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Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Summer 2016, Volume 29, #2

From the Executive Director: The Region’s Dharma Community is Increasingly Collective and Effective

Participants in the May 7 Christian-Buddhist roundtable at Elliott Bay Books included Will Haag, Stephanie Eichentopf, George Draffan, CJ Young, Phil Peterson, Kyle Reynolds, Kathy Adams, Mark Winwood, Polly Trout, and Paul Metzger

Some 20 years ago, when I started volunteering with the Northwest Dharma Association, it was about old-fashioned mailing parties, loading bundles of original paper version of Northwest Dharma News into giant post office sacks, and getting event flyers out. After a while I served on the board for a few years, and then I focused on organizing and facilitating gatherings…

Canadian Leader to Offer First Online Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery courses

Author and teacher Valerie Mason-John, is now taking her eight-step work online

After years of offering the Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery courses in person, I will in July for time offer an online version of the series. The courses are a unique approach to breaking the cycle of addiction, based on the mindfulness teachings. As chairperson of the Vancouver Buddhist Centre, I am Dr. Valerie Mason-John M.A. (hon.doc of letters), a Buddhist teacher…

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche Book ‘Emotional Rescue’ Offers Real Solutions to Emotional Tangles

Ponlop Rinpoche laughs as he teaches on his new book, "Emotional Rescue," during a recent weekend event at Nalanda West in Seattle

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s  newest book, “Emotional Rescue: How to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Energy that Empowers You,” is a self-help guide for a broad audience. Unlike his previous books, such as “Mind Beyond Death” or “Rebel Buddha,” this one is written for a more Western readership, with little direct reference to Buddhist teachings or…

Freedom Project Resumes Mindfulness Circles

Rich Blick leads a mindfulness meditation session

Seattle Freedom Project’s monthly Mindfulness Circle has been re-started by Rich Blick, a former convict who is working to give to others what he received from the dharma. The Mindfulness Circle and discussion group now meets 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of each month, at the University Christian Church in Seattle. This is due to the efforts…

Buddhism in Black America: A Global Perspective

Dr. Charles Johnson, Lama Choyin Rangdrol, and Dr. Jason Wirth “turned the dharma wheel in new directions,” during a talk before a packed house March 8

Does BuddhaDharma philosophy and practice offer critical spiritual succor for African Americans? Two of the best-known and celebrated African American male Buddhist practitioners say yes. They shared their views on the relevance and urgency of BuddhaDharma for black Americans, before a packed house at Seattle University March 8. Lama Choyin Rangdrol opened and closed the unforgettable evening with short guided…

A Great Leader Passes on in Seattle, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen, Sakya Monastery Founder

The palanquin bearing the Thudkam, the body of H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, arriving at Sakya Monastery. On the left carrying the palanquin are H.E. Khondung Asanga Vajra Rinpoche, H.E. Dhungsey Zaya Vajra Sakya, H.E. Dhungsey Minzu Sakya. Also on the left, in glasses and dark hair, is H.E. Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche

His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, the founder and for decades leader of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, has passed into Paranirvana. Known more formally as His Holiness Vajra Dhara Kyabgön Dagchen Rinpoche Ngawang Kunga Sönam of the Phuntsok Phodrang, he died on April 29th, 2016. He was 87. His Holiness was considered a major leader within the world…

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Featured Events

Wisdom Lecture Series ~ Thomas Yuho Kirchner on Buddhist Basics: No Satisfactoriness, No Permanence, No Self

Member Group: Seattle One Drop Zendo - Water Moon Dojo

Date: Friday, August 26
Time: 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Rinzai Zen
Teacher: Thomas Yuho Kirchner (student of Shodo Harada Roshi)

An associate researcher at the International Research Institute for Zen Studies at Hanazono University in Kyoto, Tom Yuho Kirchner was born in New Haven, CT and has lived in Japan since 1969. An ordained Zen monk in the Rinzai tradition, he has lived and trained in several Zen monasteries in Japan [currently residing at Tenryuji where he tends his own…

In the Mirror of Death

Member Group: Rigpa Seattle

Start: Tuesday, September 27 @ 7:00 pm
End: Tuesday, November 15 @ 7:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhist
Teacher: Sogyal Rinpoche

An Introduction to the Tibetan Buddhist Understanding of Dying and Death Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm, Sept. 27th through Nov. 15th 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 beneficial for today’s world. The universal message of…

2016 Seattle Walk to Feed the Hungry

Member Group: Buddhist Global Relief

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Tradition: non-sectarian

The 2016 Walk to Feed the Hungry will be an opportunity to meet others interested in putting their compassion into action and raise funds to support Buddhist Global Relief. Since 2008, BGR has helped fund numerous projects around the world supporting food security, right livelihood, and human dignity. Join us for a fun day and good fellowship!

