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A Quarterly Online Publication
Summer 2017, Volume 30, #2

Will 2017 be the End or a Beginning for NWDA?

Hello everyone, I would like to announce:  “Celebrating the Sangha” with Northwest Dharma Association at Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle November 11, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Will it be renewal or a wake in the best tradition of New Orleans? Over the last six months you have read entreaties, from myself and from Executive…

Writing to Prisoners Can Help Them Transform

Author Jordan Van Voast (in blue) with Bill, a prison pen pal Van Voast has supported for years.

I first started writing prisoners about 10 years ago, because it seemed a natural extension of practice. Over the years I’ve corresponded with perhaps four or five prisoners. I’ve learned people in prison are no different than you or I, they just want to be happy. They have the same potential to transform their situation and to go on to…

Five Northwest Dharma Leaders Graduate From Fifth Community Dharma Leaders Program

The group of CDL5 people from the Northwest, left to right: Justin Michelson, Eugene, Ore.; Chris Charles, Seattle; Mary Haberman, Bellingham; Emily Carpenter, Portland; Steve Wilhelm, Kirkland. Carrie Tamburo, far right, lived in the Northwest before moving to San Diego.

Five Northwesterners are offering more dharma teachings in the region, after graduating from the fifth Community Dharma Leaders Program in California. The five were among about 100 people from around the world who completed the two-year program, called CDL5 by participants.  The April 29 graduation ceremony was at Spirit Rock meditation center in California. The Northwest contingent included Emily Carpenter,…

Buddha Jewel Monastery Expanding Zen Offerings In Larger Facility in Shoreline, North of Seattle

Sangha members gather for a medicine Buddha ceremony in 2016.

For Buddha Jewel Monastery the past year has included change and continuity. The change came with a move last May from the Rainier Valley in south Seattle to Shoreline, a smaller city north of Seattle. The continuity is in the teachings, the group’s main emphasis. The monastery offers a complete curriculum of classes designed to bring a person’s understanding of…

Featured Events

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Dream Yoga with Chamtrul Rinpoche Part 1

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…

Mahasangha Event

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

Chamtrul Rinpoche Visits Seattle

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…

Mahasangha Event

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

“If Your Heart Seeks Dharma” – A Selection from Treasury of Eloquence: The Songs of Barway Dorje

Treasury of Eloquence is a collection of songs and instructions composed by the great treasure-revealer and visionary teacher Barway Dorje (1836-1918). These songs express Barway Dorje’s devotion to his gurus, explaining how to meditate on the mind’s nature and offer advice on the practice of Buddhadharma.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Palchen Study Group Seattle

Date: Saturday, September 9
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

Roots of Mindfulness: A 7-Day Silent Retreat

The Roots of Mindfulness: a week of extended Mindfulness Practice exploring the theme Beginner’s Mind. Join us for a full week-long retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle and 2 hours south of Vancouver, BC). The retreat will be a deep…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mindfulness Northwest

Start: Sunday, October 15 @ 4:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 12:00 pm
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Tradition: MBSR, Zen
Teacher: Tim Burnett

Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017

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…

Mahasangha Event

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

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

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Calendar of Events

“How to Relate to One’s Guru”

What is a Guru? Where does one find one? What do we do once we’ve found one? Lama Yeshe Gyamtso provides meaningful clarification and insight into this often misunderstood concept and most precious of relationships between a student and teacher. Lama Yeshe Gyamtso completed two three-year retreats during the 1980s at Kagyu Thubten Chöling under the guidance of Kyapje Kalu…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Palchen Study Group Seattle

Date: Sunday, September 10
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: Lama Yeshe Gyamtso

Dharma Talk with Phillip Moffitt: The Four Qualities Needed for Mindfulness

In this Friday night dharma talk, Phillip Moffitt will give an overview of the four qualities needed for mindfulness practice as described in the Satipatthana Sutta.  The four qualities are diligence (energy), clear knowing, mindfulness, and a mind free from desires and discontent.  Through an exploration of how each quality applies to each of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, Phillip…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, December 1
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Phillip Moffitt

Dharma Talk with Zoketsu Norman Fischer

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 he founded the Everyday Zen Foundation, a network of Zen (and other)…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, September 22
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Zogetsu Norman Fischer

Day of Mindfulness w/ Tuere Sala

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 28
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tuere Sala

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What's Happening

Dream Yoga with 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 yoga is also used to practice Bodhicitta and develop wisdom.

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Sakya Monastery continues its Dharma classes for children and teens

The goal of the Children’s Dharma School is to introduce and explore age appropriate Buddhist concepts and principles, using creative and varied modalities. The Teen’s Dharma School studies the teachings of the Buddha, and weaving them together with curriculum from the Project Happiness Foundation, teens will learn how to incorporate the principles of the Buddha’s teachings into their daily lives.

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NWDA is in the latest issue of Tricycle Magazine!

“Since 1989, Northwest Dharma Association has fulfilled a unique role in the region’s Buddhist community, improving connections and communication among Buddhist groups…” Read the article here.

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Member Groups

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

Mindfulness Northwest

Mindfulness Northwest offers heart-felt, caring and insightful instruction in mindfulness and compassion to community members, health professionals, patients, businesses, and anyone with an interest. We currently offer classes and workshops to the Seattle, Kirkland, Everett and Bellingham communities, the University of Washington, Western Washington University, King County employees, PeaceHealth Bellingham, The Everett Clinic, Snohomish School District, and at many other sites...

Tradition: MBSR, MSC || Location: Bellingham, WA

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

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

Sravasti Abbey

Sravasti Abbey is an American monastic community in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The Abbey's mission is to support a flourishing monastic community where learning and practicing the Buddha's teachings cultivates peace in the hearts of its residents, visitors, and, by extension, in the world. While monastic training is the focus, lay visitors are welcomed. Founded in 2003, we are located...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Newport, WA

Walla Walla Dharma Sangha

Walla Walla Dharma Sangha is a non-sectarian Buddhist spiritual community. By joining together we can support each other and expand our resources to bring teachers and events to the Walla Walla area. Currently we offer group meditations weekly and day long retreats every other month.

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

Northwest Buddhist Recovery

We are an organization that offers resources to anyone wishing to integrate their Buddhist path with their addiction recovery program. We represent Buddhists from any tradition and offer support to those in recovery from addictive behaviors from any treatment program. We currently sponsor (13) Buddhist Recovery groups in Seattle, (2) in Olympia and Tacoma, and (1) in Bellingham, as well...

Tradition: Varies per meeting || Location: Seattle, WA

Empty Field - Zen West

The Zen West ~ Empty Field community offers an intimate  setting to engage Zen Buddhist practice adapted and expressed within a Western context. Our sangha fosters genuine warm relationships and values practice connected to the earth and responsive to contemporary social and ecological challenges.  Zen West meets weekly in Eugene for meditation, dharma teaching, discussion and social connection.   We offer...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Eugene, OR

Go to the Group Directory page for more!