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Winter 2015, Volume 28, #4

Welcoming Executive Director to New Stage Of Northwest Dharma Association

The board of Northwest Dharma Association is very pleased to welcome George Draffan as the executive director of NWDA. Many of you have heard of or met George over the many years of his involvement with the association. He brings tremendous background and commitment to the position. We are very pleased to have him on board. George will be focused…

Young Adults Gather to Wake Up Together Explore Compassion, and to Have Fun

Group campsite photo at Hannegan’s Pass in the North Cascades during the Wake Up backpacking retreat, August 2015. Dylan Sympson (top); left to right: Johanna Stulting, Ed Wayt, Vanessa Loucky, Jennifer Wood and Mercia Moseley

During the summer of 2015, a group of young adults from Bellingham and Seattle gathered upon mountaintops, in living rooms, at parks during sunsets, with potlucks, and in beautiful community centers. But we were not just socializing or partying… we were gathering to meditate, coming home to our bodies and minds, studying teachings on the art of mindful living, and supporting…

A Special Commitment Brings Alive New McNeil Island Practice Pagoda

Residents of McNeil Island, and friends and supporters, at the dedication ceremony

The sangha at McNeil Island’s Special Commitment Center in mid-September celebrated their new outdoor pagoda, a building intended to support their Buddhist practice while they’re incarcerated. Sept. 16 was bright and beautiful, perfect for the long-awaited special ceremony, and official dedication, that would open the new outdoor practice space for the Buddhist residents of the Special Commitment Center. The gathering…

New Book Captures a Decade of Dialogue Between Christian Academic and Zen Abbot

Author Paul Louis Metzger, standing on a bridge in Portland

(Editor’s note: A year after the September, 2014 death of Portland Zen teacher Kyogen Carlson, evangelical Christian Paul Louis Metzger has published a memoir, “Evangelical Zen: A Christian’s Spiritual Travels with a Buddhist Friend,” about his own spiritual journey and his collaboration with Carlson. Metzger is professor of theology and culture at Multnomah University in Portland. Carlson was abbot of Dharma…

Nalandabodhi Buddhists Bring Food, Compassion,To Homeless Youth in Seattle’s U District

Nalandabodhi Seattle members (L to R) Don Ross, Susan Kirchoff and Damayonti Sengupta help prepare Friday Feast

Members of Seattle’s Nalandabodhi Buddhist sangha recently turned out not to meditate but to cook, for 150 homeless youth and adults in Seattle’s University District. The meals-for-homeless project was inspired in part by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who visited Seattle in May. Bringing compassion into action was the focus of his Seattle Center public talks, which included a panel of young…

At 50th year, Zen Centre of Vancouver Plans to Pay Off Center to Better Serve Members

Our work to complete our center has also brought us together in community

For its 50th anniversary, Zen Centre of Vancouver has launched a campaign to pay off the last remaining portion of its mortgage, about $81,000, by mid-2016. “Once we no longer depend on rental income,” said the centre’s abbot and teacher, Eshin John Godfrey, “we can support live-in accommodations for practitioners, particularly younger ones, so they can benefit from a more…

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center Expands Dining Room, in Mindful Stewardship

The final result: The enlarged dining hall, with plenty of space for all retreatants

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center recently completed a transforming renovation of its main building, expanding capacity and upgrading elements of its dining room and several other areas. The bulk of the recent renovations were completed during a rare, carefully structured break in the retreat schedule that allowed for the tearing down and reconstruction of the dining area. The majority of the…

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Featured Events

The Heart Attack Sutra – Book Group

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Wednesday, January 27 @ 7:00 pm
End: Wednesday, March 16 @ 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Stephanie Johnston, Stuart Horn, and Steve Heck

8 Wednesdays in 2016 January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 2, 9, 16 7:00-8:30 PM in the Vajra Spot at Nalanda West The Heart Sutra is no doubt one of the most famous and most recited texts throughout the Buddhist world. But apart from being a spiritual text in which the most frequently used word is “NO”…

The Path of Mindful Activity Introductory Course

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Thursday, February 11 @ 7:00 pm
End: Thursday, March 17 @ 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Genko Blackman, Midori Nakamura, Carmen Rumbaut, Alex LaVilla, Steve Heck.

