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A Quarterly Online Publication
Fall 2017, Volume 30, #3

Lots to Celebrate, as NWDA Opens New Doors Letter from the President and Executive Director

Northwest Dharma Association brings people from many traditions together in harmony, as it has for many years. This photo is of the 2005 Change Your Mind Day celebration, in Seattle’s Volunteer Park.

Everything changes…so the Buddha said. A cold winter becomes a wet spring becomes a dry summer. Northwest Dharma Association is changing too. We’re building inclusive communities, partnering with contemplative caregivers, co-sponsoring the international Buddhist Recovery Summit in October. And of course we maintain our online directory and calendar of Buddhist organizations and their events, across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and…

For the First Time, Washington Prison Inmates To Teach Mindfulness to Others Behind Bars

Nate, second from right, leads a mindful movement exercise, a component of every class.

Four Washington state prison inmates are making history by becoming the first inmates certified to teach Path of Freedom, an emotional intelligence program based on mindfulness meditation. As certified trainers the four are starting to teach the 12-week curriculum to other men behind bars. The Path of Freedom program was developed by the Massachusetts-based Prison Mindfulness Institute. These enthusiastic and…

Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Visits With Tibetan Community at Sakya Monastery

Abbot of Sakya Monastery Khenpo Jampa Tenphel, Congresswoman Jayapal and her husband, spinning prayer wheels outside the monastery.

U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal made a rare visit to Seattle’s Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in June, responding to an invitation from the local Tibetan community. Congresswoman Jayapal, a member of the Democratic Party, is the first Indian-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, the first woman to represent the 7th District in Congress, and the first…

Vancouver Shambhala Finds New Home Despite Fast-Rising Real Estate Prices

Practicing in the main shrine room: First row Zachariah Finley, Jerry Chapman, Sandy Brooks; second row Paul Belserene, Maria Stella; third row Mariel Gomez, Rolf Erni, Chantal Latendresse; fourth row Nicholas Talloni, Gabriel Latendresse.

We knew it was coming. The specter of homelessness for The Vancouver Shambhala Center was just over the horizon. Our mission statement is to Wake Up! We weren’t caught sleepwalking. Sensing an uncertain future we formed a group six months before we received the notice that our lease would not be renewed. The Vancouver, British Columbia building we were in,…

In India, Seattle Lama Presents on Links Between African Americans’ and Untouchables’ Experience

Martin Luther King III, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and others, during the inauguration of the Dr B R Ambedkar International Conference 2017.

Lama Choyin Rangdrol, a Seattle-based African American lama of Tibetan Buddhism, traveled to India in July as an invited presenter to the B.R. Ambedkar International Conference in Bangalore, India. Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, an important figure in India’s history in many ways, is best known among Buddhists for his mass conversion of hundreds of thousands of Indian people to Buddhism. Ambedkar…

Featured Events

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Achi Empowerment

Achi Chokyi Drolma is the emanation of Vajra Yogini who is the embodiment of the wisdom and compassion of all the Buddhas. Achi vowed to protect the Drikung Kagyu lineage and its practitioners, removing inner and outer obstacles to practice and laying the groundwork for circumstances best suited to our progress along the path.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Date: Friday, December 1
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Drikung Kagyu
Teacher: Drupon Rinchen Dorjee

Calm Abiding and Mahamudra Instruction and Teachings

Calm abiding meditation is a method for bringing  peace and stillness to our minds through mindfulness and awareness. This type of meditation provides a foundation for all other meditation practice, regardless of religion or spiritual tradition.  Mahamudra teachings point out the direct nature of the mind that is the basis of the entire universe and beings within it.  The program…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Start: Saturday, December 2 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, December 3 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Drikung Kagyu
Teacher: Drupon Rinchen Dorjee

A Weekend of Radical Dharma with Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Her…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound

Start: Friday, December 15 @ 6:00 pm
End: Sunday, December 17 @ 12:30 pm
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Tradition: Zen

Genpo Roshi: Discovering your true creativity and brilliance

A day long event with Zen master, Genpo Roshi.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Vajra Body Vajra Mind

Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Zen

Anam Thubten Teachings and Retreat

Anam Thubten will be in the Seattle area February 1-3, 2018. There will be an evening lecture in Olympia on Feb 1st, and evening lecture at SIMS in Seattle on Feb 2 (2729 6th Ave S) and an all day meditation retreat at Bastyr University in Kenmore on Feb. 3. PLEASE NOTE these 3 events are at different locations. Contact…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Dharmata of Seattle

Start: Thursday, February 1, 2018
End: Saturday, February 3, 2018

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Tradition: Nyingma
Teacher: Anam Thubten

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Calendar of Events

Dharma Talk w/ Kamala Masters

Kamala Masters teaches retreats in the Theravada tradition at venues worldwide. She is a founder and teacher of  Vipassana Metta Foundation on Maui, Hawaii, (www.vipassanametta.org) and a Guiding Teacher and member of the Board of Directors at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. Practicing since 1975, Kamala’s teachers have been the late Anagarika Munindra of India and Sayadaws U Pandita…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, January 5, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Kamala Masters

A Weekend of Radical Dharma with Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Her…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound

Start: Friday, December 15 @ 6:00 pm
End: Sunday, December 17 @ 12:30 pm
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Tradition: Zen

Welcoming the Unpredictable: A New Year’s Retreat for Women

When obstacles loom and disturbing events shake our confidence, how do we keep our equilibrium? Martha and Sandy invite us to slow down, breathe and relax, as we enter a mindful exploration of our changes, loss and joy. Through meditation and guided exercises, writing, music, art and dance, we are offered the opportunity to penetrate deeply into the truths of…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Creativity & Dharma Group

Start: Thursday, December 28 @ 5:00 pm
End: Monday, January 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
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Tradition: other
Teacher: Sandy Boucher, Martha Boesing

Metta: Calming the Aching Heart: Daylong Retreat in Portland

This daylong retreat will offer an environment of peace and quiet that will include guidance and support in the practice of metta. Metta or lovingkindness practice strengthens the mind and softens the heart. Here, on the verge of the Holiday Season – we are already overwhelmed by the stress associated with the uncertainty and fear that is current in our…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Brahma Vihara Foundation

Date: Saturday, December 9

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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: DaeJa Napier

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What's Happening

Celebrating the Sangha: November 11th

The Celebrating the Sangha event on November 11th was a great success, with Dharma talks, music, dance, drumming, flower arranging, art, clowning, potluck lunch and dinner, and a heartfelt joy in the communities we share.

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Buddhist Recovery Summit

An international summit of Buddhist Recovery leaders in October 2017 in Lacey Washington, sponsored by the Buddhist Recovery Network and the Northwest Dharma Association.

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Meditations on Communities and Gratitude

BY JUSTIN WHITAKER Patheos, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 This has been a year of numerous shifts in my life: officially finishing my Ph.D.; submitted just days after the swearing in of our current president, finding joy and fulfilment in offering courses on mindfulness to members of my community, moving to a new city – Seattle – followed by my second year…

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Group Members

Brahma Vihara Foundation

DaeJa Napier teaches Vipassana meditation with an emphasis on the cultivation of the four Brahma Viharas: loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. She has been practicing and studying in various Buddhist traditions since 1974. Her root teacher is the late Zen Master Seung Sahn. Her practice continues to be enriched through intensive practice under the guidance of Asian and...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: , 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

Dharma Buddies

Dharma Buddies offers a safe space for gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer men to explore spiritual freedom and growth within a Buddhist framework. The group provides peer-led meditations, conversations, and book discussions on spiritual and practical themes. Dharma Buddies also offers annual retreats allowing men to explore the benefits of meditation in depth. Our meeting site, Cal Anderson House on...

Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Mixed, Mahasangha || Location: Seattle, WA

Nalandabodhi

Nalandabodhi, Center for American Buddhism Seattle, offers opportunities for students to study and practice Buddhism under the guidance of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. As part of Nalandabodhi, an organization dedicated to continuing the lineage of Tibetan Buddhism internationally, we study and explore the teachings of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and masters of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism....

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Nalandabodhi Vancouver

Please see our website for full description.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Vancouver, BC

Portland Friends of the Dhamma

Portland Friends of the Dhamma is a Buddhist Meditation Center in Portland, Oregon affiliated with and advised by the Abhayagiri monastic descendants of the Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho lineage. This center is supported by the goodwill and generosity of its participants.

Tradition: Theravada / Vipassana || Location: Portland, 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

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

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