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Summer 2015, Volume 28, #2

From One Tree, Many Branches, Many Leaves:International Vesak Day Celebrates Diversity

Laypeople from Seattle-area temples gathered and lit candles to celebrate International Vesak Day, May 30, at the Seattle Meditation Center in Mountlake Terrace, Washington

They came from different countries, wore different robes, spoke different languages, and chanted different chants. But unity was the theme of the day. International Vesak Day brought together clergy and laypeople from 15 different Buddhist groups in the Seattle area on May 30, to celebrate the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing away. The event attracted about 25 Buddhist clergy and…

First Vancouver, B.C Buddhist FestivalAttracts Many from Across the Province

Sri Lankan dancers demonstrate traditional dance

Members of more than 20 British Columbia Buddhist groups gathered in Vancouver, B.C. May 30, for the first annual BC Buddhist Festival. People at the event celebrated the Buddhist Vesak holiday for world peace, raised money for local hospitals, and raised awareness of the plight in Nepal after the earthquakes. Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhists, from a variety of cultures,…

17th Karmapa Reaches out to YouthIn Historic 2015 Seattle Visit

Children from the Tibetan Association of Washington sang for the Karmapa and then lined up to offer katas during an event at Lynnwood Convention Center

The greatest legacy of the recent cross-country tour by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, could be his connection with American youth and young adults. The young Karmapa, considered Tibetan Buddhism’s third-highest lama, began his unprecedented two-month U.S. visit with a whirlwind of college campus engagements, including sell-out talks at Stanford, Harvard, Princeton and Yale universities. The charismatic spiritual leader,…

Mindfulness Transforms Seattle Artist’s Creations

WISHING. YOU. A WISH. MOMENT. View of the installation in the gallery space

Over the last decade, my life-long journey as a visual artist has been given new dimensions by my deepening practice of Vipassana, or insight, meditation. Insight practice has gradually changed my sense of my artistic work into more of offering or gift, less of a commodity. It also is clarifying what I mean by making artwork that invites people to…

Three Bozeman Buddhist Groups Share a New Home: Bozeman Dharma Center

The center sign, on the building’s rusted metal exterior, reflects the aesthetics of the West

Three dharma groups in Bozeman, Montana, are growing fast under one roof, 18 months after they opened the Bozeman Dharma Center. The center, in an upper floor of a downtown Bozeman professional building, is the new home for the Bozeman Insight Meditation Community (BIC), the Bozeman Zen Group, and the Bozeman Dharmata Sangha. Bozeman Dharma Center is the culmination of…

The Sealing of SCOL’s First Three-Year Retreat

Lama Tsang Tsing offers a ceremonial khata scarf to retreatant Liza Baer

On April 4, Kagyu Changchub Chuling (KCC), a Buddhist center in Portland, Oregon, celebrated a momentous occasion with the sealing of its first three-year retreat. The event took place at KCC’s retreat center, Ser Chö Ösel Ling (SCOL) — The Land of Clear Light Golden Dharma. Seated in the lava rocks and ponderosa pines of Goldendale, Washington, the retreat sealing…


Featured Events

Chamtrul Rinpoche ( Disciple of Jigme Phuntsok) Teaches in Portland Aug 14,15, & 16.

Member Group: Samden Ling

Member Group: Samden Ling
Start: Friday, August 14 @ 9:45 am
End: Sunday, August 16 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Rime'
Teacher: Jacqueline Mandell

Chamtrul Rinpoche returns to Portland from India for three incredible teaching days. Attend all 3 or individual. Friday 8/14 is View Meditation Conduct and Results and 7 Line Prayer & Vajra Guru Mantra Saturday 8/15 is Three Bardos: Intermediate State of Death, Reality and Becoming Sunday 8/16 is Chakras and Channels Tickets at Daily 9:45am-noon and 2-4pm Full Day Tickets…

Ven. Bardor Tulku Rinpoche – October Teachings in Seattle

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Member Group: Drikung Seattle
Start: Friday, October 2 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 4 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Drikung Kagyu
Teacher: H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

Drikung Seattle is pleased to announce Ven. Bardor Tulku Rinpoche to turn the Wheel of Dharma in Seattle in October 2015. Born in Kham, East Tibet, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche was recognized at an early age by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa as the third incarnation of Terchen Barway Dorje, an incarnation of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe, one of the five…

Buddhism in Action: Wisdom and Social Engagement

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation
Date: Thursday, October 15
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: non-sectarian
Teacher: Venerable Robina Courtin

