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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: Saturday, April 1
End: Thursday, June 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…

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…

FIRST MEMORIAL OF THE PARINIRVANA OF H.H. JIGDAL DAGCHEN DORJE CHANG

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Start: Monday, April 24 @ 9:00 am
End: Saturday, April 29 @ 4:30 pm
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This week will offer an opportunity to show devotion to our guru by honoring the parinirvana of our esteemed teacher, the founder of Sakya Monastery. The Monastery has chosen the profound Chenrezi practice of loving kindness to celebrate the legacy of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang and his Dharma activities, including fostering the unbroken stream of the Chenrezi practice in…

Dying with Confidence

Member Group: Bainbridge Bodhi Center

Start: Saturday, April 29
End: Sunday, April 30

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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…

Nalanda Institute Annual Retreat, Lacey, WA

Member Group: Nalanda Institute

Start: Saturday, May 6 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, May 7 @ 3:00 pm
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This year our retreat will be led by Lama Tulku Yeshi, Rinpoche.  He is a highly accomplished practitioner, teacher, and writer.  The general topics are Bodhicitta, Emptiness and the Six Paramitas; i.e. the Bodhisattva Path. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is a Dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyaltsab Thodo Rinpoche.  He was recognized by H.H.  Dalai Lama’s Nyingmapa teacher Kyabje…

Balancing Mind, Body & Digital Devices

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Friday, May 19 @ 7:00 pm
End: Saturday, May 20 @ 5:30 pm
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Tradition: Various
Teacher: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Dr. David Levy, Julie Jacobs, RPT, Dr. Hilarie Cash

Are We Using Our Digital Devices or Are They Using Us? How often do you intend to take a break from your device, and then find yourself picking it up again? How can we take charge with mindfulness and a sense of balance? In this program, four authors and experts  – Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Dr. David Levy, Julie Jacobs, RPT, Dr. Hilarie Cash– will…

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…

Dream Yoga with Chamtrul Rinpoche Part 1

Member Group: Vajra Body Vajra Mind

Date: Tuesday, August 1
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Chamtrul Rinpoche

Tibetan Dream Yoga is the original form of lucid dreaming documented for at least 1,000 years. Also known as Milam – the yoga of the dream state – it’s a suite of advanced tantric techniques. Just like our Westernized understanding of lucid dreams, the initial aim is to awaken the consciousness in the dream state. In the Tibetan tradition, dream…

Chamtrul Rinpoche Visits Seattle

Member Group: Vajra Body Vajra Mind

Date: Wednesday, August 2
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Chamtrul Rinpoche

Tibetan Dream Yoga is the original form of lucid dreaming documented for at least 1,000 years. Also known as Milam – the yoga of the dream state – it’s a suite of advanced tantric techniques. Just like our Westernized understanding of lucid dreams, the initial aim is to awaken the consciousness in the dream state. In the Tibetan tradition, dream…

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Calendar of Events

Celebrating the Sangha

The Northwest Buddhist community is huge, and diverse, encompassing traditional temples from every Buddhist culture, modern practice and study groups, and creative applications of Buddhist perspectives by health professionals, teachers, social activists, and others. NWDA invites you to explore our shared aspirations as Buddhists and contemplative practitioners. We’ll engage in large and small group discussion to strengthen our individual and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, November 11
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Dharma Talk with Christina Feldman

Christina Feldman is a co-founder and guiding teacher of Gaia House in England (www.gaiahouse.co.uk), and has been leading Insight Meditation retreats since 1976. She is a guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. As well as teaching retreats worldwide, she is committed to the Personal Retreat Programme at Gaia House. She is the author of a number…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, October 20
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Christina Feldman

Weekend Retreat w/ Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Each day of this retreat begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:30pm. Zoketsu Norman Fischer is a Zen priest and abbot, a husband, father, and a poet, a teacher with wide-ranging interests and passions. Norman retired as abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center in 2000. He continues his involvement with the Center as a senior dharma teacher. In 2000…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, September 23
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Zoketsu Norman Fischer

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

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…

Mahasangha Event

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

Comprehensive Bodhisattva Path: A Retreat

H.E. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will present teachings on Bodhicitta, Emptiness,and the Six Perfections. This overnight retreat will begin on  Saturday May 6 at 10 am and conclude on Sunday May 7 at 3 pm. Meals will be provided. The location is the Gwinwood Retreat Center in Lacey ,Washington. Information is available at www.nalandaolywa.org

Member Group: Nalanda Institute

Start: Saturday, May 6
End: Sunday, May 7

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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche

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Member Groups

Drukpa Mila Center (Salem)

The Drukpa Mila Center has been established by Lama Karma Namgyel in the tradition of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage of Buddhism from Bhutan. The purpose for creating the center is to bridge the religious cultures from the areas of the East including Bhutan, Tibet, India and Nepal to the West. This includes bringing Buddhist teachers from the Drukpa Kagyu and...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Salem, OR

Chenrezig Project

The Chenrezig Project has expanded from Florida to Snohomish County with founder/teacher Mark Winwood's relocation. Our regular gatherings are very well-suited for anyone interested in Buddhism,Tibet and Tibetan history and culture, meditation, enriching teachings from a lineage of extraordinary masters, etc. These teachings and practices, non-denominational Tibetan Buddhist with foundation in the Gelug Lam-rim tradition, lead to very beneficial insights...

Tradition: Tibetan/Non-denominational, Gelug Lam-rim foundation. || Location: Monroe, WA

NO Sangha (North Olympic)

NO Sangha has been sitting together for 15 years, a small group in a small town, we average 8 - 11 participants. We sit every Sat. morning, 8:00 - 9:30. During the school year, on 2nd Saturdays, we have Zazenkai 8am - 3pm. In 2012, we began doing a "working" Rohatsu sesshin, 8 days of 6am - 9pm, with long...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Port Angeles, WA

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

Ocean Light Zen Center

Welcome to Ocean Light Zen Center. We are a small, sincere community of Zen practitioners in West Seattle. Please join us any Sunday morning at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse for meditation in good company. We offer group meditation practice, retreats, public talks, and other programs to support the beginning and sustaining of a rewarding Zen meditation practice. Ocean Light is affiliated...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

Rigdrol Dechen Ling Vajra North

established in 1984, only Canadian affiliate of Chagdud Gonpa  

Tradition: Vajrayana || Location: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, BC

Dorje Ling/Yeshe Nyingpo Portland

A Vajrayana (Tibetan) temple in the Nyingma tradition on 7.5 acres next to Forest Park in Northwest Portland. We are closely associated with Tashi Choling Center near Ashland, Oregon, and have been in Portland since the early 1980s. Our practices are open to all and every level. We also celebrate the tsoks of Dakini Day and Guru Rinpoche Day each...

Tradition: Vajrayana (Nyingma) || Location: Portland, OR

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

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