Dharma-based race equity opportunities in Seattle

Hello Seattleites, 

Below are some opportunities for learning & community-building in Seattle in the next couple of months that might be of interest to you. These events are either focused on addressing race equity & dismantling white supremacy, or/and building resilience among BIPOC folks, or/and led by BIPOC Dharma teachers whose wise perspective is a blessing to all of us….or all of the above.

May we all grow in many aspects of wisdom and love in this critical time.

Ruby Philips



First, an invitation to a historic event this Saturday night:

Saturday, January 25  7 pm Elliott Bay Books,  1521 10thAvenue (Capitol Hill)

Transcending book launch/reading(first Trans Buddhist anthology, edited by Kevin Manders & Elizabeth Marston)

Join the authors of Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voicesfor the book launch & discussion of this groundbreaking collection—sharing the many voices and experiences of trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary Buddhists. Emceed by our local QPOC Dharma leader Bk (Brian Kimmel); other authors reading include Aeva Black, Michaela McCormick, Sasha Strong, & more.  



EVENTS FOR BLACK, INDIGENOUS & PEOPLE OF COLOR TO GROW TOGETHER

Friday, March 27  6 – 9 pm  The Summit, 420 E Pike St., 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Lama Rod Owens: The Dharma of Resilience    BIPOC Caucus event

Queer Black Dharma teacher Lama Rod Owens, co-author of Radical Dharma, offers teachings and practices to deepen our resilience and re-establish balance.

https://www.rainierbeachyoga.com/lama-rod-owens/



Ongoing: first & third Sunday 6 – 8 pm    (February 2 & 16, March 1 & 15, April 5 & 19)

Dharma Gate, 1910 – 24thAve. S., 98144

POC Meditation Group  in the tradition of Plum Village/Thich Nhat Hanh

http://mindfulnesspugetsound.org/ongoing-practice-schedule/



Ongoing: first Sunday 1 – 2:30 pm   (February 2, March 1, April 5)

Shambhala Seattle, 3107 E. Harrison St., 98112

BIPOC Meditation group   in the tradition of Shambhala 

https://seattle.shambhala.org/people-color-meditation-group/



Yoga for People of Color    

Ongoing: first & third Thursdays  7:15 – 8:45 pm (Jan 23, Feb 6 & 20, March 5 & 19, April 2 & 16)

8 Limbs Capitol Hill, 500 E. Pike St.,  98122

https://8limbsyoga.com/offering/yoga-for-people-of-color/



Ongoing: scholarships available for POC & other marginalized folks for 

8 Limbs Yoga Teacher Training programs

http://8limbsyoga.com/teacher-training/



EVENTS FOR ASPIRING WHITE ALLIES TO GROW TOGETHER

2ndWednesdays  7 – 8:30 pm  February 12, March 11, April 8)    

(South End location provided when registering)

Undoing Whiteness series—embodied white awareness learning led by Laura Humpf & colleagues (each session is unique; can attend one or all)

https://www.rainierbeachyoga.com/undoing-whiteness/



EVENTS FOR BOTH POC & ASPIRING ALLIES TO LEARN & GROW

Friday, March 6     7 – 9 pm   sponsored by SIMS

University Friends Meeting, 4001 9thAve NE, 98105 (Univ. District)

Venerable Pannavati     Dharma talk & meditation

https://seattleinsight.org/Calendar/Full-Calendar/EventId/637/e/evening-dharma-talk-6-mar-2020



Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8     9 am – 4:30 pm    sponsored by SIMS

Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive, Kenmore 98028

Venerable Pannavati  weekend non-residential retreat   (can attend one or both days)

https://seattleinsight.org/Calendar/Full-Calendar/EventId/636/e/weekend-retreat-7-mar-2020



Saturday & Sunday, March 28 – 29   The Summit, 420 E Pike St., 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Lama Rod Owens: The Dharma ofResilience   weekend non-residential retreat

Queer Black Dharma teacher Lama Rod Owens, co-author of Radical Dharma, offers teachings and practices to deepen our resilience and re-establish balance.

https://www.rainierbeachyoga.com/lama-rod-owens/



Wednesday, March 25 – Sunday, March 29     Camp Indianola,    sponsored by MCPS

Being Together: Back to Basics   residential mindfulness retreat with Anh-Huong Nguyen & Thu Nguyen    Anh-Huong is a niece of Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Opening the Heart of Compassion, co-author with and translator of books by Thich Nhat Hanh.

http://mindfulnesspugetsound.org



TWO OTHER PROJECTS OF POSSIBLE INTEREST

Gathering Roots Retreat & Wellness Center

BIPOC folks are raising money to purchase a lodge and land on Whidbey Island for BIPOC-led and centered Dharma, artistic expression and wellness.  Please consider supporting this project.!

https://gatheringroots.org/



Resource list of Buddhist Sanghas for WSR inmates

A group of Buddhist practitioners at Washington State Reformatory in Monroe is compiling a resource list of Buddhist centers in our area so they can access teachings & Sangha while incarcerated and after release.  Here is more info: 

https://northwestdharma.org/NWDA-blog/invitation-to-contribute-to-resource-for-prison-inmates/

Buddhist centers are requested to send their mailing address, what type of Buddhism they practice, and any other pertinent information to to Venerable Leshay Sangpo at venerablelekshay@gmail.com