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A Quarterly Online Publication
Spring 2017, Volume 30, #1

An Invitation to Skillful Means: Letter from the Executive Director

George Draffan in landscaping mode.

A couple weeks ago you may have received an email asking you to support NWDA financially. If you haven’t done so yet, you can do it right here. So let’s get right to the topic of this quarter’s letter: WANTED: Teachers, facilitators, volunteers, donors and patrons from across the region’s Buddhist communities: to carry their Northwest Dharma Association into the…

Buddhists Needed by EvergreenHealth Hospice To Help Seattle-area People Move into Death

Volunteer Julia Guderian with patient Roberta M, warmed by a blanket that Guderian’s son’s class knit for this hospice patient.

As the population of Western Washington becomes more diverse, EvergreenHealth Hospice Care is seeking Buddhist volunteers to support people in the last stages of their lives. Already about 250 people volunteer to support people as they near death, with the program supporting more than 3,000 patients in 2016, said Volunteer Coordinator Criss East. Currently only enough volunteers are available to…

Phuntsho Collection Favorites: Photographs of Early Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle

His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, and his wife Her Eminence Jamyang Dagmo Kusho (Dagmola) Sakya, married Mariam and me in Seattle on Nov. 26, 1977. Their ceremony not only marked the beginning of our marriage but also the start of the Phuntsho Collection, a nearly 40-year collection of photographs taken of Rinpoche, Dagmola, the Sakya family, our Sangha and Tibetan…

The Way of the Writer: Charles Johnson about Art, Dharma, Race and Political Action

Charles Johnson frees a bird outside a monastery in Chiang Mai, Thailand, during a 1997 trip there.

Charles Johnson is simultaneously a leading author, a Buddhist, and holds a doctorate in philosophy. Johnson has won multiple awards for his many works of fiction and non-fiction, as well as screenplays, children’s books and book reviews. He has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. For 33 years Johnson taught…

Kagyu Changchub Chuling Buys a Church To Become its New Portland Urban Center

Bill Spangle, KCC president Tim Campbell and Tara Sullivan visit the new center building for the first time.

After years of developing a long-term rural retreat center, Kagyu Changchub Chuling has purchased a former Portland church to become its new urban center. A member’s dog gets some of the credit. The Tibetan Buddhist group, also known as KCC, purchased the Northeast Portland church in December, and is now renovating it. The work should be done in May This…

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Featured Events

Support Your Association’s Programs – Spring Fund Drive

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Wednesday, March 1
End: Monday, May 29

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In 2016, NWDA focused its work on three new programs: Contemplative Caregiving Inclusive Communities Buddhist Recovery These programs apply Buddhist compassion and clarity where it counts — in real-life suffering in today’s world. In 2017, we will be exploring new and innovative ways of expanding our program reach throughout the region. To learn more about our programs, please visit our…

Inclusive Community Dialogues

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Wednesday, March 1 @ 8:00 am
End: Sunday, April 30 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Our region includes virtually every Buddhist tradition and culture, and is a great crossroads for tens of thousands of practitioners, those born into Buddhist heritage, and those adopting Buddhist practice as adults. In March and April 2017, the Northwest Dharma Association will be hosting a series of dialogues among Buddhist teachers and leaders. The goal is to share our experiences and perspectives,…

Spiritual Development, Psychological Development, and Buddhist Insight

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Thursday, March 16 @ 2:00 pm
End: Thursday, May 4 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian
Teacher: Joe Pearl

Spiritual Development, Psychological Development, and Buddhist Insight Meditation: A Consideration and Conversation What is the nature of psychological development? What is the nature of spiritual development? How are they related? How can they both be facilitated by Buddhist meditation? This class examines those questions from the perspectives of both the Eastern psychology/philosophy of Buddhism and the Western psychologies/philosophies of psychoanalysis,…

Healing the Emotions with Lama Tsering Everest

Member Group: Chagdud Gonpa Amrita

Start: Saturday, April 8
End: Sunday, April 9

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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhist
Teacher: Lama Tsering Everest

