Lots to Celebrate, as NWDA Opens New Doors
Letter from the President and Executive Director

Written by: Tim Tapping and George Draffan

Northwest Dharma Association brings people from many traditions together in harmony, as it has for many years. This photo is of the 2005 Change Your Mind Day celebration, in Seattle’s Volunteer Park.

Northwest Dharma Association brings people from many traditions together in harmony, as it has for many years. This photo is of the 2005 Change Your Mind Day celebration, in Seattle’s Volunteer Park.
Photo by: Charlotte Boynton

Everything changes…so the Buddha said.

A cold winter becomes a wet spring becomes a dry summer.

Northwest Dharma Association is changing too. We’re building inclusive communities, partnering with contemplative caregivers, co-sponsoring the international Buddhist Recovery Summit in October.

And of course we maintain our online directory and calendar of Buddhist organizations and their events, across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia.

And — the best part — we’re handing off NWDA to the welcome new generation of deep-practicing, forward-looking, socially engaged, eclectic, nonsectarian young Buddhists.

Together, with community partners and advisors, the association’s programs are wide open.

Inclusive communities bring together lay and monastic Buddhists, Asian temples and cutting-edge mindfulness science.

Contemplative caregiving supports anyone who serves others in stressful environments: family and professional caregivers, chaplains, nurses and physicians, schoolteachers, social welfare workers, and people in the criminal justice systems.

On November 11, NWDA and Nalanda West are co-sponsoring a day we’re calling “Celebrating the MahaSangha,” with speakers, discussions, arts, music, and more. Join us for this celebration. Support NWDA and the Buddhist community.