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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

Dharma Talk with Steve Armstrong

Steve Armstrong led meditation retreats, including the annual 3-month retreat at Insight Meditation Society for 18 years. Since 2004, he has been practicing “mindfulness of mind” with Sayadaw U Tejaniya and now integrates the teachings of these two awareness and insight traditions. He has taught mindfulness, insight and abhidhamma retreats in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US since…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, April 28
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Steve Armstrong

Dr. Jan Willis, Dharma and Activism

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…

Mahasangha Event

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

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

Three Principal Aspects of the Path with Jan Willis

Buddhist scholar, teacher, and long-time practitioner, Jan Willis will teach on Lama Tsongkhapa’s concise text, The Three Principal Aspects of the Path. Her talks include the three main topics of renunciation, compassion, and wisdom. Jan is a Professor Emerita of Religion at Wesleyan University as well as a long-time Buddhist practitioner. While traveling through Asia during the early 1970s, she became the student of Lama…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Start: Friday, May 19 @ 4:00 pm
End: Monday, May 22 @ 9:00 am
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Jan Willis, Ph.D.

Awakening to the Stages of Life: Rites of Passage with Heidi Mecklenburg & Dan Peterson

March 31st—April 2nd Fri March 31st: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Sat April 1st: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Sun April 2nd: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM   Room: Main Shrine Room A new weekend retreat program designed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche offered for the first time in the Pacific Northwest. Co-sponsored by Portland Shambhala’s Aging in Enlightened Society and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Start: Friday, March 31 @ 6:30 pm
End: Sunday, April 2 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Shambhala Lineage
Teacher: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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Member Groups

Mountain Lamp Community

Mountain Lamp is a rural practice center located on 115 acres of meadow, lake, and forest lands nestled in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains about 45 minutes east of Bellingham, near Deming. It is a place of serenity and refuge which embraces the path of an engaged Buddhist practice in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh...

Tradition: (Zen) Thich Nhat Hanh; Zen (Robert Aitken) || Location: Deming, WA

Shingyo Pre-sectarian Buddhist Temple

Practicing Buddhists have gathered in Shingyo Pre-sectarian Buddhist Temple (Shingyo Temple) to rediscover themselves and find the Buddha’s ways to be truly happy, successful, and enlightened in their everyday lives. While taking part, many of them show sincere desire to support other people, and help them to bring back satisfaction into their lives as well. Shingyo Temple was established through...

Tradition: Pre-sectarian || Location: Ellensburg, WA

Shambhala Meditation Center Seattle

Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center offers classes in Shambhala Buddhism, traditional Tibetan Buddhism, and open house meditation instruction and practice opportunities.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Dharma Friendship Foundation

Our Mission Statement: To sponsor qualified Buddhist teachers to teach Buddhist philosophy, psychology, and meditation. To provide a mutually supportive spiritual community for Buddhist practitioners. To offer the public a variety of Buddhist educational programs ranging from lectures and class series to intensive retreats. To foster the spirit of peace, nonviolence, and compassion in our world, following the inspiring example...

Tradition: Tibetan || 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

Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery

Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery is a traditional Rinzai Zen training monastery on Whidbey Island. Osesshin (7 day intensive retreat) and Kosesshin (shorter retreats) emphasizing Zazen practice are offered with opportunity of sanzen with Shodo Harada Roshi and Daichi Roshi. Daily Zazen and Sutra chanting schedule is ongoing as well as mini weekend retreats, all day sits, and work (samu)...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Freeland, WA

Sorig Institute

The Sorig Institute is dedicated to teaching Sorig Rigpa - the Science of Healing - and the related Vajrayana practices.  The curriculum of traditional Tibetan medicine follows that taught for centuries in Tibet based on the Four Tantras. The spiritual practices follow the Yuthok Nyingthik and related practices.  These practices were handed down by Yuthok Yonten Gompo and have a...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Mindfulness Northwest

Mindfulness Northwest offers heart-felt, caring and insightful instruction in mindfulness to patients, caretakers, health professionals and anyone with an interest. We currently offer classes and workshops to the Bellingham and Seattle communities, the University of Washington, Western Washington University, King County employees, PeaceHealth Bellingham, Snohomish School District, and at other sites throughout the region. Staff and leadership development programming is...

Tradition: Buddhist, Zen || Location: Bellingham, WA

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