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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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“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

“How to Relate to One’s Guru”

What is a Guru? Where does one find one? What do we do once we’ve found one? Lama Yeshe Gyamtso provides meaningful clarification and insight into this often misunderstood concept and most precious of relationships between a student and teacher. Lama Yeshe Gyamtso completed two three-year retreats during the 1980s at Kagyu Thubten Chöling under the guidance of Kyapje Kalu…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Palchen Study Group Seattle

Date: Sunday, September 10
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Tradition: Barway Dorje Lineage
Teacher: Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

Atsara Empowerment

Bardor Tulku Rinpoche will be bestowing an empowerment on the deity Atsara. Atsara is an important protector practice in the Barway Dorje lineage. Dharma protectors, usually depicted as fierce deities, ensure that the compassionate activity of the Buddha’s teaching is carried out successfully. The fierce appearance of such deities is not to be understood as something negative, rather it is…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Palchen Study Group Seattle

Date: Sunday, September 10
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Barway Dorje Lineage
Teacher: Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

“The 19 Pith Instructions of Mahamudra.”

The Mahamudra teachings point out the direct nature of the mind that is the basis of the entire universe and beings within it. The 19 Pith instructions of Saraha come from the inner Profound Dharma collection of Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage.  Khenpo Tenzin will explain the essential teachings of the mahamudra instruction as taught by…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Start: Saturday, September 16 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, September 17 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Drikung Kagyu
Teacher: Ven Khenpo Tenzin

Buddhist Paths: Women’s Choices

Fifth Annual Women in Buddhism Conference presented by the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple September 23, 2017 – 9:30-3:30 A day devoted to understanding the place of Buddhism in our everyday lives – Buddhist Paths: Women’s Choices with featured speakers Rev. Carol Himaka, Resident Minister Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church on The 35th Vow of Dharmakara/Amida Buddha and its meaning to…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

Date: Saturday, September 23
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Tradition: True Pure Land
Teacher: Master Shinran

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

“The 19 Pith Instructions of Mahamudra.”

The Mahamudra teachings point out the direct nature of the mind that is the basis of the entire universe and beings within it. The 19 Pith instructions of Saraha come from the inner Profound Dharma collection of Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage.  Khenpo Tenzin will explain the essential teachings of the mahamudra instruction as taught by…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Start: Saturday, September 16 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, September 17 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Drikung Kagyu
Teacher: Ven Khenpo Tenzin

Daylong Retreat-Sustaining Practice

Sustaining Practice is a daylong retreat being offered by Sooz Appel and Lyndal Johnson – two local Dharma Leaders. Between them, Lyndal and Sooz have been practicing nearly 50 years. Join them to look at what sustains our practice through all the ups and downs of life. The day will include some sitting and walking as well as dyads and small…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Teacher: Lyndal Johnson and Sooz Appel

The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa

Powerful and deeply inspiring, there is no book more beloved by Tibetans than The Hundred Thousand Songs, and no figure more revered than Milarepa, the great eleventh-century poet and saint. An ordinary man who, through sheer force of effort, faith, and perseverance, overcame nearly insurmountable obstacles on the spiritual path to achieve enlightenment in a single lifetime, he stands as…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Date: Saturday, September 9
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vajrayana
Teacher: Christopher Stagg

Dharma Talk w/ 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

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What's Happening

Khenpo Kartin in Portland & Trout Lake

Dechen Shingdrub with Ven. Khenpo Karten September 9-11 at at the NWTCA Bodkhang in Portland OR September 15-17 at the Mt Adams Zen Buddhist Temple in Trout Lake WA

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Buddhist Recovery Summit

There is addiction to indulgence of sense-pleasures, which is low, coarse, the way of ordinary people, unworthy, and unprofitable; and there is addiction to self-mortification, which is painful, unworthy, and unprofitable. Avoiding both these extremes, the Tathagata (The Perfect One) has realized the Middle Path; it gives vision, gives knowledge, and leads to calm, to insight, to enlightenment and to Nibbana.

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Dream Yoga with 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 yoga is also used to practice Bodhicitta and develop wisdom.

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Member Groups

Lotus Speech Canada

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Sechelt, BC

Samden Ling

Samden Ling was founded in 2000 by Ad*zom Rinpoche to bring the teachings of  wisdom awakening and compassion to all whom are interested. The lineage of The Longchen Nyingthig, Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse reaches back to Tibetan Meditation Masters Longchen Rabjam and Jigme Lingpa. Samden Ling hosts. Resident teacher, Jacqueline Mandell offers Community Meditation and Foundational Practices of...

Tradition: Tibetan || 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

AiShinKai

AiShinKai Fudō Myōō-Ji is both a Buddhist shrine and a martial arts organization devoted to “a life worth living.” Since 1990 we have engaged in Japanese martial and cultural arts order to discover what it means to be fully human: what is the full potential of our body, of our mind, and of our spirit? We study Rinzai, Shingon, and...

Tradition: Esoteric Buddhism/Rinzai || Location: Edmonds, WA

Portland Friends of the Dhamma

Portland Friends of the Dhamma is a Buddhist Meditation Center in Portland, Oregon affiliated with and advised by the Abhayagiri monastic descendants of the Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho lineage. This center is supported by the goodwill and generosity of its participants.

Tradition: Theravada / Vipassana || Location: Portland, OR

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

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

Touching Earth Sangha

Touching Earth Sangha is a spiritual practice community dedicated to awakening the clarity, joyfulness, and compassion that is our full potential as human beings.  We understand that such an awakening is fundamentally nurtured by a responsible and caring way of life in harmony with all living creatures and with our life-giving natural world.  And such a non-harming and compassionate way...

Tradition: Zen/non-traditional || Location: Portland, OR

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