Northwest Dharma Association



NW Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Summer 2018, Volume 31, #2

NWDA Launches Summer Funding Drive:Please Join Those Who Make This Work Possible

The Buddhist Recovery Summit, which brought together leaders in dharma-based recovery addiction from around the world, was co-sponsored by Northwest Dharma Association.

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Bhikkhu Bodhi Walks to Feed the Hungry Set in Seattle and Portland in Coming Months

A group photo in front of Portland Friends of the Dharma, before the Portland walk started.

Northwest people are planning to walk together to raise funds for the Buddhist Global Relief organization, in Portland on Aug. 18 and in Seattle on Sept. 15. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, a well-known Theravada monastic and translator, 10 years ago founded Buddhist Global Relief to promote compassion in action by improving access to food for people around the world. BGR does…

Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron Release New BookFrom Library of Wisdom of Compassion Series

In 2013 His Holiness the Dalai Lama met in Portland with student and co-author Venerable Thubten Chodron, to discuss The Library of Wisdom and Compassion series.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and Pacific Northwest author and Buddhist nun Venerable Thubten Chodron, have jointly released a second volume in the Dalai Lama’s definitive and comprehensive series of teachings on the entire Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion. The second volume “The Foundation of Buddhist Practice,” released by Wisdom Publications May 15, lays out the steps…

Cambodian, Lao and Thai People Band TogetherTo Build Temple in Lake Stevens, Washington

A monk robe-offering ceremony, symbolizing how the community supports monastic life

The members of Bright Buddhist Association, now in a converted house, are preparing to break ground for a much-larger temple complex. Nearly 400 sangha members are raising money to support the temple expansion project, on a 6-acre site north of the town of Lake Stevens, which is in turn north of Seattle. The region is largely rural with a sparse…

Tahoma Zen Monastery Plans for 1,000 Years

People doing retreat at Tahoma Monastery use traditional Japanese practice forms, such as this walking meditation around the zendo deck

The leaders of the Tahoma-san Sōgen-ji Zen Monastery, on Washington state’s Whidbey Island north of Seattle, are taking steps to keep the monastery healthy for the next 1,000 years. We’re planting of trees and building facilities to last a millennium. We’re also deepening the teaching and practice of realizing directly our original nature, at this traditional Rinzai Zen Training Monastery….


Calendar of Events

Introductory Meditation Class Series (6-Week Class)

Six-week class series on Monday evenings from June 18 through July 23, 2018 About Insight Meditation 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…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Monday, June 18 @ 7:00 pm
End: Monday, July 23 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tuere Sala

Nitartha Summer Institute

At the Summer Institute 2018 you can choose between a focus on Buddhist Studies (Shedra), Meditation Intensive (Gomdra), or Thangka Painting and enjoy additional classes in Lujong, Tibetan and Mudra Space Awareness. Early registration by May 31st. The Shedra classes will take you on a journey to discover your mind and consciousness with all its facets and functions. You will move through a well-developed progressive series…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Friday, July 6
End: Saturday, August 4

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Tradition: Kagyü and Nyingma
Teacher: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Joy in Everyday Life

“Every moment of our life is important.” – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche This 5-week course presents teachings on awakening the heart and cultivating a compassionate view. As our meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. While the challenges of our lives are always…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Start: Wednesday, July 11 @ 7:00 pm
End: Wednesday, August 8 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Shambhala
Teacher: David Parker

Dharma Talk by Arinna Weisman

Arinna will lead a sit and give a dharma talk at Prospect Congregational United Church of Christ 1919 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA 98112. The venue is Accessible.   This event is Oriented towards the LGBTQI Gender Queer community.

Member Group: Lotus Sisters

Date: Wednesday, July 18
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Arinna Weisman

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What's Happening

Arinna Weisman in Seattle

Lotus Sisters is happy to share these two events in July led by our teacher Arinna Weisman. Please join us!

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June 24 March with Seattle Buddhist Temple in Seattle Pride Parade

2018 is the second year the Seattle Buddhist Temple has participated in the Seattle Pride Parade. In 2017, nearly 100 Sangha members and friends marched in the parade.

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Festival Sundiata | Buddhism – Diversity & Liberation

Festival Sundiata / Buddhism / People of Color / Individual and Shared Liberation / June 16-17 / Seattle Center

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Group Members

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

Touching Earth Sangha

Touching Earth Sangha is a spiritual practice community dedicated to awakening the clarity, joyfulness, and compassion that is our full potential as human beings.  We understand that such an awakening is fundamentally nurtured by a responsible and caring way of life in harmony with all living creatures and with our life-giving natural world.  And such a non-harming and compassionate way...

Tradition: Zen/non-traditional || Location: Portland, OR

No-Rank Zendo

A Rinzai Zen meditation and practice group meeting in SE Portland. We practice simple and direct Zen with an emphasis on settling gracefully into form and tradition with the encouragement that each participant develop the confidence to be the master of their own practice. The group is facilitated by Rinzan Pechovnik Osho and is affiliated with Dai Bai Zan Cho...

Tradition: Rinzai Zen || Location: Portland, OR

Chagdud Gonpa Amrita

Chagdud Gonpa Amrita is the Seattle branch of Chagdud Gonpa Foundation. Since 1983, it has provided a place for beginning students and long-time practitioners to gather for teachings and practice in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Edmonds, WA

Creativity & Dharma Group

Sandy Boucher has been practicing and teaching in the Theravada tradition for thirty-five years. She leads retreats such as "Dharma and Writing," "A Celebration of the Divine Feminine," and "Meditation and Spirit of Creativity" in the Northwest and the San Francisco Bay area. Sandy has chronicled the contribution of women to American Buddhism through her nine Dharma books. Her new book, She...

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

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

Tsinta Mani Choling

Lama Lakshey is a meditation teacher who holds a doctoral degree from Setar Institute in Tibet.  He instructs meditation from a real world perspective and is open to students of all backgrounds and meditation levels. Lama teaches the Buddha-Dharma throughout the United States to both small private and public groups, as a guest lecturer, and instructor in Eastern Psychology.  He...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Spokane, WA

PT Sangha

We are a self-led group practicing in the Vipassana (Insight Meditation) tradition.

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Port Townsend, WA

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