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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 – Modern Reflections on Buddhism – Second of eight of a series of talks

Member Group: Seattle One Drop Zendo - Moon Water Dojo

Date: Friday, June 24
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Zen
Teacher: Jan Chozen Bays

Ongoing series held one day in Seattle, WA at Nalanda West and one day on Whidbey Island at Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery. This second talk (June 24 Seattle and 26 Tahoma) will be by Chozen Bays, a Zen Teacher in the White Plum tradition and a pediatric physician practicing in Oregon. Cost of entire 8 lecture series is $100…

Through Dhamma Eyes: Training in Awareness and Wisdom

Member Group: Bellingham Insight Meditation Society

Start: Saturday, June 25 @ 9:00 am
End: Sunday, June 26 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Steve Armstrong and Alexis Santos

Cultivating stable awareness of all experience is training in wisdom that reveals liberating insights into the nature of reality. We see that everything that appears is the natural display of impersonal conditions giving rise to their lawful effect. When the mind is supported by skillful view and is unclouded by confusion, greed or negativity, reality is accurately recognized. This is seeing the world through…

Wisdom Lecture Series – Modern Reflections on Buddhism – Second of eight of a series of talks

Member Group: Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery

Date: Sunday, June 26
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Tradition: Zen
Teacher: Jan Chozen Bays

Ongoing series held one day in Seattle, WA at Nalanda West and one day on Whidbey Island at Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery. This second talk (June 24 Seattle and 26 Tahoma) will be by Chozen Bays, a Zen Teacher in the White Plum tradition. In 1985 Chozen co-founded Great Vow Zen Monastery near Portland, Oregon. Chozen was a student of Maezumi…

For a Future to be Possible: Awakening to Life, Love, and Service: Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat for Young Adults (20’s and 30’s)

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Friday, July 1 @ 12:00 pm
End: Monday, July 4 @ 2:00 pm
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Sponsored by Blue Heron Zen Community and the Northwest Dharma Association. How does awakening to life in each moment nourish our heart’s deepest calling? What is the nature of our connection and responsibility to future generations? Do our descendants exist after us, or rather, are they inside of us at each moment? How do we walk a path that offers…

Tibetan Dream Studies with Dr Nida Chenagtsang

Member Group: Sorig Khang Portland

Start: Saturday, July 9 @ 9:00 am
End: Sunday, July 10 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Vajrayana Buddhism
Teacher: Dr Nida Chenagtsang

This workshop opens the door to the profound world of Dream Studies from the perspective of Tibetan Medicine. Dr. Nida will teach on dreams and the subtle body, dream interpretation, and medical dream analysis, and will share practical dreamwork techniques for developing clarity and removing blockages of energy and mind. Approved for 12 NCCAOM PDA Points.

Yuthok Nyingthik Ati Yoga with Dr Nida Chenagtsang

Member Group: Sorig Khang Portland

Start: Monday, July 11 @ 9:00 am
End: Tuesday, July 12 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Vajrayana Buddhism
Teacher: Dr Nida Chenagtsang

Ati Yoga, also known as Dzogchen, is a meditation technique to directly reveal the ultimate nature of our mind. It is the secret path for realizing the final rainbow body, the expression of the complete transformation and control over the elements of matter, energy, and mind. In honor of this auspicious Fire Monkey year, Dr. Nida is offering these rare…

Summer 2016 Buddhist Studies Program

Member Group: Nitartha Institute

Start: Friday, July 15 @ 6:00 pm
End: Friday, August 12 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vajrayana: Kagyü and Nyingma
Teacher: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsengc

Join us for the Summer 2016 Buddhist Studies Program! July 15-Aug 13, 2016 in Vancouver, BC. Explore how everyday thought and speech serve as tools for discovering definitive meaning, the unconditioned wisdom and spontaneous compassion of the buddhadharma. Combining an in-depth course of study with training in meditation and analysis, Nitartha Institute introduces 21st century students to the complete Tibetan…

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Calendar of Events

Exploring Monastic Life with Ven. Thubten Chodron and the Abbey monastic community

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Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron teaches from nearly 40 years of experience as a monastic. In addition to receiving daily teachings, you will live and practice as a member of the Sravasti Abbey community—engaging in meditation, discussion, and offering service with the community. This retreat is for qualified lay people exploring the possibility of ordination, and for monks and nuns that have…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Start: Monday, August 1 @ 5:00 pm
End: Thursday, August 18 @ 1:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron

Seven day residential retreat

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In a seven day retreat we connect to our innate heart-mind through wholehearted engagement with the present moment’s activity. This continuous practice for seven days brings radical insight leading to transformation. Our potential blossoms. These residential meditation retreats are an opportunity to receive guidance twice daily in one-on-one meetings and dharma talks with the teacher. Practicing meditation, chanting, meals and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Zen Centre of Vancouver

Start: Friday, November 11 @ 7:00 pm
End: Friday, November 18 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Zen
Teacher: Eshin Godfrey

SEC 101 Darshan Viewing (Shrine Room tour)

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Sakya Monastery provides a place to learn from highly qualified Tibetan Lamas in a beautiful traditional setting. In this free guided tour of the Shrine room, you will learn the meaning and symbolism of the paintings on the walls and the statues located around the room.  This is an educational and informative way to get a feel for Tibetan Buddhism…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, June 26
Time: 8:30 am - 9:45 am
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Dennis Oliver

SEC 100 Sakya Monastery Overview and Orientation

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This class is a great introduction and overview of the services and teachings available at Sakya Monastery. For people seeking spiritual and personal growth, Sakya Monastery provides access to the Buddha’s teachings and guidance in a community of practitioners. In 90 minutes, we will give you an overview of Sakya Monastery, Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and beliefs, and the variety of…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Tuesday, June 28
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan

Yuthok Nyingthik Ati Yoga with Dr Nida Chenagtsang

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Ati Yoga, also known as Dzogchen, is a meditation technique to directly reveal the ultimate nature of our mind. It is the secret path for realizing the final rainbow body, the expression of the complete transformation and control over the elements of matter, energy, and mind. In honor of this auspicious Fire Monkey year, Dr. Nida is offering these rare…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sorig Khang Portland

Start: Monday, July 11 @ 9:00 am
End: Tuesday, July 12 @ 5:00 pm
Event Type:

Tradition: Vajrayana Buddhism
Teacher: Dr Nida Chenagtsang

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Member Groups

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 www.dharmaocean.org 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

Zen Center of Portland

Zen Center of Portland is affiliated with Joko Beck and the Ordinary Mind Zen school, which emphasizes practice in our everyday lives. Please see our website for the most current information.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Portland, OR

Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. In action, Shambhala is both a spiritual path of study and meditation that helps us work with our minds, as well as a...

Tradition: Shambhala || Location: Portland, OR

Great Vow Zen Monastery

Great Vow is a residential, Zen Buddhist, training monastery inspired and guided by Jizo Bodhisattva's vow to help all beings who suffer, no matter where they are found. The monastery's aspiration is to maintain authentic, whole-hearted practice while keeping the teachings open and accessible to anyone with a sincere desire to practice the Buddha-way. Our practice is a synthesis of...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Clatskanie , OR

Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji

A Rinzai Zen temple in an urban setting that includes a residential lay-practice that offers: Daily meditation services Beginning instruction Dharma talks Various practice-oriented classes and gatherings Quarterly week-long retreats (sesshins) An online electronic bookstore Weekly email updates and a quarterly newsletter There is an apartment unit available in the temple for housing guests and students during sesshins. It can...

Tradition: Zen (Hakuin/Rinzai School) || Location: Seattle, WA

Buddhist Meditation Society of Northern BC

BMSNBC Known informally as the Open Door Sangha, we hope to 'open the door' to Buddhist practice by providing a suitable space for regular formal mediation, and by bringing people in touch with a rich history as well as qualified teachers. Our organization is composed of two individual meditation groups (Vipassana and Zen) each embodying its own particular forms and...

Tradition: Vipassana & Zen || Location: Prince George, BC

Dharmata of Seattle

In the Nyingma tradition, affiliate of the Dharmata Foundation located in Point Richmond, Ca. We meet on Sunday (sometimes another evening) for meditation, fellowship, and watching a livestream video of Anam Thubten giving a dharma talk. Weekend retreats offered every year. Please call for more information.

Tradition: Tibetan/Non-sectarian || Location: Kirkland, WA

Kathok Centre

Kathok Centre is a Tibetan Buddhist Centre under the spiritual guidance of V.V. Lingrtul Rinpoche. We hold monthly Guru Yoga Tsok offering practices, Green Tara and Nyundro practices for practicing Buddhists. We also hold weekly tours and open times for the general public and Open Meditation and Yoga classes.

Tradition: Tibetan Nyingma || Location: Qualicum Beach, BC

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