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Summer 2019, Volume 32, #1

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From the Board: Turning Vision into Next Steps!

NWDA community meeting hosted by the Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple, February 6, 2019. From left: Riaz Khan, Washin, Imanaka Taijo Sensei, Sharyn Skeeter, George Draffan, John Guy, Susan Greenfield, Lama Rangdrol, Timothy O’Brien

Over the past several months, the Northwest Dharma Association team has been convening a series of community roundtables. We met with a wonderful cross-section of people and heard about what matters most to them. We’re pleased to report a growing sense of collaboration and mutual support, among many different Buddhist and Buddhist-inspired communities. These include practitioners and teachers bringing mindfulness…

Dharma Education

Strengthening Diversity and Inclusion on the Path

People attending the 2017 Awakening to Whiteness class, held at the Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple in Portland

Reflecting growing awareness of the need for the diversity and inclusion in the dharma, a friend and I developed a series of workshops called “Power, Privilege & Difference: How Buddhist Practice is the Work of Social Restoration.” Most recently in April I led one of these workshops at the Portland Shambhala Center, and Through July, August and September I will…

Compassionate Action

GenX Buddhist Teachers Gather at Great Vow,Find Comradeship and Support in their Variety

The Panel on Integrity and Enlightenment reflected the gathering’s diversity, including Grace Song, Brother Phap Hai, Roshi Chozen Bays, Lama Willa Miller and Singhashri Gazmuri

On an unusually hot day for the Pacific Northwest, some 40 Buddhist teachers converged on Clatskanie, Oregon, to attend the 2019 GenX Buddhist Teachers’ Sangha Gathering (GBTS). The June 12-to-16 gathering of GenX Buddhist leaders from North America and beyond was hosted by Great Vow Zen Monastery. In the rare company of other dharma teachers, of similar age and experience,…

Dharma Healing, Arts

Buddhist Contemplative Gallery Coming Soon With Seattle Asian Art Museum Renovation

A 12th century Japanese Buddha statue, made of wood with gold lacquer, will face the entry. It was a gift of the Monsen family

A distinctive new feature of the renovated Seattle Asian Art Museum will be a small gallery designed to invite Buddhist contemplation and meditation. The gallery, set off from the main visitor pathway, will exhibit only four Buddhist works of art, one on each wall, to allow for more empty space than the other galleries. The sparse art installation in the…

Sangha News

Consecration of Phagtsok Gendun Choling TempleBrings Essence of Tibetan Tradition to Northwest

Dza Kilung Rinpoche presiding over the consecration of the temple

Tibetan Buddhists came from around the world for the May 30 to June 3 consecration of the new Phagtsok Gendun Choling Temple on Whidbey Island, Washington. Supporters of Tibetan Lama Kilung Rinpoche funded construction of the wooden 5,000-square-foot temple, to support his teaching program in the West. Whidbey Island is in the Salish Sea, part of which is called Puget…

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What's Happening

Compassionate Leadership Summit

An event focused on how we might bring compassion and mindfulness more effectively into our organizations and communities. The gathering will feature leaders from various sectors, including corporations, non-profits, government, education, and communities of faith.

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The Passing of David Forsythe (1940-2019)

With great sadness we are writing to inform the Dharma community of the great loss of David Forsythe, who passed away from leukemia on September 17th. David served NWDA in many ways: as board president when the future of our organization was in crisis, as long-time administrator extraordinaire, and as a personal and financial supporter of our activities. He will…

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Happiness & Spirituality: Bhutan’s Concept of Gross National Happiness

A talk on October 3 at 7 PM in Bannon Auditorium on the campus of Seattle University.  Presenting will be Lopen Gem Dorji (Gembo), current advisor and former Secretary General of the Central Monk Body in Thimphu, Bhutan. Happiness & Spirituality: How the Concept of Gross National Happiness Intertwines with Vajrayana Buddhism The concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) has been…

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Group Members

Generous Heart Sangha

A lay Soto Zen sitting group located on Bainbridge Island and online via Zoom where practitioners from other States and Countries are also practicing, meditating and studying together. Mark Lancaster has been practicing Soto Zen Meditation formally since 1988. He is an ordained Soto priest, registered with the Soto Zen Buddhist Association and received Dharma Transmission from Dairyu Michael Wenger...

Tradition: Soto Zen || Location: Bainbridge Island, WA

Patacara Community Services

Mission: To offer compassionate and respectful care to those who are suffering. We provide services inspired by the philosophy and teachings of Buddhism. Our organization is a faith based and nonsectarian community that takes refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha and values service, generosity, compassion, interdependence, ethical conduct, equanimity, and kindness.

Tradition: nonsectarian || Location: Seattle, WA

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

Dharmata of Seattle

Part of  the Nyingma tradition, we are an affiliate of the Dharmata Foundation located in Point Richmond, Ca. We meet once a month on a weekend day for meditation and fellowship, listening to a recent audio of Anam Thubten teaching the dharma.  Pacific NW retreats are offered every year. Please call for more information.

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

AiShinKai

AiShinKai Fudō Myōō-Ji is both a Buddhist shrine and a martial arts organization devoted to “a life worth living.” Since 1990 we have engaged in Japanese martial and cultural arts order to discover what it means to be fully human: what is the full potential of our body, of our mind, and of our spirit? We study Rinzai, Shingon, and...

Tradition: Shingon/Rinzai || Location: Edmonds, 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

Dharma Rain Zen Center

DRZC is a diverse group of people who come together to share the practice of meditation, and to study the principles of Buddhism. The purpose of the Center is to offer instruction in Zen practice and Buddhist teachings, and to provide a place where people can form a community that supports Zen practice in everyday life.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Portland, OR

Seattle Friends of the Dhamma-SeaFoD

This is a small group of people with a shared interest in the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, as well as other Forest Traditions. The group is facilitated by Upasika Sujata (Carson Furry), a student of Ajahn Sona of Birken Forest Monastery. Once per month we meditate together and listen to teaching by a Bikkhu or Bikkuni (male or...

Tradition: Theravada Forest Traditions || Location: Seattle, WA

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