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Northwest Dharma News

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…

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Featured Events

Focus Group on Narrative Therapy and Buddhism

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Thursday, June 29
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

The Couple and Family Therapy Program at Seattle University is sponsoring a focus group on Narrative Therapy & Buddhism. The three-hour discussion and research focus group is for Buddhist therapists, clinicians, chaplains, and other practitioners in the helping professions to explore the intersection of Buddhism and Narrative Family Therapy, a collaborative, empowering, and contextual approach to clinical treatment. Participants will receive…

Yuthok Nyingthig Ati Yoga with Dr Nida Chenagtsang

Member Group: Sorig Khang Portland

Start: Thursday, July 13
End: Sunday, July 16

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Tradition: Yuthok Nyingthig, Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism
Teacher: Dr Nida Chenagtsang

Four Day Urban Retreat with Dr Nida Chenagtsang: Ati Yoga (Tib: Dzogchen), literally meaning the ‘utmost yoga,’ is the pinnacle of Buddhist Vajrayana practice. It is the most simple, direct, and profound path to reveal the primordial wisdom which is one’s basic nature. In this four day practice-centered urban retreat, Dr Nida Chenagtsang offers Ati Yoga instruction according to Tibet’s…

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…

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…

Celebrating the Sangha

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

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

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…

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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

2017 Buddhist Recovery Summit

The Northwest Dharma Association is organizing the 2017 Buddhist Recvoery Summit in conjunction with the Buddhist Recovery Network. The summit will be held at Gwinwood Retreat Center in Lacey, Washington on the weekend of October 20-22, 2017. The summit is designed as a gathering of leaders engaged in the BR movement. Space is quite limited, so it is important to…

Member Group: Timothy2

Start: Friday, October 20 @ 4:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 4:00 pm

Yuthok Nyingthig Ati Yoga with Dr Nida Chenagtsang

Four Day Urban Retreat with Dr Nida Chenagtsang: Ati Yoga (Tib: Dzogchen), literally meaning the ‘utmost yoga,’ is the pinnacle of Buddhist Vajrayana practice. It is the most simple, direct, and profound path to reveal the primordial wisdom which is one’s basic nature. In this four day practice-centered urban retreat, Dr Nida Chenagtsang offers Ati Yoga instruction according to Tibet’s…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sorig Khang Portland

Start: Thursday, July 13
End: Sunday, July 16

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Tradition: Yuthok Nyingthig, Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism
Teacher: Dr Nida Chenagtsang

OPEN TO YOUR CREATIVE/SPIRITUAL SELF Through Meditation and Writing

During this weekend non-residential retreat for women, we will awaken our creative potential and explore our most authentic nature. This retreat is for women interested in meditation who want to experiment with or enhance the practice of writing in our lives. The retreat will be held in a container of silence, helping to still our busy minds, bring peace and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Creativity & Dharma Group

Start: Saturday, July 22 @ 9:30 am
End: Sunday, July 23 @ 4:30 pm
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Teacher: Sandy Boucher

Weekend Retreat w/ Sharon Salzberg

Each day of the retreat begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:30pm. 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…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, July 22
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Sharon Salzberg

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Member Groups

Drikung Seattle

Drikung Seattle was founded in 2013 by HE Garchen Rinpoche, a remarkable teacher with a remarkable life story. 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...

Tradition: Drikung Kagyu || Location: Seattle, WA

River Sangha

We practice sitting and walking meditation along with a weekly Dharma talk and/or discussion.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Salem, OR

Birken Forest Monastery

A Canadian Theravada Buddhist Monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah.

Tradition: Theravada Thai Forest || Location: Knutsford, BC

Seattle Community Practice Group of the Dzogchen Foundation

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, 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

Eastside Insight Meditation

We are a mindfulness/Vipassana group, practicing primarily in the Theravada tradtition. We meditate for 40 minutes, then share tea and discuss the dharma together. Sometimes teachers visit. Eastside Insight Meditation is affiliated with Seattle Insight Meditation Society. We sit in the white chapel at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirkland.

Tradition: Insight meditation/Theravada || Location: Kirkland, WA

Portland Community of Mindful Living, Thursday Night Sangha

Joyful practice of meditation followed by discussion based on readings from the Sutras and from Thich Nhat Hanh's writings. Dharma discussion includes shared experiences of members' practice and insights.

Tradition: Thich Nhat Hanh || Location: Portland, OR

Insight Meditation of the Mid-Columbia

We are a Buddhist meditation group located in Eastern Washington that practices in the Insight Meditation (Vipassana) tradition. However, anyone interested in meditation practice is welcome to join us. We meet each week for meditation and study.  We also organize regular meditation retreats and support a prison Dharma practice at Coyote Ridge Correctional Center.

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Richland, WA

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