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Northwest Dharma News

Fall 2014, Volume 27, #3

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: A Decade of Teaching With Seattle as Home

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche teaching students at Nalanda West, Mitra Dean Tyler Dewar translating

Ten years ago Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche made Seattle the home of his dharma activities around the world, and created what has become Nalanda West. Born in India, Rinpoche studied with some of the great teachers in the Nyingma/Kagu lineage, including…

Sravasti Abbey Consecrates New Chenrezig Hall

Abbess Ven. Thubten Chodron and Construction Manager Ven. Thubten Tarpa cut the ribbon together

Sravasti Abbey’s new Chenrezig Hall, the accomplishment of a long endeavor, will expand the monastery’s offerings to a growing circle of people. In June about 80 people gathered at the abbey, near Newport, Washington, to consecrate the new building. Guests…

New Eugene Saraha School for ChildrenOffers Buddhist and Secular Curriculum

Saraha President Lama Sonam Tsering with children at time of inaugural announcement of Saraha Children's School

Saraha Children’s School, created to offer secular and dharma education to young children, is opening for its first classes this fall. The school was launched just six months ago by Lama Sonam Tsering, president of Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute of…

Celebrating Dharma Practice in Urban Setting,Seattle Insight Meditation Opens New Home

The Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS) sits together July 22, for the first time in their new home

Seattle Insight Meditation Society celebrated the opening of its own dharma center this summer, after more than 20 years of renting space. More than 200 people gathered for the July 22 inaugural sit and commemoration at the center, in an…

Featured Events

Annual Regional Teachers Meeting (Seattle)

nwda-logo-bright Nurturing understanding and cooperation among diverse Buddhist traditions and practitioners is the mission of the Northwest Dharma Association. What better way than to bring together Buddhist teachers and monastics from across the region?

For the past 12 years, on the first Saturday of October, Buddhist teachers have been hosted by various Zen, Theravada, Tibetan, and Pure La more...

Annual Regional Teachers Meeting (Portland)

nwda-logo-bright Nurturing understanding and cooperation among diverse Buddhist traditions and practitioners is the mission of the Northwest Dharma Association. What better way than to bring together Buddhist teachers and monastics from across the region?

For the past 12 years, on the first Saturday of October, Buddhist teachers have been hosted by various Zen, Theravada, Tibetan, and Pure La more...

NONA Dharma Conference & 4th Anniversary of Choeizan Enkyoji Temple

Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple The conference will have lectures and discussions on Nichiren Buddhist Doctrine and Faith. Meet other members of the greater Sangha and develop deep friendship. Buddhists from all traditions and non-Buddhists are welcome to learn about basic Nichiren Shu Buddhism. It will begin on Saturday morning and be complete Sunday early evening. The Choeizan Enkyoji Temple will hold a 4th Anniversary E more...

Vajrasattva Teaching, Practice and Meditation with Khenpo Trinley Ripoche

khenpo_trinley_2014 Vajrasattva is the Buddha of Purification. During this retreat we will have the opportunity to purify our negativities from past actions and our current negative states of mind by engaging in the meditation and mantra recitation of Buddha Vajrasattva.

During this 2-day non-residential retreat Khenpo Trinley Dorje Rinpoche will give teachings and will guide meditation in the Lo more...

Anam Thubten Meditation retreat

ATWeb600px-2014-03 The focus of the retreat is to unburden ourselves from mental habits that cause unnecessary suffering and to realize our natural state which is the inner dimension of peace, joy, and love. Anam Thubten invites everyone to experience this spiritual transformation through meditation practice and the timeless teachings of the Buddha. more...

Finding Happiness Within a Guided Meditation Retreat with Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche

IMG_4698 Urban Meditation Workshop with Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche & Special Friday Evening Preview Talk "Finding Happiness Within"

One-Day Urban Meditation Workshop - Saturday, September 20th with Special Preview Talk Friday Evening, Sept. 19th

When we experience stress, anxiety, unhappiness or any other form of discomfort, our mind is not in its natural state. By learning how t more...

Dharma Talk with Lama Rabten Tsering

Lama Rabten Join us for a dharma talk and Q+A with Lama Rabten Tsering.

