Northwest Dharma Association



Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Fall 2016, Volume 29, #3

From President Tim Tapping: Help NW Dharma Meet Urgent Cash Crunch

Ven. Tulku Yeshe Gyatso leads a calligraphy workshop at the Arts as Buddhist Practice festival, organized by Northwest Dharma Association in March, 2014.

Here in the fall of 2016 the Northwest Dharma Association bank account is low — will you help? Even though your NWDA has been frugal and has cut expenses to the bone, donations have recently been falling behind expenses. The dharma community needs to be generous and chip in, if your Northwest Dharma Association is to continue supporting and connecting the…

New Seattle Buddhist Teachers Tread Own Paths

Happy new teachers Bonnie Duran, Tim Geil and Keri Pederson, at Spirit Rock. Embracing them is Andre Alton Hardy, a former Seahawks player who is now an author, grad school student, and partner of Against the Stream co-guiding teacher JoAnna Harper.

This summer four Seattle-area practitioners completed a four-year teacher training in Buddhadharma  and vipassana meditation, through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California and  Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts. The four new Seattle-area teachers are Bonnie Duran, Tim Geil, Brent Morton, and Keri Pederson. IMS and Spirit Rock are leading institutions in the evolution of insight or vipassana meditation in…

Buddhas Span 13 Centuries at Asian Art Museum

Three standing Buddhas, made of limestone and marble, from China and Thailand, are as old as the sixth century.

Seattle’s Asian Art Museum is displaying 20 images of historic Buddhas in its new installation, “Awakened Ones: Buddhas of Asia.” The installation is currently on view at the Asian Art Museum in Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park, until the end of February 2017. Then the museum, a unit of the Seattle Art Museum, will temporarily close for renovations. The pieces come…

Just Out of Prison? Where Will You Live?

Long-term volunteers like these are essential in prison work. Left to right: Emmanuel Go, Rev. Genko Blackman, Bruce Munson, Ven. Tsering Motup, Shirley Tam, and Chung Chun Chan.

Just-released prison inmates are struggling to find housing in the Seattle area’s white-hot housing market, while Buddhist supporters and others try to help them, before and after release. The vast majority of inmates in Washington state release into King, Pierce, or Snohomish counties, where skyrocketing rents and low vacancy rates create a perfect storm of housing issues. Seattle is the…

White Buddhist Practitioners Gather in Seattle To See, Challenge and Break Tangles of Racism

The three teachers guided participants in better understanding their whiteness, and unconscious attitudes about race.

In June more  than 60 people, most of whom self-identified as white, gathered at the Seattle Insight Meditation Center for a “Day of Mindfulness for White Allies.” They brought their open-hearted willingness to learn and grow, and a commitment to support one another to heal from the inner and outer effects of racism. They came from their own eagerness to learn…

A Brief History of Nothing Special… 30 Years of Practicing Zen in Anchorage, Alaska

After Sunday zazen and service. Front row from left to right: Cindy Bonney, Genmyo Jana Zeedyk, Resident Teacher, Judy Saha, Ronn Rasmussen and Traci Webb. Back row left to right: John Moriarty, Ralph Jordan, Matthew Rasmussen, Kirby Kauffman and Todd Blessing.

The Anchorage Zen Community is acknowledging its 30th anniversary this year, after evolving in an Alaskan city better known for snow and oil workers than Buddhist groups. The not-so-large sangha, with about 20 regular members, offers a regular program of zazen, the meditation practice common to Zen tradition. The biggest weekly event is a Sunday morning service, which includes periods…


Featured Events

Waking Up: Key Points of Vajrayana Practice With Senior Tergar Lama Khenpo Kunga – Tergar Residential Winter Retreat

Member Group: Tergar Meditation Community of Oregon

Start: Wednesday, December 28 @ 7:00 pm
End: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 @ 11:30 am
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Tradition: The Tergar lineage of Mingyur Rinpoche is primarily situated within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, but also draws from the Nyingma lineage.
Teacher: Senior Tergar Lama Khenpo Kunga

