and activist. Join us for weekly mindfulness practice at our center in Missoula, Montana and for retreats and special events throughout the year.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Missoula , MT

West Seattle Sitting Group

Meets every first and third Sunday at 7:00 p.m. at The Kenney, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW, in West Seattle. Building supportive relationships and practicing in community is powerful way to more deeply and wisely care for ourselves and others. This neighborhood sitting group is suitable for all anyone who has attended a basic introductory meditation class. It is facilitated by...

Tradition: Non-sectarian || 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

Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery

The Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery (ABM) was launched January 18, 1998 by the Thai and American Buddhist community of Washington state. This Buddhist Temple was certified as a "not-for-profit" corporation of the State of Washington on 22 April 1998. We are a small humble Buddhist monastery tucked away in a serene corner of Woodinville among acres of wooded land. The monastery...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Woodinville, WA

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