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

Buddhism 101 Spring Series – 4 Sessions Introduction to Buddhism – Every Thursday Evening for the Month of March 2015

White River Buddhist Temple Resident Minister and Zen Shin Master, Rev. Koshin Ogui will conduct 4 sessions of Buddhism 101 classes in the month of March 2014. The following sessions will be conducted on March 5,12,19, and 26 2015 starting at 6:30PM and ending at 8PM. A short Buddhist Service will be presented, followed by instructional course on an introductory to Buddhism. more...

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche teaches on Compassionate Living

Join us at Nalanda West as Rinpoche teaches on how to live from the heart! A life of compassion requires putting yourself in another’s shoes to see their situation, their emotions, and their struggles. Using the great power of your contemplative mind, you have to deliberately forget yourself and your point of view, and put on another’s shoes as if you were them. Doing so allows you to stre more...

Expanding Mindfulness: CE Workshop for Mental Health Professionals

nbcc jpeg Learn about the Meditative Processes, different ways the mind functions and transforms in meditation. Recollective Awareness Meditation is a psychologically sophisticated process of meditation, reflection, and recollection which includes the benefits of mindfulness, while expanding the range of awareness. This thought and emotion friendly approach to meditation encourages a process of clear d more...

HE Garchen Rinpoche Teaching Program: July 4-12, 2015

DS_HEGR2015_PublicTalk 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 the age more...

HE Garchen Rinpoche, Inspiring Public Talk: “Living a Meaningful Life”

DS_HEGR2015_PublicTalk Please join us for an inspiring public talk by respected 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 was imprisoned f more...

MahaSangha Family Potluck

nwda-logo-from-Home-Page Come, bring your favorite dish and join us for a casual social gathering of local Buddhists from many traditions. We will have small group discussions and casual social time. Children are welcome. We will have kids Dharma games and activities.

We are also looking for childcare volunteers to give parents a breather ;). Just shoot me an email if you are interested. more...

Body and Mind Seminar – Jisui Craig Horton of Cleveland Buddhist Temple, will give Dharma Talks

White River Buddhist Temple Jisui Craig Horton - Come & hear Craig Horton's fascinating life story starting from the streets of Cleveland,Ohio. During the 1990's he discovered his path to Buddhism with our Reverend Ogui. Jisui Horton now resides on the Cleveland Buddhist Temple grounds as the Resident Coordinator, Minister's Assistant, and Sensei of Zen Shin Meditation & Tai Chi. Jisui Horton became a senior leader and more...


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Member Groups

People of Color and Allies Sangha
Non-sectarian Seattle, WA

The People of Color and Allies Sangha (POCAS) is a Buddhist inspired, peer led mindfulness group. It meets weekly on Thursday Nights for a sit and Dharma discussion. All People of Color interested in meditation and Buddhism are in…


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…


Tibetan Seattle, WA

Nalandabodhi, Center for American Buddhism Seattle, offers opportunities
for students to study and practice Buddhism under the guidance of The
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. As
part of Nalandabodhi, an organization dedicated to cont…


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