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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….

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Calendar of Events

Contentment in Everyday Life

Contentment can be hard to find. We all experience thoughts or feelings of inadequacy, with that nagging sense that we are just not good enough. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. In this course you will learn how with meditation and contemplation practice, we can relax with ourselves as we are and appreciate…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Start: Wednesday, May 23 @ 7:00 pm
End: Wednesday, June 20 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Shambhala

Introductory Meditation Class Series (6-Week Class)

Six-week class series on Monday evenings from June 18 through July 23, 2018 About Insight Meditation Insight meditation also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Monday, June 18 @ 7:00 pm
End: Monday, July 23 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tuere Sala

The Art of Being Human

By learning to rest in the present moment through mindfulness meditation, we connect with our own inherent sanity and worthiness despite what’s happening in our world. This special weekend retreat provides a foundation for establishing a meditation practice in daily life so that we can be present for every aspect of our lives. We welcome people of all religious traditions…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Start: Friday, June 22 @ 7:00 pm
End: Saturday, June 23 @ 6:00 pm
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Tradition: Shambhala

“Waking up to this Life – It’s not a Rehearsal!”

A one day retreat with Vince Cullen, teacher of Hungry Ghost Retreats and founder of the Fifth Precept Sangha (HungryGhostRetreats.org) Everyone on a Buddhist path is in recovery – or waking up – from greed, hatred and delusion. For some of us that manifests as particular cravings and aversions accompanied by an awful lot of confusion! Come explore “Waking up…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Buddhist Recovery

Date: Saturday, June 23
Time: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Teacher: Vince Cullen

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What's Happening

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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Festival Sundiata | Buddhism – Diversity & Liberation

Festival Sundiata / Buddhism / People of Color / Individual and Shared Liberation / June 16-17 / Seattle Center

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Snoqualmie Dharma Film Festival

The First Annual . . .     Snoqualmie Dharma       Film Festival Hi              Tibetan Buddhist film festival to be held      in downtown Duvall, (King County, WA)      Sat, June 9 . . . all invited, free admission!      Film is an effective medium in which to communicate    ideas both engaging…

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Group Members

Friends of Lama Samten

We are an informal group of dharma practitioners who enjoy inviting Lama Samten to turn the wheel of dharma in the Seattle area. Lama Samten has been visiting Seattle since the early 2000s. About Lama Karma Samten Venerable Lama Samten was born in West Tibet in 1944. He fled his homeland with his brothers, sisters and parents in 1959 when...

Tradition: Karma Kagyu || Location: Vashon, WA

Pristine Mind Foundation

Pristine Mind Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche dedicated to helping people live fully, die fearlessly, and transform every area of their lives by offering accessible and experiential Buddhist teachings.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: , WA

Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple

Tradition: Koyasan Shingon Buddhism (Japanese Vajrayana) || Location: Seattle , WA

Open Gate Zendo

The Open Gate Zendo is the primary practice center of the The Boundless Mind Zen School. The fundamental practices of Boundless Mind Zen are zazen(silent, seated meditation), mindfulness(fully responsive awareness) and personal development in both mental and physical disciplines that incorporate spirituality into everyday life.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Olympia, WA

Seattle Meditation Center

Teaching Dhammakaya Meditation Technique that was taught over 2,000 years ago. This technique disappeared and was rediscovered by our great grand master Phramonkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro), Luang Pu Wat Paknam Pasi Charoen, Thailand. It utilizes the center of the body as a focus point in order to bring the mind to a standstill, thereby creating physical and spiritual well-being for the...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Mountlake Terrace, WA

Open Way Sangha

Open Way's mission is to nurture all who wish to practice Mindfulness. We are part of a world-wide network of communities inspired by the teachings and practices of Thich Nhat Hanh, a widely-known Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author and activist. Join us for weekly mindfulness practice at our center in Missoula, Montana and for retreats and special events throughout the year.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Missoula , MT

Portland Community of Mindful Living, Thursday Night Sangha

Joyful practice of meditation followed by discussion based on readings from the Sutras and from Thich Nhat Hanh's writings. Dharma discussion includes shared experiences of members' practice and insights.

Tradition: Thich Nhat Hanh || Location: Portland, OR

Zenwest Buddhist Society (formerly Victoria Zen Centre)

Zenwest Buddhist Society is a dynamic community and offers a sustainable environment for the practice of living Zen in our families and in our world. Zenwest offers: Training for many non-residential members, and a few residential members. A variety of inclusive activities for the Sangha and broader community. Zenwest: Is located in Sooke on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Sooke, BC

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