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Winter 2017, Volume 30, #4

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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Ruth Ozeki at Seattle Soto Zen

Author and Zen Priest, Ruth Ozeki, will give the talk today. Her highly acclaimed book, A Tale for the Time Being, weaves together themes from Zen and contemporary life, including alienated teens, treasured grandmothers, monastery life and Dogen’s Uji. Ruth is a student of Norman Fischer and often practices with us at the Samish Island Sesshin. We are delighted that we’ve been able to…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Soto Zen

Date: Sunday, February 25
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Tradition: Soto Zen
Teacher: Jeff Kelley

Four Foundations of Mindfulness Workshop

Wednesdays, February 28 – March 21, 7:00 – 8:30 pm Four Wednesday evenings of a meditation practice workshop, with in-class guided meditation exercises that specifically focus on the traditional Buddhist teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (body, feelings, mind and phenomena) in a fresh and contemporary way. When we relate directly to body, feelings, mind, and phenomena with watchfulness…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Wednesday, February 28 @ 7:00 pm
End: Wednesday, March 21 @ 8:30 pm
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Dreaming and Mind

Dreaming and Mind: Buddhism, Neuroscience and Psychology in Conversation Dr. Christof Koch, Dr. Karl Brunnhölzl, Dr. Maxine Anderson and Dr. Don Ross What is “lucid dreaming”? Curious about the meaning of a dream? What happens if you don’t dream at all or you feel you’re dreaming all the time? Are sensations in dreams different than sensations in non-dream states? What’s…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Date: Saturday, March 3
Time: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Book group: The Hundred Verses of Advice .. on What Matters Most

The Hundred Verses of Advice: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on What Matters Most by Padampa Sangye, with commentary by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Trans. by the Padmakara Translation Group Book discussion group facilitated by Nick Vail 9 Monday evenings, March 5 – April 30, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 pm Join us for an informal weekly book discussion group. Pithy, provocative, and profound…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Monday, March 5 @ 7:00 pm
End: Monday, April 30 @ 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Vajrayana
Teacher: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dying With Confidence Level 1 with Anyen Rinpoche

  The Dying With Confidence (DWC) Training Program brings to fruition Anyen Rinpoche’s vision of helping sentient beings around the world who are ill or dying or who wish to prepare for death in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Phowa (Tib. “transference of consciousness”) is a Tibetan Buddhist practice, which helps the dying to leave this life behind without attachment or…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Bainbridge Bodhi Center

Start: Friday, March 23 @ 8:00 am
End: Tuesday, March 27 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Longchen Nyingtig Vajrayana
Teacher: Anyen Rinpoche

Gathering of Buddhist Teachers and Leaders

Buddhist teachers, leaders, and monastics from around the region are invited to participate in a day-long gathering on May 5th, hosted by the Seattle Koyasan Temple. We’ll be introduced to Shingon Buddhism by our host Imanaka Taijo Sensei. We’ll engage in facilitated discussions about topics of interest to the day’s participants. Perhaps the challenges of Buddhism in the modern world?…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Venerable Thubten Chodron at East-West Books

Friday, October 19, 2018. 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Public Talk at East West Bookstore. Venerable Chodron will speak on her latest two books co-authored with His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Approaching the Buddhist Path and The Foundation of Buddhist Practice. Free to the Public; an opportunity to offer dana will be available for those who wish. East-West Books is…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Friday, October 19
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan-non-sectarian
Teacher: Venerable Thubten Chodron

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/ Venerable Pannavati

Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage in Hendersonville, NC. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, she is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. An international teacher, she advocates on behalf of disempowered women…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, March 23
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Venerable Pannavati

Two Ways of Knowing Phenomena: Non-Conceptual Awareness Vs. Conceptual Thought

This teaching will be a comprehensive presentation on the two sides of mind by defining specific characteristics, identifying respective objects and differentiating modes of complex comprehensions. In particular, Geshe Jamyang will emphasize the important application of  these topics to our quality of daily life and to our Dharma paths toward both immediate sense of ascertainment in following the intended paths…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Sunday, March 4
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim

