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June 24 March with Seattle Buddhist Temple in Seattle Pride Parade

2018 is the second year the Seattle Buddhist Temple has participated in the Seattle Pride Parade. In 2017, nearly 100 Sangha members and friends marched in the parade.

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Festival Sundiata | Buddhism – Diversity & Liberation

Festival Sundiata / Buddhism / People of Color / Individual and Shared Liberation / June 16-17 / Seattle Center

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Atamma Monastery hosts national meeting of Thai monks

More than 300 Thai monks from around the United States will be meeting June 21-24 at the Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery and Meditation Center in Woodinville, Washington. You can read about it in the Northwest Dharma News. Volunteers are needed to drive monks and help in other ways.    Here’s a link where people can sign up to volunteer.    There’s a meeting…

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Snoqualmie Dharma Film Festival

The First Annual . . .     Snoqualmie Dharma       Film Festival Hi              Tibetan Buddhist film festival to be held      in downtown Duvall, (King County, WA)      Sat, June 9 . . . all invited, free admission!      Film is an effective medium in which to communicate    ideas both engaging…

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15th Annual Portland Buddhist Festival

Saturday June 2 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Colonel Summers Park in Portland (SE 17th and Taylor)   There will be workshops, a Dharma talk at 1:30, activity/art booth for children, and Obon Festival dances in the afternoon.   Many Buddhist communities in the greater Portland area will be there. Each Buddhist group has a booth and instructs the curious on their particular…

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Snoqualmie Dharma Film Festival on June 9th

Duvall Visitor Center, June 9th, 1:00 to 9:30pm

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May 5th Gathering of Buddhist Teachers and Leaders

An NWDA-sponsored daylong meeting for Buddhist teachers and leaders from all traditions, hosted by the Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple.

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Practices That Help Chaplains Embody Compassion: A Story and a Survey

An invitation to participate in a survey of about how caregivers embody compassion.

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Faith and Values: How can I live a good life with mental illness?

We can live a good life and increase our happiness by training our hearts and minds to be less negative and more altruistic – a learnable skill, whether we have a mental illness or not.

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Compassion Cultivation Trainings

Diane Hetrick offers two Compassion Cultivation Trainings in Seattle.  A Compassion Cultivation Training eight week class series starts Tuesday, March 13th, from 1:30-3:30pm in the Ballard/Fremont neighborhood.  The early bird registration deadline is Feb 20th, and regular registration will continue to be open after that.  For those who feel cost is a challenge, please contact me directly regarding a scholarship. Also, email me…

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Duvall’s New Tibetan Buddhist Study Group Is All About Mental Health

Members of the group explore the mind, what’s beneficial, what’s wholesome, what’s harmful, Winwood said. Then, they learn to let the harmful states of mind pass. They focus on applying Buddhist practices in daily life—at work, at home, and in relationships. “We begin to really see that so much of our anxiety and our stress, our inferiority and our superiority, all arises in the mind based on misunderstandings,” Winwood said. “These Tibetan Buddhist teachings are about understanding the misunderstandings.”

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Faith Community Climate Letter Sign-On

Letters will be delivered to all members of the legislature in mid-February. If you would like to add your name to the letter, please sign on.

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Lion’s Roar: First-of-its-kind nuns’ training

“Trained and well-educated nuns can teach the Dharma widely to help lay people everywhere transform their minds and enrich their lives,” says Chodron. “The point is to help develop stable monastic communities where the Dharma can flourish for a long, long time.”

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Wapato’s Buddhist Hall merges present and the past

Wapato’s Buddhist Hall merges present and the past.

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Before We Were White series

Offered by White Awake (National Buddhist Inspired Anti-racist org) An online workshop series for white-identified people seeking greater emotional resilience in their work against racism and for a sustainable future.  Four Sundays 2-4 pm — Jan 28, Feb 2, 11, and18 2 Ways to Participate (or mix it up) 1) Participate on your own by registering here For a richer experience 2) Participate with a group…

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BPF hosts January 20th celebration

From the Seattle Chapter of BPF: Dear Friends, We hope you’ll join us for a community-building celebration for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF) on Capitol Hill on January 20th at 4pm.  BPF co-director Dawn Haney will be joining us for an afternoon of good friends, good food, and exploration of BPF’s core (and beautifully strengthening) Block, Build, Be framework for weaving the spiritual and political…

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Last chance! Contemplative caregiving workshop

Jonathan Prescott is the founder of Wise Caregiving, a non-profit dedicated to helping people become compassionate caregivers. Jonathan’s career as a hospice, cancer-care, and hospital Chaplain, along with his spiritual practice as an ordained student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, gives him a unique perspective on how to thrive within the helping professions. His trainings help people learn to use listening, balance, boundaries, and presence as therapeutic tools.

