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Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Winter 2016, Volume 29, #4

Inviting Dialogue Among Buddhist Traditions

In 2013, monastics gathered at Seattle University, and led a procession through the campus, in honor of Vesakha.

Next spring Northwest Dharma Association will support a series of conversations among Buddhist teachers, leaders, and practitioners, as part of the annual Vesakha Buddha day. Our plan is to explore the challenging dynamics and wonderful opportunities available in the rich arena of Buddhist diversity. Vesakha, which celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha, is universally shared among Buddhist…

Washington Nun One of Six From North America Awarded in Global Ceremony in Taiwan

Venerable Thubten Chodron receives the Global Bhikkhuni Award from the 90-year old chairman of the Chinese Buddhist Association, Venerable Jen Shin.

Venerable Thubten Chodron— a Buddhist nun, author, teacher, and founder of Sravasti Abbey in Newport, Washington— in November was given the Global Bhikkhuni Award. The award, one of 50 presented to leading nuns by the Chinese Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association of Taiwan, was given during six days of ceremonies Nov. 17 through 23. The ceremonies were conducted in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan….

Kathok Centre Programs, Buildings, Grew in 2016

Sangha members making tormas, traditional Tibetan offerings of flour and butter, before a Vajrasattva retreat.

For Kathok Centre , a traditional Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist center on Canada’s Vancouver Island, 2016 was a year of firsts. We held our first traditional Vajrasattva retreat with Venerable Lingtrul Rinpoche, expanded our temple facilities, and launched a community outreach program we’re calling Compassion in Action Services. In addition we completed a beautiful guest suite, so people can stay for…

Compassion Made Manifest and a Lot of Love Bring Syrian Refugee Family to Canadian Island

Syrian refugees Raina Khaldi, and her children Adam, Serina and Mimi, are feeling safe now on the remote Canadian Salt Spring Island.

A family of five Syrian refugees is finding a safe home on the tiny Canadian island of Salt Spring, helped by Buddhist and non-Buddhist supporters. The three children are attending a local school, while the father, who was an attorney in the Syrian city of Aleppo, now works at a grocery store. They arrived in July, after a harrowing journey…

Widening the Dharma Gate with New Home, Ashland Zen Center Begins Residential Practice

Sangha hands keep the facility in good repair. In 2016, members apply a fresh coat of stain to the entry gate.

The Ashland Zen Center is preparing to take a big step into residential practice by breaking ground for new facilities. The project will include long and short-term residential housing for retreatants, a dorm for meditation intensives, a gathering hall, kitchen, meeting spaces and support facilities. It is both exciting and humbling when we reflect on how we have arrived at…

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Featured Events

The Six Dharmas of Vajrasanapada

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Start: Saturday, February 18 @ 10:30 am
End: Monday, February 20 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: H.E. Khöndung Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche, H.E. Khöndung Abhaya Sakya Rinpoche, & H.E. Dagyum Kusho Sakya

Vajrasanapada the Elder was a great scholar and adept of Buddhist tantric practice in early medieval India. From him originate many practices relied upon in Tibetan Buddhism in general and the Sakya tradition in particular. Of his numerous initiations and instructions, six were so highly regarded for their profundity and efficacy that they were maintained as a rare set of…

LOSAR CELEBRATION – Benefit Concert & Dance

Member Group: Pema Kilaya Sangha

Date: Saturday, February 25
Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tradition: Vajrayana
Teacher: DZA Kilung Rinpoche

Join us for a family-friendly evening of music & dancing to support the rebuilding of the Kilung College & Children”s School.  A tragic fire destroyed the school in April 2017 & funds raised by this event will help bring to life a modern, environmentally sustainable center for learning, study, & community. Losar, the Tibetan New Year, is a time of…

Chenrezi Initiation with H.E. Khöndung Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, February 26
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: H.E. Khöndung Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche

Through the meditation on Chenrezi (Avalokiteshvara), one develops loving kindness, compassion, and bodhicitta. Buddha taught that “love” is the wish for all beings to experience happiness, that “compassion” is the aspiration that they be free from all suffering, and that “bodhicitta” is the mind dedicated to attaining enlightenment for the benefit for all beings. His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche…

