Northwest Dharma Association



NW Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Fall 2018, Volume 31, #3

Northwest Dharma Supports Global Compassion

Northwest dharma leaders increasingly reflect the diversity of the region, such as this 2016 event at Seattle University featuring Lama Chonyin Rangdrol and Dr. Charles Johnson, both of African origin.

We’re in a time of transition in Buddhist communities and in society at large. As the dharma takes root across a globalized world, Asian and Western traditions and sciences are coming together with some helpful synergies, and sanghas are integrating their spiritual practices with social service and compassionate action. There are also many painful events and challenges, ranging from continued…

With Buddhist Roots, Recovery Cafes Spread Across Northwest, Helping People with Addiction

Recovery Café members take a break from their game to cheer recovery!

Seattle’s Recovery Café Network is steadily growing in the Northwest, as it taps Buddhist and other sources to offer help for people with addiction issues. In addition to our flagship program in Seattle, 11 Recovery Cafes have now opened their doors. In 2018 we are opening three more in the Pacific Northwest. Recovery Café Clark County, in a mostly rural…

On The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan

Kaz Tanahashi and me at Guojing Monastery in Southwestern China, where it is said that Hanshan went to meet his friends Shide and Fenggan

In late June, 2018, Shambhala Publications published “The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan,” translated from the Tang dynasty Chinese by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt. Of all the Chinese hermit poets from the late 7th century on, Hanshan (Cold Mountain) may well be the most beloved. You can read about this new publication here, including endorsements…

West Coast Tibetans Gather in Seattle area to Celebrate H.H. Dalai Lama’s 83rd Birthday

Women from the Tibetan Association of Washington performing a Tibetan dance

More than 500 West Coast Tibetans gathered near Seattle July 6-8, to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 83rd birthday. The Tibetan Association of Washington, which represents Washington state’s Tibetan community, put together the three-day picnic event. The event, at North Creek High School in Bothell, a small city north of Seattle, included Tibetan cultural performances and sports competitions. The sports events…

Magnificent First Tara Drupchen Held in Portland

Lama Wongmo Simons leads a procession around the Tara Mandala

Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation performed its first-ever Portland drupchen in April, and plans to repeat the complex vajrayana practice April 26-28, 2019. Entitled “The Grand Blessing Ceremony of the 10,000 Offerings to the 21 Noble Taras,” the three-day 2018 ceremony was conducted by His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. He is a renowned Tibetan meditation master, scholar and author and…

Kagyu Sukha Choling’s Ashland Sangha Prepares For Lama Succession and a Healthy Future

Kagyu Sukha Choling’s Tibetan-style temple, completed in 2010, reflects the authenticity of the group and its practices

As Kagyu Sukha Choling’s two lamas move toward semi-retirement, leaders of the Ashland, Oregon, sangha are developing a multi-layered plan to keep the center alive and thriving. The plan includes providing for future teachings, for financial stability, and for the comfortable retirement of the two female lamas leading Kagyu Sukha Choling (KSC): Lama Pema Clark and Lama Yeshe Parke. Developing…


Calendar of Events

Roots of Buddhism Class

September 10 – October 8, Havurah Five Monday evenings from 7-9pm. September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8. Teacher: Koshin Cain Class is limited to 20 participants, Please register early. $150 non-members, $125 members In the class we’ll study 16 ancient Buddhist texts.  I hope by the end of the series you will have An appreciation for what the Buddha himself taught, and what concepts and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Puget Sound Zen Center

Start: Monday, September 10 @ 7:00 pm
End: Monday, October 8 @ 7:00 pm
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Tradition: Rinzai Zen
Teacher: Koshin Chris Cain

Teachings with Geshe Dadul Namgyal

Geshe Dadul Teaches Buddhist Philosophy We are happy that Geshe Dadul Namgyal will return to teach!  Everyone interested in Buddhist philosophy is welcome to join us. Geshe Dadul’s teaching style in lively and interactive and his English is superb. Intellectually challenging, his courses never fail to broaden our minds, deepen our understanding, and be thoroughly enjoyable. Geshe la is still pondering…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Start: Friday, September 21 @ 3:00 pm
End: Tuesday, September 25 @ 2:00 pm

Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Geshe Dadul Namgyal

Orientation & Open House

Have you ever wondered how the Shambhala Center works? Why people bow or what is on the shrine? Thinking about getting more involved in the community? Come to the Orientation and Open House to learn more about the Shambhala Center, community practice and culture, as well as events and classes! All are welcome! The orientation is from 6:00-6:45pm, then stick…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Date: Tuesday, September 25
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Beginning Tibetan Language

We are pleased to announce a new first year Tibetan Language Series beginning on Wednesday, September 26 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  Eric Dulberg will be teaching the classes, which will be held on Wednesdays at the Monastery, in the absence of other Monastery events.  Please RSVP with the office ( if you are interested in attending. The purpose of…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Wednesday, September 26
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Teacher: Eric Dulberg

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What's Happening

Heart of Shin Buddhism – August 26 at Seattle Betsuin

A seminar with renowned Jodo Shinshu scholar and author Rev. Dr. Kenneth Tanaka: “The Heart of Shin Buddhism: A Path of Meaning and Happiness within an Anxious Life and World” at Seattle Betsuin, Sunday August 26, 1pm-4:30pm

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August 18 – Buddhist Global Relief – Portland Walk to Feed the Hungry

Saturday August 18th at noon at Portland Friends of the Dhamma, 1404 SE 25th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

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Sept 15 – Buddhist Global Relief – Seattle Walk to Feed the Hungry

Seattle Walk September 15 at Volunteer Park 9:00 a.m.

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Group Members

People of Color and Allies Sangha

The People of Color and Allies Sangha (POCAS) is a Buddhist inspired, peer led mindfulness group. It meets weekly on Thursday Nights for a sit and Dharma discussion. All People of Color interested in meditation and Buddhism are invited to attend. Allies must be sponsored by a person of color and current member that can vouch for their level of...

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

Ocean Light Zen Center

Welcome to Ocean Light Zen Center. We are a small, sincere community of Zen practitioners in West Seattle. Please join us any Sunday morning at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse for meditation in good company. We offer group meditation practice, retreats, public talks, and other programs to support the beginning and sustaining of a rewarding Zen meditation practice. Ocean Light is affiliated...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA


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

Zen Centre of Vancouver

A growing community for Zen practice under an authorized teacher. Daily zazen meetings, residential facilities for short or long term practictioners, ceremonies, gatherings, one and seven day retreats. Please see our web site.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Vancouver, BC

Beginners Mind Zen Meditation

Simple, Zen-style meditation for beginners and experienced meditators, led by Ellen Enmei Simpson.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Salem, OR

True Nature Sangha

We are a small community exploring Buddha dharma and meditation in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle, WA. All are welcome and no experience is required to sit with us. We explore Dharma and meditation through the Ajahn Chah/Thai Forest lineage of Theravada Buddhism which is distilled through Insight Meditation communities throughout the United States. Each class includes meditation, dharma teachings, and...

Tradition: Theravada/Insight Meditation || Location: Seattle, WA

Snow Buddha Meditation

Snow Buddha Meditation & Yoga offers mindfulness meditation and mindfulness yoga classes, based on Theravada Buddhist teachings in combination with Hatha Yoga and Western scientific research into Mindfulness.

Tradition: Theravada, Vipassana || Location: Anchorage, AK

Ligmincha Northwest

We meet weekly to practice Bon Buddhist healing meditations. We also have the good fortune of listening to and participating with our teacher and the international sangha in a regularly scheduled monthly webcast. This is followed with discussion and potluck. The dates for the webcasts are posted at the website, The Olympia practice group also shares viewing films that...

Tradition: Bon Buddhist || Location: Olympia, WA

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