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

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin – December 1 – 9 Gwinwood Conference Center 60013 30th Ave. SE, Lacey, WA 98503 Our longest and most rigorous sesshin of the year, is coming up in less than three weeks. Please help us get an accurate count by sending a deposit and application by November 24, earlier if you want to guarantee a reserved spot. Make your deposit check,…

Member Group: Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji

Start: Saturday, December 1 @ 3:00 pm
End: Sunday, December 9 @ 3:00 pm
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Tradition: Rinzai Zen
Teacher: Genjo Marinello

Weekend Non-Residential Retreat w/ Phillip Moffitt:

n the systematic teaching of Vipassana meditation, it is mindfulness of the body in stillness and movement that are taught first. Thus, mindfulness of the body becomes the ground for understanding emotions and mind states as they arise in practice whether they are pleasant or difficult. Moreover, for many meditation students practicing mindfulness of the body arouses various kinds of…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Sunday, December 9
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Phillip Moffitt

Teaching on Death, Bardo and Rebirth

Teaching on Death, Bardo and Rebirth By Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche All ordinary beings must go through death, the bardo, and rebirth.  But most of us have no idea or education about these three steps.  In this teaching we will study and visualize the three levels with the three Buddha bodies which are visualized together during these experiences: death – dharmakaya;…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Sunday, December 9
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche

The Profound View, Meditation, and Conduct of the Great Perfection

Based on the wisdom teachings of Nyala Changchub Dorje, Buddhist teacher Joe Evans (Pawo Zangpo) will guide us through a traditional Tibetan practice for discovering our Buddha Nature through meditation, reflection, and teaching on the heart-words of an enlightened Tibetan Buddhist master.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Living Bodhicitta

Date: Sunday, December 9
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tradition: Nyingma
Teacher: Joe Evans

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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

Education at Elevation

We are a non-profit organization with mission to provide a home and education opportunity for Tibetan impoverished children in Eastern Tibet.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Woodinville, 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

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

1Open Heart

We get together to learn how to live our lives with the goal of  liberation. After learning and discussing Buddha's teachings we practice mindfulness meditation and end with loving kindness and offering of merits. If you provide your e-mail address we can keep you on the distribution list.

Tradition: Theravada || Location: Shoreline, WA

Island Sangha

Mindfulness Community in the Plum Village tradition

Tradition: Zen || Location: Guemes Island, WA

PT Sangha

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

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Port Townsend, WA

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center is a non-sectarian Buddhist center hosting residential retreats year round. Our mission is to provide opportunities for all individuals to hear and practice Buddhist teachings with qualified teachers in a forest refuge that combines simplicity, comfort and a supportive container for spiritual transformation.

Tradition: Non-sectarian || Location: Castle Rock, WA

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

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