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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…

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…

FIRST MEMORIAL OF THE PARINIRVANA OF H.H. JIGDAL DAGCHEN DORJE CHANG

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Start: Monday, April 24 @ 9:00 am
End: Saturday, April 29 @ 4:30 pm
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This week will offer an opportunity to show devotion to our guru by honoring the parinirvana of our esteemed teacher, the founder of Sakya Monastery. The Monastery has chosen the profound Chenrezi practice of loving kindness to celebrate the legacy of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang and his Dharma activities, including fostering the unbroken stream of the Chenrezi practice in…

Dying with Confidence

Member Group: Bainbridge Bodhi Center

Start: Saturday, April 29
End: Sunday, April 30

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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…

Nalanda Institute Annual Retreat, Lacey, WA

Member Group: Nalanda Institute

Start: Saturday, May 6 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, May 7 @ 3:00 pm
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This year our retreat will be led by Lama Tulku Yeshi, Rinpoche.  He is a highly accomplished practitioner, teacher, and writer.  The general topics are Bodhicitta, Emptiness and the Six Paramitas; i.e. the Bodhisattva Path. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is a Dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyaltsab Thodo Rinpoche.  He was recognized by H.H.  Dalai Lama’s Nyingmapa teacher Kyabje…

Balancing Mind, Body & Digital Devices

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Friday, May 19 @ 7:00 pm
End: Saturday, May 20 @ 5:30 pm
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Tradition: Various
Teacher: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Dr. David Levy, Julie Jacobs, RPT, Dr. Hilarie Cash

Are We Using Our Digital Devices or Are They Using Us? How often do you intend to take a break from your device, and then find yourself picking it up again? How can we take charge with mindfulness and a sense of balance? In this program, four authors and experts  – Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Dr. David Levy, Julie Jacobs, RPT, Dr. Hilarie Cash– will…

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…

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…

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Calendar of Events

Introductory Meditation 6-Week Class Series w/ Tim Geil

Six-week class series on Monday evenings from June 5 through July 10 (7-9:00 PM) Insight meditation also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Monday, June 5
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tim Geil

Dharma Talk with Steve Armstrong: Contingency Plans for the Trouble Ahead

What can be most confidently relied upon when facing challenges, difficulties and the unknown? While the material assets we possess or command are essential for establishing a minimum of safety, security, stability and a sense of well-being, they alone are not enough. Our understanding, awareness and the attitudes of mind we bring to face the challenges of life are key…

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

FIRST MEMORIAL OF THE PARINIRVANA OF H.H. JIGDAL DAGCHEN DORJE CHANG

This week will offer an opportunity to show devotion to our guru by honoring the parinirvana of our esteemed teacher, the founder of Sakya Monastery. The Monastery has chosen the profound Chenrezi practice of loving kindness to celebrate the legacy of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang and his Dharma activities, including fostering the unbroken stream of the Chenrezi practice in…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Start: Monday, April 24 @ 9:00 am
End: Saturday, April 29 @ 4:30 pm
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Memorial Day Weekend Retreat

How to See Yourself as You Really Are course with Ven. Thubten Chodron What’s the root of all our problems? We don’t know who we are and how things actually exist. This is the very heart of the Buddha’s teaching. Ven. Thubten Chodron continues teaching from the book, How to See Yourself as You Really Are, by His Holiness the…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Start: Friday, May 26 @ 3:00 pm
End: Monday, May 29 @ 2:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Ven. Thubten Chodron

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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Member Groups

Nalandabodhi

Nalandabodhi, Center for American Buddhism Seattle, offers opportunities for students to study and practice Buddhism under the guidance of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. As part of Nalandabodhi, an organization dedicated to continuing the lineage of Tibetan Buddhism internationally, we study and explore the teachings of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and masters of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism....

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Brahma Vihara Foundation

DaeJa Napier teaches Vipassana meditation with an emphasis on the cultivation of the four Brahma Viharas: loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. She has been practicing and studying in various Buddhist traditions since 1974. Her root teacher is the late Zen Master Seung Sahn. Her practice continues to be enriched through intensive practice under the guidance of Asian and...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: , WA

Tergar Meditation Community of Oregon

Under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the Tergar Meditation Community of Oregon holds regular teachings and community events in and around Portland, Eugene and Medford, Oregon. As a community of friends exploring the practice of meditation, we gather regularly to practice, study, and host regular visits by Mingyur Rinpoche. We also offer retreats and seminars on the practice of...

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism || Location: Portland, OR

Buddhist Studies and Meditation Center

We are a group of both beginners and long time practitioners who meet to meditate and study Buddhist philosophy, with an emphasis on the Mahayana tradition of our teacher, Venerable Geshe-la Thupten Phelgye.  All are welcome to join us.

Tradition: Mahayana || Location: Spokane, WA

Seattle Community Practice Group of the Dzogchen Foundation

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

SAMGardnerCenter

The Seattle Art Museum collection includes many important Buddhist paintings, sculpture, calligraphy, hand scrolls, and more—a selection is on view at its Asian Art Museum location. The Gardner Center hosts visiting scholars, writers, films, and artists for public events exploring Buddhist arts and cultures. Recent and current programs include the conservation of Buddhist sites in Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and...

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

People of Color and Allies Sangha

The People of Color and Allies Sangha (POCAS) is a Buddhist inspired, peer led mindfulness group. It meets weekly on Thursday Nights for a sit and Dharma discussion. All People of Color interested in meditation and Buddhism are invited to attend. Allies must be sponsored by a person of color and current member that can vouch for their level of...

Tradition: Non-sectarian || Location: Seattle, 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

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