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Northwest Dharma News

Spring 2014, Volume 27, #1

Artists Present Their Work as Buddhist PracticeAt a Rich and Moving Portland Event

Kim Swennes, musical thanatologist, playing the harp

Six of Portland’s finest artists, who also practice Buddhism, presented 15-minute segments of the essence of their artistry at a unique Portland celebration of the arts March 1.

The “Arts as Buddhist Practice” event was held in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church in downtown Portland, and organized by Jacqueline Mandell, with support from Northwest Dharma Association.

In lieu of a single annual meeting, this year the association coordinated separate events in Portland and Seattle, on successive weekends, focused on Buddhism and the arts. The Seattle event was March 8.

Several people attending the Portland gathering called it “a splendid and rich evening.” The artists said they had to work hard to contain the wealth of their knowledge and…

A Dharma Lecture: How to Perform a Retreat

Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche taught on how to perform a retreat, at Sakya Monastery

On Jan. 19, students were blessed to receive core instructions on how to perform retreat, from Venerable Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche, at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in north Seattle.

Khenpo-la taught in front of the monastery’s altar, which features a large gleaming statue of the Buddha Shakyamuni flanked by statues of Padmasambhava, Green Tara, and the first and fifth patriarchs of the Sakya lineage. These statues are in turn surrounded by butter lamps, incense braziers, and offerings of fruit and flowers.

Khenpo-la came to Sakya Monastery in 2009, and currently resides and teaches there. He is originally from Derge, a city in the Kham region of eastern Tibet.

A group of about 15 students sat in a semi-circle around Khenpo-la

Seattle Mindfulness Center Launches,Offers Mindfulness-Based Therapies

The front entrance of bright yellow Seattle Mindfulness Center is welcoming

What started out as a recurring fantasy for clinical psychologist Dr. Neha Chawla is now the Seattle Mindfulness Center, which opened its doors Jan. 1.

Chawla’s vision was to create a cohesive, reliable and trustworthy place for people to turn to for secular mindfulness instruction, classes and mindfulness-informed therapy.

The Seattle Mindfulness Center is housed in a two-story yellow 1902 house in north Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood. Newly remodeled, the building includes five therapist’s offices, a large waiting room, and a suite for a massage therapist or acupuncturist. It also provides a community sitting room for meditation, and for secular mindfulness-based classes.

Visitors, who packed a recent open house, shared in the excitement about the center.

Chawla said the group…

Featured Events

2014 Vesak Celebration

The Northwest Dharma Association, Co Lam Pagoda, Wat Atammayatarama and White Cloud Buddhist Society are proud once again to co-sponsor the annual inter-traditional celebration of the Buddhist holiday of Vesak, a commemoration of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and passing into Paranirvana.

Vesak, or Vesakha, or Buddha Purnima, is a holiday common to many traditions of Buddhism, ce more...

Introduction to Concentration Meditation: A Day-Long Practice Retreat

buddhaprofile-grey This retreat will combine instruction and practice as well as talks on the benefits concentration meditation can bring to our daily lives. Concentration or serenity meditation (samatha) is one of the three major practices of the Buddhist path, which also include sila (practicing with the ethical principles), and vipassana (insight meditation). In concentration practice, we return our awareness to more...

John Tarrant at NalandaWest

JohnTarranat Your predicament is a gate. The thing you thought you couldn't fix is on your side. Inside every life is a hidden doorway. Zen koans open a wisdom that anyone can use. The effect is often immediate and surprising.

When we take away the barriers to understanding, thinks just naturally shine. More info and to register at www.pacificzen.org/nalandawest more...

Recognizing The Nature of Mind (Consciousness)

The practice of "recognizing the nature of mind" (or consciousness) encompasses all the essential teachings and methods of Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practices. Participants will be introduced to higher level meditative experiences: refining concentration, establishing all appearance as an aspect of mind, open awareness and integration of the "nature of mind" practices into preparation more...

Dorzin Rinpoche on Gampopa

dd-rpc-2 We are delighted to welcome Dorzin Rinpoche for his first visit to teach at Drikung Seattle! He's the young, vibrant, well-loved Director of our sister center in Singapore. The teachings will be translated by Ina Dhargye. HE Garchen Rinpoche specifically requested Dorzin Rinpoche to teach on Gampopa in Seattle. Details and online registration available on our website.

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Zen Studies and Zen Practice: D T Suzuki’s Zen (#2 in series)

ENSO Four part lecture series (4/23-5/14) on history, academic and practice aspects of Zen. Professor Victor Sōgen Hori received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Stanford University and was ordained a Zen monk in Kyoto in 1976. After devoting the next 13 years to training at Daitoku-ji monastery in Japan, he returned to academic life in 1990. He is currently associate professor of Japanese relig more...

Zen Studies and Zen Practice: The Deconstruction of Zen (#3 in series)

ENSO Four part lecture series (4/23-5/14) on history, academic and practice aspects of Zen. Professor Victor Sōgen Hori received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Stanford University and was ordained a Zen monk in Kyoto in 1976. After devoting the next 13 years to training at Daitoku-ji monastery in Japan, he returned to academic life in 1990. He is currently associate professor of Japanese relig more...

Zen Studies and Zen Practice: Looking Forward (# 4 in series)

ENSO Four part lecture series (4/23-5/14) on history, academic and practice aspects of Zen. Professor Victor Sōgen Hori received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Stanford University and was ordained a Zen monk in Kyoto in 1976. After devoting the next 13 years to training at Daitoku-ji monastery in Japan, he returned to academic life in 1990. He is currently associate professor of Japanese relig more...

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Calendar of Events

Sharing the Dharma Day
10-05-2014 10:00 a.m. Newport, WA
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One Sunday a month, Sravasti Abbey opens our doors for Sharing
the Dharma Day, an opportunity for newcomers and old friends to explore the Buddha’s
teachings and share in community fellowship.

People from…

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The Heart Essence Lineage
08-22-014 6:30pm Portland, OR
Chamtrul Rinpoche

A Public Talk, Teachings, Lineage Stories of Longchen Rabjam and Jigme Lingpa. Open to all interested. Pre-Registration Recommended. on Ticket Tomato:

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Member Groups

Dharmata of Olympia
Tibetan Olympia, WA

Regional Chapter of Dharmata Foundation. We have groups in Olympia
and Seattle.
We meet on Sunday for meditation, fellowship, and watch a short dvd of Anam Thubten
giving a dharma talk.
We have two weekend retreats with him…

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Ellensburg Zen Group — Rai Un Zan Ji
Zen Ellensburg, WA

Weekly small group seated & walking meditation. Half-day retreats twice a year with Genjo.


At least one of us regularly participates in retreats at these centers: Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji, Great Vow Zen Monaster…

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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…

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Go to the Group Directory page for more!