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Dharma Relief: Let’s get medical supplies to where they’re needed!

Several Buddhist groups are organizing a charity relief program to help deliver medical supplies to where they are needed. You can help by donating and by coordinating supplies. Visit DharmaRelief.org

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Buddhist Centers Respond to Pandemic

Responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are shifting rapidly. Many centers have suspended public events and are streaming programs via Zoom, YouTube, Facebook, and other video platforms. The following are a few announcements made in recent days. Check with your local center to confirm whether events are being held.

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Finding upsides in digital sangha when we have no choice

Practical tips on leading meditation and discussion using video conferencing.

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The Goma Fire Ritual at Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple Online March 29, 12:00 Noon

Before the pandemic, you would have had to attend the temple in person to take part in this practice. Via Zoom, it is actually a better view of the proceedings. The Goma Fire Ritual uses a special area inside the temple to burn the Goma-gi in front of the Buddha. The fire symbolizes the wisdom of the Buddha and the…

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Green Buddhism: Stephanie Kaza at Reed College on March 4th

Kaza, author of Green Buddhism, draws on Buddhist ethics to address the world-altering challenges before us as we face our grief, anxiety, and concern for the future of life on Earth.

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Port of Seattle approves prayer room and next steps

The space will favor no religious or spiritual tradition, and will attempt to create a supportive inner environment for people from any traditional religious tradition as well as for people following more individual spiritual approaches or even none at all.

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Awake and Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat

Mindfulness, meditation and self-compassion that help you find deeper peace, calm fear and anxiety, boost immunity, build resilience and cope better with stress and uncertainty.

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Seattle Asian Art Museum re-opens

Read the article in the Northwest Dharma News. Visit the Seattle Asian Art Museum website here.

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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…

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Book launch and other events with Avikrtita Rinpoche

Events are at Sakya Monastery except for the February 6 book launch.

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Dharma Voices for Animals has a new chapter in Portland

Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA) is a nonprofit organization committed both to practicing the teachings of the Buddha and to speaking out when the actions of those in Dharma communities and the policies of Dharma centers lead to animal suffering. We want to be the voice of the animals who cannot speak our language. With the help of members and…

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Invitation to Contribute to Resource for Prison Inmates 

Prisoners are not allowed to access the internet. Buddhist groups are invited to contribute to a printed resource for the use of inmates during and after their incarceration.

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Buddhist Insight Meditation and the Psychology of Spiritual Development

with Joe Pearl Wednesdays from January 8 until February 26 from 1pm to 3pm Lifetime Learning Center, 3998-3828 NE 123rd St, Seattle, WA 98125 What is the nature of spiritual development? What is the nature of psychological development? How are they related? This class will examine those questions, with special emphasis on the Eastern psychology/philosophy of Buddhism and the Western…

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Photo Album of Northwest Temples and Events

This is an invitation to share your favorite photos of Northwest Buddhist temples and events.

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“Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices” January 25 Book Reading

Join the authors of Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices (North Atlantic Press) for a first Seattle reading and discussion of this groundbreaking collection, which shares many voices and experiences of trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary Buddhists. Author/presenters include Aeva Black, Bk (Brian Kimmel), Michaela McCormick, Sasha Strong, & others to be announced.

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Portland Shambhala is hiring an Office Manager

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland is hiring an Office Manager JOB DESCRIPTION  Non-Exempt Hourly Position  One year appointment, may be renewable  HOURS: 16-18 hrs/wk: regular office hours will be set according to Office Manager preference with agreement from Co-Directors with option of majority flexible hours and working from home; Additional hours may be required to support special events, such as Shambhala…

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Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple in the news

The Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple is involved in their community.

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Tibetan Herbal Medicine Talk and Consultation

Introductory Talk in Lacey WA on February 13. Consultations by appointment in Olympia on February 14-16.

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Holiday Sale of Tibetan Handicrafts and Baked Treats

Authentic Tibetan clothing, prayer flags, handicrafts, jewelry, art, and more Saturday, December 1, 2019  11:00 am – 4:00 pm at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. Come see the cultural hall and library transformed into a marketplace of Tibetan vendors. Items offered for sale include: blankets, jewelry, statues, prayer flags, incense, clothing, art prints, books, CDs, and Himalayan art calendars. Many…

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Help create a POC retreat center in the Northwest

Gathering Roots Retreat & Wellness Center is working to raise $1.5 million by early 2020 to purchase the beautiful lodge and land for our center on Whidbey Island.

