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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…

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

Lecture Two: Hit the Road! Let’s Leave Samsara (2 of 2)上路吧!走出轮回(下)

Khenpo Tsultrim Lodroe, one of the foremost civic leaders in contemporary Tibet and an outstanding scholar in Tibetan Buddhism. Being a core leader of the Larung Buddhist Academy, a dynamic Buddhist establishment with more than 10,000 disciples in residence, Rinpoche has committed himself in teaching and carrying forward Buddhism not only in Tibet but also to the rest of the…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: BICW-Seattle

Date: Thursday, August 10
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: Khenpo Tsultrim lodroe

The two tiger problem

The Two Tiger Problem: A One-day Retreat with Rachel Boughton Roshi in Seattle Sunday August 20, 9:30am to 5:00pm A woman is running from a tiger. She runs through the woods until she gets to the edge of a cliff. The tiger is still behind her, chasing her, so she climbs down a vine. The tiger reaches the top of…

Member Group: Seattle Koan Discussion Group

Date: Sunday, August 20

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Tradition: Zen
Teacher: Rachel Boughton Roshi

Book Talk: Touching the Infinite with Rodney Smith

Book Talk: Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, authored by Rodney Smith An afternoon SIMS Benefit with Rodney Smith offering a book talk, short sittings, Q & A and signing of his new book, Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. In the Satipatthana Sutta the Buddha unfolds the central practices…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Rodney Smith

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

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What's Happening

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

Foundation for Active Compassion

Our Mission: To empower people with profound, accessible spiritual practices that support their individual and collective work to become better people and to make a better world. We provide powerfully transformative practices from Tibetan Buddhism, adapted into new forms that can meet the hearts and minds of people from all backgrounds and faiths, so as to help them bring out...

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism || Location: Portland, OR

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

Dharmata Portland

In the Nyingma tradition, affiliate of the Dharmata Foundation located in Point Richmond, Ca.

Tradition: Tibetan/Non-sectarian || Location: Portland, OR

Open Gate Zendo

The Open Gate Zendo is the primary practice center of the The Boundless Mind Zen School. The fundamental practices of Boundless Mind Zen are zazen(silent, seated meditation), mindfulness(fully responsive awareness) and personal development in both mental and physical disciplines that incorporate spirituality into everyday life.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Olympia, WA

Sorig Khang Portland

Portland, OR branch of Sorig Khang International (International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine): to support the study and practice of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and the Yuthok Nyingthik spiritual tradition under the guidance of our teacher, Dr Nida Chenagtsang

Tradition: Vajrayana Buddhism || Location: Portland, OR

Chagdud Gonpa Amrita

Chagdud Gonpa Amrita is the Seattle branch of Chagdud Gonpa Foundation. Since 1983, it has provided a place for beginning students and long-time practitioners to gather for teachings and practice in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Edmonds, WA

Back To True Nature

Back to true nature is an important programs to all human beings. Back to true nature program is help us to know how to present our true nature in our daily life, it help us to discover the real richness life. To free from the worry, sad and anxiety. Discover our real richness life start from here. We provide a...

Tradition: Zen life || Location: Bellevue, WA

Natural Awareness

George Draffan has trained since the 1970s in the Tibetan and Theravada Buddhist traditions, and in body-based practices including taiji-qigong and Feldenkrais. In his teaching George emphasizes body-based awareness, stability (shamatha) and clarity (vipassana), and compassionate awareness of the habit-patterns that prevent us from being present and responsive. He encourages students to connect with their own situation and motivation. George offers workshops,...

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

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