Northwest Dharma Association

Northwest Dharma News

Summer 2014, Volume 27, #2

Stepping out of the Silent Practice Box: Insight Meditation for Parents and Children

The children and their parents gather for a picnic in a Vancouver, B.C., park

The insight meditation community in Vancouver, British Columbia, has begun to offer meditation sessions intended to meet the needs of entire families, including children. With support of the British Columbia Insight Meditation Society, since January we have met monthly to…

Dalai Lama to Confer Empowerment, Teach Lojong During Oct. 21-23 Visit to Vancouver, B.C.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting people during his 2009 trip to Vancouver

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Vancouver, British Columbia, Oct. 21-23, for public teachings and other events associated with two Vancouver-area education non-profits. On the morning of Oct. 23, His Holiness will confer an empowerment of Avalokiteshvara, the Tibetan…

Thai Forest Monks and Tibetan Nuns Together Restore Forest at Old Gold Mine Hermitage

Monks, nuns, and dharma friends on a windy hill near the Old Gold Mine Hermitage

This spring the Old Gold Mine Hermitage, near rural Republic, Washington, was the site of what for the locals must have seemed an unlikely work party. For five days Buddhist monks and nuns joined lay practitioners to help restore a…

The Siskiyou Householder Refuge A Dharma Rain Cohousing Initiative

Betty Huang and Jeff Stooky staff a Siskiyou outreach table on Earth Day

Members of Portland’s Dharma Rain Zen Center are creating a cohousing community of 32 units on their newly purchased temple land, to be a place of refuge and practice. Site preparations for the Siskiyou Householder Refuge are to start this…

Featured Events

Steve Armstrong Day Long Retreat

search A Lifestyle of Awareness and Wisdom Retreat

On this day of mindfulness practices, we will discover the Buddha’s many practical applications of awareness in the fullness of our householders’ life in the 21st century. Since our personal, professional, political, economic, and social environments are constantly in flux, so too the mind is ever-changing, a dynamic opport more...

24-Hour Interfaith Chant for Peace

Chant-for-peace-composite-N As the world continues to struggle with great changes to our society, environment, and economy, finding the place within ourselves that is always at peace is crucial. Chanting is one way to direct our bodies, hearts, and minds with our highest spiritual aspirations and touch the compassion of our hearts.

During the 24-Hour Interfaith Chant for Peace we come together to appreciate more...

Songs of the Mahasiddhas

Rinpoche KC pic Join the Venerable Younge Khachab Rinpoche as he returns to Seattle with teachings on the Songs of the Mahasiddhas. The Mahasiddhas were a diverse group of practitioners who were practical, committed, creative and engaged with their world. They shared their awakening through songs of realization and instruction. Khachab Rinpoche will give an explanation of these instructions so that we can fo more...

A Weekend with Venerable Dr. Pannavati

Pannavati The weekend with Venerable Dr. Pannavati will explore the fundamentals of the Buddhist path, starting Friday evening with To Study Buddhism is to Study Oneself, and continuing with two sessions on Saturday, Stepping into Freedom and Purifying the Mind. For more info and to pre-register, please visit our website. more...

Queer Dharma Weekend Retreat: The Union of Masculine and Feminine with Craig Smith

email-header Explore how these two energies have little to do with gender - but refer to deeply embedded energies in each of us, which converge in the enlightened state and can be developed through mind training. All are warmly welcome regardless of experience, spiritual tradition, age, gender or sexual identity.

This retreat will be highly experiential, not based solely on lecture. The highlig more...

Visiting Teacher Khenpo Samdup

Drikung "Buddha Nature and Introduction to Vajrayana"

Khenpo Samdup is the resident teacher at Gar Drolma in Dayton, Ohio. He's designed a wonderful weekend program suitable for beginning students or advanced practitioners. Your participation is welcome in all or part of the teachings. Khenpo will teach in English.

Full program details are available on our website. Registrat more...


Calendar of Events

Sharing the Dharma Day
09-07-2014 10:00 a.m. Newport, WA

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 all faiths…


24-Hour Interfaith Chant for Peace
08-02-2014 12:00 p.m. Clatskanie, OR

As the world continues to struggle with great changes to our
society, environment, and economy, finding the place within ourselves that is always
at peace is crucial. Chanting is one way to direct our bodies, hearts, and minds…


Red Tara Weekend with Lama Padma – Empowerment
08-23-2014 10am Edmonds, WA
Red Tara line

We are delighted to announce this retreat focused on the Red Tara
Sadhana, The Wish Fulfilling Essence, which is one of the key meditations practiced
regularly at Amrita. Lama Padma Gyatso will begin the weekend by bestowing the…



Member Groups

Sorig Institute
Tibetan Portland, OR

Dr. Nida will be coming to Portland for the first time to teach a class
on Mantra Healing.

This course presents a comprehensive introduction to the art and science of the
Tibetan Mantra Healing (sngags bcos) trad…


Nitartha Institute
Tibetan Seattle, WA

The fundamental mission of Nitartha Institute is to provide students with a systematic foundation in the central teachings of the Buddhist tradition, as presented by the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibet. Though the focus of our…


Dorje Ling/Portland Yeshe Nyingpo
Tibetan Portland, OR
Dorje Ling/Portland Yeshe Nyingpo

A Vajrayana (Tibetan) temple in the Nyingma tradition on 7.5 acres next
to Forest Park in Northwest Portland. We are closely associated with Tashi Choling
Center near Ashland, Oregon, and have been in Portland since the early 19…


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…


Go to the Group Directory page for more!