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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

Help Nepal!

Start: Wednesday, May 20 @ 10:00 pm
End: Friday, July 31 @ 10:00 pm
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Northwest Dharma Association
8306 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, Washington 98113 United States

We are all aware of the devastation that has overtaken Nepal. Those suffering the effects of the earthquake need our help now. Here are two links where you can donate money to ease that suffering.

Vesak 2015

Date: Saturday, May 30
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Seattle Meditation Center
21910 44th Ave. W.
Mountlake Terrace, Washington 98043 United States

Tradition: Ecumenical Buddhism

Please join us. Once again this year, NWDA is co-sponsoring the celebration of Vesak. In the Theravadin tradition, this day is honored as the day of the Buddha’s Enlightenment and, in some traditions, as the day of His birth and Parinivana. This is a great opportunity for mahasangha, as other traditions gather in support of the South and Southeast Asian…

Gay Pride Mindfulness Gathering

Date: Tuesday, June 23
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Seattle Japanese Garden at Washington Park Arboretum, in the Tateuchi Community Room
1075 Lake Washington Blvd E
Seattle, Washington 98112 United States

Tradition: All "mindfulness" traditions welcomed and celebrated
Teacher: Representatives of the Sponsoring Groups

A gathering for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community interested in mindfulness practice. Free talk and meditation to share reflections within eastern and non-dualist philosophical and spiritual practices. Followed by a tea social. Please RSVP to 6:00 pm – Optional Garden tour 7:00 pm – Dharma Talk and meditation 8:00 pm – Tea Social

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…

Yuthok Empowerment, Guru Yogas, and Activities

Start: Thursday, July 16 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, July 19 @ 6:00 pm
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Dorje Ling
3200 NW Skyline Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97229 United States

Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Yuthok Nyingthig, “the innermost essence of the teaching of Yuthok,” is the most important spiritual practice for physicians and healing practitioners of traditional Tibetan medicine and can benefit anyone with a medical or meditation practice. These concise practices, practical for those with limited time, present a union of medical and spiritual practice that is focused upon the most essential and…

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

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

Post-Beginning Meditation Support Class


This 4-week class series is intended for participants who have completed the SIMS Introductory Meditation series, or other basic mindfulness, insight, vipassana or Zen training. This series further supports and deepens your meditation practice. Using guided meditations, talks and discussion, we will: Review and clarify mindfulness of breath, body, emotion, and thought. Help with the challenges of a daily meditation…

Mahasangha Event

Start: Monday, May 11 @ 7:00 pm
End: Monday, June 1 @ 9:00 pm
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Seattle Insight Meditation Center
2729 6th Ave S
Seattle, Washington 98134 United States

Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Tim Geil

Vajrayogini Three Month Retreat


H.E. Sakya Jetsun Chimey Luding Rinpoche (Jetsun Kushok) will bestow the Vajrayogini empowerment and the 7 day teaching. These will be given during the first 9 days of the retreat. The rest of the time will be spent doing the Vajrayogini practice. A Fire Puja will be held towards the end of the retreat. This retreat is an opportunity to…

Mahasangha Event

Start: Wednesday, May 13
End: Friday, August 28

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Retreat Center on San Juan Island, WA
Friday Harbor, Washington 98250 United States

Tradition: Sakya Tibetan
Teacher: H.E. Sakya Jetsun Chimey Luding Rinpoche (Jetsun Kushok)

Help Nepal!

Nepal Earthquake

We are all aware of the devastation that has overtaken Nepal. Those suffering the effects of the earthquake need our help now. Here are two links where you can donate money to ease that suffering.

Mahasangha Event

Start: Wednesday, May 20 @ 10:00 pm
End: Friday, July 31 @ 10:00 pm
Event Type: ,

Northwest Dharma Association
8306 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, Washington 98113 United States

Go to the main calendar page!

Member Groups

Downtown Lunch Hour Meditation

Pause and share silent meditation with others as a means to set the intention for your work week. Basic instruction is provided.

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

Nalanda Institute

The Nalanda Institute is a non-profit organization committed to the inner development and actualization of the human qualities of wisdom and skillful means through the study of Tibetan Buddhist and meditative practices. Our objectives are to be in touch with ourselves through developing mindfulness, to engage in altruistic social activities, and to promote the well-being of all sentient beings. The...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Olympia, WA

Portland Insight Meditation Community

The Portland Insight Meditation Community is a gathering of individuals who are dedicated to the learning and practice of Insight Meditation and the Eightfold Path of the Buddha. PIMC's purpose is to improve the lives of participants, their families and the greater community through meditative practice and a lifestyle that supports liberation from suffering, the awakening of wisdom, and the...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Portland, OR

Salem Insight

Vipassana practice (guided and unguided sitting periods and a walking period) with tea and dharma discussion before and after the practice. We meet at Oregon School of Massage's Salem Campus (2111 Front St NE) on Monday evenings 7-9 PM, with tea 30 minutes before and after. The two founders are Theravadan practitioners, but the group is nondenominational. Beginners and experienced...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Salem, OR

Creativity & Dharma Group

Martha Boesing in her three decades of Buddhist practice has received lay ordination at Clouds-in-Water Zen center in St. Paul, Mn and taken refuge with Pema Chodron at Gampo Abbey. She was the Artistic Director of At the Foot of the Mountain Theater in Minneapolis, has written over forty produced plays, and directed plays and workshops for theaters across the...

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

Zen Center of Portland

Zen Center of Portland is affiliated with Joko Beck and the Ordinary Mind Zen school, which emphasizes practice in our everyday lives. Please see our website for the most current information.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Portland, OR

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

Dharmata Portland

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

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Portland, OR

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