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Winter 2018, Volume 31, #4

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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

Pacific Hermitage

Nestled in the Columbia River Gorge along a forested stretch of White Salmon's Jewett Creek is the home of a small group of Theravada Buddhist monks. The Pacific Hermitage is a branch of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, California. The Hermitage is a place of seclusion where the monks devote their lives to meditation and simple living. The monks...

Tradition: Theravada || Location: White Salmon, WA

Bellingham Insight Meditation Society

Member led meditation group formed to support the Dhamma practice and teachings in the Theravada Buddhist traditions. Classes, study groups, book clubs, residential and non-residential retreats are regularly scheduled to support the practice and to benefit all beings.

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Bellingham, WA

Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound

The Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound supports the Plum Village practice and tradition of mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, as exemplified by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and his lineage of many other Buddhist teachers. We share and co-own Dharma Gate, our Seattle practice center, with Three Treasures Sangha, which practices in the Zen tradition of Robert Aitken Roshi. MCPS...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

Dharma Buddies Seattle LGBT Buddhist Fellowship

Dharma Buddies is an Buddhist-inspired spiritual-community for Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer men in the Seattle area.  For 30 years we have welcomed men of all races, backgrounds and ages to explore personal freedom and spiritual growth within a context of Buddhist meditation and conversations on spiritual themes. Dharma Buddies offers annual retreats allowing men to explore meditation’s benefits in-depth....

Tradition: All Buddhist Schools || Location: Seattle, WA

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

Ewam Sang-ngag Ling

Ewam is a member-supported organization relying on the generosity of our friends and sangha members. The most important benefit of membership is the continuation of the center itself. Membership helps support the mission of the center, the growth of dharma worldwide and the work of Gochen Tulku Rinpoche. Rinpoche's main project is building the Magadha Garden of 1,000 Buddhas in...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Arlee, MT

Buddhist Institute of Universal Compassion

The Buddhist Institute of Universal Compassion is a part of the Universal Compassion Foundation. The purpose for which UCF is formed is to promote universal compassion and world peace through Buddhist wisdom and service.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Spokane, WA

Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple

We are a community dedicated to the study and practice of Nichiren Buddhism here in the greater Seattle area. Our Sangha follows the teachings of the Eternal Shakyamuni Buddha as set forth in the Lotus Sutra and the teachings of our founder, Nichiren Shonin, and our main practice is chanting the Odaimoku (Great Title) of the Lotus Sutra, “Namu Myoho...

Tradition: Nichiren Shu Buddhism based in Japan || Location: Seattle, WA

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