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Clowning Fun ! Dec 15 & 17

Both events at Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle WA 98103 Clowns Without Borders Variety Show Friday, December 15th 7:30 pm Some of the Pacific Northwest’s best variety performers come together to bring you an evening of hilarity benefiting Clowns Without Borders-USA. My clown “guru,” Moshe Cohen is performing! Tickets $22 adults & $7 kids (12 and under) Lightfulness…

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Port Townsend Meditation Center project

A new center to be built at Fort Worden State Park.

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Dance Healing: Open Workshop Sunday, December 3 at 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Attending Hayley Shannon’s Dance Healing workshop at the recent NWDA event ‘Celebrating the Sangha’, featuring live music by the soulful duo Aria Storm and Kai Ariel, was a fun, liberating yet contemplative evening. If you missed it or want to continue with Hayley, here is your chance for a reprise, complete with music by Aria and  Kai! Dance Healing integrates modern/creative…

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Moon Meditation at Seattle Koyasan

In the new, beautiful Seattle Koyasan dojo, Moon Meditation will expand your mind as Taijo Sensei guides. Be transported to another dimension when he chants near the end of the session!  Sessions are Monday 7 to 8 PM, Wednesday 1 to 2 PM and 7 to 8 PM and Saturday 9 to 10 AM. Make sure of the times at https://seattlekoyasan.com/calendar/ A…

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Celebrating the Sangha: November 11th

The Celebrating the Sangha event on November 11th was a great success, with Dharma talks, music, dance, drumming, flower arranging, art, clowning, potluck lunch and dinner, and a heartfelt joy in the communities we share.

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Buddhist Recovery Summit

An international summit of Buddhist Recovery leaders in October 2017 in Lacey Washington, sponsored by the Buddhist Recovery Network and the Northwest Dharma Association.

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Meditations on Communities and Gratitude

BY JUSTIN WHITAKER Patheos, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 This has been a year of numerous shifts in my life: officially finishing my Ph.D.; submitted just days after the swearing in of our current president, finding joy and fulfilment in offering courses on mindfulness to members of my community, moving to a new city – Seattle – followed by my second year…

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Zendo moves from teacher’s house to permanent home

After 10 years of practising meditation in the downstairs area of resident teacher Kim Hansen’s house, North Shore Zendo has found an actual dedicated space to offer its programs. The Zendo group moved into its new 1,300-square-foot Meditation House at 238 Fell Ave. in North Vancouver

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Looking for roommates in Spokane

🏻🏻🏻🏻 I am looking for 2 roommates in Spokane Washington, a dharma-rich area with Venerable Thubten Chodron, Geshe Phelgye, Lama Lakshey, Lama Inge, Sravasti Abbey, and others. I want to create a loving, helpful, friendly environment for all on the Spokane south hill about Freya and 26th. 1. Bedroom with shared bathroom. Bathroom has shower/tub. All utilities included: water, electricity,…

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Holding opposites, nurturing the world

NWDA recently received a timely message from the Red Cedar Zen Community‘s Nomon Tim Burnett which we’d like to share:  Dear Sangha, One of the most powerful ideas I’ve learned from the practice over the years has been really helpful to me lately: it’s the idea of holding opposites. The idea here is that our minds are strongly conditioned to…

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Seattle Events with Cambodian monk Tho Sokhun

Nov 19th at Amazing Grace and Nov 20th at East-West Bookshop

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In Tricycle magazine: Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017

Steve Wilhelm wrote an article for Tricycle about the Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017 in Lacey Washington..

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Statement​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Buddhist​ ​Recovery​ ​Summit​ ​2017

Over​ ​a​ ​hundred​ ​people​ ​gathered​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Buddhist​ ​Recovery​ ​Summit​ ​in​ ​Lacey,​ ​Washington​ ​to​ ​share​ ​their knowledge​ ​and​ ​passion​ ​for​ ​the​ ​worldwide​ ​movements​ ​integrating​ ​Buddhism​ ​and​ ​Recovery.​ ​Dharma teachers,​ ​health​ ​care​ ​professionals,​ ​psychotherapists,​ ​counselors​ ​and​ ​people​ ​in​ ​recovery​ ​discussed​ ​the future​ ​of​ ​Buddhist​ ​Recovery.

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Events for Social Justice and People of Color

LIVING LIFE IN VIEW OF DEATH: Yogic & Buddhist practices for People of Color Saturday, November 4   from 1 – 5 pm at Rainier Beach Yoga. Sliding scale. To register, contact Genevieve Hicks. YOGA HEALING FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR as part of Artist of Color Expo & Symposium Friday, Nov 17 10:30 – 11:30 am Armory Lofts at Seattle Center For more info contact Genevieve Hicks….

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Racial Stamina & Racial Justice Work: What’s Mindfulness & Compassion Got to Do With It?