Compassion and Bodhicitta, Essential Ingredients for a Peaceful World, with Venerable Tenzin Tsepal

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: non-sectarian/Tibetan
Teacher: Venerable Tenzin Tsepal

Public Talk on foundational teachings in the path by Venerable Tenzin Tsepal. Biography: http://dharmafriendship.org/teachers/

The Wisdom of Dependent Arising, with Venerable Tenzin Tsepal

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Sunday, October 16
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tradition: non-sectarian/Tibetan
Teacher: Venerable Tenzin Tsepal

Understanding the most profound truth in Buddhism – the absence of inherent existence involves a careful process of reasoning that falls neither to the extremes of nihilism, nor eternalism. Dependent arising is considered “the king of reasonings”, enabling the practitioner to move closer to liberating insight without falling into erroneous views. ***DFF does not charge admission to any of our…

Contemplative Caregiving: A Day-Long Skill-Building Retreat

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian
Teacher: Jonathan Prescott

The realities of old age, sickness and death touch each of our lives.  When these events happen to us, we have the possibility of accepting them with wisdom and resilience.  When they happen to our loved ones, we can learn to respond with skillful caregiving and compassionate presence. Join us for a day long retreat that invites us to touch…

Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering, with Venerable Thubten Chodron

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Tuesday, November 29
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: non-sectarian/Tibetan
Teacher: Venerable Thubten Chodron

Why do things happen the way they do in our lives? How do we create the causes for a happy life? The Buddhist practice of mind training gives us the answer to these questions: it involves overcoming our self-centered attitude and replacing it with an attitude that cherishes others. This, in turn, leads us to act in ways that naturally…

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Calendar of Events

2016 Seattle Walk to Feed the Hungry

Bhante

The 2016 Walk to Feed the Hungry will be an opportunity to meet others interested in putting their compassion into action and raise funds to support Buddhist Global Relief. Since 2008, BGR has helped fund numerous projects around the world supporting food security, right livelihood, and human dignity. Join us for a fun day and good fellowship!

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Buddhist Global Relief

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Tradition: non-sectarian

Dharma Talk: Steve Armstrong

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Steve Armstrong led meditation retreats, including the annual 3-month retreat at Insight Meditation Society for 18 years. Since 2004, he has been practicing “mindfulness of mind” with Sayadaw U Tejaniya and now integrates the teachings of these two awareness and insight traditions. He has taught mindfulness, insight and abhidhamma retreats in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US since…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Wednesday, October 5
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Steve Armstrong

The Wisdom of Dependent Arising, with Venerable Tenzin Tsepal

Tsepal June 2016

Understanding the most profound truth in Buddhism – the absence of inherent existence involves a careful process of reasoning that falls neither to the extremes of nihilism, nor eternalism. Dependent arising is considered “the king of reasonings”, enabling the practitioner to move closer to liberating insight without falling into erroneous views. ***DFF does not charge admission to any of our…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Sunday, October 16
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tradition: non-sectarian/Tibetan
Teacher: Venerable Tenzin Tsepal

The Mind of the Artist: Inner Intention/Outer Expression

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Join several local artists from various disciplines in a day long exploration of the creative process. We will be considering the role inner intention, motivation and mindfulness play in artistic expression in music, dance and the visual arts. Open to all artists and non artist in all disciplines. Our tentative schedule includes 3 sessions 9am-12pm Short presentations by artists and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Date: Saturday, November 12
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Developing an Internal Ethical Compass: CE Workshop

PSS branch

A Meditative Exploration of Skillful Clinical Boundaries Recollective Awareness Meditation is a thought and emotion friendly approach to meditation that encourages a process of clear discernment in the face of professional challenges and ethical dilemmas. Most mental health professionals know ethical “rules”, but often have little opportunity to ponder more nuanced situations. Ideally mental health professionals set aside our needs…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Pine Street Sangha

Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Nelly Kaufer

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Member Groups

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

Open Way Sangha

Open Way's mission is to nurture all who wish to practice Mindfulness. We are part of a world-wide network of communities inspired by the teachings and practices of Thich Nhat Hanh, a widely-known Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author and activist. Join us for weekly mindfulness practice at our center in Missoula, Montana and for retreats and special events throughout the year.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Missoula , MT

Seattle One Drop Zendo - Water Moon Dojo

A place for zazen/sitting meditation in the Rinzai tradition, sutra chanting, readings, some practice talks. Please contact us for orientation if needed.

Tradition: Rinzai (Myoshinji lineage) || Location: Seattle, WA

River Sangha

We practice sitting and walking meditation along with a weekly Dharma talk and/or discussion.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Salem, OR

Brahma Vihara Foundation

DaeJa Napier teaches Vipassana meditation with an emphasis on the cultivation of the four Brahma Viharas: loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. She has been practicing and studying in various Buddhist traditions since 1974. Her root teacher is the late Zen Master Seung Sahn. Her practice continues to be enriched through intensive practice under the guidance of Asian and...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: , WA

Pine Street Sangha

Welcome to the Pine Street Sangha: A Recollective Awareness Meditation Community. We meditate in a gentle and accepting way, allowing whatever occurs in our inner worlds to unfold naturally. At the conclusion of meditation we reflect upon and recollect what happened during meditation through journaling and exploring our experience with a teacher.  Over time we learn more about the inner...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Portland, OR

Shared Heart Arbor

Do Shin Tei Kai focus of the study and practice of traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Along with learning the movements of Chado ~ the Way of Tea; they specialize in blending the traditional philosophy  with contemporary views of the Ceremony itself.

Tradition: Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony || Location: Portland, OR

Pristine Mind Foundation

Pristine Mind Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche dedicated to helping people live fully, die fearlessly, and transform every area of their lives by offering accessible and experiential Buddhist teachings.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: , WA

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