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Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Winter 2016, Volume 29, #4

Inviting Dialogue Among Buddhist Traditions

In 2013, monastics gathered at Seattle University, and led a procession through the campus, in honor of Vesakha.

Next spring Northwest Dharma Association will support a series of conversations among Buddhist teachers, leaders, and practitioners, as part of the annual Vesakha Buddha day. Our plan is to explore the challenging dynamics and wonderful opportunities available in the rich arena of Buddhist diversity. Vesakha, which celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha, is universally shared among Buddhist…

Washington Nun One of Six From North America Awarded in Global Ceremony in Taiwan

Venerable Thubten Chodron receives the Global Bhikkhuni Award from the 90-year old chairman of the Chinese Buddhist Association, Venerable Jen Shin.

Venerable Thubten Chodron— a Buddhist nun, author, teacher, and founder of Sravasti Abbey in Newport, Washington— in November was given the Global Bhikkhuni Award. The award, one of 50 presented to leading nuns by the Chinese Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association of Taiwan, was given during six days of ceremonies Nov. 17 through 23. The ceremonies were conducted in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan….

Kathok Centre Programs, Buildings, Grew in 2016

Sangha members making tormas, traditional Tibetan offerings of flour and butter, before a Vajrasattva retreat.

For Kathok Centre , a traditional Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist center on Canada’s Vancouver Island, 2016 was a year of firsts. We held our first traditional Vajrasattva retreat with Venerable Lingtrul Rinpoche, expanded our temple facilities, and launched a community outreach program we’re calling Compassion in Action Services. In addition we completed a beautiful guest suite, so people can stay for…

Compassion Made Manifest and a Lot of Love Bring Syrian Refugee Family to Canadian Island

Syrian refugees Raina Khaldi, and her children Adam, Serina and Mimi, are feeling safe now on the remote Canadian Salt Spring Island.

A family of five Syrian refugees is finding a safe home on the tiny Canadian island of Salt Spring, helped by Buddhist and non-Buddhist supporters. The three children are attending a local school, while the father, who was an attorney in the Syrian city of Aleppo, now works at a grocery store. They arrived in July, after a harrowing journey…

Widening the Dharma Gate with New Home, Ashland Zen Center Begins Residential Practice

Sangha hands keep the facility in good repair. In 2016, members apply a fresh coat of stain to the entry gate.

The Ashland Zen Center is preparing to take a big step into residential practice by breaking ground for new facilities. The project will include long and short-term residential housing for retreatants, a dorm for meditation intensives, a gathering hall, kitchen, meeting spaces and support facilities. It is both exciting and humbling when we reflect on how we have arrived at…

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Featured Events

Support Your Association’s Programs

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Thursday, February 23
End: Tuesday, May 23

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In 2016, NWDA focused its work on three new programs: Contemplative Caregiving Inclusive Communities Buddhist Recovery These programs apply Buddhist compassion and clarity where it counts — in real-life suffering in today’s world. In 2017, we will be exploring new and innovative ways of expanding our program reach throughout the region. To learn more about our programs, please visit our…

LOSAR CELEBRATION – Benefit Concert & Dance

Member Group: Pema Kilaya Sangha

Date: Saturday, February 25
Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tradition: Vajrayana
Teacher: DZA Kilung Rinpoche

Join us for a family-friendly evening of music & dancing to support the rebuilding of the Kilung College & Children”s School.  A tragic fire destroyed the school in April 2017 & funds raised by this event will help bring to life a modern, environmentally sustainable center for learning, study, & community. Losar, the Tibetan New Year, is a time of…

Chenrezi Initiation with H.E. Khöndung Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, February 26
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: H.E. Khöndung Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche

Through the meditation on Chenrezi (Avalokiteshvara), one develops loving kindness, compassion, and bodhicitta. Buddha taught that “love” is the wish for all beings to experience happiness, that “compassion” is the aspiration that they be free from all suffering, and that “bodhicitta” is the mind dedicated to attaining enlightenment for the benefit for all beings. His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche…

Inclusive Community Dialogues

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Wednesday, March 1 @ 8:00 am
End: Sunday, April 30 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Our region includes virtually every Buddhist tradition and culture, and is a great crossroads for tens of thousands of practitioners, those born into Buddhist heritage, and those adopting Buddhist practice as adults. In March and April 2017, the Northwest Dharma Association will be hosting a series of dialogues among Buddhist teachers and leaders. The goal is to share our experiences and perspectives,…

Lama Choyin Rangdrol Presents: Mercy, Mercy Me

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Friday, March 3 @ 7:00 pm
End: Saturday, March 4 @ 4:30 pm
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  Community members of all faiths and traditions are invited to a heart-felt discussion on healthy strategies for oneself, family and community in times of uncertainty. The discussion will be led by Lama Choyin Rangdrol, an African American teacher of Buddhism, known for his clear presentation of insight and practice.   The discussion will be grounded in the lyrical call for…

Anam Thubten weekend retreat 3/18-19, 2017

Member Group: Dharmata of Seattle

Start: Saturday, March 18
End: Sunday, March 19

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Teacher: Anam Thubten

Weekend retreat at Bastyr with Anam Thubten. Register online to ensure your place: https://www.tickettomato.com/event/4483 The true joy of being a human comes when we know how to live life fully. The secret to this joy comes not through external activities, but through embracing each moment no matter what situation we are facing. Life is a whole in which each and every…

Tara Retreat with Yangsi Rinpoche – March 18-19, 2017

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Start: Saturday, March 18 @ 9:00 am
End: Sunday, March 19 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan/Non-sectarian
Teacher: Yangsi Rinpoche

