Northwest Dharma Association



NW Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Fall 2018, Volume 31, #3

Northwest Dharma Supports Global Compassion

Northwest dharma leaders increasingly reflect the diversity of the region, such as this 2016 event at Seattle University featuring Lama Chonyin Rangdrol and Dr. Charles Johnson, both of African origin.

We’re in a time of transition in Buddhist communities and in society at large. As the dharma takes root across a globalized world, Asian and Western traditions and sciences are coming together with some helpful synergies, and sanghas are integrating their spiritual practices with social service and compassionate action. There are also many painful events and challenges, ranging from continued…

With Buddhist Roots, Recovery Cafes Spread Across Northwest, Helping People with Addiction

Recovery Café members take a break from their game to cheer recovery!

Seattle’s Recovery Café Network is steadily growing in the Northwest, as it taps Buddhist and other sources to offer help for people with addiction issues. In addition to our flagship program in Seattle, 11 Recovery Cafes have now opened their doors. In 2018 we are opening three more in the Pacific Northwest. Recovery Café Clark County, in a mostly rural…

On The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan

Kaz Tanahashi and me at Guojing Monastery in Southwestern China, where it is said that Hanshan went to meet his friends Shide and Fenggan

In late June, 2018, Shambhala Publications published “The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan,” translated from the Tang dynasty Chinese by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt. Of all the Chinese hermit poets from the late 7th century on, Hanshan (Cold Mountain) may well be the most beloved. You can read about this new publication here, including endorsements…

West Coast Tibetans Gather in Seattle area to Celebrate H.H. Dalai Lama’s 83rd Birthday

Women from the Tibetan Association of Washington performing a Tibetan dance

More than 500 West Coast Tibetans gathered near Seattle July 6-8, to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 83rd birthday. The Tibetan Association of Washington, which represents Washington state’s Tibetan community, put together the three-day picnic event. The event, at North Creek High School in Bothell, a small city north of Seattle, included Tibetan cultural performances and sports competitions. The sports events…

Magnificent First Tara Drupchen Held in Portland

Lama Wongmo Simons leads a procession around the Tara Mandala

Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation performed its first-ever Portland drupchen in April, and plans to repeat the complex vajrayana practice April 26-28, 2019. Entitled “The Grand Blessing Ceremony of the 10,000 Offerings to the 21 Noble Taras,” the three-day 2018 ceremony was conducted by His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. He is a renowned Tibetan meditation master, scholar and author and…

Kagyu Sukha Choling’s Ashland Sangha Prepares For Lama Succession and a Healthy Future

Kagyu Sukha Choling’s Tibetan-style temple, completed in 2010, reflects the authenticity of the group and its practices

As Kagyu Sukha Choling’s two lamas move toward semi-retirement, leaders of the Ashland, Oregon, sangha are developing a multi-layered plan to keep the center alive and thriving. The plan includes providing for future teachings, for financial stability, and for the comfortable retirement of the two female lamas leading Kagyu Sukha Choling (KSC): Lama Pema Clark and Lama Yeshe Parke. Developing…


Calendar of Events

Rev angel Kyodo williams: Radical Dharma; A Deepening Circle

Events for People of Color: Friday evening, 12/14 from 6-9pm Sunday afternoon, 12/16 from 2-5pm Free ticket required to attend – Donations accepted at the door. Weekend Workshop – Open to Everyone: Saturday, 12/15: 9:30am-12:30pm & 2-5pm and Sunday, 12/16: 9:30am-12:30pm; Tickets available by sliding scale. Radical Dharma: A Deepening Circle Radical Dharma is an urgent call to dharma communities…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound

Start: Friday, December 14 @ 6:00 pm
End: Sunday, December 16 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Zen
Teacher: Reverend angel Kyodo williams

New Year Midnight Meditation

End 2018 and start 2019 with meditation  Starts at 11:30 pm and ends at 12:30 am.  Spend the night at our temple

Member Group: Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple

Start: Monday, December 31 @ 11:30 pm
End: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 @ 12:30 am
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Tradition: Thien (Chan, Zen)
Teacher: Thay Kozen

Class: What’s Insight Meditation?

