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A Quarterly Online Publication
Fall 2018, Volume 31, #3

Northwest Dharma Supports Global Compassion

Northwest dharma leaders increasingly reflect the diversity of the region, such as this 2016 event at Seattle University featuring Lama Chonyin Rangdrol and Dr. Charles Johnson, both of African origin.

We’re in a time of transition in Buddhist communities and in society at large. As the dharma takes root across a globalized world, Asian and Western traditions and sciences are coming together with some helpful synergies, and sanghas are integrating their spiritual practices with social service and compassionate action. There are also many painful events and challenges, ranging from continued…

With Buddhist Roots, Recovery Cafes Spread Across Northwest, Helping People with Addiction

Recovery Café members take a break from their game to cheer recovery!

Seattle’s Recovery Café Network is steadily growing in the Northwest, as it taps Buddhist and other sources to offer help for people with addiction issues. In addition to our flagship program in Seattle, 11 Recovery Cafes have now opened their doors. In 2018 we are opening three more in the Pacific Northwest. Recovery Café Clark County, in a mostly rural…

On The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan

Kaz Tanahashi and me at Guojing Monastery in Southwestern China, where it is said that Hanshan went to meet his friends Shide and Fenggan

In late June, 2018, Shambhala Publications published “The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan,” translated from the Tang dynasty Chinese by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt. Of all the Chinese hermit poets from the late 7th century on, Hanshan (Cold Mountain) may well be the most beloved. You can read about this new publication here, including endorsements…

West Coast Tibetans Gather in Seattle area to Celebrate H.H. Dalai Lama’s 83rd Birthday

Women from the Tibetan Association of Washington performing a Tibetan dance

More than 500 West Coast Tibetans gathered near Seattle July 6-8, to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 83rd birthday. The Tibetan Association of Washington, which represents Washington state’s Tibetan community, put together the three-day picnic event. The event, at North Creek High School in Bothell, a small city north of Seattle, included Tibetan cultural performances and sports competitions. The sports events…

Magnificent First Tara Drupchen Held in Portland

Lama Wongmo Simons leads a procession around the Tara Mandala

Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation performed its first-ever Portland drupchen in April, and plans to repeat the complex vajrayana practice April 26-28, 2019. Entitled “The Grand Blessing Ceremony of the 10,000 Offerings to the 21 Noble Taras,” the three-day 2018 ceremony was conducted by His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. He is a renowned Tibetan meditation master, scholar and author and…

Kagyu Sukha Choling’s Ashland Sangha Prepares For Lama Succession and a Healthy Future

Kagyu Sukha Choling’s Tibetan-style temple, completed in 2010, reflects the authenticity of the group and its practices

As Kagyu Sukha Choling’s two lamas move toward semi-retirement, leaders of the Ashland, Oregon, sangha are developing a multi-layered plan to keep the center alive and thriving. The plan includes providing for future teachings, for financial stability, and for the comfortable retirement of the two female lamas leading Kagyu Sukha Choling (KSC): Lama Pema Clark and Lama Yeshe Parke. Developing…

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Calendar of Events

Women’s Winter Retreat

2 Day long retreats 8am -4pm, Saturday & Sunday December 1 – 2, 2018 Teachers:  Ven. Stephanie Kaza, Erika Rench, and Kaye Jones 1st Day Women’s Dharma Join us for a contemplative day of dharma, in the company of other women.  Our day will include time in nature, in meditation, a short teaching, and quiet reflection. Some days life can feel…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple

Start: Saturday, December 1
End: Sunday, December 2

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Tradition: Thien/Chan/Zen
Teacher: Ven. Stephanie Kaza, Erika Rench, Kaye Jones

Day of Mindfulness with Arinna Weisman

Sitting, walking, & eating meditation, a dharma talk, questions & group inquiry. Snacks provided, bring your own lunch.  Location: Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound, Dharma Gate 1910 24th Ave South Seattle 98144 (Entrance at the back of the building. Accessible.) Suggested donation $30 plus dana for teacher. No one turned away for lack of funds. Open to All

Member Group: Lotus Sisters

Date: Sunday, December 2
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Theravada Vipassana
Teacher: Arinna Weisman

Annual Holiday Sale of Handicrafts

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism will host its annual holiday sale on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Its cultural hall will be transformed into a marketplace selling prayer flags, incense, art prints, books, music, prayer beads, jewelry, calendars, clothing, baked goods and more. Tibetan tea will be served. At Noon, a guide will give a…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Sunday, December 2
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sit with Arinna Weisman

Dharma talk, group discussion and snacks. Accessible. For use of the elevator, call 206-499-7948. $5-20 suggested donation plus dana for teacher. Open to All

Member Group: Lotus Sisters

Date: Wednesday, December 5
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Type: ,

Tradition: Theravada Vipassana
Teacher: Arinna Weisman

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What's Happening

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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Group Members

Nalanda Institute

The Nalanda Institute of Olympia is a Buddhist meditation center. Our teachers draw on Tibetan and other Buddhist traditions to present classical Buddhist wisdom for modern life that emphasizes meditation, learning, inner growth, and “non-harming” attitudes and actions.  We support all participants in their pursuit of mindful living, meditation practice, and the Buddhist path. We provide a quality meditation space and...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Olympia, WA

Seattle Meditation Center

Teaching Dhammakaya Meditation Technique that was taught over 2,000 years ago. This technique disappeared and was rediscovered by our great grand master Phramonkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro), Luang Pu Wat Paknam Pasi Charoen, Thailand. It utilizes the center of the body as a focus point in order to bring the mind to a standstill, thereby creating physical and spiritual well-being for the...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Mountlake Terrace, WA

Blue Heron Zen Community

Blue Heron Zen Community practices Zen in the lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn, the first Korean Zen Master to live and teach in the West. Zen Master Jeong Ji (Anita Feng), Dharma heir of Zen Master Ji Bong, is the guiding teacher of Blue Heron Zen Community. Jeff Tipp, JDPSN,  and Eric Nord, JDPSN., teach, lead retreats, and teach...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

Beginners Mind Zen Meditation

Simple, Zen-style meditation for beginners and experienced meditators, led by Ellen Enmei Simpson.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Salem, OR

Shingyo Pre-sectarian Buddhist Temple

Practicing Buddhists have gathered in Shingyo Pre-sectarian Buddhist Temple (Shingyo Temple) to rediscover themselves and find the Buddha’s ways to be truly happy, successful, and enlightened in their everyday lives. While taking part, many of them show sincere desire to support other people, and help them to bring back satisfaction into their lives as well. Shingyo Temple was established through...

Tradition: Pre-sectarian || Location: Ellensburg, WA

Downtown Lunch Hour Meditation

Pause and share silent meditation with others as a means to set the intention for your work week. Basic instruction is provided.

Tradition: Non-sectarian || Location: Seattle, WA

Tibetan Nuns Project

The Tibetan Nuns Project provides education and humanitarian aid to refugee nuns from Tibet and to nuns from the Himalayan regions of India. It is a registered charity founded in 1987 and supports over 700 Tibetan Buddhist nuns and 7 nunneries in India. Donations help provide facilities and programs to educate, empower, and improve the status of ordained Tibetan women.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Seattle Chapter

We welcome anyone passionate about the living, breathing intersections between Buddhadharma and social justice. Our intention for the evening is to connect, listen, support, share resources, and inspire each other's commitment to liberation of all beings.

Tradition: Non-sectarian || Location: Seattle, WA

Go to the Group Directory page for more!