NWDA Community Meetings: Join us in Revisioning and Community-Building

For 25 years the Northwest Dharma Association has had the same great mission: supporting Buddhist teachings and community. NWDA is also in a time of transition: the Association needs new ideas and energy, new events and programs, new resources and leadership and strategic planning.

These community meetings are an invitation to participate in shaping the Association for an inclusive, sustainable future. We want to hear from the whole region: every Buddhist tradition, and also scientists and health care and social workers using mindfulness and compassion practices, and Buddhist-inspired activists and artists. You can participate in person or often by video/telephone conference; a few meetings are by video or telephone only.

  • If you’d like to host or participate in a meeting, contact Tim Tapping or George Draffan. If your temple members are not primarily English-speaking, let’s make sure we have a translator to help us share the dialogue.

Recent and future community meetings are listed below:

Saturday February 9 was a video conference only due to the weather, but the dialogue was warm and heartfelt. A little presentation of the history and present of the Association, and everyone jumped in with some brilliant ideas and practical knowledge.

Saturday February 16. Hosted by the Seattle Koyasan Shingon Buddhist Temple, with people from the vipassana, Tibetan and Japanese vajrayana, and mindfulness communities. We explored the challenges and joy of inclusivity and collaboration across traditions and cultures, made some wonderful new connections, and are already working together on several projects. Thank you all!

Saturday March 2. Hosted by Cho Bo Ji Zen Temple. Another intimate and really helpful meeting, together questioning as deeply as we can, without jumping to conclusions: What is meaningful to the people we serve? The Northwest Dharma Association’s mission has always been to support Buddhist teachings and community, but that support has ranged from offering retreats, to region-wide newspaper, to a membership Association with over 130 organizations… So, what’s next? We also touched on practical needs, such as making sure important events, news, and articles are shared on social media. All you social media volunteers and interns out there — can you help? Contact George Draffan.

Saturday March 23
10:30 am ~ 12:30 pm
Hosted by Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle.

Saturday April 6
1:30 ~ 3:30 pm
Theme: Buddhist-inspired art, traditional and contemporary. 
Hosted by Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave. Enter the museum’s south entrance (First and University) and down the first floor hall to the Simons Board Room.

Saturday April 20
1:00 ~ 3:00 pm
Theme: The practice of mindfulness in education.
To be hosted by Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Ji Zen Temple, 1733 S Horton St, Seattle.

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A roundtable discussion exploring ways Buddhist practices can support health and well-being. Mental and physical health professionals are especially welcome. Let’s develop events and programs  with psychotherapists, social workers, recovery counselors, stress reduction and compassion protocols. 

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The Northwest Dharma Association has a vital role to play in helping Buddhist and Buddhist-inspired practices take root in modern society. NWDA seeks visionaries and board members and strategic planners who can carry us forweard into a sustainable future. 

… And future topics, times, and places to be arranged. If you’d like to participate in a meeting, or your group would like to host a meeting, contact Tim Tapping or George Draffan. If your group members are not primarily English-speaking, let’s make sure we have a translator to help us share the dialogue.

To become a group member or individual supporter, or to sustain our work of supporting Buddhist teachings, practice, and community, or to find out more about the Association, visit the Northwest Dharma website.