The Path of Mindful Activity is a bridge connecting the paths of study and meditation with the activities of our daily lives. Through a progressive series of themes and hands-on activities, this class is designed to help participants step out of a conceptual understanding of practice into an embodied one. Because each class builds on the previous ones, attendance at…

The Progressive Stages of Meditation with Acharya Lhakpa

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Friday, February 19 @ 7:00 pm
End: Saturday, February 20 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: Acharya Lhakpa Tshering

Join us February 19th and 20th as Nalanda West resident teacher Acharya Lhakpa teaches from a text by the Indian master Kamalashila on the four stages of developing bodhicitta, the awakened heart. In this program, Acharya will explore with us: Equanimity, which is like the ground for progressing on the Mahayana path Loving kindness, which is like the moisture that prepares the…

Buddhism in Black America: A Global Perspective

Member Group: EcoSangha Seattle

Date: Tuesday, March 8
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Seattle University EcoSangha and Global African Studies present: A dialogue between Charles Johnson & Lama Choyin Rangdrol on Buddhist philosophy and practice and its relevance for Black America, hosted by Tetsuzen Jason M. Wirth. Seattle University brings to campus two of the most prominent African American Buddhists, Charles Johnson and Lama Choyin Rangdrol for a public dialogue on the relevance of Buddhist…

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Calendar of Events

The Path of Mindful Activity Introductory Course

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The Path of Mindful Activity is a bridge connecting the paths of study and meditation with the activities of our daily lives. Through a progressive series of themes and hands-on activities, this class is designed to help participants step out of a conceptual understanding of practice into an embodied one. Because each class builds on the previous ones, attendance at…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Thursday, February 11 @ 7:00 pm
End: Thursday, March 17 @ 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Genko Blackman, Midori Nakamura, Carmen Rumbaut, Alex LaVilla, Steve Heck.

Introductory Meditation Class with Rodney Smith

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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 11 @ 7:00 pm
End: Monday, February 15 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Rodney Smith

North Seattle Introductory Mediation Class with Jerry Harter

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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: Wednesday, March 30 @ 10:00 am
End: Wednesday, May 4 @ 12:00 pm
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Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Jerry Harter

In the Mirror of Death

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This 8 week course guides participants through the essential teachings on death and dying from the Buddhist tradition from Tibet. It offers a glimpse of the practical wisdom and sacred inspiration, which is so beneficial in today’s world. The universal message of these teachings speaks to people from all walks of life and is relevant to people from all spiritual traditions…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Rigpa Seattle

Start: Wednesday, January 13 @ 7:00 pm
End: Wednesday, March 2 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: Sogyal Rinpoche

Dharma Talk with Will Kabat-Zinn

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Will Kabat-Zinn has practiced Insight Meditation in the U.S. and Burma for more than thirteen years. He has taught meditation to diverse populations, from neuroscientists at the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute to incarcerated youth in the South Bronx, Riker’s Island, and Oakland. Will co-developed and teaches a mindfulness curriculum for parents as part of a long-term study on…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, April 1
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Will Kabat-Zinn

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Member Groups

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 Valley, California. The Hermitage is a place of seclusion where the monks devote their lives to meditation and simple living. The monks...

Tradition: Theravada || Location: White Salmon, WA

Northwest Buddhist Recovery

We are an organization that offers resources to anyone wishing to integrate their Buddhist path with their addiction recovery program. We represent Buddhists from any tradition and offer support to those in recovery from addictive behaviors from any treatment program. We currently sponsor (13) Buddhist Recovery groups in Seattle, (2) in Olympia and Tacoma, and (1) in Bellingham, as well...

Tradition: Varies per meeting || Location: Seattle, 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

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

Foundation for Active Compassion

Our Mission: To empower people with profound, accessible spiritual practices that support their individual and collective work to become better people and to make a better world. We provide powerfully transformative practices from Tibetan Buddhism, adapted into new forms that can meet the hearts and minds of people from all backgrounds and faiths, so as to help them bring out...

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism || Location: Portland, OR

Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery

The Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery (ABM) was launched January 18, 1998 by the Thai and American Buddhist community of Washington state. This Buddhist Temple was certified as a "not-for-profit" corporation of the State of Washington on 22 April 1998. We are a small humble Buddhist monastery tucked away in a serene corner of Woodinville among acres of wooded land. The monastery...

Tradition: Theravada || Location: Woodinville, WA

Pine Street Sangha

Welcome to the Pine Street Sangha: A Recollective Awareness Meditation Community. We meditate in a gentle and accepting way, allowing whatever occurs in our inner worlds to unfold naturally. By recollecting what happens in meditative experiences we develop awareness and discover our own understanding of the dharma, the teachings of Early Buddhism. Without further instructions, beginning and experienced meditators are encouraged...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Portland, OR

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

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