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Spring 2018, Volume 31, #1

Northwest Dharma Association 2017 Annual Report

2017 Accomplishments Inclusive Communities: Northwest Dharma Association participated in a dialogue with a World Affairs Council delegation of Christians, Jews and Muslims from around the world (May 2017). Contemplative Caregiving: NWDA co-sponsored the Buddhist Recovery Summit for practitioners, teachers and clinicians, to collaborate and share resources and perspectives (October 2017). Dharma Arts & Culture: NWDA’s “Celebrating the Sangha” event at…

Seattle Teacher Bonnie Duran First NativeAmerican to Join Spirit Rock Teachers Council

Bonnie Duran

Bonnie Duran, a Seattle-based dharma teacher and Native American scholar, has joined the Spirit Rock Meditation Center Teachers Council. This makes Duran the first Native American, and the first Northwesterner, to join the council. The council sets policy for Spirit Rock Meditation Center, which is in Marin County north of San Francisco. Covering 412 acres, and serving 60,000 people annually,…

New Urban Centre for Dharma Drum Vancouver

Reflecting the honoring of Asian and Western practitioners

In March 2018 the Vancouver Chan Meditation Centre opened in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, dedicated to sharing the dharma with Westerners. The new centre is an offshoot of the existing Dharma Drum Vancouver Centre, which is in a southern suburb of Vancouver and which primarily serves Chinese dharma practitioners. The new facility, at 333-550 Broadway, will host meditation classes as…

Reflections on a Weekend of Radical Dharma

Reverend Angel Kyoto Williams

Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams, sensei, the second of only four black women recognized as teachers in the Japanese Zen lineage of Buddhism, visited Seattle this December to offer a weekend of radical dharma.  Reverend Williams based her offering on the book “Radical Dharma,” which she co-authored with Lama Rod Owens and Jasmine Syedullah. Co-hosted by 8 Limbs yoga, Rainier Beach…

Vietnamese Dia Tang Temple CelebratesLunar New Year with Lights and Lots of Smiles

Women with incense bowing to the Buddha, at Dia Tang Temple's Lunar New Year Celebration

With incense, prayers and blessings, amidst colorful lights, banners and lanterns, people of many cultures ushered in the Vietnamese Lunar New Year at Dia Tang Temple in Lynnwood, Washington. The Feb. 15 event marked about 20 years at this sprawling hillside property north of Seattle.  By 9 p.m. cars were squeezing into the last few empty spaces in the parking…

Three NW African-American Buddhist TeachersShare Their Perspectives (On the Way Things Are)

Jaye Seiho Morris, a Seattle Zen priest, taps his experience in his teachings.

It is with the utmost delight that I present small snippets of conversations I had with three African-American Buddhist teachers in the Pacific Northwest.  These started out as interviews and evolved into heartfelt exchanges on topics near and dear to my heart.  I am convinced that Buddhism has much to offer us Americans of African descent.  Some of our particular…

Featured Events

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Vajrayogini Empowerment

Vajrayogini is the embodiment of inseparable bliss & emptiness. Through her practice, all obstacles, are transformed into the path of enlightenment. This empowerment enables one to practice Phowa.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Date: Friday, June 15
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Drikung Kagyu
Teacher: Drupon Tsering Rinpoche

Tsa Lung-Channels/Winds teaching & Practice

The channels (tsa) and winds (lung) of the body to bring about the realization of the primordial wisdom of bliss and emptiness. Drupon Tsering Rinpoche who is presides over Garchen Dharma Institute in Munich, Germany will explain the anatomy of channels and winds and lead us in the practice. There will be Question & Answer period each day. 

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Drikung Seattle

Start: Saturday, June 16 @ 10:00 am
End: Sunday, June 17 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Drikung Kagyu
Teacher: Drupon Tsering Rinpoche

March with Seattle Buddhist Temple in Seattle Pride Parade

Seattle Buddhist Temple’s Participation in the Seattle Pride Parade Who: Members of all ages from the Seattle Buddhist Temple, Northwest District Buddhist Churches of America Temples and All Dharma Friends What: March together as part of the Seattle Buddhist Temple When: 11:00 am, Sunday, June 24, 2018 Where: Starts at 4th & Union and ends at Seattle Center Distance: 1.75…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

Date: Sunday, June 24
Time: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Tradition: True Pure Land
Teacher: Master Shinran

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

Mindfulness Training for Teens PNW Retreat

Our multi-day residential retreats teach participants proven awareness and concentration practices. Through guided mindfulness meditation, small group discussions, and mindful movement, participants learn how to settle a busy mind, direct and sustain attention, investigate emotions and thoughts, cultivate compassion, and communicate with their peers. The daily schedule includes free time to connect with new friends and dynamic workshops, that offer a range…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest iBme Retreat

Start: Tuesday, July 31
End: Sunday, August 5

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Teacher: Caverly Morgan, Tuere Sala, Enrique Collazo

