Northwest Dharma Association



Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Fall 2017, Volume 30, #3

Lots to Celebrate, as NWDA Opens New Doors Letter from the President and Executive Director

Northwest Dharma Association brings people from many traditions together in harmony, as it has for many years. This photo is of the 2005 Change Your Mind Day celebration, in Seattle’s Volunteer Park.

Everything changes…so the Buddha said. A cold winter becomes a wet spring becomes a dry summer. Northwest Dharma Association is changing too. We’re building inclusive communities, partnering with contemplative caregivers, co-sponsoring the international Buddhist Recovery Summit in October. And of course we maintain our online directory and calendar of Buddhist organizations and their events, across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and…

For the First Time, Washington Prison Inmates To Teach Mindfulness to Others Behind Bars

Nate, second from right, leads a mindful movement exercise, a component of every class.

Four Washington state prison inmates are making history by becoming the first inmates certified to teach Path of Freedom, an emotional intelligence program based on mindfulness meditation. As certified trainers the four are starting to teach the 12-week curriculum to other men behind bars. The Path of Freedom program was developed by the Massachusetts-based Prison Mindfulness Institute. These enthusiastic and…

Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Visits With Tibetan Community at Sakya Monastery

Abbot of Sakya Monastery Khenpo Jampa Tenphel, Congresswoman Jayapal and her husband, spinning prayer wheels outside the monastery.

U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal made a rare visit to Seattle’s Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in June, responding to an invitation from the local Tibetan community. Congresswoman Jayapal, a member of the Democratic Party, is the first Indian-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, the first woman to represent the 7th District in Congress, and the first…

Vancouver Shambhala Finds New Home Despite Fast-Rising Real Estate Prices

Practicing in the main shrine room: First row Zachariah Finley, Jerry Chapman, Sandy Brooks; second row Paul Belserene, Maria Stella; third row Mariel Gomez, Rolf Erni, Chantal Latendresse; fourth row Nicholas Talloni, Gabriel Latendresse.

We knew it was coming. The specter of homelessness for The Vancouver Shambhala Center was just over the horizon. Our mission statement is to Wake Up! We weren’t caught sleepwalking. Sensing an uncertain future we formed a group six months before we received the notice that our lease would not be renewed. The Vancouver, British Columbia building we were in,…

In India, Seattle Lama Presents on Links Between African Americans’ and Untouchables’ Experience

Martin Luther King III, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and others, during the inauguration of the Dr B R Ambedkar International Conference 2017.

Lama Choyin Rangdrol, a Seattle-based African American lama of Tibetan Buddhism, traveled to India in July as an invited presenter to the B.R. Ambedkar International Conference in Bangalore, India. Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, an important figure in India’s history in many ways, is best known among Buddhists for his mass conversion of hundreds of thousands of Indian people to Buddhism. Ambedkar…

Featured Events

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Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017

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 a dynamic group of these innovators together for a working retreat in Lacey Washington in October 2017. The Summit is intended to share the techniques and practices of various Buddhist Recovery models, and to chart…

Mahasangha Event

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

Becoming Tara with Anne Carolyn Klein, Portland

 We practice Tārā to become her. This weekend retreat is for immersing ourselves in the blessings and vision of Tārā and to find Tārā’s pure land right with us in Portland. We sing and imagine in chantable English and Tibetan the poetic simplicity of Adzom Drukpa’s Tārā practice, from his famous Secret Luminous Vajra Treasury. We call this retreat a…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Samden Ling

Start: Friday, October 20 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 3:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Anne Carolyn Klein/Rigzin Drolma

Celebrating the Sangha

The Northwest Buddhist community is huge, and diverse, encompassing traditional temples from every Buddhist culture, modern practice and study groups, and a growing range of Buddhist-inspired applications by health professionals, teachers, social activists, and others. NWDA invites you to a day-long celebration of this vibrant, creative sangha on November 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. explore shared aspirations…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, November 11
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Rainbow of Infinite Light: LGBTQ and Shin Buddhism

Date:          Saturday, November 18th, 2017 Time:         10 am – 4 pm (check in begins at 9:15 am) Location:  Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, 1427 S. Main Street, Seattle, WA 98144 Ticket Price:  $40 (Students $20) which includes a box lunch (vegetarian option available) Please register by November 8th at The Buddhist Churches…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Jodo Shinshu
Teacher: Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki

Genpo Roshi: Discovering your true creativity and brilliance

A day long event with Zen master, Genpo Roshi.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Vajra Body Vajra Mind

Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Zen


Calendar of Events

Dharma Talk with Christina Feldman: At the Crossroads

At the Crossroads: A reflection on how we choose the paths we follow in our relationship to the world in every moment. Christina Feldman is a co-founder and guiding teacher of Gaia House in England (, and has been leading Insight Meditation retreats since 1976. She is a guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. As well…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, October 20
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Christina Feldman

Understanding the Guru Rinpoche Tsok Kor Practice

In this follow up class to the Guru Rinpoche initiation,  Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche discusses Guru Rinpoche and the benefits of this practice. He will also go over the Sadhana and instruments used in our monthly Tso Kor Puja practice. There will be time for questions at the end of class. Translator: Rigdzin Tingkyhe Sunday, November 5, 2017 Time: 1:30 – 3:30…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, November 5
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche

Cultivating and Appreciating Saddha

The Pali word saddha is typically translated into English as inspired confidence, trust, faith or devotion. Like other faculties of heart or mind, saddha is a fundamental capacity or potential within each of us. And, like other spiritual faculties, it plays an essential and recurring role in Dhamma practice and path. This retreat is an opportunity for dedicated time of…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Bellingham Insight Meditation Society

Start: Saturday, November 11 @ 9:00 am
End: Sunday, November 12 @ 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Kate Dresher

Spokane UU: Buddhist Meditation

Nuns from Sravasti Abbey offer a weekly meditation and Dharma discussion course drawn from the book, Working with Anger. The course is practical, the group is welcoming, and the discussion is lively. Drop-ins welcomed. Books are available, but not necessary to join in. There is no charge and donations are welcomed.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Date: Monday, October 23
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tradition: Tibetan

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What's Happening

Racial Stamina & Racial Justice Work: What’s Mindfulness & Compassion Got to Do With It?

Dr. Angela Rose Black will highlight the critical intersection between racial stamina, racial justice, and the utility of mindfulness and compassion based techniques in supporting both.

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Celebrating the Sangha on November 11

Join us on November 11 in Seattle for a Celebration of the Buddhist community. Music, art, food, discussions, info tables, and more — learning and fun for all ages!

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Dukkha and Liberation

Dukkha and Liberation September 27 to November 12 at The Columbia City Gallery Dukkha is a term that can refer to that which causes suffering, pain, sorrow, distress, grief or misery. As immigrants from India, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam we come to this country with things to unpack, to share and, sometimes, to put away. As children of immigrants, these…

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Group Members

Back To True Nature

Back to true nature is an important programs to all human beings. Back to true nature program is help us to know how to present our true nature in our daily life, it help us to discover the real richness life. To free from the worry, sad and anxiety. Discover our real richness life start from here. We provide a...

Tradition: Zen life || Location: Bellevue, WA

Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple

Tuyết Sơn Thiền Tự  雪山禅寺 We are a small rural Thien (Chàn/ Zen) Temple in the Vietnamese Tradition. We practice "laughing farmer zen" with a strong focus on metta practices.

Tradition: Thien / Zen || Location: Trout Lake, WA

Bellingham Rime

"A true Buddhist cannot be but non-sectarian and Rimé in their approach." In trhis vein we are a Buddhist group that embraces practices and teachings from different schools and lineages withing Vajrayana Buddhism. We bring Masters and teachers from the different schools to the NW to do teaching and transmissions.

Tradition: Vajrayana Buddhism (Rimé) || Location: Bellingham, 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

Buddhist Dharma

Our group follows the practice of the Buddha with emphasis on Tibetan Vajrayana and Mahayana Buddhism.

Tradition: Buddhism || Location: Seattle-Edmonds, WA

White Cloud Buddhist Society

The White Cloud Buddhist Society was formed during the Song Dynasty, c. 1108 C.E. Following the teachings contained in the Avatamsaka (Hua Yen, or Flower Garland) Sutra, we stress the interconnectedness of all matter, the interrelatedness of all Beings. By studying and following these teachings, we hope to realize the true nature of things and to discover the Enlightenment of...

Tradition: Hua Yen || Location: , WA

Brahma Vihara Foundation

DaeJa Napier teaches Vipassana meditation with an emphasis on the cultivation of the four Brahma Viharas: loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. She has been practicing and studying in various Buddhist traditions since 1974. Her root teacher is the late Zen Master Seung Sahn. Her practice continues to be enriched through intensive practice under the guidance of Asian and...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: , WA

Dharmata Portland

In the Nyingma tradition, affiliate of the Dharmata Foundation located in Point Richmond, Ca.

Tradition: Tibetan/Non-sectarian || Location: Portland, OR

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