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Spring 2015, Volume 28, #1

Northwest Dharma Association Annual ReportFinancial Activities for 2014

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2014 income from gifts: In 2014, Northwest Dharma Association received $15,087 in donations. Donations from member groups as dues, and from generous individual donors and supporters, included: Gifts from the members of the Mahsangha Mala, NWDA supporters who have made a monthly pledge of $12 per month or more, represented…

Kilung Foundation Brings Education to Nomads

Kilung Monastery, in the snow of the Tibetan Himalayas.

Kilung Foundation, dedicated to bringing humanitarian and spiritual support to a key area of eastern Tibet, has been making significant progress in recent months. The organization, based on Whidbey Island in Washington state, is in particular focused on the region of Dzuchuka, in the region of Tibet traditionally known as…

Deeply Experiencing Sangha in a Magnificent Place

The MCPS group gathered, at beautiful Camp Indianola.

In January the extended sangha of the Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound gathered for a retreat led by teacher Michael Ciborski, and enlivened by the presence of many children. The mindfulness retreat, over the Martin Luther King weekend, was in the in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat…

Seattle-based Lotus Sisters Collective Gathers For Five-day Residential Retreat

Lotus sisters at the Whidbey Island retreat.

Bird singing in the trees above the alder-filled marsh, frogs croaking from within the marsh, and gorgeous stars in the night skies outside our meditation hall, accompanied us at the Lotus Sisters’ annual mid-February five-day winter residential retreat. The retreat, on Whidbey Island in Washington state, was led by the…

Drikung Seattle with New Members, Activities

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and his two attendants, Lama Bunima and Lama Abao at the Sakya Monastery in 2013. This was the first event organized by Drikung Seattle and the year of its founding.

Just two years after opening, Drikung Seattle is bustling with activity, new people and plans. Last September the center, which practices in the Drikung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, moved from a private residence to the West Seattle Senior Center. There the group is meeting weekly on Saturdays, from 10…


Featured Events

MahaSangha Regional Coordinators Meeting

Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98038 United States

Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Teacher: Northwest Dharma Association

The Regional Coordinators are NWDA’s representatives for the Mahasangha program. The Coordinators are the main volunteers who reach out to Buddhist organizations and non-aligned practitioners in their geographic area, and they facilitate local gatherings. The purpose of the quarterly Coordinators’ meetings is to develop the common purpose, guidelines, and message for the Mahasangha gatherings. The quarterly Coordinators’ meetings will take…

Daily LIfe as Dharma Practice

Start: Friday, May 8 @ 6:00 pm
End: Sunday, May 10 @ 12:00 pm
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Gwinwood Christian Retreat Center
6015 30th Ave SE
Lacey, Washington 98503 United States

Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Ani Tsering Chodron and Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim

Residential retreat on using meditation, mindfulness, and core principles in daily life.  For beginners and advanced, there will be considerable discussion and interaction with the teacher.  Sessions are approximately half teaching and half meditation.  Ani Tsering Chodron is an ordained Western nun who has been deeply immersed for 37 years in intensive Dharma practice.  She has completed the 3 year…

Weekend Dzogchen Retreat

Start: Saturday, May 16 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, May 17 @ 5:00 pm
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Private Residence
515 N 64th St
Seattle, Washington 98103 United States

Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Younge Khachab Rinpoche

Join us as we welcome the Venerable Younge Khachab Rinpoche back to Seattle.  Rinpoche will be presenting the Dzogchen teachings according to their view, meditation and action.   Rinpoche will share these teachings, his experience and their practical application with keen awareness of 21st century Western life and demands. This weekend workshop will provide direct and practical advice on immersing yourself…

HE Garchen Rinpoche, Inspiring Public Talk: “Living a Meaningful Life”

Date: Friday, July 3
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101 United States

Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: HE Garchen Rinpoche

Please join us for an inspiring public talk by respected Tibetan teacher HE Garchen Rinpoche.

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

Start: Saturday, July 4 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, July 12 @ 5:00 pm
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North Seattle College
9600 College Way N, Room CC1456
Seattle, Washington 98103 United States

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…

BGR Walk to Feed the Hungry

Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Volunteer Park
1247 - 15th Ave E
Seattle, Washington 98112 United States

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.