Non-residential retreat with Yangsi Rinpoche in Seattle, Saturday-Sunday, 3/18-3/19. Space Limited. Pre-registration requested. (Email: info@dharmafriendship.org). Full details on our website: http://dharmafriendship.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Yangsi-Rinpoche-2017-Retreat.pdf

Healing the Emotions with Lama Tsering Everest

Member Group: Chagdud Gonpa Amrita

Start: Saturday, April 8
End: Sunday, April 9

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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhist
Teacher: Lama Tsering Everest

We all have the power to cultivate love, compassion, generosity, and patience throughout our daily lives in difficult and troubling times. However, our habitual emotional responses can cause confusion and suffering. Understanding the root cause of these powerful emotions is the first step in training a compassionate heart. Lama Tsering will offer practical examples and applications so that we can…

HE Garchen Rinpoche Teachings & Empowerments, April 21-30!

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Start: Friday, April 21 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, April 30 @ 6:00 pm
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Tradition: Drikung Kagyu
Teacher: HE Garchen Rinpoche

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche Returns to Seattle! His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche was imprisoned during the Communist occupation in Tibet for 20 years in the prime of his life. There, he met his guru Khenpo Munsel and secretly practiced. After his release, Rinpoche spread the teachings of dharma to all corners of the world, sharing his radiance and inspiring all with…

Celebrating the Sangha

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, November 11
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

The Northwest Buddhist community is huge, and diverse, encompassing traditional temples from every Buddhist culture, modern practice and study groups, and creative applications of Buddhist perspectives by health professionals, teachers, social activists, and others. NWDA invites you to explore our shared aspirations as Buddhists and contemplative practitioners. We’ll engage in large and small group discussion to strengthen our individual and…

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Calendar of Events

Dharma Talk with Venerable Pannavati: Ultimate Liberation is to Overcome the Craving for Being

We live in the shadowland of “I” consciousness. This illusion of “I” is rooted in seeking meaning of “who” and “why”. But, awakening begins through contemplating “how” and “what”. Redirecting the inquiry allows the stilling of thought, entry into an unfettered realm of timelessness and the ending of karma. A  slight shift in inquiry can be the difference between liberation…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, March 24
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Venerable Pannavati

Dharma Talk with Ajahn Sumedho

Ajahn Sumedho is abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Centre (www.amaravati.org) and senior-most western disciple of the late Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah. Amaravati is affiliated with the Forest Sangha—a worldwide community following Chah’s Thai Forest tradition. Ajahn Sumedho has worked closely with lay organizations, notably the English Sangha Trust, and with his disciples to set up a British Theravadin monastic order….

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, July 14
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tradition: vipassana
Teacher: Ajahn Sumedho

Soto Zen Half-Day Retreat

In Zen Buddhism, longer sittings are encouraged as a way to allow the mind to slow down, in a quiet and supported environment. A peaceful mind then relaxes, freed from the burden of conversation, reading and the business of our daily lives. These days devoted to ‘gathering  mind’ or recollection, support our daily life. No Zen experience is necessary –…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Bainbridge Bodhi Center

Date: Sunday, March 5
Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Tradition: Soto Zen
Teacher: Mark Lancaster

Chenrezi Initiation with H.E. Khöndung Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche

Through the meditation on Chenrezi (Avalokiteshvara), one develops loving kindness, compassion, and bodhicitta. Buddha taught that “love” is the wish for all beings to experience happiness, that “compassion” is the aspiration that they be free from all suffering, and that “bodhicitta” is the mind dedicated to attaining enlightenment for the benefit for all beings. His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, February 26
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: H.E. Khöndung Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche

Book Talk: Touching the Infinite with Rodney Smith

Book Talk: Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, authored by Rodney Smith There seems to be a cohesive message that lies within the Satipatthana Sutta that may have been less emphasized in earlier translations. The Buddha seems to be moving us through our mental interpretations of form in the first three Foundations and dropping…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Tuesday, November 14
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Rodney Smith

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Member Groups

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

1Open Heart

We practice loving kindness and mindfulness meditation followed by Dharma learning and discussion. If you provide your e-mail address we can keep you on the distribution list.

Tradition: Theravada || Location: Shoreline, WA

Kathok Centre

Kathok Centre is a Tibetan Buddhist Centre under the spiritual guidance of V.V. Lingrtul Rinpoche. We hold monthly Guru Yoga Tsok offering practices, Green Tara and Nyundro practices for practicing Buddhists. We also hold weekly tours and open times for the general public and Open Meditation and Yoga classes.

Tradition: Tibetan Nyingma || Location: Qualicum Beach, BC

Open Gate Zendo

The Open Gate Zendo is the primary practice center of the The Boundless Mind Zen School. The fundamental practices of Boundless Mind Zen are zazen(silent, seated meditation), mindfulness(fully responsive awareness) and personal development in both mental and physical disciplines that incorporate spirituality into everyday life.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Olympia, WA

SAMGardnerCenter

The Seattle Art Museum collection includes many important Buddhist paintings, sculpture, calligraphy, hand scrolls, and more—a selection is on view at its Asian Art Museum location. The Gardner Center hosts visiting scholars, writers, films, and artists for public events exploring Buddhist arts and cultures. Recent and current programs include the conservation of Buddhist sites in Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and...

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

Nalandabodhi Vancouver

Please see our website for full description.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Vancouver, BC

Birken Forest Monastery

A Canadian Theravada Buddhist Monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah.

Tradition: Theravada Thai Forest || Location: Knutsford, 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

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