New Northwest Dharma Association Events

Written by: Timothy O’Brien

One of the primary ways that we fulfill our mission of supporting Buddhist teachings, practice, and community in the Pacific Northwest is through sponsoring and co-sponsoring events. The events we sponsor are not limited to one tradition or group, but invite the participation of the whole of the Buddhist community.

This fall we are sponsoring two events on the same day: one in Portland and the other in Seattle.

The Teachers Meeting

Every year, on the first Saturday in October, Northwest Dharma Association sponsors a gathering of all the Buddhist teachers in the region.  This year, the meeting will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland. You can write us at for more information.

Dharma teachers, clergy, and ordained Buddhist practitioners, who reside in or visit the Northwest, are invited to attend the Teachers Meeting. The annual meeting provides an opportunity to share skills and experience and discuss topics of mutual interest.

The event offers Buddhist teachers of different traditions a rare opportunity to interact as peers. It is intended for teachers only (those who have been authorized to teach and are currently teaching) and is not open to students or the public.

Buddhist Global Relief Walk to End Hunger

On Oct. 6 NWDA is also co-sponsoring the Buddhist Global Relief Walk to End Hunger, starting at 9 a.m. in Seattle’s Volunteer Park.

The event is sponsored by Natural Awareness and co-sponsored by both NWDA and the Zen Community of Oregon.

So, these are two different events in two different places for two different audiences. We encourage everyone to attend the walk and send your teachers to Portland for the gathering.

If your organization is planning events that invite the participation of other Buddhist traditions, NWDA is happy to participate. To determine whether your event might be eligible for co-sponsorship, write us at

About the Author: Timothy O’Brien
Timothy O’Brien is administrator of Northwest Dharma Association, and has served the organization in many capacities in the past.