Ocean Light Zen Moves to New Seattle Center

Teachers Tim Lerch (red), Michael Schutzler (green), after offering a precept ceremony, from left, Karen Armand, Marsha Kabakov, Lesly Sparks and Laura Nelson.

Ocean Light Zen Center has expanded into a new Seattle facility, after years  of moving among several sites. The West Seattle Zen center now is operating out of the West Seattle Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, one of many groups renting space there. Ocean Light Zen Center is very happy to have joined the West Seattle Fauntleroy Schoolhouse community. Fauntleroy Schoolhouse is a wonderful…

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Portneuf Sangha Meditation Center
Grows Through Collaboration in Idaho

Participants at a recent Sunday meditation.  From left to right, back row: Paul Cormier, Elaine Tobias, Cathy Bryden, Bob Puckett, Paula Seikel, Tony Seikel, Tess Greenup, Coralee Greek.  Sitting:   Brent Patch, Ilise, Evelyn Dyck, Linda Sue, Tawnya Haines, Jean Bokelmann.

The Portneuf Sangha Meditation Center has  been growing since moving to a larger space last summer, reflecting increasing regional interest in meditation even among people who don’t consider themselves Buddhist. The new storefront space is in Pocatello’s historic North Building, built in 1916 and listed in the Idaho State Historical Society registry. With unlimited access to our new space we…

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After 25 Years Teaching Meditation in Seattle
Rodney Smith Moves on to a New Phase of Life

Tuere Sala and Tim Geil, current guiding teachers for Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS), honored Rodney as their teacher and mentor.

On a Sunday in early January members of Seattle Insight Meditation Society honored Rodney Smith, the organization’s founder and guiding teacher, as he retired from his regular teaching role. The Jan. 8 event, held at the Seattle Insight Meditation Society center in an industrial zone south of downtown, brought together hundreds of regional Sangha members, past and present. These were…

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Rinban Don Castro, Champion for EcoSangha,
Retires after 31 years at Seattle Betsuin Temple

Rinban Don Castro in 2014 welcoming Kenzo Takagi-Spencer to his first official visit to the temple, with mother Midori Takagi and father Aaron Spencer.

Sangha members said thank you but not good-bye to Reverend Don Castro in November, at his retirement party after serving 31 years as minister at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple. Castro is best known for his leadership in ecologically aware Buddhism, and for being only the second non-Japanese person to be appointed head priest of a main branch temple of…

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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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