One Day Retreat with Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Thubten Chodron will lead a one day retreat based on the book Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness: A Commentary on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland. (written by Khensur Jampa Tegchok, edited by Venerable Thubten Chodron). The retreat will feature traditional Buddhist prayers, guided meditations, and explanations on Buddhist philosophy. Some background in Buddhism helpful, but not required to attend. The event…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan-non-sectarian
Teacher: Venerable Thubten Chodron

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Calendar of Events

Dharma Talk w/ Christina Feldman

Christina Feldman is a co-founder and guiding teacher of Gaia House in England (www.gaiahouse.co.uk), and has been leading Insight Meditation retreats since 1976. She is a guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. As well as teaching retreats worldwide, she is committed to the Personal Retreat Programme at Gaia House. She is the author of a number…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, October 19
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Christina Feldman

Art and Zen, Zen and Art

Local Buddhist and artist, Dennis Hartley, will help us explore becoming one with art and painting.  He’ll show some of his more recent works and explain the practice of letting go and finding peace in being with his art.  No one will be refused for lack of funds.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple

Date: Saturday, July 14
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Tradition: Thien/Chan/Zen
Teacher: Dennis Hartley

1-Week Chenrezig Retreat

With Ven. Thubten Chodron On the Chenrezig Retreat, take a week-long vacation with the Buddha of Compassion. Join us for the Abbey’s annual 1-week meditation retreat on 1000-Armed Chenrezig. Chenrezig—also known as Kuan Yin or Avalokiteshvara—is one of the most beloved deities of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. With 1000 arms, he reaches out to care for all living beings, showing us…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Start: Monday, July 2 @ 5:00 pm
End: Monday, July 9 @ 2:00 pm

Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron

Offering Service Saturday

Join us for Offering Service Saturday One Saturday per month volunteers come together to offer service to Sravasti Abbey.  Service could include garden work, help in the forest, cleaning, or cooking — all skills and all levels of ability are welcomed. There are plenty of indoor jobs too. Please come. These days are lots of fun! Offering Service Saturdays are…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Date: Saturday, October 6
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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What's Happening

Snoqualmie Dharma Film Festival on June 9th

Duvall Visitor Center, June 9th, 1:00 to 9:30pm

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May 5th Gathering of Buddhist Teachers and Leaders

An NWDA-sponsored daylong meeting for Buddhist teachers and leaders from all traditions, hosted by the Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple.

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Practices That Help Chaplains Embody Compassion: A Story and a Survey

An invitation to participate in a survey of about how caregivers embody compassion.

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Group Members

Buddhist Studies and Meditation Center

We are a group of both beginners and long time practitioners who meet to meditate and study Buddhist philosophy, with an emphasis on the Mahayana tradition of our teacher, Venerable Geshe-la Thupten Phelgye.  All are welcome to join us.

Tradition: Mahayana || Location: Spokane, WA

Pema Kilaya Sangha

Pema Kilaya is the sangha of western students of H.E. Kilung Jigme Rinpoche. Begun in 1998 in Seattle, the group has members around the US and Canada, and in Denmark. We organize teachings of Kilung Rinpoche, bringing him to the west at least once a year or more. Rinpoche's seat is now on Whidbey Island, where many of his teachings...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Clinton, WA

Chenrezig Project

The Chenrezig Project has relocated from Snohomish County to Duvall (King County). Our regular gatherings are well-suited for anyone interested in practical Tibetan Buddhism, the Tibetan experience, meditation, abiding well-being or simply experiencing teachings from a lineage of extraordinary masters, etc. We have found this curriculum of teachings and practices leads to very beneficial insights and perspectives, and educated/comfortable/fam­iliar practitioners...

Tradition: Tibetan/Non-denominational, Gelug Lam-rim foundation. || Location: Duvall (King Cty), WA

Seattle Soto Zen

Come Sit with Us Our weekly Sunday sitting is open to all. Beginners are more than welcome. We offer zazen instruction at 9:10 AM. Seattle Soto Zen practices in the tradition of Suzuki Roshi, founder of the San Francisco Zen Center. We follow the forms of Soto Zen with a spirit of warmth and inclusion. Anyone interested in meditation is...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

Beginners Mind Zen Meditation

Simple, Zen-style meditation for beginners and experienced meditators, led by Ellen Enmei Simpson.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Salem, OR

Portland Buddhist Center

Transform Self and World in Portland, Oregon Practicing Buddhism enables us to open to new and creative experiences and break old patterns that keep us trapped. The Portland Buddhist Center was created to encourage and support Buddhist practice in our current time and culture through opportunities to meditate, study, and develop friendships.

Tradition: Triratna || Location: Portland, OR

Everett Insight Meditation

We are a member led meditation group formed to support the Dhamma practice and teachings in the Theravada Buddhist traditions. We meet every Thursday evening for 90 minutes. Our practice includes a 30 minute sit, with time afterward to listen to a recorded talk and/or share our experience of practice together. People new to the practice are welcome to join...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Everett, WA

Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Seattle Chapter

We welcome anyone passionate about the living, breathing intersections between Buddhadharma and social justice. Our intention for the evening is to connect, listen, support, share resources, and inspire each other's commitment to liberation of all beings.

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

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