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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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Featured Events

Focus Group on Narrative Therapy and Buddhism

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Thursday, June 29
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

The Couple and Family Therapy Program at Seattle University is sponsoring a focus group on Narrative Therapy & Buddhism. The three-hour discussion and research focus group is for Buddhist therapists, clinicians, chaplains, and other practitioners in the helping professions to explore the intersection of Buddhism and Narrative Family Therapy, a collaborative, empowering, and contextual approach to clinical treatment. Participants will receive…

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

Dharma Talk w/ Steve Armstrong

Steve Armstrong led meditation retreats, including the annual 3-month retreat at Insight Meditation Society for 18 years. Since 2004, he has been practicing “mindfulness of mind” with Sayadaw U Tejaniya and now integrates the teachings of these two awareness and insight traditions. He has taught mindfulness, insight and abhidhamma retreats in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US since…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Thursday, October 5
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Steve Armstrong

Dharma Talk w/ Cheryl Slean: The Simile of the Movie: Letting go of the Drama of Self

The Buddha was a wonderfully creative teacher who often invented similes and metaphors to shift the listener’s perspective and stimulate deeper understanding. Many of his comparisons used familiar objects and activities from people’s everyday lives of the time.  In this talk and sit, we’ll follow in that esteemed tradition and update a simile or two from our modern world to…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Tuesday, July 18
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Cheryl Slean

Weekend Retreat w/ Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Each day of this retreat begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:30pm. Zoketsu Norman Fischer is a Zen priest and abbot, a husband, father, and a poet, a teacher with wide-ranging interests and passions. Norman retired as abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center in 2000. He continues his involvement with the Center as a senior dharma teacher. In 2000…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, September 23
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Zoketsu Norman Fischer

2 Day Non Residential Retreat

The Bellevue Dharma Group is hosting this event. Linda Modaro and Bill Cooper will be co-teaching a non-residential retreat on August 25 and 26. Linda is a teacher from Santa Monica, a friend and mentor of Bill’s. We are happy to have her teach in the Northwest. The location is St Mary’s on the Lake in Bellevue. The setting is…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Bellevue Dharma Group

Start: Friday, August 25 @ 10:00 am
End: Saturday, August 26 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Buddhist
Teacher: Linda Modaro/Bill Cooper

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

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Member Groups

Lotus Sisters

The Lotus Sisters is a group of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women practicing meditation together. We sit in the Theravadan tradition, but practitioners of other traditions are welcome. We meet twice a month, and hold periodic retreats and days of mindfulness. Our guiding teacher is Arinna Weisman. We are committed to being a rainbow, multicultural sangha.

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Seattle, WA

Ocean Light Zen Center

Welcome to Ocean Light Zen Center. We are a small, sincere community of Zen practitioners in West Seattle. Please join us any Sunday morning at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse for meditation in good company. We offer group meditation practice, retreats, public talks, and other programs to support the beginning and sustaining of a rewarding Zen meditation practice. Ocean Light is affiliated...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

Nalandabodhi Vancouver

Please see our website for full description.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Vancouver, BC

Rainbowdharma International

Rainbowdharma is a discreet organization of international Buddhist practitioners. The founder, Lama Rangdrol, is an independent teacher of Buddhism and meditation in the Nyingma Dzogchen tradition. Known for his clarity of insight, he has taught meditation in Buddhist, ecumenical, non-sectarian, Christian, Interfaith, and secular communities on three continents. He has authored five books on race relations in American Buddhism, two...

Tradition: Nyingma - Dzogchen; Navayana || Location: , WA

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

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

Portland Community of Mindful Living, Thursday Night Sangha

Joyful practice of meditation followed by discussion based on readings from the Sutras and from Thich Nhat Hanh's writings. Dharma discussion includes shared experiences of members' practice and insights.

Tradition: Thich Nhat Hanh || Location: Portland, OR

Three Treasures Sangha of the Pacific Northwest

Three Treasures Sangha of the Pacific Northwest (TTS) is a lay Zen group located in Seattle, Washington and affiliated with the Diamond Sangha, an independent lineage founded by Robert Aitken Rōshi, a dharma heir in the Sanbō Kyōdan (Harada-Yasutani-Yamada) lineage. Our form is derived from the Japanese tradition, favoring simplicity. While we focus on individual sitting meditation (zazen), we also...

Tradition: Japanese Zen Tradition || Location: Seattle, WA

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