The hallmark of Vajrayana Buddhism is the use of the natural rhythms of life as gateways to awakening. This profound path gives us the tools to discover the natural presence of timeless awareness in every experience, even in the midst of challenging emotions and the difficulties of everyday life. To uncover this innate wisdom, we use the imagination, the subtle…

Wesak Dialogues

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am
End: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 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,…

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

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Start: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 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…


Calendar of Events

Day of Mindfulness with Tim Geil


Join us for a day of sitting and walking meditation in the Vipassana (insight) tradition.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tim Geil

Dharma Talk with Vimalasara


Vimalasara (Valerie Mason-John) is the resident teacher at Vancouver Buddhist Centre and is a master trainer in conflict transformation, leadership and restorative justice. She is the author of eight books, including her dharma books, Detox Your Heart (working with anger, fear and hatred) and Eight Step Recovery Using The Buddha’s teachings to Overcome Addiction. Ordained in India 2005, her name means she whose…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Vimalasara

Dharma Talk with Heather Martin


Heather Martin has been meditating for over 40 years, in various traditions.  Theravada has been her main practice since 1981, when she trained in the style of SN Goenka, for 8 years.  She has practiced Tibetan Dzogchen with Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Vipassana with Burmese Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and more recently the early Foundations of Mindfulness with scholar-monk Bikkhu Analayo.  She has…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Heather Martin

Awakened Ones: Buddhas of Asia


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: Tuesday, November 1 @ 10:00 am
End: Friday, March 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Introductory Meditation 6 Week Class Series with Tim Geil


Insight meditation also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life with increasing balance and equanimity. This balanced awareness, grounded in…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Monday, January 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
End: Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tim Geil

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Member Groups

Sakya Kachod Choling

Sakya Kachod Choling is the retreat center for our teacher, H.E. Sakya Jetsun Chimey Luding Rinpoche. We hold group retreats 3 times a year with Her Eminence or other teachers from the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. We are also open for private retreats of any length all year. It is not necessary to be a student of Her Eminence...

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism || Location: San Juan Island, WA

Kagyu Changchub Chuling

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Portland, OR

Drikung Seattle

Drikung Seattle was founded in 2013 by HE Garchen Rinpoche, a remarkable teacher with a remarkable life story. 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...

Tradition: Drikung Kagyu || Location: Seattle, WA

Nalanda Institute

The Nalanda Institute of Olympia is a Buddhist meditation center. Our teachers draw on Tibetan and other Buddhist traditions to present classical Buddhist wisdom for modern life that emphasizes meditation, learning, inner growth, and “non-harming” attitudes and actions.  We support all participants in their pursuit of mindful living, meditation practice, and the Buddhist path. We provide a quality meditation space and...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Olympia, WA

Buddhist Dharma

Our group follows the practice of the Buddha with emphasis on Tibetan Vajrayana and Mahayana Buddhism.

Tradition: Buddhism || Location: Seattle-Edmonds, WA


Bodhi Institute of Compassion and Wisdom 我們的宗旨是弘扬佛法,让佛法的慈悲、智慧甘露滋润人们的心田;消弭人们心中的烦恼、痛苦和压力。从改变自身开始, 令生命更有意义,促进社会和谐。

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: , WA

Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. In action, Shambhala is both a spiritual path of study and meditation that helps us work with our minds, as well as a...

Tradition: Shambhala || Location: Portland, OR

Friends of Lama Samten

We are an informal group of dharma practitioners who enjoy inviting Lama Samten to turn the wheel of dharma in the Seattle area. Lama Samten has been visiting Seattle since the early 2000s. About Lama Karma Samten Venerable Lama Samten was born in West Tibet in 1944. He fled his homeland with his brothers, sisters and parents in 1959 when...

Tradition: Karma Kagyu || Location: Vashon, WA

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