Northwest Dharma Association

Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
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

Northwest Dharma Association Winter Pledge Drive

Like this one, most malas have 108 beads. By joining together, we can guarantee the healthy future of Northwest Dharma Association ‘Tis the Season To Be Generous – NWDA’s Winter Pledge Drive

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 is meant to represent.

We are asking you to include NWDA in that spirit. NWDA is unique. We are the most active regional multi-traditional organizati more...

Seattle MahaSangha Meeting

nwda-logo-from-Home-Page In this second MahaSangha meeting we will begin to define the principles we feel are common to all Buddhist traditions. We will use this map to guide future MahaSangha meetings. more...

Buddhism Beyond Belief

pathhighway Sitting meditation and dharma discussion. All are welcome. Free. more...

Achi Chokyi Drolma & White Tara Weekend


Friday, January 9
6pm Registration table opens
7-9pm Achi Chokyi Drolma empowerment

Saturday, January 10
9am Registration table opens
10am-12pm White Tara empowerment
2pm-5pm White Tara teaching

Sunday, January 11
9am Registration table opens
10am-12pm White Tara teaching
2pm-4:00p more...

Guru Yoga, White Tara and 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas with Lama Abao

LamaAbao_portrait We are so delighted that our spiritual director under HE Garchen Rinpoche will be teaching two consecutive weekends in Seattle in January! Lama Abao is one of HE Garchen Rinpoche's personal attendants and travels with HE Garchen Rinpoche all over the world to spread and teach the Dharma.

Lama Abao will present a program suitable for old and new students. This is a wonderful opportunit more...


Calendar of Events

Pari-Nirvana Sesshin
02-16-2015 5:00 p.m. Clatskanie, OR

This sesshin is a celebration of the Buddha’s passing into Nirvana.

Join us as we investigate birth and death directly, instant by instant.



Member Groups

Co Lam Pagoda
Pure land Seattle, WA

Vietnamese Pure Land buddhist Temple. The Abbot is the most reverened
Thich Nguyen An. We provide

1. Temple chanting and meditation

2. a Buddhist youth program (in English and Vietnamese),teaching…


White Cloud Buddhist Society
Non-sectarian Issaquah, WA

The White Cloud Buddhist Society was formed during the Song Dynasty, c. 1108 C.E. Following the teachings contained in the Avatamsaka (Hua Yen, or Flower Garland) Sutra, we stress the interconnectedness of all matter, the interrel…


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…


Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery
Zen Freeland, WA

Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery is a traditional Rinzai Zen training
monastery. Along with Bi-annual Osesshin with Shodo Harada Roshi, are ongoing
Kosesshin schedules, plus all day sitting intensives. Residency opportunities are…


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