Dr. Angela Rose Black will highlight the critical intersection between racial stamina, racial justice, and the utility of mindfulness and compassion based techniques in supporting both.

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Dukkha and Liberation

Dukkha and Liberation September 27 to November 12 at The Columbia City Gallery Dukkha is a term that can refer to that which causes suffering, pain, sorrow, distress, grief or misery. As immigrants from India, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam we come to this country with things to unpack, to share and, sometimes, to put away. As children of immigrants, these…

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Let’s Get a Little Dirty at Cloud Mountain!

Join in the annual work retreat at Cloud Mountain on October 13-15, 2017

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Teachings with Tulku Lobsang

Nangten Menlang teachings include movement practices, more subtle body practices, healing methods, and meditation practices. While the teachings are diverse, each of these wisdoms and methods enable students to achieve greater health and happiness by learning to tap into their own innate wisdom.

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Opportunity to support prison mindfulness

Volunteer Opportunity: Seeking to expand meditation classes at King County’s jail diversion program in restorative / transformative justice by King County. Learn how to be an effective change agent for good in the community. 

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Rainbow of Infinite Light: LGBTQ and Shin Buddhism

Educational and engaging event for those interested in how Shin Buddhism offers a religious community which values inclusiveness and acceptance. This seminar is intended to inspire and deepen our understanding of the Buddha’s teachings as it relates to LGBTQ concerns.

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The Heart of the Bodhisattva Tradition with Kilung Rinpoche

The Heart of the Bodhisattva Tradition: Essential Teachings and Practices of the Four Immeasurables and the Six Paramitas, with Kilung Rinpoche and Joel and Michele Levey

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Buddhist Global Relief 2017 Walks to Feed the Hungry

Buddhist Global Relief’s Walks to Feed the Hungry will take place in Seattle (Sept 30) and Portland (October 21). Join us for fun and fellowship as we raise money to support Buddhist Global Relief projects around the world!

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H.E. Dagmo Kusho to be on NPR Radio

H.E. Dagmo Kusho to be on NPR Radio H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya will be on the “Sound Effect” NPR radio show this Saturday, September 2, 2017 between 10:00-11:00 am on 88.5 FM.   It will also be on KNKX.org, and will live there afterward for sharing / downloading / streaming (you can also visit http://www.npr.org/podcasts/484091961/sound-effect).  Gabriel Spitzer is the Host and Senior Producer for…

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Khenpo Kartin in Portland & Trout Lake

Sept. 9-11 at at the NWTCA Bodkhang in Portland OR

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Dream Yoga with Chamtrul Rinpoche

Tibetan Dream Yoga is the original form of lucid dreaming documented for at least 1,000 years. Also known as Milam – the yoga of the dream state – it’s a suite of advanced tantric techniques.

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Sakya Monastery continues its Dharma classes for children and teens

The goal of the Children’s Dharma School is to introduce and explore age appropriate Buddhist concepts and principles, using creative and varied modalities. The Teen’s Dharma School studies the teachings of the Buddha, and weaving them together with curriculum from the Project Happiness Foundation, teens will learn how to incorporate the principles of the Buddha’s teachings into their daily lives.

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Northwest Dharma Blog: What’s New

Northwest Dharma Association is a unique regional association of Buddhist groups and practitioners. Our mission: to support Buddhist teachings, practice, and community in the Northwest. We invite you to participate in any of the Buddhist community events coming up soon. There are many posted in the NWDA Calendar. Do you aspire to to serve the community? NWDA has opportunities for…

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NWDA is in the latest issue of Tricycle Magazine!

“Since 1989, Northwest Dharma Association has fulfilled a unique role in the region’s Buddhist community, improving connections and communication among Buddhist groups…” Read the article here.

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Inclusive Communities

NWDA board member Polly Trout recently wrote about her Patacara Community Services’ current focus on offering supportive services to unhoused neighbors: “Camp Second Chance is growing and thriving! We now have 55 residents, and our first tiny house is up! We have electricity and a potable water cistern. A grey-water catchment tank and sinks go in this week. We are…

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Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017

NWDA and the Buddhist Recovery Network are bringing leaders together in October. Learn more and support at the Buddhist Recovery Summit website.

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Community Gardens in South Seattle

Readers of the Northwest Dharma News may remember Chua Duoc Su in south Seattle as the host temple for Buddha Day celebrations in 2016. Now there’s a community vegetable garden proposed for the empty lot next door (6918 42nd Ave South), with the cooperation of the temple and of neighbors. Contact Chris Morley at farm.frontenac@gmail.com.

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Celebrating the Sangha

The Northwest Buddhist community includes traditional temples, modern practice and study groups, and creative applications of Buddhist perspectives by health professionals, teachers, and social activists. On November 11th, NWDA will invites you to share a day of connecting and celebrating at Nalanda West in Seattle. We’ll get to know each other in large and small group discussion, strengthening our individual…

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