Northwest Dharma Association



NW Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Summer 2018, Volume 31, #2

NWDA Launches Summer Funding Drive:Please Join Those Who Make This Work Possible

The Buddhist Recovery Summit, which brought together leaders in dharma-based recovery addiction from around the world, was co-sponsored by Northwest Dharma Association.

We need your help. Like many small non-profits, we rely on donations. Unlike many others, however, that’s all we have to depend on. We have no other source of revenue, such as advertising, product sales, grants, etc. So, please give. It’s easy. Just go here. We especially appreciate recurring monthly gifts, because they help us predict our revenue. Any gift…

Bhikkhu Bodhi Walks to Feed the Hungry Set in Seattle and Portland in Coming Months

A group photo in front of Portland Friends of the Dharma, before the Portland walk started.

Northwest people are planning to walk together to raise funds for the Buddhist Global Relief organization, in Portland on Aug. 18 and in Seattle on Sept. 15. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, a well-known Theravada monastic and translator, 10 years ago founded Buddhist Global Relief to promote compassion in action by improving access to food for people around the world. BGR does…

Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron Release New BookFrom Library of Wisdom of Compassion Series

In 2013 His Holiness the Dalai Lama met in Portland with student and co-author Venerable Thubten Chodron, to discuss The Library of Wisdom and Compassion series.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and Pacific Northwest author and Buddhist nun Venerable Thubten Chodron, have jointly released a second volume in the Dalai Lama’s definitive and comprehensive series of teachings on the entire Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion. The second volume “The Foundation of Buddhist Practice,” released by Wisdom Publications May 15, lays out the steps…

Cambodian, Lao and Thai People Band TogetherTo Build Temple in Lake Stevens, Washington

A monk robe-offering ceremony, symbolizing how the community supports monastic life

The members of Bright Buddhist Association, now in a converted house, are preparing to break ground for a much-larger temple complex. Nearly 400 sangha members are raising money to support the temple expansion project, on a 6-acre site north of the town of Lake Stevens, which is in turn north of Seattle. The region is largely rural with a sparse…

Tahoma Zen Monastery Plans for 1,000 Years

People doing retreat at Tahoma Monastery use traditional Japanese practice forms, such as this walking meditation around the zendo deck

The leaders of the Tahoma-san Sōgen-ji Zen Monastery, on Washington state’s Whidbey Island north of Seattle, are taking steps to keep the monastery healthy for the next 1,000 years. We’re planting of trees and building facilities to last a millennium. We’re also deepening the teaching and practice of realizing directly our original nature, at this traditional Rinzai Zen Training Monastery….


Calendar of Events

Chakrasamvara Empowerment bestowed by H.H. the Sakya Trichen

Saturday, August 18: Empowerment is from 5-8pm, and registrants can meditate quietly in the room from 2 to 4pm while His Holiness prepares. Sunday, August 19: Empowerment is from 2-8pm, and registrants can meditate quietly in the room from 10 am to noon while His Holiness prepares. You must attend both days to receive the empowerment. Location: Nordic Museum, 2655…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Start: Saturday, August 18
End: Sunday, August 19

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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: His Holiness the Sakya Trichen

Land dedication and open house

The Puget Sound Zen Center welcomes the Pacific Northwest community to a land dedication and open house on its new piece of land, Saturday August 18, from 4-7pm on Vashon Island. The land is located just north of the Harbor School on Vashon Highway, which is 15920 Vashon Highway. There will be food and festivities for all ages, as well as trail…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Puget Sound Zen Center

Date: Saturday, August 18
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Type:

Tradition: Rinzai Zen
Teacher: Koshin Chris Cain

August Retreat

The Weekend Vipassana Retreat starts on Friday at 7 pm through Sunday at 9 am.  The Day of Mindfulness starts on Saturday at 9 am to 9 pm. Please go to to regi.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery

Start: Friday, August 24 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, August 26 @ 9:00 pm
Event Type:

Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Phra Phillip

Buddha Movie Marathon

On March 24, we began 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 or fifth Saturday in 2018, through November. You don’t want to miss this!…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Saturday, August 25
Time: 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Type:

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism

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What's Happening

Pure Land Master Nguyen Kim, 1943-2018

For the suffering world’s relief
Abandon greed, anger, arguing with each other
I wish everyone open their minds
Cherishing living beings, and the right Way…

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Arinna Weisman in Seattle

Lotus Sisters is happy to share these two events in July led by our teacher Arinna Weisman. Please join us!

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June 24 March with Seattle Buddhist Temple in Seattle Pride Parade

2018 is the second year the Seattle Buddhist Temple has participated in the Seattle Pride Parade. In 2017, nearly 100 Sangha members and friends marched in the parade.

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Group Members

Mahasati Retreat Association

The Mahasati Retreat Association is a group of over twenty volunteers, in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco Bay area, Southern California, and Houston, Texas, including several Theravadan Buddhist monks, who are dedicated to promoting the teachings of Ajahn Jamnian (also know as Luang Por Jumnien), a meditation master in the Thai Forest Tradition. Each summer, in June, Ajahn Jamnian travels from...

Tradition: Theravada- Vipassana (Thai Forest Tradition ) || Location: Olympia, WA

Empty Field - Zen West

The Zen West ~ Empty Field community offers an intimate  setting to engage Zen Buddhist practice adapted and expressed within a Western context. Our sangha fosters genuine warm relationships and values practice connected to the earth and responsive to contemporary social and ecological challenges.  Zen West meets weekly in Eugene for meditation, dharma teaching, discussion and social connection.   We offer...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Eugene, OR

Touching Earth Sangha

Touching Earth Sangha is a spiritual practice community dedicated to awakening the clarity, joyfulness, and compassion that is our full potential as human beings.  We understand that such an awakening is fundamentally nurtured by a responsible and caring way of life in harmony with all living creatures and with our life-giving natural world.  And such a non-harming and compassionate way...

Tradition: Zen/non-traditional || Location: Portland, OR

Drukpa Mila Center (Salem)

The Drukpa Mila Center has been established by Lama Karma Namgyel in the tradition of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage of Buddhism from Bhutan. The purpose for creating the center is to bridge the religious cultures from the areas of the East including Bhutan, Tibet, India and Nepal to the West. This includes bringing Buddhist teachers from the Drukpa Kagyu and...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Salem, OR

Sravasti Abbey

Sravasti Abbey is an American monastic community in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The Abbey's mission is to support a flourishing monastic community where learning and practicing the Buddha's teachings cultivates peace in the hearts of its residents, visitors, and, by extension, in the world. While monastic training is the focus, lay visitors are welcomed. Founded in 2003, we are located...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Newport, 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

Seven Thunders

We are an organization formed to support growth towards a deepening spiritual awareness and appreciation of life. Each of us has a unique path and we benefit from teachers and companions along the Way. We offer multi-day contemplative retreats and zen sesshins throughout the year, and have weekly meditation opportunities. In addition to this website, we electronically publish a newsletter...

Tradition: Zen || Location: , WA

Friends of Chamtrul Rinpoche PDX

We support Chamtrul's teaching in Portland, OR.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Portland, OR

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