Northwest Dharma Association



NW 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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A Weekend of Radical Dharma with Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Her…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound

Start: Friday, December 15 @ 6:00 pm
End: Sunday, December 17 @ 12:30 pm
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Tradition: Zen

Interconnecting for Good

Interconnecting for Good on Saturday evening, December 16th  featuring a Zen clown master, an award-winning local author, and visual and movement artists.  Enjoy live music, tapas, dessert and a silent auction.  You are invited to an Evening of Interconnecting for Good Tapas Party with Intentional Conversations to benefit Nalanda West Live music & presentations by & conversations with local Interconnectors for Good…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Date: Saturday, December 16
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tradition: Vajrayana
Teacher: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Lightfulness Workshop with Moshe Cohen

A practice to engage and embody one’s lighter side as a skillful tool for connection, spontaneous communication, and resiliency. Lightfulness trainings are the evolution of workshops that Moshe Cohen has been offering for the past 20 years. They reflect his more recent work training medical clowns and business teams, investigating the aspects of humor that lead to beneficial human interactions. Methods:…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Date: Sunday, December 17
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Vajrayana
Teacher: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Contemplative Caregiving: A Daylong Skillbuilding Retreat

With Jonathan Prescott Co-sponsored by the Northwest Dharma Association and Wise Caregiving and hosted by Choboji. This daylong retreat invites us to deepen our responses to caregiving challenges. We will engage in experiential activities, teachings and discussions designed to help us use our contemplative practice as the basis for sustainable, effective, and joyful caregiving. Suitable for professional caregivers, non-professionals caring…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Teacher: Jonathan Prescott

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

Anam Thubten Teachings and Retreat

Anam Thubten will be in the Seattle area February 1-3, 2018. There will be an evening lecture in Olympia on Feb 1st, and evening lecture at SIMS in Seattle on Feb 2 (2729 6th Ave S) and an all day meditation retreat at Bastyr University in Kenmore on Feb. 3. PLEASE NOTE these 3 events are at different locations. Contact…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Dharmata of Seattle

Start: Thursday, February 1, 2018
End: Saturday, February 3, 2018

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Tradition: Nyingma
Teacher: Anam Thubten


Calendar of Events

Teen Mindfulness Class Series (5 Weeks)

Mindfulness is paying kind attention to what’s happening in the moment. 

This class helps teens bring this kind attention to their experience — both the external pressures and difficulties they face at school and in social settings, and the stress and self-criticism that can arise internally. Teens will learn ways to cultivate greater compassion for themselves and others, and stay…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
End: Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Anna Ossenfort

Introductory Meditation Class Series (6-weeks)

Insight meditation also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life with increasing balance and equanimity. This balanced awareness, grounded in…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Monday, April 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
End: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tim Geil

Welcoming the Unpredictable: A New Year’s Retreat for Women

When obstacles loom and disturbing events shake our confidence, how do we keep our equilibrium? Martha and Sandy invite us to slow down, breathe and relax, as we enter a mindful exploration of our changes, loss and joy. Through meditation and guided exercises, writing, music, art and dance, we are offered the opportunity to penetrate deeply into the truths of…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Creativity & Dharma Group

Start: Thursday, December 28 @ 5:00 pm
End: Monday, January 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
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Tradition: other
Teacher: Sandy Boucher, Martha Boesing

Duvall ‘Meet and Greet’

The Chenrezig Project is delighted to have relocated to Duvall (King Country) and will be holding a ‘Meet and Greet’ for interested/curious community members at the town’s downtown Visitor Center.  All are invited!

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Chenrezig Project

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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What's Happening

Clowning Fun ! Dec 15 & 17

Both events at Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle WA 98103 Clowns Without Borders Variety Show Friday, December 15th 7:30 pm Some of the Pacific Northwest’s best variety performers come together to bring you an evening of hilarity benefiting Clowns Without Borders-USA. My clown “guru,” Moshe Cohen is performing! Tickets $22 adults & $7 kids (12 and under) Lightfulness…

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Port Townsend Meditation Center project

A new center to be built at Fort Worden State Park.

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Group Members

Open Gate Zendo

The Open Gate Zendo is the primary practice center of the The Boundless Mind Zen School. The fundamental practices of Boundless Mind Zen are zazen(silent, seated meditation), mindfulness(fully responsive awareness) and personal development in both mental and physical disciplines that incorporate spirituality into everyday life.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Olympia, WA

Younge Drodul Ling (Washington)

YDL-WA is a local practice community of Tibetan Buddhism, studying the great masters of all lineages- Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug- under the spiritual guidance of Younge Khachab Rinpoche. Our main focus is on the meditation and teachings of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Three Treasures Sangha of the Pacific Northwest

Three Treasures Sangha of the Pacific Northwest (TTS) is a lay Zen group located in Seattle, Washington and affiliated with the Diamond Sangha, an independent lineage founded by Robert Aitken Rōshi, a dharma heir in the Sanbō Kyōdan (Harada-Yasutani-Yamada) lineage. Our form is derived from the Japanese tradition, favoring simplicity. While we focus on individual sitting meditation (zazen), we also...

Tradition: Japanese Zen Tradition || Location: Seattle, WA

Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. In action, Shambhala is both a spiritual path of study and meditation that helps us work with our minds, as well as a...

Tradition: Shambhala || Location: Portland, OR

Seattle One Drop Zendo - Water Moon Dojo

A place for zazen/sitting meditation in the Rinzai tradition, sutra chanting, readings, some practice talks. Please contact us for orientation if needed.

Tradition: Rinzai (Myoshinji lineage) || Location: Seattle, WA

1Open Heart

We practice loving kindness and mindfulness meditation followed by Dharma learning and discussion. If you provide your e-mail address we can keep you on the distribution list.

Tradition: Theravada || Location: Shoreline, WA

Sorig Khang Portland

Portland, OR branch of Sorig Khang International (International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine): to support the study and practice of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and the Yuthok Nyingthik spiritual tradition under the guidance of our teacher, Dr Nida Chenagtsang

Tradition: Vajrayana Buddhism || Location: Portland, OR

Dharma Friendship Foundation

Our Mission Statement: To sponsor qualified Buddhist teachers to teach Buddhist philosophy, psychology, and meditation. To provide a mutually supportive spiritual community for Buddhist practitioners. To offer the public a variety of Buddhist educational programs ranging from lectures and class series to intensive retreats. To foster the spirit of peace, nonviolence, and compassion in our world, following the inspiring example...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

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