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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: Wednesday, March 1
End: Monday, May 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…

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,…

Spiritual Development, Psychological Development, and Buddhist Insight

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Thursday, March 16 @ 2:00 pm
End: Thursday, May 4 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian
Teacher: Joe Pearl

Spiritual Development, Psychological Development, and Buddhist Insight Meditation: A Consideration and Conversation What is the nature of psychological development? What is the nature of spiritual development? How are they related? How can they both be facilitated by Buddhist meditation? This class examines those questions from the perspectives of both the Eastern psychology/philosophy of Buddhism and the Western psychologies/philosophies of psychoanalysis,…

Healing the Emotions with Lama Tsering Everest

Member Group: Chagdud Gonpa Amrita

Start: Saturday, April 8
End: Sunday, April 9

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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhist
Teacher: Lama Tsering Everest

We all have the power to cultivate love, compassion, generosity, and patience throughout our daily lives in difficult and troubling times. However, our habitual emotional responses can cause confusion and suffering. Understanding the root cause of these powerful emotions is the first step in training a compassionate heart. Lama Tsering will offer practical examples and applications so that we can…

Awakening Wisdom: Joy of Living 3 With Senior Tergar Instructor Tim Olmsted

Member Group: Tergar Meditation Community of Oregon

Start: Friday, April 14 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, April 16 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Kagyu and Nyingma
Teacher: Mingyur RinpocheS

Awakening Wisdom Joy of Living 3 Meditation Workshop With Senior Tergar Instructor Tim Olmsted Portland, Oregon USA Video Invitation from Tergar Instructor Tim Olmsted In this weekend workshop, we will explore the practice of insight meditation. By bringing our unchallenged beliefs and patterns into the light of awareness, we can see how our rigid ideas often blind us to the…

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…

Dying with Confidence

Member Group: Bainbridge Bodhi Center

Start: Saturday, April 22
End: Sunday, April 23

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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…

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…

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…

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Calendar of Events

Finding Your Relaxed Mind

Tibetan born Dza Kilung Rinpoche will share insights and wisdom from his lineage as well as from his latest book The Relaxed Mind. After arriving in the United States, it became clear to Rinpoche that his Western students responded differently to traditional meditation instructions. Because of our fast-paced, high-pressure lifestyles, Westerners find slowing down and relaxing to be difficult, and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Pema Kilaya Sangha

Date: Saturday, April 15
Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Dza Kilung Rinpoche

2017 Buddhist Recovery Summit

The Northwest Dharma Association is organizing the 2017 Buddhist Recvoery Summit in conjunction with the Buddhist Recovery Network. The summit will be held at Gwinwood Retreat Center in Lacey, Washington on the weekend of October 20-22, 2017. The summit is designed as a gathering of leaders engaged in the BR movement. Space is quite limited, so it is important to…

Member Group: Timothy2

Start: Friday, October 20 @ 4:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 4:00 pm

Dancing the Dharma Path: Celebrating Feminine Wisdom

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…

Mahasangha Event

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

Mindfulness Week Retreat at Camp Indianola

Registration is now open for the Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound’s April Retreat at beautiful Camp Indianola from April 10-16, 2016. Our guiding teacher will again be Michael Ciborski, a lineage holding teacher in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Michael’s wife, Fern Dorresteyn (also a teacher) will again join us to help lead the weekend family focused part of…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound

Start: Monday, April 10 @ 1:00 pm
End: Sunday, April 16 @ 2:00 pm
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Tradition: Thich Nhat Hanh, Plum Village
Teacher: Michael Ciborski

Three Principal Aspects of the Path with Jan Willis

Buddhist scholar, teacher, and long-time practitioner, Jan Willis will teach on Lama Tsongkhapa’s concise text, The Three Principal Aspects of the Path. Her talks include the three main topics of renunciation, compassion, and wisdom. Jan is a Professor Emerita of Religion at Wesleyan University as well as a long-time Buddhist practitioner. While traveling through Asia during the early 1970s, she became the student of Lama…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Start: Friday, May 19 @ 4:00 pm
End: Monday, May 22 @ 9:00 am
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Jan Willis, Ph.D.

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Member Groups

Tibetan Nuns Project

The Tibetan Nuns Project provides education and humanitarian aid to refugee nuns from Tibet and to nuns from the Himalayan regions of India. It is a registered charity founded in 1987 and supports over 700 Tibetan Buddhist nuns and 7 nunneries in India. Donations help provide facilities and programs to educate, empower, and improve the status of ordained Tibetan women.

Tradition: Tibetan || 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

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

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

The Compassion Network (TCN Buddhist Center)

A western Buddhist nunnery in the Mahayana tradition that originated by way of China. A small center with a big wish to share wisdom and compassion with all beings. Contemplative programs and retreats, courses on sacred texts, community building, and engaged Buddhism are among the offerings intended to benefit the world. Everyone is welcome! Beginning and advanced practitioners, open hearts...

Tradition: Mahayana || Location: Seattle, WA

Buddhist Global Relief

Founded in 2008, BGR's mission is to combat chronic hunger and malnutrition. Bearing in mind the Buddha’s statements that “hunger is the worst kind of illness” and “the gift of food is the gift of life,” we sponsor projects that promote hunger relief for poor communities around the world.

Tradition: nonsectarian || Location: Seattle, WA

Shambhala Meditation Center Seattle

Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center offers classes in Shambhala Buddhism, traditional Tibetan Buddhism, and open house meditation instruction and practice opportunities.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Seattle Buddhist Center - Triratna Buddhist Community

We are part of an international Buddhist movement known as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, founded in 1967 by Ven. Sangharakshita, who although English by birth, spent 20 years in Asia studying and practicing under teacher's from Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions. Returning to England he became convinced of the need for a new Buddhist movement in the...

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

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