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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

Buddhist Recovery Network Summit: Sept 5-8

Come join us at the intersection of Buddhist practice and recovery from addiction. The summit will be a global gathering of teachers, authors, healers, meeting facilitators and practitioners. All recovery paths and Buddhist lineages are welcome.

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June 8th community meeting: Calling all health professionals!

Participate in Northwest Dharma Association’s ongoing series of community meetings. Learn about different Buddhist traditions, and about how tradition is meeting and influencing the state-of-the-art.

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Open house at Whidbey Island temple

ema Kilaya Sangha welcomes the public to an Open House for its new temple on south Whidbey Island, June 9 & 10. The sanctuary beautifully combines NW architecture with traditional Tibetan elements, and the sacred space already resonates.

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Group Members

Downtown Lunch Hour Meditation

Pause and share silent meditation with others as a means to set the intention for your work week. Basic instruction is provided.

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

Nalanda Institute

The Nalanda Institute of Olympia is a Buddhist meditation and study center drawing mainly, but not exclusively from the Tibetan tradition.  Teachings at Nalanda emphasize meditation, learning, inner growth, and “non-harming” attitudes and actions.  We support all participants in their pursuit of mindful living, meditation practice, and the Buddhist path. We provide a quality meditation space and highly qualified teachers....

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Olympia, WA

Portland Insight Meditation Community

Serving Portland OR for more than 20 years, PIMC is an experiment in American Buddhism - dedicated to the liberation from suffering through the teaching of mindfulness practice and the nurturing of mindful community. We are a 501c3 non-profit that welcomes people of all genders, orientations, religions, beliefs, ages, abilities, and racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. Founded by Guiding Teacher...

Tradition: Vipassana/Theravada || Location: Portland, OR

Seattle One Drop Zendo - Water Moon Dojo

A place for zazen/sitting meditation in the Rinzai tradition, sutra chanting, readings, some practice talks. Please contact us for orientation if needed.

Tradition: Rinzai (Myoshinji lineage) || Location: Seattle, WA

Lotus Sisters

The Lotus Sisters/Lotus Sangha is Seattle’s Buddhist Sangha for Lesbian & Bisexual Women, and Trans, Non-Binary & Gender Non-Conforming People. We sit in the Theravadan tradition, but practitioners of other traditions are welcome. We have sits throughout the month, and hold periodic retreats and days of mindfulness including an annual  5 day residential retreat. Our guiding teacher is Arinna Weisman....

Tradition: Theravada Vipassana || Location: Seattle, WA

Kathok Centre

Kathok Centre is a Tibetan Buddhist Centre under the spiritual guidance of V.V. Lingrtul Rinpoche and Tulku Karzang. We hold monthly Guru Yoga Tsok offering practices, Green Tara and Nyundro practices for practicing Buddhists. We also hold Open Meditation a couple of times a month and weekly open times for the general public in Spring and Summer.

Tradition: Tibetan Nyingma || Location: Qualicum Beach, BC

Buddhist Global Relief

Founded in 2008, BGR's mission is to combat chronic hunger and malnutrition. Bearing in mind the Buddha’s statements that “hunger is the worst kind of illness” and “the gift of food is the gift of life,” we sponsor projects that promote hunger relief for poor communities around the world.

Tradition: nonsectarian || Location: Seattle, WA

Foundation for Active Compassion

Our Mission: To empower people with profound, accessible spiritual practices that support their individual and collective work to become better people and to make a better world. We provide powerfully transformative practices from Tibetan Buddhism, adapted into new forms that can meet the hearts and minds of people from all backgrounds and faiths, so as to help them bring out...

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism || Location: Portland, OR

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