Northwest Dharma Association



Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Summer 2017, Volume 30, #2

Will 2017 be the End or a Beginning for NWDA?

Hello everyone, I would like to announce:  “Celebrating the Sangha” with Northwest Dharma Association at Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle November 11, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Will it be renewal or a wake in the best tradition of New Orleans? Over the last six months you have read entreaties, from myself and from Executive…

Writing to Prisoners Can Help Them Transform

Author Jordan Van Voast (in blue) with Bill, a prison pen pal Van Voast has supported for years.

I first started writing prisoners about 10 years ago, because it seemed a natural extension of practice. Over the years I’ve corresponded with perhaps four or five prisoners. I’ve learned people in prison are no different than you or I, they just want to be happy. They have the same potential to transform their situation and to go on to…

Five Northwest Dharma Leaders Graduate From Fifth Community Dharma Leaders Program

The group of CDL5 people from the Northwest, left to right: Justin Michelson, Eugene, Ore.; Chris Charles, Seattle; Mary Haberman, Bellingham; Emily Carpenter, Portland; Steve Wilhelm, Kirkland. Carrie Tamburo, far right, lived in the Northwest before moving to San Diego.

Five Northwesterners are offering more dharma teachings in the region, after graduating from the fifth Community Dharma Leaders Program in California. The five were among about 100 people from around the world who completed the two-year program, called CDL5 by participants.  The April 29 graduation ceremony was at Spirit Rock meditation center in California. The Northwest contingent included Emily Carpenter,…

Buddha Jewel Monastery Expanding Zen Offerings In Larger Facility in Shoreline, North of Seattle

Sangha members gather for a medicine Buddha ceremony in 2016.

For Buddha Jewel Monastery the past year has included change and continuity. The change came with a move last May from the Rainier Valley in south Seattle to Shoreline, a smaller city north of Seattle. The continuity is in the teachings, the group’s main emphasis. The monastery offers a complete curriculum of classes designed to bring a person’s understanding of…

Featured Events

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“If Your Heart Seeks Dharma” – A Selection from Treasury of Eloquence: The Songs of Barway Dorje

Treasury of Eloquence is a collection of songs and instructions composed by the great treasure-revealer and visionary teacher Barway Dorje (1836-1918). These songs express Barway Dorje’s devotion to his gurus, explaining how to meditate on the mind’s nature and offer advice on the practice of Buddhadharma.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Palchen Study Group Seattle

Date: Saturday, September 9
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

“How to Relate to One’s Guru”

What is a Guru? Where does one find one? What do we do once we’ve found one? Lama Yeshe Gyamtso provides meaningful clarification and insight into this often misunderstood concept and most precious of relationships between a student and teacher. Lama Yeshe Gyamtso completed two three-year retreats during the 1980s at Kagyu Thubten Chöling under the guidance of Kyapje Kalu…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Palchen Study Group Seattle

Date: Sunday, September 10
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Tradition: Barway Dorje Lineage
Teacher: Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

Atsara Empowerment

Bardor Tulku Rinpoche will be bestowing an empowerment on the deity Atsara. Atsara is an important protector practice in the Barway Dorje lineage. Dharma protectors, usually depicted as fierce deities, ensure that the compassionate activity of the Buddha’s teaching is carried out successfully. The fierce appearance of such deities is not to be understood as something negative, rather it is…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Palchen Study Group Seattle

Date: Sunday, September 10
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Barway Dorje Lineage
Teacher: Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

“The 19 Pith Instructions of Mahamudra.”

The Mahamudra teachings point out the direct nature of the mind that is the basis of the entire universe and beings within it. The 19 Pith instructions of Saraha come from the inner Profound Dharma collection of Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage.  Khenpo Tenzin will explain the essential teachings of the mahamudra instruction as taught by…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Start: Saturday, September 16 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, September 17 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Drikung Kagyu
Teacher: Ven Khenpo Tenzin

Buddhist Paths: Women’s Choices

Fifth Annual Women in Buddhism Conference presented by the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple September 23, 2017 – 9:30-3:30 A day devoted to understanding the place of Buddhism in our everyday lives – Buddhist Paths: Women’s Choices with featured speakers Rev. Carol Himaka, Resident Minister Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church on The 35th Vow of Dharmakara/Amida Buddha and its meaning to…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

Date: Saturday, September 23
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Tradition: True Pure Land
Teacher: Master Shinran

Roots of Mindfulness: A 7-Day Silent Retreat

The Roots of Mindfulness: a week of extended Mindfulness Practice exploring the theme Beginner’s Mind. Join us for a full week-long retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle and 2 hours south of Vancouver, BC). The retreat will be a deep…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mindfulness Northwest

Start: Sunday, October 15 @ 4:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 12:00 pm
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Tradition: MBSR, Zen
Teacher: Tim Burnett

Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017

Buddhist teachers and leaders are developing innovative practices that support recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The Buddhist Recovery Network and the Northwest Dharma Assoication are bringing these leaders together in a working retreat in Lacey Washington in October 2017. While the retreat is invitation-only, you can participate in several ways. We are raising money to help cover the costs of bringing…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Friday, October 20 @ 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 2:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Celebrating the Sangha

The Northwest Buddhist community is huge, and diverse, encompassing traditional temples from every Buddhist culture, modern practice and study groups, and creative applications of Buddhist perspectives by health professionals, teachers, social activists, and others. NWDA invites you to explore our shared aspirations as Buddhists and contemplative practitioners. We’ll engage in large and small group discussion to strengthen our individual and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, November 11
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian


Calendar of Events

Dharma Talk with Christina Feldman

Christina Feldman is a co-founder and guiding teacher of Gaia House in England (, and has been leading Insight Meditation retreats since 1976. She is a guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. As well as teaching retreats worldwide, she is committed to the Personal Retreat Programme at Gaia House. She is the author of a number…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, October 20
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Christina Feldman

2017 Portland OR Walk to Feed the Hungry

We are thrilled to have a Buddhist Global Relief Walk to Feed the Hungry this year! Join us at 12:30 PM for walk on Hawthorne. All funds will go to projects supported by Buddhist Global Relief projects

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Buddhist Global Relief

Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Mind-Brain Storms: Consciousness, Introspection and Habitual Patterns

A conversation with Dr. Maxine Anderson, Dr. Karl Brunnhölzl, Dr. Christof Koch, Dr. Don Ross Why do we do what we do, feel what we feel? What allows us to experience our emotions, the very thing that shapes how we interact with each other and the world?  What is the function of consciousness? Our conversation will be viewing these questions…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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400 Stanzas with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe

Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way We are overjoyed to welcome eminent Tibetan scholar Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe to continue teaching Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way with Joshua Cutler as his English interpreter. Join us! Aryadeva’s text is a foundational work of Buddhist philosophy. Geshe Thabkhe has been guiding us through Aryadeva’s profound text over several teachings…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Start: Friday, October 13 @ 3:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 2:00 pm

Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe

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What's Happening

Khenpo Kartin in Portland & Trout Lake

Dechen Shingdrub with Ven. Khenpo Karten September 9-11 at at the NWTCA Bodkhang in Portland OR September 15-17 at the Mt Adams Zen Buddhist Temple in Trout Lake WA

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Buddhist Recovery Summit

There is addiction to indulgence of sense-pleasures, which is low, coarse, the way of ordinary people, unworthy, and unprofitable; and there is addiction to self-mortification, which is painful, unworthy, and unprofitable. Avoiding both these extremes, the Tathagata (The Perfect One) has realized the Middle Path; it gives vision, gives knowledge, and leads to calm, to insight, to enlightenment and to Nibbana.

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Dream Yoga with Chamtrul Rinpoche

Tibetan Dream Yoga is the original form of lucid dreaming documented for at least 1,000 years. Also known as Milam – the yoga of the dream state – it’s a suite of advanced tantric techniques. Just like our Westernized understanding of lucid dreams, the initial aim is to awaken the consciousness in the dream state. In the Tibetan tradition, dream yoga is also used to practice Bodhicitta and develop wisdom.

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Member Groups

Buddhist Studies and Meditation Center

We are a group of both beginners and long time practitioners who meet to meditate and study Buddhist philosophy, with an emphasis on the Mahayana tradition of our teacher, Venerable Geshe-la Thupten Phelgye.  All are welcome to join us.

Tradition: Mahayana || Location: Spokane, WA

Heart of Wisdom Zen Buddhist Temple

The purpose of Heart of Wisdom is to provide a refuge of stillness and peace in a busy urban environment, to practice and share Buddhist teachings, and to cultivate the qualities of unflagging optimism, self-discipline, compassion, and wisdom. Daily zazen and free instruction in how meditate geared to beginners is offered. People of all ages and experience levels are encouraged...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Portland, OR

Rainbowdharma International

Rainbowdharma is a discreet organization of international Buddhist practitioners. The founder, Lama Rangdrol, is an independent teacher of Buddhism and meditation in the Nyingma Dzogchen tradition. Known for his clarity of insight, he has taught meditation in Buddhist, ecumenical, non-sectarian, Christian, Interfaith, and secular communities on three continents. He has authored five books on race relations in American Buddhism, two...

Tradition: Nyingma - Dzogchen; Navayana || Location: , WA

Creston Zen Centre

Creston Zendo is a lay practice centre in the Soto Zen tradition. Resident lay teacher, Kuya Minogue took lay precepts at Shasta Abbey in 1986, lay discipleship precepts with Kyogen Carlson in 1989 and received dharma transmission in the Zen Writing Practice tradition from Natalie Goldberg in 2006. She has recently joined the Silent Thunder Order and Creston Zen Centre...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Creston, BC

Portland Community of Mindful Living, Thursday Night Sangha

Joyful practice of meditation followed by discussion based on readings from the Sutras and from Thich Nhat Hanh's writings. Dharma discussion includes shared experiences of members' practice and insights.

Tradition: Thich Nhat Hanh || Location: Portland, OR

Pacific Hermitage

Nestled in the Columbia River Gorge along a forested stretch of White Salmon's Jewett Creek is the home of a small group of Theravada Buddhist monks. The Pacific Hermitage is a branch of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, California. The Hermitage is a place of seclusion where the monks devote their lives to meditation and simple living. The monks...

Tradition: Theravada || Location: White Salmon, WA

BodhiHeart Sangha

Bodhiheart Sangha is led by two resident teachers who have recently returned to the States after years of study and practice in Asia. They are both students of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and are trained in both the Tibetan and Vipassana traditions. They live in Seattle year round and, as Westerners, teach Buddhism in terms readily understood by Westerners,...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Younge Drodul Ling (Washington)

YDL-WA is a local practice community of Tibetan Buddhism, studying the great masters of all lineages- Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug- under the spiritual guidance of Younge Khachab Rinpoche. Our main focus is on the meditation and teachings of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

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