Northwest Dharma Association



Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Fall 2015, Volume 28, #3

Broadening Teachers’ Meetings Across Region

People gathered at last year’s teachers’ meeting in Portland

After 13 years of coordinating annual teachers’ meetings, Northwest Dharma Association is broadening this tradition to encourage more frequent meeting, in more diverse locales. The gatherings could be simple conversations between a few teachers, or a larger day-long conference at a meditation center or temple. Local teacher-leaders will determine the date and location, and are invited to consider a theme…

Tibetan nuns step closer to historic milestone

Much of the two weeks of exams was conducted in the presence of other monastics

Twenty nuns in May passed the third of four years of examinations, as they neared their goals of becoming the first women of Tibetan ethnicity, in their Buddhist tradition, to win the equivalent of a doctorate degree. Of the 20 nuns, seven were fully or partly sponsored through Tibetan Nuns Project, a non-profit headquartered in Seattle and in India. The…

Jade Buddha’s Last Visit, New Temple, Attracted Visitors to August Seattle Ceremony

Buddhist leaders, temple members and temple friends, gathered from around the region for the ceremony

Several hundred people gathered at Seattle’s Duoc Su Ten Thousand Medicine Buddha Temple on a sunny August day, to see the beautiful Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. The visitors also were there to see the construction progress at the Medicine Buddhist Temple, also called the Buddhist Cultural Center of the Northwest, which is nearing completion after four years of work….

Northwesterners Dance Praises to Tara At the 14th Sakyadhita Conference in Indonesia

Offering of the 21 Praises of Tara at the Candi Sewu, Manjushri temple in Java.Photos by: Parvati Forrest Burke

Five Northwest people traveled on pilgrimage to Southeast Asia in late June, where they also offered the “21 Praises of Tara Mandala Dance.” The five – Kim Abbey, Maria Antilla, Phyllis Moses, Suzie Scollon and Scott Wurtz – were joined by people from other countries, creating a group of 22. The group traveled to the Indonesian islands of Bali and…

Northwest Buddhist Women Contribute to Unique Parliament of World’s Religions in Salt Lake City

The sixth World Parliament of Religions is the latest in a series of important gatherings

Several Northwest Buddhist women leaders have been preparing to attend the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the sixth such gathering since 1893. This year the event was scheduled for Salt Lake City, Oct. 15 to 19, 2015. The last was in Melbourne, Australia, in 2009, and the first was in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair. This year, the parliament…

Island Zen Center Shares Jewish Group’s Space

Puget Sound Zen Center and Havurat Ee Shalom are sharing a single space, and finding benefits for both of them

Pressed by a need for more space, the members of the growing Puget Sound Zen Center have opted to share the facility of an existing Jewish congregation. In June the 60-member Zen center started practicing at Vashon Island’s Havurat Ee Shalom, for a trial period that will last six to eight months. Vashon is a residential island just west of…


Featured Events

Tibetan Buddhist ‘DharmaPractics’ (Redmond)

Member Group: Chenrezig Project

Start: Sunday, November 1 @ 10:30 am
End: Sunday, December 27 @ 10:30 am
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Tradition: Tibetan, Gelug-oriented Rime
Teacher: Mark Winwood

Each Sunday (10:30am – 12:30pm) we study and consider specific aspects of the Tibetan Buddhist path of wisdom and compassion, with an emphasis on practical everyday application(s) for Western living.   A core teaching in this curriculum will be the classic 11th century Mahayana text “Eight Verses for Training the Mind.” Included in our gatherings are meditation, lecture and discussion; while…

Ethics, Concentration & Wisdom—the Foundation of Spiritual Community

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Tuesday, December 1
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan/non-sectarian
Teacher: Venerable Thubten Chodron

Scientists and spiritual leaders both agree that our world is profoundly interconnected. The well-being of every individual, and the environment as a whole are all interdependent. How do we create and sustain spiritual community? Venerable Thubten Chodron, Abbess, author, and Buddhist nun for nearly 40 years, will share stories and insights on this topic in an evening talk you won’t…

Venerable Sogyal RInpoche: The Natural Freedom of Mind

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Saturday, December 12 @ 9:30 am
End: Sunday, December 13 @ 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhist
Teacher: Sogyal Rinpoche

