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Summer 2019, Volume 32, #1

NW Dharma News

From the Board: Turning Vision into Next Steps!

NWDA community meeting hosted by the Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple, February 6, 2019. From left: Riaz Khan, Washin, Imanaka Taijo Sensei, Sharyn Skeeter, George Draffan, John Guy, Susan Greenfield, Lama Rangdrol, Timothy O’Brien

Over the past several months, the Northwest Dharma Association team has been convening a series of community roundtables. We met with a wonderful cross-section of people and heard about what matters most to them. We’re pleased to report a growing sense of collaboration and mutual support, among many different Buddhist and Buddhist-inspired communities. These include practitioners and teachers bringing mindfulness…

Dharma Education

Strengthening Diversity and Inclusion on the Path

People attending the 2017 Awakening to Whiteness class, held at the Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple in Portland

Reflecting growing awareness of the need for the diversity and inclusion in the dharma, a friend and I developed a series of workshops called “Power, Privilege & Difference: How Buddhist Practice is the Work of Social Restoration.” Most recently in April I led one of these workshops at the Portland Shambhala Center, and Through July, August and September I will…

Compassionate Action

GenX Buddhist Teachers Gather at Great Vow,Find Comradeship and Support in their Variety

The Panel on Integrity and Enlightenment reflected the gathering’s diversity, including Grace Song, Brother Phap Hai, Roshi Chozen Bays, Lama Willa Miller and Singhashri Gazmuri

On an unusually hot day for the Pacific Northwest, some 40 Buddhist teachers converged on Clatskanie, Oregon, to attend the 2019 GenX Buddhist Teachers’ Sangha Gathering (GBTS). The June 12-to-16 gathering of GenX Buddhist leaders from North America and beyond was hosted by Great Vow Zen Monastery. In the rare company of other dharma teachers, of similar age and experience,…

Dharma Healing, Arts

Buddhist Contemplative Gallery Coming Soon With Seattle Asian Art Museum Renovation

A 12th century Japanese Buddha statue, made of wood with gold lacquer, will face the entry. It was a gift of the Monsen family

A distinctive new feature of the renovated Seattle Asian Art Museum will be a small gallery designed to invite Buddhist contemplation and meditation. The gallery, set off from the main visitor pathway, will exhibit only four Buddhist works of art, one on each wall, to allow for more empty space than the other galleries. The sparse art installation in the…

Sangha News

Consecration of Phagtsok Gendun Choling TempleBrings Essence of Tibetan Tradition to Northwest

Dza Kilung Rinpoche presiding over the consecration of the temple

Tibetan Buddhists came from around the world for the May 30 to June 3 consecration of the new Phagtsok Gendun Choling Temple on Whidbey Island, Washington. Supporters of Tibetan Lama Kilung Rinpoche funded construction of the wooden 5,000-square-foot temple, to support his teaching program in the West. Whidbey Island is in the Salish Sea, part of which is called Puget…

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What's Happening

Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple in the news

The Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple is involved in their community.

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Tibetan Herbal Medicine Talk and Consultation

Introductory Talk in Lacey WA on February 13. Consultations by appointment in Olympia on February 14-16.

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Holiday Sale of Tibetan Handicrafts and Baked Treats

Authentic Tibetan clothing, prayer flags, handicrafts, jewelry, art, and more Saturday, December 1, 2019  11:00 am – 4:00 pm at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. Come see the cultural hall and library transformed into a marketplace of Tibetan vendors. Items offered for sale include: blankets, jewelry, statues, prayer flags, incense, clothing, art prints, books, CDs, and Himalayan art calendars. Many…

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Group Members

Island Sangha

Mindfulness Community in the Plum Village tradition

Tradition: Zen || Location: Guemes Island, WA

Military Buddhists

Currently I am the military leader of this military members only Buddhist religious group. I shall be learning, promoting, representing, and sharing our Buddhism ways of simple life to nonBuddhists with interests in learning and finding about the Buddha teachings and simple meditations to help with their everyday life sufferings and coping skills. I really hope with the help of...

Tradition: Mahayana Buddhism || Location: Tacoma, WA

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

Chenrezik Practice Group

Chenrezik Deity practice group (Kagu lineage sadhana). Practice in Bodhicitta, kindness and compassion, calm abiding meditation When:  Wednesdays at 11am Where: Unity Spiritual Enrichment Center  

Tradition: Vajrayana || Location: Port Townsend, 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

Nitartha Institute

Founded by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Nitartha Institute provides systematic and in-depth study of the central teachings of Buddhism as a method to understand reality and our own mind. It is a unique opportunity where you can take exploring your inner wisdom and awakening your heart to a new level! Nitartha Institute upholds the importance of non-sectarianism and appreciation of the...

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism || 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

Shelton Prison Path of Freedom

Meditate with a committed group of volunteers and inmates, and support the Shelton Correctional Facility  group members  in meditation and developing mindful living.  Orientation and training is offered to new volunteers. The Path of Freedom program, developed by Fleet Maull and Kate Crisp, is a powerful  program for transformation. Information on the Prison Dharma Network and the Prison Mindfulness Institute, PMI, can...

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

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