How do we live in the world, working for positive change, without getting lost in the many disappointments and tragedies of modern life? How do we free ourselves from worldly attachments while being effective agents for social change in struggles for racial justice, civil rights, animal welfare, peace, climate activism, ecology, etc.? Venerable Robina Courtin, a deeply engaged spiritual leader…

BGR Walk to Feed the Hungry

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association
Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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

Exploring Monastic Life with Ven. Thubten Chodron & the Abbey Community


Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron teaches from 38 years of experience as a monastic. In addition to receiving daily teachings, you’ll be living and practicing as a member of the Sravasti Abbey community—engaging in meditation, discussion, and offering service to the community. The Exploring Monastic Life (EML) retreat is for qualified lay people exploring the possibility of ordination, and for monks and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey
Start: Monday, August 3 @ 5:00 pm
End: Thursday, August 20 @ 1:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron

Beginner’s Mind Weekend Meditation Retreat


Zen Buddhism offers tools to harmonize the body and mind, allowing us to appreciate the freedom and spaciousness of life in the present moment. During this weekend we will follow a monastic schedule, which allows us to temporarily drop what’s outside and go deeply into inner work. All elements of a meditation retreat will be covered, including basic meditation techniques,…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Great Vow Zen Monastery
Start: Friday, August 7 @ 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, August 9 @ 1:00 pm
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Tradition: Zen

Cultivating the Path of Protection: Hearts and Minds in Action

Victory Over War

How can we relate to our own and others’ sanity and confusion from the standpoint of wisdom and skillful means, while supporting a container in which wakefulness can arise? What are the ground, path and fruition of protection? This program will focus on cultivating an understanding of protection as it applies to both the daily lives of practitioners and the…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center
Start: Saturday, August 8 @ 8:30 am
End: Sunday, August 9 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Shambhala
Teacher: Dr. Michael Gayner & Steve Seely

Dharma Book Club

Tulku Yeshi will be leading a monthly book club and discussion group. All are welcome to attend. This quarter, we will continue reading: “The Life of Milarepa”, translated by Lobsang Lhalungpa              

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
Date: Saturday, August 8
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche

Understanding Mind’s True Nature


Wonderful opportunity to be with Sangye Khandro and Lama Chonam, two well known teachers of Dzog Chen Meditation as well as being world class translators of Tibetan esoteric texts.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Dorje Ling/Yeshe Nyingpo Portland
Date: Saturday, August 8
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Dzong Chen aspect of Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: Sangye Khandro and Lama Chonam

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Member Groups

NO Sangha (North Olympic)

NO Sangha has been sitting together for 15 years, a small group in a small town, we average 8 - 11 participants. We sit every Sat. morning, 8:00 - 9:30. During the school year, on 2nd Saturdays, we have Zazenkai 8am - 3pm. In 2012, we began doing a "working" Rohatsu sesshin, 8 days of 6am - 9pm, with long...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Port Angeles, WA

Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound

The Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound supports the practice and tradition of mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, as exemplified by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and other Buddhist teachers. We share and co-own the Seattle Practice Center with the Three Treasures Sangha, which practices in the Zen tradition of Robert Aitken Roshi. MCPS practice opportunities are open to anyone with...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

Dharma Ocean Seattle

We are a local sangha of Dharma Ocean Foundation based in Boulder. Dr. Reginald “Reggie” Ray is the Founder and Spiritual Director. For more information Our focus is to provide opportunity for local practitioners to come together for practice and to periodically do group retreats.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Shoreline and North Seattle Meditation

We are a group of 'Wisdom Seekers' who take time to give our hard-working minds some rest and create synergy by meditating together. Prior to get into the sitting meditation we do various activities to strengthen our muscle of mindfulness so that we can use it in our daily activities. Both guided and silent meditation opportunities are provided in a...

Tradition: Non-Sectarian and Theravadan Buddhist (for those who are interested) || Location: Shoreline/North Seattle, WA

Dharma Rain Zen Center

DRZC is a diverse group of people who come together to share the practice of meditation, and to study the principles of Buddhism. The purpose of the Center is to offer instruction in Zen practice and Buddhist teachings, and to provide a place where people can form a community that supports Zen practice in everyday life.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Portland, OR

Vajra North

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Whitehorse, WA

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

Maitripa College

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 welcoming to students of all backgrounds. Maitripa's vision is to become a fully-accredited Buddhist university offering undergraduate and graduate education that transforms individuals and our shared world. Maitripa...

Tradition: Non-sectarian || Location: Portland, OR

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