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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

Eco Sangha Resources

Compiled by George Draffan for “In Touch with the Earth: Seattle EcoSangha Seminar” on Earth Day, April 20, 2019 at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple.

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Earth Day Eco Sangha April 20 Seminar

Learn how Seattle’s oldest Buddhist temple is intergating the Buddhist Pure Land tradition with the latest science and activism around climate change and other ecological challenges.

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Sept 5-8 : International Buddhist Recovery Summit

The Buddhist Recovery Network promotes the use of Buddhist teachings and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors and is open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths.

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Group Members

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

Dzogchen Shri Singha of Portland

Dzogchen Shri Singha of Portland (DSSP), founded in 2004, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to spread authentic Buddhist teachings and to support the enlightened Dharma activity of Great Perfection of Wisdom lineage holder H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Since its founding, DSSP has sponsored many teachings by the Vajra Master and...

Tradition: Tibetan – Nyingma || Location: Portland, OR

Creston Zen Centre

Creston Zendo is a lay practice centre in the Soto Zen tradition. Resident lay teacher, Kuya Minogue took lay precepts at Shasta Abbey in 1986, lay discipleship precepts with Kyogen Carlson in 1989 and received dharma transmission in the Zen Writing Practice tradition from Natalie Goldberg in 2006. She has recently joined the Silent Thunder Order and Creston Zen Centre...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Creston, BC

Friends of Chamtrul Rinpoche PDX

We support Chamtrul's teaching in Portland, OR.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Portland, OR

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 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

Ashland Zen Center

A Soto Zen temple in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi. Ashland Zen Center provides the opportunity to practice with teachers, priests and a sangha while fully, meaningfully engaged in work and family life. One-day sittings, sesshins and extended retreats provide students additional opportunities to deepen practice. Ashland Zen Center is a non-profit organization, maintained and supported entirely by donations and...

Tradition: Soto Zen Buddhist || Location: Ashland, OR

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

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