Calendar of Events

Silent Second Sundays: Kum Nye at the Arboretum

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Explore your inner environment with Kum Nye, then embark on a silent exploration of the beauty of the Arboretum in spring. Kum Nye relaxes the body and opens the senses, and is excellent preparation for receiving the beauty of nature. Kum Nye is a gentle, healing yoga suitable for people at all levels of fitness. No experience of Kum Nye…

Mahasangha Event

Start: Sunday, April 12 @ 9:00 am
End: Sunday, June 14 @ 10:30 am
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Washington Park Arboretum – Graham Visitors Center
2300 Arboretum Dr E
Seattle, Washington 98112 United States

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism - Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga as taught by Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche

The Basics of Mindfulness

Insight Meditation or Vipassana is a simple technique, beginning with focusing the attention on the breath. However, simple doesn’t always mean easy. It can be very helpful to have the support of a group and a teacher to navigate the challenges that arise in this practice. . This Insigt Meditation practice concentrates and calms the mind. At the heart of…

Start: Thursday, April 23 @ 6:00 pm
End: Sunday, June 28 @ 7:25 pm
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Portland Insight Meditation Center
6536 SE Duke
Portland, Oregon 97206 United States

Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Douglas Pullin

Celebrating the Feminine Divine: Sandy Boucher weekend retreat

Femine Devine Kwan Yin

Save the date for this weekend retreat with guest teacher Sandy Boucher! Details to come.

Mahasangha Event

Start: Friday, April 24 @ 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, April 26 @ 1:00 pm
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Great Vow Zen Monastery
79640 Quincy-Mayger Road
Clatskanie, Oregon 97016 United States

Tradition: Non-sectarian
Teacher: Sandy Boucher

Expanding Mindfulness: CE Workshop for Mental Health Professionals

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Learn about the Meditative Processes, different ways the mind functions and transforms in meditation. Recollective Awareness Meditation is a psychologically sophisticated process of meditation, reflection, and recollection which includes the benefits of mindfulness, while expanding the range of awareness. This thought and emotion friendly approach to meditation encourages a process of clear discernment and adaptive response in the face of…

Mahasangha Event

Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Pine Street Sangha
8125 SE Pine Street
Portland, Oregon 97215 United States

Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Nelly Kaufer, LPC

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Member Groups

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

Seattle Insight Meditation Society

We begin with a 45-minute meditation followed by dharma talk or discussion. Except for occasional guest teachers, classes are conducted by Rodney Smith. See our website, for introductory classes and special events. The website has video and audio talks by Rodney Smith and other teachers.

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Seattle, WA

Dharmata Portland

In the Nyingma tradition, affiliate of the Dharmata Foundation located in Point Richmond, Ca.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Portland, OR

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 || Location: Kirkland, WA

Bainbridge Bodhi Center

The Bodhi Center is located in two buildings on four and half acres a short walk from Gazzam Lake nature preserve. Both spaces offer the quiet and privacy conducive to personal growth and well being. Events at the Bodhi Center are informed by current scientific research as well as ancient wisdom traditions from world cultures. The events range from topics...

Tradition: None || Location: Brainbridge Island, WA

Spokane Concentration Meditation Group (Awakening Dharma)

Concentration meditation (jhana practice) in the lineage of the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma. Concentration meditation (samatha or jhana practice) is an ancient type of meditation practice in the Theraveda tradition. Samatha practice may appeal to all a broad spectrum of Buddhist mediation practitioners and followers of other spiritual traditions. Talks and meditation practice will be mainly concerned with...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Spokane, WA

Northwest Dharma Association

The mission of the Northwest Dharma Association is to support Buddhist teachings, practice, and community in the Pacific Northwest. We foster a network of friendship and support among Buddhist groups and individual Buddhists from all traditions. We promote communication among Buddhists and with the larger community. We sponsor activities of interest and benefit to Northwest Buddhists. NWDA seeks to fulfill...

Tradition: Non-Denominational || Location: 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

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