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Winter 2018, Volume 31, #4

NW Dharma News

Planning for 2019, but Only With Your Help

People from many regional Buddhist groups came together for the  opening convocation of the November Celebrating the Sangha event

Letter from Your NW Dharma Association From the depths of the Northwest winter, we’re looking forward to the renewal of spring. The Northwest Dharma Association relies entirely on the generosity of volunteers and members. We recently sent out our winter appeal. If you haven’t renewed your membership, now would be an excellent time. And if you have renewed recently, please…

Dharma Education

Joy in the Northwest, as Tibetan Buddhist Nuns In India and Nepal Earn Highest Geshema Degree

Ten geshemas wearing yellow hats take part in damcha, a formal debate process during which the graduating geshema nuns debate with the other nuns

In November there was rejoicing in the Tibetan Nuns Project’s Seattle office, with the news from India that 10 more Tibetan Buddhist nuns had made history by attaining their geshema degrees. The 10 nuns received their degrees at a Nov. 5 ceremony at Kopan Nunnery in Nepal. Headquartered in India, with the North America office in Seattle, the Tibetan Nuns…

Prison Dharma

Prison Dharma Grows and Deepens in Washington

Volunteers at Twin Rivers Unit in October. 2018.  From left to right: Jordan Van Voast, Jean Berolzheimer, Venerable Thubten Chodron, Jack Buce, Colette Janning, Eric Schmidt.

More people serving time in Washington state prisons are practicing the dharma, and doing so more deeply, as a growing number of volunteers offer a widening array of options. The increasing activities include more people taking refuge, more people doing retreat, and more people studying from the growing Buddhist library collections, and with the guidance of visiting Buddhist teachers. These…

Compassionate Action

How Two Black Women Utilize Buddha Dharma

Sharyn Skeeter meeting Sunita Ghosh at Agra University in India, February, 2018. (Charles Johnson is in background.)

I believe that there is something specifically in Buddhist practice for Black Americans.  How can there not be?  It’s about suffering and the end of suffering.  Our particular brand of suffering comes from being born into these black bodies, in a country that was forged, from its birth, in anti-blackness. How have other Black American women found their way to…

Dharma Healing, Arts

The Dharma Behind ‘The Compassionate Kitchen’

Ven. Thubten Pende and guest Rashika Stephens from Seattle strain chai together

Despite the title the new book, “The Compassionate Kitchen: Buddhist Practices for Eating with Mindfulness and Gratitude,” is a dharma book more than a food book. It is based on a series of talks I gave at Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in the northeast corner of Washington state, where I serve as abbess. The book describes different ways that…

Sangha News

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo Supported by NW Team

Caterina was the first English teacher for the first group of nuns that joined the nunnery in the days it was still based in Tashi Jong, northern India.

Two Northwest women are playing a key role in the global empowerment of Buddhist women, by leading the organization that is supporting one of the world’s best-known female Tibetan Buddhist monastics, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives, Inc., is a U.S. 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered in New York, comprised of a volunteer board of directors. Two of these directors…

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What's Happening

NWDA Community Meetings: Join us in Revisioning and Community-building

Here’s the tentative schedule for the next few meetings. Check back here often for updates. Ask your group to host a meeting!

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Calendar of social equity programs

Dharma teachings and practice hitting the real-life road of our self-created and socially-contructed suffering.

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Group Members

Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple

We are a community dedicated to the study and practice of Nichiren Buddhism here in the greater Seattle area. Our Sangha follows the teachings of the Eternal Shakyamuni Buddha as set forth in the Lotus Sutra and the teachings of our founder, Nichiren Shonin, and our main practice is chanting the Odaimoku (Great Title) of the Lotus Sutra, “Namu Myoho...

Tradition: Nichiren Shu Buddhism based in Japan || Location: Seattle, WA

Seattle Meditation Center

Teaching Dhammakaya Meditation Technique that was taught over 2,000 years ago. This technique disappeared and was rediscovered by our great grand master Phramonkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro), Luang Pu Wat Paknam Pasi Charoen, Thailand. It utilizes the center of the body as a focus point in order to bring the mind to a standstill, thereby creating physical and spiritual well-being for the...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Mountlake Terrace, WA

Seattle Community Practice Group of the Dzogchen Foundation

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Nalandabodhi Vancouver

Please see our website for full description.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Vancouver, BC

Northwest iBme Retreat

The iBme Retreat Model We teach teens proven awareness and concentration practices that have been used for thousands of years. Teens learn how to: settle a busy mind, skillfully handle emotions and thoughts, direct and sustain attention, cultivate compassion, and truly listen and communicate to one another. Through guided mindfulness meditation, small group discussions, and fun workshop activities, participants experience...

Tradition: Mindfulness || Location: Gaston, OR

Heart of Wisdom Zen Buddhist Temple

The purpose of Heart of Wisdom is to provide a refuge of stillness and peace in a busy urban environment, to practice and share Buddhist teachings, and to cultivate the qualities of unflagging optimism, self-discipline, compassion, and wisdom. Daily zazen and free instruction in how meditate geared to beginners is offered. People of all ages and experience levels are encouraged...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Portland, OR

Lotus Sisters

The Lotus Sisters/Lotus Sangha is Seattle’s Buddhist Sangha for Lesbian & Bisexual Women, and Trans, Non-Binary & Gender Non-Conforming People. We sit in the Theravadan tradition, but practitioners of other traditions are welcome. We have sits throughout the month, and hold periodic retreats and days of mindfulness including an annual  5 day residential retreat. Our guiding teacher is Arinna Weisman....

Tradition: Theravada Vipassana || Location: Seattle, 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

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