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The Road To Freedom

Wise Caregiving is a non-profit dedicated to helping people become compassionate caregivers.

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Sand Mandala Creation and Setting up a Home Shrine

Exciting events at Sakya Monastery of interest to the general community in November. Sand Mandala Creation Venerable Lama Migmar, Sakya Monastery’s resident artist, will show how this amazing process is done, talk about what Sand Mandalas represent, and how they are used as a meditational aid. Dates: Monday through Friday, November 4th through 8th, from 1:00-2:00 pm. Free, donations accepted…

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Buddhist Art and Artifacts in Medieval China

The Saturday University series on the Silk Road in Asia continues with a lecture by Hsueh-Man Shen on Buddhist Art and Artifacts in Medieval China.

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Compassionate Leadership Summit

An event focused on how we might bring compassion and mindfulness more effectively into our organizations and communities. The gathering will feature leaders from various sectors, including corporations, non-profits, government, education, and communities of faith.

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The Passing of David Forsythe (1940-2019)

With great sadness we are writing to inform the Dharma community of the great loss of David Forsythe, who passed away from leukemia on September 17th. David served NWDA in many ways: as board president when the future of our organization was in crisis, as long-time administrator extraordinaire, and as a personal and financial supporter of our activities. He will…

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Happiness & Spirituality: Bhutan’s Concept of Gross National Happiness

A talk on October 3 at 7 PM in Bannon Auditorium on the campus of Seattle University.  Presenting will be Lopen Gem Dorji (Gembo), current advisor and former Secretary General of the Central Monk Body in Thimphu, Bhutan. Happiness & Spirituality: How the Concept of Gross National Happiness Intertwines with Vajrayana Buddhism The concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) has been…

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Ocrober19: Multi-media Exploration of Race and Racism through a Buddhist Lens

A Multi-media Exploration of Race and Racism through a Buddhist Lens with Dr. Jan Willis, black Buddhist teacher, author, and activist leader.  October 19, 2019 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Centilia Cultural Center, 1660 South Roberto Maestas Festival Street, Seattle WA 98144 Registration is open at Brown Paper Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4304455

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Undoing Racism – White Buddhist Affinity Group

The vision is an affinity group of white folks (aka white caucus) as defined by Dr. Ruth King  across Buddhist denominations in Seattle involved in race equity. At the first meeting, these avenues of exploration and action presented themselves: 1) providing mutual support for our efforts in our individual Sanghas toward creating the conditions for authentic inclusion, seeing & undoing…

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The Passing of Robby Pellet (1956-2019)

by George Draffan With sadness I learned of the passing of Ryuzen Robby Pellet in August.  Robby was an early supporter of Northwest Dharma Association and a contributor in big and small ways. He gave several Dharma talks at NWDA festivals and events.  He was a big proponent of bringing Zen practice directly into daily life, having trained in an…

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Compassion Cultivation Training

Fall 2019 Compassion Cultivation Training Class Series  Facilitated by Diane Hetrick and Shayla Collins Select Wednesdays: October 16, 30, November 6, 13, 20 and December 4, 11, 18 6:30-8:30pm at Prospect Congregational UCC Church, 1919 E. Prospect St, Capitol Hill location Compassion Cultivation Training is an eight-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness for oneself…

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NWDharma Presents!

Northwest Dharma Presents: a blog building community & connections throughout the Pacific Northwest with themed quarterly explorations of mindfulness.

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History of Birken Forest Monastery

Friday, October 4, 2019 6:30-8:00 pm (reception to follow) Segal Building Room 1300 Simon Fraser University 500 Granville Street Vancouver We’re historians working on the early history of Birken Forest Monastery, and will be giving a free public lecture at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver on October 4.  We wanted to put it on your radar, as the subject matter…

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Seattle Scientists Teach Tibetan Monks Modern Cell Biology

In addition to biology, the monks receive crash courses in physics, neuroscience and philosophy. The goal of the program is for the monks to begin teaching their fellow monks and nuns once they complete the six-year curriculum.

