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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…

Mahamudra: The Single Sufficient Path

Member Group: Younge Drodul Ling (Washington)

Start: Saturday, May 27 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, May 28 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Younge Khachab Rinpoche

Join us for a weekend of teachings and meditation instruction.  Younge Khachab Rinpoche will be teaching Gampopa’s Single Sufficient Path of Mahamudra.  Rinpoche will be presenting these teachings from the point of view of one’s practice based on his own extensive study and experience.  This is a rare opportunity to receive teachings and instruction from a true Dzogchen and Mahamudra…

Sunyata and Chandrakirti’s Sevenfold Reasoning & The Importance of Sunyata in the Hevajra Practice

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Saturday, May 27
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism

Sakya Monastery is pleased to welcome the Vidyadhara Acharya Mahayogi Sridhar Rana Rinpoche of Nepal to give a Dharma lecture on Saturday, May 27th at 2 pm. “Emptiness is the main view of the Paramitayana. It is considered the only antidote to ignorance, which is the innate clinging to the concept of a self as real existence. In the Vajrayana…

Nejang Tibetan Healing Yoga

Member Group: Sorig Khang Portland

Date: Sunday, June 4
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism
Teacher: Christiana Polites

Nejang (Tib. གནས་སྦྱངས་) is a Tibetan healing yoga practice that literally means ‘cleaning the energy sites of the body.’ It consists of simple breath work, physical exercises, and self-massage designed to improve the function of the sense organs and inner organs, balance the internal energy, open the channels, and relax the mind. It has roots in the Tibetan Buddhist Kalachakra tradition and has…

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

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

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

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

Dharma Talk with Ajahn Sumedho

Ajahn Sumedho is abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Centre (www.amaravati.org) and senior-most western disciple of the late Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah. Amaravati is affiliated with the Forest Sangha—a worldwide community following Chah’s Thai Forest tradition. Ajahn Sumedho has worked closely with lay organizations, notably the English Sangha Trust, and with his disciples to set up a British Theravadin monastic order….

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, July 14
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tradition: vipassana
Teacher: Ajahn Sumedho

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

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Member Groups

Vancouver Buddhist Center

The Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO)) is an international fellowship of Buddhists, and others who aspire to its path of mindfulness, under the leadership of the Triratna Buddhist Order (formerly the Western Buddhist Order). It was founded by Sangharakshita in the UK in 1967. A distinctive feature of the Triratna Buddhist Order is that it...

Tradition: Triratna - Ecuyana || Location: Vancouver, BC

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

Puget Sound Zen Center

The Puget Sound Zen Center is located at 15401 Westside Highway SW on Vashon. We offer a weekly Sunday morning service, Wednesday night discussions, and early weekday sittings. We also offer retreats, dharma classes, workshops and day sits. Newcomers welcome--please join us! For more information on upcoming events, see our website at pszc.org.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Vashon, WA

Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery

The Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery (ABM) was launched January 18, 1998 by the Thai and American Buddhist community of Washington state. This Buddhist Temple was certified as a "not-for-profit" corporation of the State of Washington on 22 April 1998. We are a small humble Buddhist monastery tucked away in a serene corner of Woodinville among acres of wooded land. The monastery...

Tradition: Theravada || Location: Woodinville, WA

1Open Heart

We practice loving kindness and mindfulness meditation followed by Dharma learning and discussion. If you provide your e-mail address we can keep you on the distribution list.

Tradition: Theravada || Location: Shoreline, WA

Buddhist Meditation Society of Northern BC

BMSNBC Known informally as the Open Door Sangha, we hope to 'open the door' to Buddhist practice by providing a suitable space for regular formal mediation, and by bringing people in touch with a rich history as well as qualified teachers. Our organization is composed of two individual meditation groups (Vipassana and Zen) each embodying its own particular forms and...

Tradition: Vipassana & Zen || Location: Prince George, BC

BodhiHeart Sangha

Bodhiheart Sangha is led by two resident teachers who have recently returned to the States after years of study and practice in Asia. They are both students of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and are trained in both the Tibetan and Vipassana traditions. They live in Seattle year round and, as Westerners, teach Buddhism in terms readily understood by Westerners,...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Dance Mandal

Emphasis is on the sacred arts particularly of Vajrayana Buddhism, and focusing mainly on a style of vajra dance from the Nepalese lineage of Newar Buddhist priests. Dance classes and performance offerings are held regularly at the Newar Buddhist temple of Nritya Mandala Mahavihara. Dance Mandal also offers presentations, workshops, and performances for dharma centers, universities, schools, museums, etc.

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

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