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Northwest Dharma News
A Quarterly Online Publication

Fall 2014, Volume 27, #3

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: A Decade of Teaching With Seattle as Home

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche teaching students at Nalanda West, Mitra Dean Tyler Dewar translating

Ten years ago Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche made Seattle the home of his dharma activities around the world, and created what has become Nalanda West. Born in India, Rinpoche studied with some of the great teachers in the Nyingma/Kagu lineage, including…

Sravasti Abbey Consecrates New Chenrezig Hall

Abbess Ven. Thubten Chodron and Construction Manager Ven. Thubten Tarpa cut the ribbon together

Sravasti Abbey’s new Chenrezig Hall, the accomplishment of a long endeavor, will expand the monastery’s offerings to a growing circle of people. In June about 80 people gathered at the abbey, near Newport, Washington, to consecrate the new building. Guests…

New Eugene Saraha School for ChildrenOffers Buddhist and Secular Curriculum

Saraha President Lama Sonam Tsering with children at time of inaugural announcement of Saraha Children's School

Saraha Children’s School, created to offer secular and dharma education to young children, is opening for its first classes this fall. The school was launched just six months ago by Lama Sonam Tsering, president of Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute of…

Celebrating Dharma Practice in Urban Setting,Seattle Insight Meditation Opens New Home

The Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS) sits together July 22, for the first time in their new home

Seattle Insight Meditation Society celebrated the opening of its own dharma center this summer, after more than 20 years of renting space. More than 200 people gathered for the July 22 inaugural sit and commemoration at the center, in an…

Featured Events

Annual Regional Teachers Meeting (Seattle)

nwda-logo-bright Nurturing understanding and cooperation among diverse Buddhist traditions and practitioners is the mission of the Northwest Dharma Association. What better way than to bring together Buddhist teachers and monastics from across the region?

For the past 12 years, on the first Saturday of October, Buddhist teachers have been hosted by various Zen, Theravada, Tibetan, and Pure La more...

Annual Regional Teachers Meeting (Portland)

nwda-logo-bright Nurturing understanding and cooperation among diverse Buddhist traditions and practitioners is the mission of the Northwest Dharma Association. What better way than to bring together Buddhist teachers and monastics from across the region?

For the past 12 years, on the first Saturday of October, Buddhist teachers have been hosted by various Zen, Theravada, Tibetan, and Pure La more...

Women Ancestors Retreat with Anita Feng, JDPSN

psnfeng What have women brought to Buddhism, and the practice of Zen over the last couple thousand years? And why is it important for us (both men and women) to include and study the women masters that have been hidden from the lineage charts and teaching texts? Is there something unique that is brought to the teachings from a woman's point of view?

During this retreat we wil more...

Sherab Chamma, Wisdom Loving Mother

Ligmincha_NW_2200_col Through the power of these Sherab Chamma teachings we learn to connect to our own innate wisdom and its radiance of love and compassion. Overcome struggles and fears on physical, energetic and spiritual levels by opening to self arising wisdom needed to creatively host life's challenges. Through these practices we connect with the healing qualities of the Five Elements and the deepest essence more...

Shamatha Retreat

P1100222 copy Shamatha meditation is the basis for all meditation practices. As an old Lama who came here once said “without Shamatha you can’t do anything!” However, you don’t have to be a Buddhist to enjoy the calmness and stability that results from practicing Shamatha. Meditation practice predates Buddhism and all of the world religions. It has lasted through the centuries because it is dire more...

NONA Dharma Conference & 4th Anniversary of Choeizan Enkyoji Temple

Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple The conference will have lectures and discussions on Nichiren Buddhist Doctrine and Faith. Meet other members of the greater Sangha and develop deep friendship. Buddhists from all traditions and non-Buddhists are welcome to learn about basic Nichiren Shu Buddhism. It will begin on Saturday morning and be complete Sunday early evening. The Choeizan Enkyoji Temple will hold a 4th Anniversary E more...

Introduction to Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga (2nd event!)

elephant favicon This second introduction to Kum Nye class will include a 1 hour class followed by a brief discussion and Q&A. After this class, whoever would like to continue will be surveyed and we will find a time/space to continue classes that works for all.

Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga was developed by Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, a Tibetan Lama in the Nyingma Tradition. It is unique, different more...

Vajrasattva Teaching, Practice and Meditation with Khenpo Trinley Ripoche

khenpo_trinley_2014 Vajrasattva is the Buddha of Purification. During this retreat we will have the opportunity to purify our negativities from past actions and our current negative states of mind by engaging in the meditation and mantra recitation of Buddha Vajrasattva.

During this 2-day non-residential retreat Khenpo Trinley Dorje Rinpoche will give teachings and will guide meditation in the Lo more...

Anam Thubten Meditation retreat

ATWeb600px-2014-03 The focus of the retreat is to unburden ourselves from mental habits that cause unnecessary suffering and to realize our natural state which is the inner dimension of peace, joy, and love. Anam Thubten invites everyone to experience this spiritual transformation through meditation practice and the timeless teachings of the Buddha. more...

Dharma Talk with Lama Rabten Tsering

Lama Rabten Join us for a dharma talk and Q+A with Lama Rabten Tsering.

Translation by Chris Stagg.

All are welcome. more...

Meg Wheatley – Avoiding the Ambush of Hope

Meg-Wheatley-600dpi Are you trying to make a difference in your family, community, oganization or in the world? Are you struggling with the hope and fear that clings to the desire to make positive changes? Join us at NalandaWest as Meg Wheatley brings her extensive experience and foundation as a Buddhist practitioner to Seattle to lead a retreat to support those of us actively engaged in changing things for the more...

Fall 2014 Sesshin: The Full Awareness of Breathing

Fall The Puget Sound Zen Center invites you to attend a five day period of intensive Zen practice at beautiful Camp Sealth on the shores of Vashon Island from October 8-12, 2014. Co-teachers Genko Kathy Blackman and Koshin Christopher Cain will focus throughout the sesshin on the sutra “The Full Awareness of Breathing.” The daily schedules will include periods of seated and walking meditation, dhar more...

Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara

10_09 Green Tara Initiation A sacred mandala dance practice in which Tara's 21 aspects are praised for the purpose of sending the blessing and healing to All Sentient Beings. We will be instructed in movement, meditation, and hand mudras by Parvati, a senior Taradhatu teacher visiting from Arizona. On the last day we will offer the dance to family and friends at Sakya Monastery. This mandala dance was envisioned in 1985 more...

In the Mirror of Death- An Introduction to the Tibetan Buddhist Understanding of Death and Dying

MirrorOfDeath image full size This 8-week course guides participants through the essential teachings on dying and death from the Buddhist tradition of Tibet. It offers a glimpse of this practical wisdom and sacred inspiration, which is so beneficial for today’s world. The universal message of these teachings speaks to people from all walks of life and is relevant for those of any spiritual tradition or none. They show u more...

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Calendar of Events

Meg Wheatley – Avoiding the Ambush of Hope
09-26-2014 7:00 pm Seatttle, WA
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Are you trying to make a difference in your family, community,
oganization or in the world? Are you struggling with the hope and fear that clings
to the desire to make positive changes? Join us at NalandaWest as Meg Wheatley
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Introduction to the Path of Mindful Activity
10-07-2014 7 pm Seattle, WA
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The Buddhist teachings point out that happiness and unhappiness
are not random occurrences but arise as a result of specific causes and conditions.
In order to achieve our goal, we have to transform the conditions for unhappine…

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Member Groups

Puget Sound Zen Center
Zen Vashon, WA

The Puget Sound Zen Center offers a supportive place for the practice of Zen Buddhism. Founded in 2002, we are located on Vashon Island, Washington, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Tacoma, and the Olympic Peninsula.

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Samden Ling
Tibetan Portland, OR
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Samden Ling is dedicated to The Heart Essence of
the Vast Expanse, Longchen Nyingthig tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The profound
teachings and exquisite practices of Longchen Rabjam and Jigme Lingpa are offered In
this Rime (N…

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EcoSangha Seattle
Non-sectarian Seattle, WA
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EcoSangha is devoted to the propagation of Buddhism as an inherently
ecological perspective and to finding answers to today’s urgent environmental
challenges, most particularly our destruction of the earth through Buddhism’s
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