NWDA News

Welcoming Executive Director to New Stage 
Of Northwest Dharma Association

The board of Northwest Dharma Association is very pleased to welcome George Draffan as the executive director of NWDA. Many of you have heard of or met George over the many years of his involvement with the association. He brings tremendous background and commitment to the position. We are very pleased to have him on board. George will be focused…

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Dharma Education

Young Adults Gather to Wake Up Together 
Explore Compassion, and to Have Fun

Group campsite photo at Hannegan’s Pass in the North Cascades during the Wake Up backpacking retreat, August 2015. Dylan Sympson (top); left to right: Johanna Stulting, Ed Wayt, Vanessa Loucky, Jennifer Wood and Mercia Moseley

During the summer of 2015, a group of young adults from Bellingham and Seattle gathered upon mountaintops, in living rooms, at parks during sunsets, with potlucks, and in beautiful community centers. But we were not just socializing or partying… we were gathering to meditate, coming home to our bodies and minds, studying teachings on the art of mindful living, and supporting…

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Prison Dharma

A Special Commitment Brings Alive New 
McNeil Island Practice Pagoda

Residents of McNeil Island, and friends and supporters, at the dedication ceremony

The sangha at McNeil Island’s Special Commitment Center in mid-September celebrated their new outdoor pagoda, a building intended to support their Buddhist practice while they’re incarcerated. Sept. 16 was bright and beautiful, perfect for the long-awaited special ceremony, and official dedication, that would open the new outdoor practice space for the Buddhist residents of the Special Commitment Center. The gathering…

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Dharma Healing, Arts

New Book Captures a Decade of Dialogue 
Between Christian Academic and Zen Abbot

Author Paul Louis Metzger, standing on a bridge in Portland

(Editor’s note: A year after the September, 2014 death of Portland Zen teacher Kyogen Carlson, evangelical Christian Paul Louis Metzger has published a memoir, “Evangelical Zen: A Christian’s Spiritual Travels with a Buddhist Friend,” about his own spiritual journey and his collaboration with Carlson. Metzger is professor of theology and culture at Multnomah University in Portland. Carlson was abbot of Dharma…

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Dharma in Canada

At 50th year, Zen Centre of Vancouver 
Plans to Pay Off Center to Better Serve Members

Our work to complete our center has also brought us together in community

For its 50th anniversary, Zen Centre of Vancouver has launched a campaign to pay off the last remaining portion of its mortgage, about $81,000, by mid-2016. “Once we no longer depend on rental income,” said the centre’s abbot and teacher, Eshin John Godfrey, “we can support live-in accommodations for practitioners, particularly younger ones, so they can benefit from a more…

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Compassionate Action

Nalandabodhi Buddhists Bring Food, Compassion,
To Homeless Youth in Seattle’s U District

Nalandabodhi Seattle members (L to R) Don Ross, Susan Kirchoff and Damayonti Sengupta help prepare Friday Feast

Members of Seattle’s Nalandabodhi Buddhist sangha recently turned out not to meditate but to cook, for 150 homeless youth and adults in Seattle’s University District. The meals-for-homeless project was inspired in part by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who visited Seattle in May. Bringing compassion into action was the focus of his Seattle Center public talks, which included a panel of young…

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Sangha News

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center Expands 
Dining Room, in Mindful Stewardship

The final result: The enlarged dining hall, with plenty of space for all retreatants

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center recently completed a transforming renovation of its main building, expanding capacity and upgrading elements of its dining room and several other areas. The bulk of the recent renovations were completed during a rare, carefully structured break in the retreat schedule that allowed for the tearing down and reconstruction of the dining area. The majority of the…

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