Northwest Dharma Association

Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Winter 2014, Volume 27, #4

10 Years After Launch, Nalanda Still Innovates

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, left, and Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, cut the ribbon to open Nalanda West in November 2004 while Lynne Marvet, right, beams

The joy is palpable; faces aglow with the auspiciousness of the moment and the warmth of Seattle’s precious sunshine. Images from the November, 2004 inauguration of Nalanda West, the international home of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s Nalandabodhi organization, capture the wonderment…

Two Portland-area Buddhist Leaders Died this Fall

Kyogen Carlson with his wife, Gyokuko Carlson, with whom he co-taught for years

Two leading Portland-area Buddhist teachers passed in recent months, a significant loss for the region. On Sept. 18, Roshi Kyogen Carlson, co-founder of Dharma Rain Zen Center, died unexpectedly of a heart attack. He was 65. He is survived by…

Watercolors by Seattle Artist Amy DarlingMake Visible the Meaning of Zen Master Dogen

Blue mountains from the citadel

Artist and Zen practitioner Amy Darling’s watercolors offer a window into the view of 13th century Zen master Eihei Dogen Zenji. Her show, entitled “Dogen’s Mountains & Waters Sutra: actualized in watercolors,” opened Nov. 2 at Miro Tea, on Ballard…

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in October BlessedVancouver, B.C., with Teachings, Empowerment

The focus of His Holiness’ teachings was “Eight Verses of Mind Training The Mind,” by Geshe Langri Thangpa

On October 23, about 5,900 people gathered at Thunderbird Arena at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to receive seven hours of Buddhist teachings, including the Avalokiteshvara empowerment. This was the…

‘Tis the Season To Be Generous:Northwest Dharma Association Winter Pledge Drive

The Mahasangha, a gathering of active Buddhists from around the region, gathered in November

As Buddhists we may or may not participate in the standard American holiday festivities, but the one thing we do celebrate is the generosity the season represents. We ask you to include Northwest Dharma Association in that spirit. NWDA is…

Featured Events

Loving-kindness – The Heart Teachings’ of The Buddha

JudeRozhon Northwest Buddhist Recovery and SIMS are co-sponsoring an afternoon of teaching and meditation with SIMS guest teacher Jude Rozhon. Jude is moving to Olympia in the spring and would like to invite you to join her in celebrating her final event in Seattle with lovingkindness practices on Valentine's Day!

Both beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome. Light ref more...

Lotus Sisters Lesbian, Bi, & Trans Women 5 Day Meditation Retreat

Annie (1) Retreatants are invited to spend the retreat in silent meditation practice with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. The retreat will also include guided movement, Dharma talks, group sharing and individual interviews. Beginners to advanced practitioners welcome. Guided by queer insight meditation teacher Arinna Weisman, and Zen/Insight teacher Liên Shutt, we practi more...

Guru Yoga, White Tara and 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas with Lama Abao

LamaAbao_portrait We are so delighted that our spiritual director under HE Garchen Rinpoche will be teaching two consecutive weekends in Seattle in January! Lama Abao is one of HE Garchen Rinpoche's personal attendants and travels with HE Garchen Rinpoche all over the world to spread and teach the Dharma.

Lama Abao will present a program suitable for old and new students. This is a wonderful opportunit more...


Calendar of Events

Dharma Book Club
02-14-2015 1:30 PM Seattle, WA
Sakya Seal 2012 C - cropped

Tulku Yeshi will be leading a monthly book club and discussion
group. All are welcome to attend.

This quarter, we will read: “Words of My Perfect Teacher” by Paltrul


Awakening to All-Pervasive Sacredness
04-28-2015 5:00 p.m. Clatskanie, OR

Anam Thubten, founder and spiritual advisor of the Dharmata
Foundation based in Point Richmond, California, is a Dharma Teacher in the lineage
of the Nyingma branch of Tibetan Buddhism. This will be his first silent residential…


A Taste of Recollective Awareness Meditation
02-22-2015 9:00 AM Portland, OR
Pine Street Sangha

CE Workshop for Mental Health Professionals – Get a taste of a
psychologically sophisticated process of meditation, reflection, and recollection
which includes the benefits of mindfulness, while expanding the range of awareness….


Introduction to Zen Practice
03-22-2015 1pm Seattle, WA

Join us for a three-hour workshop devoted to learning about Zen,
meditation techniques and practice forms. Participants will learn how to practice
seated Zen meditation and chanting, and there will be plenty of time for questio…



Member Groups

Seven Thunders
Zen ,

We are an organization formed to support growth towards a deepening spiritual awareness and appreciation of life. Each of us has a unique path and we benefit from teachers and companions along the Way. We offer multi-day contempl…


Maitripa College
Non-sectarian Portland, OR

Maitripa College in Portland, Oregon, is the Northwest’s first Buddhist college. Rooted in a lineage of Tibetan Buddhist practice from its founder and president, Yangsi Rinpoche, the college is officially non-sectarian and welcomi…


Pacific Hermitage
Theravada White Salmon, WA
Pacific Hermitage

Nestled in the Columbia River Gorge along a
forested stretch of White Salmon’s Jewett Creek is the home of a small group of
Theravada Buddhist monks. The Pacific Hermitage is a branch of Abhayagiri Buddhist
Monastery in Redwood…


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