We all have the power to cultivate love, compassion, generosity, and patience throughout our daily lives in difficult and troubling times. However, our habitual emotional responses can cause confusion and suffering. Understanding the root cause of these powerful emotions is the first step in training a compassionate heart. Lama Tsering will offer practical examples and applications so that we can…

Awakening Wisdom: Joy of Living 3 With Senior Tergar Instructor Tim Olmsted

Member Group: Tergar Meditation Community of Oregon

Start: Friday, April 14 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, April 16 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Kagyu and Nyingma
Teacher: Mingyur RinpocheS

Awakening Wisdom Joy of Living 3 Meditation Workshop With Senior Tergar Instructor Tim Olmsted Portland, Oregon USA Video Invitation from Tergar Instructor Tim Olmsted In this weekend workshop, we will explore the practice of insight meditation. By bringing our unchallenged beliefs and patterns into the light of awareness, we can see how our rigid ideas often blind us to the…

HE Garchen Rinpoche Teachings & Empowerments, April 21-30!

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Start: Friday, April 21 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, April 30 @ 6:00 pm
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Tradition: Drikung Kagyu
Teacher: HE Garchen Rinpoche

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche Returns to Seattle! His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche was imprisoned during the Communist occupation in Tibet for 20 years in the prime of his life. There, he met his guru Khenpo Munsel and secretly practiced. After his release, Rinpoche spread the teachings of dharma to all corners of the world, sharing his radiance and inspiring all with…

Dying with Confidence

Member Group: Bainbridge Bodhi Center

Start: Saturday, April 22
End: Sunday, April 23

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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Anyen Rinpoche

We are so honored that Anyen Rinoche, author of Dying with Confidence, will be coming to the Bodhi Center Saturday and Sunday April 29 – 30. As a culture, we have little insight into death – the most important moment of our lives after birth. The Tibetan teachings are deep and rich and Anyen Rinpoche has made them a focus of…

Dancing the Dharma Path: Celebrating Feminine Wisdom

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Tradition: Mahasangha
Teacher: Shastri Trinley Busby, Bonnie Duran, Zen Master Jeong Ji, Tuer Sala, Mitra Lee Worley

Five charismatic, dynamic and established Buddhist women teachers rooted in their lineages display wisdom through teachings and stories.  Rich in professional, family and dharmic lives, each teacher is living her unique human experience: joys and struggles; pleasures and pains. How did they emerge so beautifully? What sustains them? How do they bring it all into “moment to moment life.” What…

Dr. Jan Willis, Dharma and Activism

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Tuesday, May 23
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism, non-sectarian
Teacher: Dr. Jan Willis

Jan Willis is one of the earliest American scholar-practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, having studied Buddhism with Tibetan teachers for more than forty years, including as one of the first western students of Lama Thubten Yeshe. She discovered dharma as a path to healing the trauma of racism growing up in the segregated south, and has forged paths for the integration…

Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017

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

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…

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Calendar of Events

Buddhist Meditation at UU Spokane

Nuns from Sravasti Abbey offer a weekly meditation and Dharma discussion course drawn from the book, An Open-hearted Life: Transformative Methods for Compassionate Living from a Clinical Psychologist and a Buddhist Nun. The course is practical, the group is welcoming, and the discussion is lively.  Drop-ins welcomed. Books are available, but not necessary to join in. There is no charge and donations…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Date: Monday, April 10
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Ven. Jigme & Ven. Samten

Developing Compassion In Challenging Times

A retreat with the Sravasti Abbey Community Developing Compassion in Challenging Times explores the topics and methods of meditation that help us keep our cool with open hearts when times are hard. Good for beginners and experienced meditators. His Holines the Dalai Lama teaches that compassion provides the basis of human survival.  “Compassion and love are not a luxury.,” he said. “As the source…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Start: Friday, April 28 @ 3:00 pm
End: Sunday, April 30 @ 2:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Abbey monastics