Sogyal Rinpoche will teach on understanding the mind and the wisdom of meditation following in the spirit of the extraordinary teachings of Dzogchen—the Great Perfection, which is the highest wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition on Saturday and Sunday, December 12 & 13, 2015. Known for his spontaneous, dynamic and intimate teaching style, and for his ability to create an…

Compassionate Action

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, January 9, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian
Teacher: Commuunity-led

Join us for a community discussion about Compassionate Action. We’ll share Patacara’s program of cooking vegan meals for programs that serve homeless people, and Chobo-Ji’s prison work. We will also have a tour of Chobo-Ji and talk briefly about their lineage. Other sanghas who join us can also talk about projects they are working on, and we can talk about how to…


Calendar of Events

Day of Mindfulness with Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala 2

Join us for a day of sitting and walking meditation in the vipassana tradition.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Tuere Sala

Dharma Talk with Steve Armstrong


An evening Dharma Talk with Steve Armstrong

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, October 21, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Steve Armstrong

SEC 115 The Heart Sutra

Emptiness is one of the most important, but hardest to understand philosophical concepts in Tibetan Buddhism. When you understand emptiness, you understand the features of an enlightened mind. In this class, you will receive an explanation of emptiness and how to discover, understand, and realize it.   Readings: Essence of the Heart Sutra by the Dalai Lama; The Heart Sutra…

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, December 20
Time: 8:30 am - 9:45 am
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Tim Tapping

Non-Residential Retreat with Will Kabat-Zinn


Will Kabat-Zinn has practiced Insight Meditation in the U.S. and Burma for more than thirteen years. He has taught meditation to diverse populations, from neuroscientists at the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute to incarcerated youth in the South Bronx, Riker’s Island, and Oakland. Will co-developed and teaches a mindfulness curriculum for parents as part of a long-term study on…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Saturday, April 2, 2016 @ 9:00 am
End: Sunday, April 3, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Will Kabat-Zinn

Dharma Talk with Zoketsu Norman Fischer


No registration is required.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, September 16, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Type:

Tradition: Zen
Teacher: Zoketsu Norman Fischer

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Member Groups

Lotus Speech Canada

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Sechelt, BC

Sakya Kachod Choling

Sakya Kachod Choling is the retreat center for our teacher, H.E. Sakya Jetsun Chimey Luding Rinpoche. We hold group retreats 3 times a year with Her Eminence or other teachers from the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. We are also open for private retreats of any length all year. It is not necessary to be a student of Her Eminence...

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism || Location: San Juan Island, WA

Co Lam Pagoda

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 values and moral behavior. 3. Fellowship 4. We have several monks who speak English. 5 We perform weddings, funerals, memorial, blessing, and hospital visitation services.

Tradition: Pure land || Location: Seattle, WA

Dharma Ocean Seattle

We are a local sangha of Dharma Ocean Foundation based in Boulder. Dr. Reginald “Reggie” Ray is the Founder and Spiritual Director. For more information Our focus is to provide opportunity for local practitioners to come together for practice and to periodically do group retreats.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Portland Friends of the Dhamma

Portland Friends of the Dhamma is a Buddhist Meditation Center in Portland, Oregon affiliated with and advised by the Abhayagiri monastic descendants of the Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho lineage. This center is supported by the goodwill and generosity of its participants.

Tradition: Theravada / Vipassana || Location: Portland, OR

Natural Awareness

George Draffan has trained since the 1970s in the Tibetan and Theravada Buddhist traditions, and in body-based practices including taiji-qigong and Feldenkrais. In his teaching George emphasizes body-based awareness, stability (shamatha) and clarity (vipassana), and compassionate awareness of the habit-patterns that prevent us from being present and responsive. He encourages students to connect with their own situation and motivation. George offers workshops,...

Tradition: Non-sectarian || Location: Seattle area, WA

Rigpa Seattle

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 of Buddhist wisdom, and with the guidance and gracious patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rigpa offers those following the Buddhist...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple

Tuyết Sơn Thiền Tự We are a small rural Thien (Chàn/ Zen) Temple in the Vietnamese Tradition. We practice "laughing farmer zen" with a strong focus on metta practices.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Trout Lake, WA

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