Tim Tapping, Board President
130 Buddhist Group Members and 2,000 Individual Supporters in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Idaho, and Montana
The mission of the Northwest Dharma Association is to support Buddhist teachings, practice, and community in the Pacific Northwest.
We foster a network of friendship and support among Buddhist groups and individual Buddhists from all traditions. We promote communication among Buddhists and with the larger community. We sponsor activities of interest and benefit to Northwest Buddhists.
The Pacific Northwest is host to one of the most diverse gatherings of Buddhists in history, a Maha-Sangha (Great Community) of individuals and organizations. The individuals are new and experienced meditators, teachers and students, monastics and lay practitioners, and those who are simply interested in Buddhism and supportive of the Association’s activities.
Buddhist practice has been thriving for 2,500 years. Beginning in northern India, spreading across Asia, and now Europe and the Americas, wherever it has appeared, the heart of Buddhist way of life has been wisdom, compassion, and generosity. Buddhism has adapted to many different cultures, so there are many Buddhist traditions: Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Pure Land, lay and monastic, meditative and socially engaged, ancient and modern. And as Buddhism now takes root in the West, it is inspiring effective, even life-saving methods in social work, psychology, and medicine.
The Northwest Dharma Association’s Member Groups are large and small, encompassing diverse Buddhist traditions and cultures. Some are ancient, some are modern cutting-edge, and all are serving their neighborhoods and communities. There are Buddhist temples, meditation groups of all kinds, socially engaged Buddhist organizations like the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Northwest Buddhist Recovery, Patacara, Wise Caregiving, and the Tibetan Nuns Project, and Buddhist-related cultural and artistic institutions such as the Seattle Asian Art Museum Gardner Center, and Dance Mandal. Together we are building a great community of awareness, compassion, and generosity.
NWDA is a community-based effort offered freely to anyone interested in learning more about Buddhism in the Northwest. Please consider supporting our work, which depends on the generosity people like you.
If you are a Buddhist group in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, British Columbia to become Group Members, you may apply for NWDA Group Membership here.