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Summer 2019, Volume 32, #1

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From the Board: Turning Vision into Next Steps!

NWDA community meeting hosted by the Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple, February 6, 2019. From left: Riaz Khan, Washin, Imanaka Taijo Sensei, Sharyn Skeeter, George Draffan, John Guy, Susan Greenfield, Lama Rangdrol, Timothy O’Brien

Over the past several months, the Northwest Dharma Association team has been convening a series of community roundtables. We met with a wonderful cross-section of people and heard about what matters most to them. We’re pleased to report a growing sense of collaboration and mutual support, among many different Buddhist and Buddhist-inspired communities. These include practitioners and teachers bringing mindfulness…

Dharma Education

Strengthening Diversity and Inclusion on the Path

People attending the 2017 Awakening to Whiteness class, held at the Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple in Portland

Reflecting growing awareness of the need for the diversity and inclusion in the dharma, a friend and I developed a series of workshops called “Power, Privilege & Difference: How Buddhist Practice is the Work of Social Restoration.” Most recently in April I led one of these workshops at the Portland Shambhala Center, and Through July, August and September I will…

Compassionate Action

GenX Buddhist Teachers Gather at Great Vow,Find Comradeship and Support in their Variety

The Panel on Integrity and Enlightenment reflected the gathering’s diversity, including Grace Song, Brother Phap Hai, Roshi Chozen Bays, Lama Willa Miller and Singhashri Gazmuri

On an unusually hot day for the Pacific Northwest, some 40 Buddhist teachers converged on Clatskanie, Oregon, to attend the 2019 GenX Buddhist Teachers’ Sangha Gathering (GBTS). The June 12-to-16 gathering of GenX Buddhist leaders from North America and beyond was hosted by Great Vow Zen Monastery. In the rare company of other dharma teachers, of similar age and experience,…

Dharma Healing, Arts

Buddhist Contemplative Gallery Coming Soon With Seattle Asian Art Museum Renovation

A 12th century Japanese Buddha statue, made of wood with gold lacquer, will face the entry. It was a gift of the Monsen family

A distinctive new feature of the renovated Seattle Asian Art Museum will be a small gallery designed to invite Buddhist contemplation and meditation. The gallery, set off from the main visitor pathway, will exhibit only four Buddhist works of art, one on each wall, to allow for more empty space than the other galleries. The sparse art installation in the…

Sangha News

Consecration of Phagtsok Gendun Choling TempleBrings Essence of Tibetan Tradition to Northwest

Dza Kilung Rinpoche presiding over the consecration of the temple

Tibetan Buddhists came from around the world for the May 30 to June 3 consecration of the new Phagtsok Gendun Choling Temple on Whidbey Island, Washington. Supporters of Tibetan Lama Kilung Rinpoche funded construction of the wooden 5,000-square-foot temple, to support his teaching program in the West. Whidbey Island is in the Salish Sea, part of which is called Puget…

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What's Happening

Undoing Racism – White Buddhist Affinity Group

The vision is an affinity group of white folks (aka white caucus) as defined by Dr. Ruth King  across Buddhist denominations in Seattle involved in race equity. At the first meeting, these avenues of exploration and action presented themselves: 1) providing mutual support for our efforts in our individual Sanghas toward creating the conditions for authentic inclusion, seeing & undoing…

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The Passing of Robby Pellet (1956-2019)

by George Draffan With sadness I learned of the passing of Ryuzen Robby Pellet in August.  Robby was an early supporter of Northwest Dharma Association and a contributor in big and small ways. He gave several Dharma talks at NWDA festivals and events.  He was a big proponent of bringing Zen practice directly into daily life, having trained in an…

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Compassion Cultivation Training

Fall 2019 Compassion Cultivation Training Class Series  Facilitated by Diane Hetrick and Shayla Collins Select Wednesdays: October 16, 30, November 6, 13, 20 and December 4, 11, 18 6:30-8:30pm at Prospect Congregational UCC Church, 1919 E. Prospect St, Capitol Hill location Compassion Cultivation Training is an eight-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness for oneself…

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Group Members

Salem Insight

Vipassana practice (guided and unguided sitting periods and a walking period) with tea and dharma discussion before and after the practice. We meet at Oregon School of Massage's Salem Campus (2111 Front St NE) on Monday evenings 7-9 PM, with tea 30 minutes before and after. The two founders are Theravadan practitioners, but the group is nondenominational. Beginners and experienced...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Salem, OR

Seattle Wisdom

A Seattle hub for conscious conversations and mindfulness practices in professional spaces. Seattle Wisdom was founded in 2013 to unite the Seattle community. The group encompasses mindfulness teachers, coaches, facilitators, private mediation practitioners as well as those seeking to learn new ways bring authenticity into the workplace. We are a community/volunteer run organization with all members encouraged to take action...

Tradition: none || Location: , WA

Living Bodhicitta

Tibetan Buddhist wisdom, meditation, and practical applications for living a more peaceful and compassionate life. Regular meditation and discussion groups, workshops, visiting teachers, and one-on-one mentoring available. Weekly discussion group is free of charge, and mentoring is available on a sliding scale.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Port Townsend, WA

diydharma

Do-it-Yourself Dharma is a peer-led Buddhist community of freaks, geeks, queers, trans folks, rebels, outcasts, stream-enterers, and friends young and old. Folks of all backgrounds, cultures, and traditions are welcome. We meditate together in East Vancouver, following the Buddhist tradition. We strive to create a space for kindness, mutual respect, and safety, free from violence and oppression.   We also have...

Tradition: all traditions and lineages || Location: Vancouver, BC

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

Bellingham Rime

"A true Buddhist cannot be but non-sectarian and Rimé in their approach." In trhis vein we are a Buddhist group that embraces practices and teachings from different schools and lineages withing Vajrayana Buddhism. We bring Masters and teachers from the different schools to the NW to do teaching and transmissions.

Tradition: Vajrayana Buddhism (Rimé) || Location: Bellingham, WA

Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery

The Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery (ABM) was launched January 18, 1998 by the Thai and American Buddhist community of Washington state. This Buddhist Temple was certified as a "not-for-profit" corporation of the State of Washington on 22 April 1998. We are a small humble Buddhist monastery tucked away in a serene corner of Woodinville among acres of wooded land. The monastery...

Tradition: Theravada || Location: Woodinville, WA

Island Sangha

Mindfulness Community in the Plum Village tradition

Tradition: Zen || Location: Guemes Island, WA

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