Spiritual Development, Psychological Development, and Buddhist Insight

Spiritual Development, Psychological Development, and Buddhist Insight Meditation: A Consideration and Conversation What is the nature of psychological development? What is the nature of spiritual development? How are they related? How can they both be facilitated by Buddhist meditation? This class examines those questions from the perspectives of both the Eastern psychology/philosophy of Buddhism and the Western psychologies/philosophies of psychoanalysis,…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Thursday, March 16 @ 2:00 pm
End: Thursday, May 4 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian
Teacher: Joe Pearl

Dharma Talk with Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation teacher and New York Times best-selling author. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. Sharon has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding retreats worldwide since 1974. She is a weekly columnist for On Being,…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, July 21
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Sharon Salzberg

Dancing the Dharma Path: Celebrating Feminine Wisdom

Five charismatic, dynamic and established Buddhist women teachers rooted in their lineages display wisdom through teachings and stories.  Rich in professional, family and dharmic lives, each teacher is living her unique human experience: joys and struggles; pleasures and pains. How did they emerge so beautifully? What sustains them? How do they bring it all into “moment to moment life.” What…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Tradition: Mahasangha
Teacher: Shastri Trinley Busby, Bonnie Duran, Zen Master Jeong Ji, Tuer Sala, Mitra Lee Worley

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Member Groups

Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple

We are a community dedicated to the study and practice of Nichiren Buddhism here in the greater Seattle area. Our Sangha follows the teachings of the Eternal Shakyamuni Buddha as set forth in the Lotus Sutra and the teachings of our founder, Nichiren Shonin, and our main practice is chanting the Odaimoku (Great Title) of the Lotus Sutra, “Namu Myoho...

Tradition: Nichiren Shu Buddhism based in Japan || Location: Seattle, WA

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

For people seeking spiritual and personal growth, Sakya Monastery provides access to the Buddha's teachings and guidance in a community of practitioners. Sakya Monastery provides a place to learn from highly qualified and spiritual Tibetan Lamas in a beautiful traditional setting.   Head Lama of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism and a Head Lama of the Sakya Sect, H.H. Jigdal...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Seattle Buddhist Center - Triratna Buddhist Community

We are part of an international Buddhist movement known as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, founded in 1967 by Ven. Sangharakshita, who although English by birth, spent 20 years in Asia studying and practicing under teacher's from Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions. Returning to England he became convinced of the need for a new Buddhist movement in the...

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

Vajra Body Vajra Mind

Vajra Body Vajra Mind is a human development podcast and home of coach/mentor Damien Abel. Damien offers coaching to help people develop a daily meditation practice, destroy disturbing emotions and habits, train and tame the mind, and develop deep access to awareness and compassion.  

Tradition: Non-Sectarian || Location: , WA

Portland Buddhist Priory

The Portland Buddhist Priory is a temple in the Serene Reflection Meditation (Soto Zen) tradition as practiced in the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. The temple was founded by Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett and we offer a full range practice opportunities, including meditation instruction and spiritual counseling as well as Buddhist funerals, weddings, house blessings and animal ordinations and funerals.

Tradition: Soto Zen || Location: Portland, OR

Lotus Sisters

The Lotus Sisters is a group of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women practicing meditation together. We sit in the Theravadan tradition, but practitioners of other traditions are welcome. We meet twice a month, and hold periodic retreats and days of mindfulness. Our guiding teacher is Arinna Weisman. We are committed to being a rainbow, multicultural sangha.

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Seattle, WA

Blue Heron Zen Community

Blue Heron Zen Community practices Zen in the lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn, the first Korean Zen Master to live and teach in the West. Zen Master Jeong Ji (Anita Feng), Dharma heir of Zen Master Ji Bong, is the guiding teacher of Blue Heron Zen Community. Jeff Tipp, JDPSN,  and Eric Nord, JDPSN., teach, lead retreats, and teach...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

Bodhi House

Two groups hold regular Buddhist practice at Bodhi House and we are blessed with wonderful visiting teachers. Our Nyingma teachers are Lama Pema Dorje, Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo, and Lama Tsering Gyaltsen. Our Kagyu teachers are K.C. Ayang Rinpoche and Ani Tsering Chodron.Check our events calendar at www.bodhihouse.org for teaching schedule updates!

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Olympia , WA

Go to the Group Directory page for more!