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

Here’s the tentative schedule for the next few meetings. Check back here often for updates. Ask your group to host a meeting!

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Film: Emanuel

The film is centered around events from the June 17, 2015 church shooting in Charleston, SC, when a white supremacist walked into Emanuel AME Church and massacred nine African-Americans churchgoers during a Bible Study meeting.    

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11th Global Buddhism Conference in Berkeley June 29-30

Northwest Dharma Association is partnering with the 11th Global Buddhism Conference to present: After Mindfulness Urban Retreat  at UC Berkeley – June 29-30, 2019 Mindfulness has become so popular, it’s now become a personal lifestyle brand. On June 29-30, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike from around the Bay Area and the World will join together in Berkeley to ask the question…

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The 16th Annual Buddhist Festival in Portland

This popular family friendly event is the perfect opportunity explore the many traditions of Buddhism in Portland while wandering the park including Pure Land, Zen, Vajrayana, Vipassana, and non-sectarian groups. Discover what each offers and their upcoming events at their booths, meet new people and see old friends. The Kids’ Canopy will be busy with stories, crafts, play, and fun.

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Oregon monastery-to-be

We have spent four years working on rehabilitating the elementary school campus here in our small community of Lorane. We are looking to find someone to shepherd this gem into the future. Although we imagine it to be a long shot, we are hoping to pique the interest of some group of Zen practitioners who might be looking for a monastery.

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June 8th community meeting: Calling all health professionals!

A roundtable discussion exploring how Buddhist practices are supporting health and well-being. Health professionals are especially welcome: psychotherapists, social workers, recovery counselors, and others that use (or are interested in using) Buddhist-inspired mindfulness and compassion protocols in their work.

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Buddhist Recovery Network Summit: Sept 5-8

Come join us at the intersection of Buddhist practice and recovery from addiction. The summit will be a global gathering of teachers, authors, healers, meeting facilitators and practitioners. All recovery paths and Buddhist lineages are welcome.

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Open house at Whidbey Island temple

ema Kilaya Sangha welcomes the public to an Open House for its new temple on south Whidbey Island, June 9 & 10. The sanctuary beautifully combines NW architecture with traditional Tibetan elements, and the sacred space already resonates.

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Portland Shambhala Interested in a Shared Space

Portland Shambhala is exploring the idea of sharing space with another spiritual/faith organization, as a way of expanding its options in an expensive market as well as sharing resources.

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Eco Sangha Resources

Compiled by George Draffan for “In Touch with the Earth: Seattle EcoSangha Seminar” on Earth Day, April 20, 2019 at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple.

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Earth Day Eco Sangha April 20 Seminar

Learn how Seattle’s oldest Buddhist temple is intergating the Buddhist Pure Land tradition with the latest science and activism around climate change and other ecological challenges.

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Sept 5-8 : International Buddhist Recovery Summit

The Buddhist Recovery Network promotes the use of Buddhist teachings and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors and is open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths.

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Canadian University Launches Graduate Program in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning

Registration has just opened at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia for the September start of a groundbreaking, 10-month, part-time program in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning.
This is the first for-credit university mindfulness program in Canada and one of the first in North America.

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Calendar of social equity programs

Dharma teachings and practice hitting the real-life road of our self-created and socially-contructed suffering.

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February 17th Buddhist Recovery Summit in Oakland

Buddhist Recovery Summit Sunday February 17 Sponsored by the Buddhist Recovery Network and the East Bay Meditation Center (Oakland). This summit brings together speakers from 12 Steps, Heart of Recovery, Refuge Recovery, and Eight Step Recovery, including Shahara Godfrey, Walt Opie, Kevin Griffin, Father Tom, Enrique Collazo, Jean Tuller, Steven Tierney, Carol Cano, Laura Burges, George Gomez, Augusta Hopkins, and…

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Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo Supported by NW Team

Written by: Jamyang Dorjee Two Northwest women are playing a key role in the global empowerment of Buddhist women, by leading the organization that is supporting one of the world’s best-known female Tibetan Buddhist monastics, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. The two Northwesterners, Heather White and Caterina, met each other while journeying out of the Northwest region for teachings from Jetsunma Tenzin…

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NABA’s quarterly racial justice program

From the Buddha’s teachings of interdependence, our life experiences and practice, we know that liberation is a collective process. My awakening is tied to your awakening regardless. At the same time, we know that liberation and awakening do not come from bypassing the profound impacts of systemic oppression, power, and privilege on our interpersonal and collective relationships.