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,…

Anam Thubten weekend retreat 3/18-19, 2017

Member Group: Dharmata of Seattle

Start: Saturday, March 18
End: Sunday, March 19

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Teacher: Anam Thubten

Weekend retreat at Bastyr with Anam Thubten. Register online to ensure your place: https://www.tickettomato.com/event/4483 The true joy of being a human comes when we know how to live life fully. The secret to this joy comes not through external activities, but through embracing each moment no matter what situation we are facing. Life is a whole in which each and every…

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…

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

Soto Zen Half-Day Retreat

In Zen Buddhism, longer sittings are encouraged as a way to allow the mind to slow down, in a quiet and supported environment. A peaceful mind then relaxes, freed from the burden of conversation, reading and the business of our daily lives. These days devoted to ‘gathering  mind’ or recollection, support our daily life. No Zen experience is necessary –…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Bainbridge Bodhi Center

Date: Sunday, March 5
Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Tradition: Soto Zen
Teacher: Mark Lancaster

Weekend Retreat with Heather Martin

Becoming intimate with our living reality, as opposed to merely thinking about life, helps us deeply connect to our experience, without being bound by it. Sinking from the busy peripheral experience of mental activity into the quiet clarity of conscious presence is the movement we make, as we practice meditation. Please come and join others in this journey, as the…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Saturday, February 25 @ 9:00 am
End: Sunday, February 26 @ 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Heather Martin

Day of Mindfulness with 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, May 13
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tuere Sala

Weekend Retreat: Ultimate Liberation is to Overcome the Craving for Being

We live in the shadowland of “I” consciousness. This illusion of “I” is rooted in seeking meaning of “who” and “why”. But, awakening begins through contemplating “how” and “what”. Redirecting the inquiry allows the stilling of thought, entry into an unfettered realm of timelessness and the ending of karma. A  slight shift in inquiry can be the difference between liberation…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Saturday, March 25 @ 9:00 am
End: Sunday, March 26 @ 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Venerable Pannavati

Anam Thubten weekend retreat 3/18-19, 2017

Weekend retreat at Bastyr with Anam Thubten. Register online to ensure your place: https://www.tickettomato.com/event/4483 The true joy of being a human comes when we know how to live life fully. The secret to this joy comes not through external activities, but through embracing each moment no matter what situation we are facing. Life is a whole in which each and every…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Dharmata of Seattle

Start: Saturday, March 18
End: Sunday, March 19

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Teacher: Anam Thubten

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Member Groups

Ligmincha Northwest

We meet weekly to practice Bon Buddhist healing meditations. We also have the good fortune of listening to and participating with our teacher and the international sangha in a regularly scheduled monthly webcast. This is followed with discussion and potluck. The dates for the webcasts are posted at the website, www.ligmincha.org The Olympia practice group also shares viewing films that...

Tradition: Bon Buddhist || Location: Olympia, WA

Rigpa Seattle

Rigpa aims to present the Buddhist tradition of Tibet in a way that is both completely authentic, and as relevant as possible to the lives and needs of modern men and women. Open to all schools and traditions of Buddhist wisdom, and with the guidance and gracious patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rigpa offers those following the Buddhist...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Mountain Way Zendo

We are a small Zen temple in Grays Harbor, on the Washington coast. Please see our website for details.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Grays Harbor, WA

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

Younge Drodul Ling (Washington)

YDL-WA is a local practice community of Tibetan Buddhism, studying the great masters of all lineages- Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug- under the spiritual guidance of Younge Khachab Rinpoche. Our main focus is on the meditation and teachings of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Palmo Center for Peace and Education

The Palmo Center for Peace & Education is founded and directed by the inspiring vision of Venerable Naljorma Jangchup Palmo and her honorable sons, His Eminence Ngalo Rinpoche and Venerable Tulku Jigme Rinpoche. Understanding the global urgency for our world community, we are inspired to fulfill His Holiness the Dalai Lama's vision of global peace and happiness. The Palmo Center...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Springfield, OR

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

For people seeking spiritual and personal growth, Sakya Monastery provides access to the Buddha's teachings and guidance in a community of practitioners. Sakya Monastery provides a place to learn from highly qualified and spiritual Tibetan Lamas in a beautiful traditional setting.   Head Lama of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism and a Head Lama of the Sakya Sect, H.H. Jigdal...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. In action, Shambhala is both a spiritual path of study and meditation that helps us work with our minds, as well as a...

Tradition: Shambhala || Location: Portland, OR

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