Ruth Ozeki at Seattle Soto Zen

Author and Zen Priest, Ruth Ozeki, will give the talk today. Her highly acclaimed book, A Tale for the Time Being, weaves together themes from Zen and contemporary life, including alienated teens, treasured grandmothers, monastery life and Dogen’s Uji. Ruth is a student of Norman Fischer and often practices with us at the Samish Island Sesshin. We are delighted that we’ve been able to…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Soto Zen

Date: Sunday, February 25
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Tradition: Soto Zen
Teacher: Jeff Kelley

Movie Marathon: Buddha

On March 24, 2018 we will begin a monthly DVD Movie Marathon of the show The Buddha, a 55 episode magnum opus on the life of the Buddha. We will show 6 episodes in one go, serve popcorn, and order pizza as well. The screenings will continue every fourth Saturday in 2018, through November. You don’t want to miss this!…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Saturday, March 24
Time: 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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What's Happening

Compassion Cultivation Trainings

Diane Hetrick offers two Compassion Cultivation Trainings in Seattle.  A Compassion Cultivation Training eight week class series starts Tuesday, March 13th, from 1:30-3:30pm in the Ballard/Fremont neighborhood.  The early bird registration deadline is Feb 20th, and regular registration will continue to be open after that.  For those who feel cost is a challenge, please contact me directly regarding a scholarship. Also, email me…

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Duvall’s New Tibetan Buddhist Study Group Is All About Mental Health

Members of the group explore the mind, what’s beneficial, what’s wholesome, what’s harmful, Winwood said. Then, they learn to let the harmful states of mind pass. They focus on applying Buddhist practices in daily life—at work, at home, and in relationships. “We begin to really see that so much of our anxiety and our stress, our inferiority and our superiority, all arises in the mind based on misunderstandings,” Winwood said. “These Tibetan Buddhist teachings are about understanding the misunderstandings.”

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Faith Community Climate Letter Sign-On

Letters will be delivered to all members of the legislature in mid-February. If you would like to add your name to the letter, please sign on.

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Group Members

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

Drikung Seattle

Drikung Seattle was founded in 2013 by HE Garchen Rinpoche, a remarkable teacher with a remarkable life story. Garchen Rinpoche was imprisoned during the Communist occupation in Tibet for 20 years in the prime of his life. There, he met his guru Khenpo Munsel and secretly practiced. After his release, Rinpoche spread the teachings of dharma to all corners of...

Tradition: Drikung Kagyu || Location: Seattle, WA

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

Shingyo Pre-sectarian Buddhist Temple

Practicing Buddhists have gathered in Shingyo Pre-sectarian Buddhist Temple (Shingyo Temple) to rediscover themselves and find the Buddha’s ways to be truly happy, successful, and enlightened in their everyday lives. While taking part, many of them show sincere desire to support other people, and help them to bring back satisfaction into their lives as well. Shingyo Temple was established through...

Tradition: Pre-sectarian || Location: Ellensburg, WA

SAMGardnerCenter

The Seattle Art Museum collection includes many important Buddhist paintings, sculpture, calligraphy, hand scrolls, and more—a selection is on view at its Asian Art Museum location. The Gardner Center hosts visiting scholars, writers, films, and artists for public events exploring Buddhist arts and cultures. While the Seattle Asian Art Museum is closed for renovation (reopening late 2019), our programs are...

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

Northwest Dharma Association

The mission of the Northwest Dharma Association is to support Buddhist teachings, practice, and community in the Pacific Northwest. We foster a network of friendship and support among Buddhist groups and individual Buddhists from all traditions. We promote communication among Buddhists and with the larger community. We sponsor activities of interest and benefit to Northwest Buddhists. NWDA seeks to fulfill...

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

Lotus Speech Canada

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Sechelt, BC

Shelton Prison Path of Freedom

Meditate with a committed group of volunteers and inmates, and support the Shelton Correctional Facility  group members  in meditation and developing mindful living.  Orientation and training is offered to new volunteers. The Path of Freedom program, developed by Fleet Maull and Kate Crisp, is a powerful  program for transformation. Information on the Prison Dharma Network and the Prison Mindfulness Institute, PMI, can...

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

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