Translation by Chris Stagg.

All are welcome. more...

Meg Wheatley – Avoiding the Ambush of Hope

Meg-Wheatley-600dpi Are you trying to make a difference in your family, community, oganization or in the world? Are you struggling with the hope and fear that clings to the desire to make positive changes? Join us at NalandaWest as Meg Wheatley brings her extensive experience and foundation as a Buddhist practitioner to Seattle to lead a retreat to support those of us actively engaged in changing things for the more...

Fall 2014 Sesshin: The Full Awareness of Breathing

Fall The Puget Sound Zen Center invites you to attend a five day period of intensive Zen practice at beautiful Camp Sealth on the shores of Vashon Island from October 8-12, 2014. Co-teachers Genko Kathy Blackman and Koshin Christopher Cain will focus throughout the sesshin on the sutra “The Full Awareness of Breathing.” The daily schedules will include periods of seated and walking meditation, dhar more...

Heart of Zen

Kaj-picture-1-533x400 This formal day-sit, with guest teacher Eshin John Godfrey of the Zen Centre of Vancouver, will include periods of seated meditation, walking meditation, lunch, and a dharma talk and discussion. Eshin trained under Joshu Sasaki Roshi in the Rinzai tradition. He became a monk in 1982, later accepted responsibility for the Zen Centre of Vancouver, and was ordained in 1988 as a Zen Osho, or authorize more...

Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara

10_09 Green Tara Initiation A sacred mandala dance practice in which Tara's 21 aspects are praised for the purpose of sending the blessing and healing to All Sentient Beings. We will be instructed in movement, meditation, and hand mudras by Parvati, a senior Taradhatu teacher visiting from Arizona. On the last day we will offer the dance to family and friends at Sakya Monastery. This mandala dance was envisioned in 1985 more...

In the Mirror of Death- An Introduction to the Tibetan Buddhist Understanding of Death and Dying

MirrorOfDeath image full size This 8-week course guides participants through the essential teachings on dying and death from the Buddhist tradition of Tibet. It offers a glimpse of this practical wisdom and sacred inspiration, which is so beneficial for today’s world. The universal message of these teachings speaks to people from all walks of life and is relevant for those of any spiritual tradition or none. They show u more...

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Calendar of Events

Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara
10-10-2014 7:00 PM, Friday Seattle, WA
10_09 Green Tara Initiation

A sacred mandala dance practice in which Tara’s 21 aspects are
praised for the purpose of sending the blessing and healing to All Sentient Beings.
We will be instructed in movement, meditation, and hand mudras by Parvati, a seni…

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Overcoming Irritation Morning Workshop
09-20-2014 10 am Seattle, WA
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Irritating situations are seemingly endless in our daily lives:
traffic, technological problems, other people getting in our way or doing things
differently than how we would like them to be done.

We know…

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Meg Wheatley – Avoiding the Ambush of Hope
09-26-2014 7:00 pm Seatttle, WA
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Are you trying to make a difference in your family, community,
oganization or in the world? Are you struggling with the hope and fear that clings
to the desire to make positive changes? Join us at NalandaWest as Meg Wheatley
br…

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Member Groups

Education at Elevation
Tibetan Woodinville, WA

We are a non-profit organization with mission to provide a home and education opportunity for Tibetan impoverished
children in Eastern Tibet.

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Zen Centre of Vancouver
Zen Vancouver, BC

A growing community for Zen practice under an authorized teacher.
Daily zazen meetings, residential facilities for short or long term practictioners,
ceremonies, gatherings, one and seven day retreats. Please see our web site.

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Rigpa Seattle
Tibetan Seattle, WA

Rigpa aims to present the Buddhist tradition of Tibet in a way that is
both completely authentic, and as relevant as possible to the lives and needs of
modern men and women.

Open to all schools and traditions…

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Heart of Wisdom Zen Buddhist Temple
Zen Portland, OR

Our purpose is to offer a Zen Temple as a vibrant home in Portland for
the Zen Community of Oregon and the larger community. We envision this temple as a
place of stillness in a busy urban environment. In this temple we intend t…

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