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Book Study on Ruth King’s “Mindful of Race” at Dharma Friendship Foundation

The emotional and spiritual impacts of racism that are critical to our personal and collective healing… A core of practices, reflections and actions that support our Dharma practices… Time for meditation, discussion, reflection and homework… Class size limited to 10, with preference given to those willing to commit to all or most of the sessions…

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Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy Training Program

Summer 2019 to Summer 2020. Environmentally Based Spiritual Care, Environmental Justice, Spiritual counseling, Practices, rituals and ceremonies for ministering ecological death, dying, grief and loss, Practices for (re)connection to nature, Cultural competency, Conflict resolution

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Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience in 2019

Upcoming classes taught by Diane Hetrick through the University of Washington Center for Child and Family Well Being

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Film: On the Buddha’s Path: Compassion in Action

From our friend Anik Ghose at Tzu Chi: We’re just 8 days away from our Seattle screening of the “On the Buddha’s Path: http://here https://www.tzuchi.us/onbuddhaspath/Compassion in Action” Short Film Tour and we can’t wait to get together with our peers in the Buddhist community and the general public. On Saturday, October 20, at the Tzu Chi Seattle Office, we’ll show films…

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Upcoming social justice events in Seattle

UNPACKING WHITENESS an educational mindfulness-based series with Anna-Brown Griswold Six Wednesdays between October 24 to December 12. Register at 8LimbsYoga.com, 500 E Pike St, Seattle.   RADICAL DHARMA: A DEEPENING CIRCLE with Rev angel Kyodo Williams                                       register at Evenbrite People of Color Caucuses: Friday…

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Celebrating the Sangha

An all-day all-sangha celebration on November 3, 2018

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Heart of Shin Buddhism – August 26 at Seattle Betsuin

A seminar with renowned Jodo Shinshu scholar and author Rev. Dr. Kenneth Tanaka: “The Heart of Shin Buddhism: A Path of Meaning and Happiness within an Anxious Life and World” at Seattle Betsuin, Sunday August 26, 1pm-4:30pm

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August 18 – Buddhist Global Relief – Portland Walk to Feed the Hungry

Saturday August 18th at noon at Portland Friends of the Dhamma, 1404 SE 25th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

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Pure Land Master Nguyen Kim, 1943-2018

For the suffering world’s relief
Abandon greed, anger, arguing with each other
I wish everyone open their minds
Cherishing living beings, and the right Way…

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Arinna Weisman in Seattle

Lotus Sisters is happy to share these two events in July led by our teacher Arinna Weisman. Please join us!

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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 for volunteers at Atamma at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.   

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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. YOGA HEALLING CLASS FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR Friday, Nov 24 and Friday, Dec 22  from 6:30 – 9:30 pm     Black Dot, 1437 S. Jackson, Seattle, 98144 De-stress during the holidays! For more info contact Genevieve Hicks. POC CAUCUS with Rev. angel Kyodo…

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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 the Sound Effect show. He interviewed Dagmola at Sakya Monastery on, Sunday, July 30.  

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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 volunteers: outreach, events, social media, and more. Contact Executive Director George Draffan. And in the Buddhist tradition, NWDA depends on the generosity of the community: its members, readers, and donors. If you are benefiting from our work, and want to see…

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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 being visited by the shower truck, the medical van, and the dental van. We’ve made huge progress, but more residents also means more work! We need your help to provide compassionate and supportive services to all our wonderful new residents….

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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 and collective capacities to benefit beings. The day will be followed by an evening dinner and music. Join us! The Northwest Dharma Association supports Buddhist teachings, practice, and community in the Pacific Northwest. Please join us and support your community!…

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