This evening’s talk and discussion provides some background information and instruction about Insight Meditation as it is practiced at Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS). It also offers participants an opportunity to ask questions about the practice of meditation and to consider whether further exploration of meditation might be worthwhile. Insight meditation (also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation) comes from…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Monday, January 7, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Jerry Harter

7-Week Class Series: Essential Buddhist Teachings

2600 years ago Siddhartha Gotama, the future Buddha, was a prince in an area that’s now a part of northern India.  In spite of his comfort and security, he was unhappy and disenchanted with palace life.  He decided to leave the palace and begin a spiritual life of a wandering ascetic.  His spiritual journey ultimately led to his insight into…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
End: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Steve Wilhelm, Lyndal Johnson, Sooz Appel, Anna Ossenfort, Lauren Wilson, Jerry Harter

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What's Happening

Film: On the Buddha’s Path: Compassion in Action

From our friend Anik Ghose at Tzu Chi: We’re just 8 days away from our Seattle screening of the “On the Buddha’s Path: http://here in Action” Short Film Tour and we can’t wait to get together with our peers in the Buddhist community and the general public. On Saturday, October 20, at the Tzu Chi Seattle Office, we’ll show films…

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Upcoming social justice events in Seattle

UNPACKING WHITENESS an educational mindfulness-based series with Anna-Brown Griswold Six Wednesdays between October 24 to December 12. Register at, 500 E Pike St, Seattle.   RADICAL DHARMA: A DEEPENING CIRCLE with Rev angel Kyodo Williams                                       register at Evenbrite People of Color Caucuses: Friday…

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Celebrating the Sangha

An all-day all-sangha celebration on November 3, 2018

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Group Members

Seattle Buddhist Center - Triratna Buddhist Community

We are part of an international Buddhist movement known as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, founded in 1967 by Ven. Sangharakshita, who although English by birth, spent 20 years in Asia studying and practicing under teacher's from Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions. Returning to England he became convinced of the need for a new Buddhist movement in the...

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

Seattle Koan Discussion Group

We are two groups of Buddhist meditators interested in Zen Koan practice. We are following the teachings of John Tarrant that are much more open, informal and inclusive than the traditional Japanese monastic style of Zen. "We have an openly collaborative culture; we develop our understanding of Zen by practicing our spiritual methods and sharing our experience. It is a...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

Chenrezig Project

The Chenrezig Project has relocated from Snohomish County to Duvall (King County). Our regular gatherings are well-suited for anyone interested in practical Tibetan Buddhism, the Tibetan experience, meditation, abiding well-being or simply experiencing teachings from a lineage of extraordinary masters, etc. We have found this curriculum of teachings and practices leads to very beneficial insights and perspectives, and educated/comfortable/fam­iliar practitioners...

Tradition: Tibetan/Non-denominational, Gelug Lam-rim foundation. || Location: Duvall (King Cty), WA

Wise Caregiving

Anyone can learn to be a contemplative caregiver. All it takes is a commitment to serve with an open heart. Wise Caregiving is dedicated to helping professional and personal caregivers learn the art of meeting diverse needs with appropriate responses.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Guemes Island, WA

Dance Mandal

Emphasis is on the sacred arts particularly of Vajrayana Buddhism, and focusing mainly on a style of vajra dance from the Nepalese lineage of Newar Buddhist priests. Dance classes and performance offerings are held regularly at the Newar Buddhist temple of Nritya Mandala Mahavihara. Dance Mandal also offers presentations, workshops, and performances for dharma centers, universities, schools, museums, etc.

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

Portland Buddhist Priory

The Portland Buddhist Priory is a temple in the Serene Reflection Meditation (Soto Zen) tradition as practiced in the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. The temple was founded by Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett and we offer a full range practice opportunities, including meditation instruction and spiritual counseling as well as Buddhist funerals, weddings, house blessings and animal ordinations and funerals.

Tradition: Soto Zen || Location: Portland, OR

Ewam Sang-ngag Ling

Ewam is a member-supported organization relying on the generosity of our friends and sangha members. The most important benefit of membership is the continuation of the center itself. Membership helps support the mission of the center, the growth of dharma worldwide and the work of Gochen Tulku Rinpoche. Rinpoche's main project is building the Magadha Garden of 1,000 Buddhas in...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Arlee, MT

Salem Insight

Vipassana practice (guided and unguided sitting periods and a walking period) with tea and dharma discussion before and after the practice. We meet at Oregon School of Massage's Salem Campus (2111 Front St NE) on Monday evenings 7-9 PM, with tea 30 minutes before and after. The two founders are Theravadan practitioners, but the group is nondenominational. Beginners and experienced...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Salem, OR

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