Northwest Dharma Association



Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Fall 2017, Volume 30, #3

Lots to Celebrate, as NWDA Opens New Doors Letter from the President and Executive Director

Northwest Dharma Association brings people from many traditions together in harmony, as it has for many years. This photo is of the 2005 Change Your Mind Day celebration, in Seattle’s Volunteer Park.

Everything changes…so the Buddha said. A cold winter becomes a wet spring becomes a dry summer. Northwest Dharma Association is changing too. We’re building inclusive communities, partnering with contemplative caregivers, co-sponsoring the international Buddhist Recovery Summit in October. And of course we maintain our online directory and calendar of Buddhist organizations and their events, across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and…

For the First Time, Washington Prison Inmates To Teach Mindfulness to Others Behind Bars

Nate, second from right, leads a mindful movement exercise, a component of every class.

Four Washington state prison inmates are making history by becoming the first inmates certified to teach Path of Freedom, an emotional intelligence program based on mindfulness meditation. As certified trainers the four are starting to teach the 12-week curriculum to other men behind bars. The Path of Freedom program was developed by the Massachusetts-based Prison Mindfulness Institute. These enthusiastic and…

Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Visits With Tibetan Community at Sakya Monastery

Abbot of Sakya Monastery Khenpo Jampa Tenphel, Congresswoman Jayapal and her husband, spinning prayer wheels outside the monastery.

U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal made a rare visit to Seattle’s Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in June, responding to an invitation from the local Tibetan community. Congresswoman Jayapal, a member of the Democratic Party, is the first Indian-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, the first woman to represent the 7th District in Congress, and the first…

Vancouver Shambhala Finds New Home Despite Fast-Rising Real Estate Prices

Practicing in the main shrine room: First row Zachariah Finley, Jerry Chapman, Sandy Brooks; second row Paul Belserene, Maria Stella; third row Mariel Gomez, Rolf Erni, Chantal Latendresse; fourth row Nicholas Talloni, Gabriel Latendresse.

We knew it was coming. The specter of homelessness for The Vancouver Shambhala Center was just over the horizon. Our mission statement is to Wake Up! We weren’t caught sleepwalking. Sensing an uncertain future we formed a group six months before we received the notice that our lease would not be renewed. The Vancouver, British Columbia building we were in,…

In India, Seattle Lama Presents on Links Between African Americans’ and Untouchables’ Experience

Martin Luther King III, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and others, during the inauguration of the Dr B R Ambedkar International Conference 2017.

Lama Choyin Rangdrol, a Seattle-based African American lama of Tibetan Buddhism, traveled to India in July as an invited presenter to the B.R. Ambedkar International Conference in Bangalore, India. Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, an important figure in India’s history in many ways, is best known among Buddhists for his mass conversion of hundreds of thousands of Indian people to Buddhism. Ambedkar…

Featured Events

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The ground from which the path arises: From youth to aging, sickness and death

The beauty and joy of awakening, complete peace and release, do not come from a life of comfort and complacency. They arise out of directly facing the toughest challenges of human life. In this retreat we will explore the territory of deep life experiences, the wake-up calls, beginning in our youth. We will draw upon the tools the Buddha gave…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Bellingham Insight Meditation Society

Start: Monday, October 9 @ 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 15 @ 12:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Ayya Santussikka

Roots of Mindfulness: A 7-Day Silent Retreat

The Roots of Mindfulness: a week of extended Mindfulness Practice exploring the theme Beginner’s Mind. Join us for a full week-long retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle and 2 hours south of Vancouver, BC). The retreat will be a deep…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mindfulness Northwest

Start: Sunday, October 15 @ 4:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 12:00 pm
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Tradition: MBSR, Zen
Teacher: Tim Burnett

Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017

Buddhist teachers and leaders are developing innovative practices that support recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The Buddhist Recovery Network and the Northwest Dharma Assoication are bringing these leaders together in a working retreat in Lacey Washington in October 2017. While the retreat is invitation-only, you can participate in several ways. We are raising money to help cover the costs of bringing…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Friday, October 20 @ 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 2:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Becoming Tara with Anne Carolyn Klein, Portland

 We practice Tārā to become her. This weekend retreat is for immersing ourselves in the blessings and vision of Tārā and to find Tārā’s pure land right with us in Portland. We sing and imagine in chantable English and Tibetan the poetic simplicity of Adzom Drukpa’s Tārā practice, from his famous Secret Luminous Vajra Treasury. We call this retreat a…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Samden Ling

Start: Friday, October 20 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 3:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Anne Carolyn Klein/Rigzin Drolma

Celebrating the Sangha

The Northwest Buddhist community is huge, and diverse, encompassing traditional temples from every Buddhist culture, modern practice and study groups, and a growing range of Buddhist-inspired applications by health professionals, teachers, social activists, and others. NWDA invites you to a day-long celebration of this vibrant, creative sangha on November 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. explore shared aspirations…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, November 11
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Rainbow of Infinite Light: LGBTQ and Shin Buddhism

Date:          Saturday, November 18th, 2017 Time:         10 am – 4 pm (check in begins at 9:15 am) Location:  Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, 1427 S. Main Street, Seattle, WA 98144 Ticket Price:  $40 (Students $20) which includes a box lunch (vegetarian option available) Please register by November 8th at The Buddhist Churches…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Jodo Shinshu
Teacher: Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki


Calendar of Events

Dharma Talk w/ Steve Armstrong

Steve Armstrong led meditation retreats, including the annual 3-month retreat at Insight Meditation Society for 18 years. Since 2004, he has been practicing “mindfulness of mind” with Sayadaw U Tejaniya and now integrates the teachings of these two awareness and insight traditions. He has taught mindfulness, insight and abhidhamma retreats in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US since…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Thursday, October 5
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Steve Armstrong

Weekend Retreat w/ Zoketsu Norman Fischer: The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony

Each day of this retreat begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:30pm. Using material from the book of translations of the same title by Bhikku Bodhi (Wisdom Publications), we will explore, for our time and place, the Buddha’s teachings on community, friendship, anger, and right speech. Our goal is to bring the teachings to practical, everyday matters: How do we…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Saturday, September 23 @ 9:00 am
End: Sunday, September 24 @ 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Fall Retreat, “A Crazy Cloud: Ikkyu’s Irreverent Zen.”

The 15th century monk and poet Ikkyu was a creative and innovative force in the Zen tradition. His poems will form the text for this retreat. These are retreats in the formal Rinzai Zen sense, which means a day from 4:30am-9:00pm filled with 25 minute intervals of sitting, walking meditation around Camp Sealth, breaks for personal time, simple vegetarian meals…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Puget Sound Zen Center

Start: Thursday, October 12 @ 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 15 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Zen
Teacher: Abbot Koshin Christopher Cain

Day of Mindfulness w/ Tuere Sala

Join us for a day of sitting and walking meditation in the vipassana tradition.  

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, October 28
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tuere Sala

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What's Happening

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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Khenpo Kartin in Portland & Trout Lake

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

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Buddhist Recovery Summit

There is addiction to indulgence of sense-pleasures, which is low, coarse, the way of ordinary people, unworthy, and unprofitable; and there is addiction to self-mortification, which is painful, unworthy, and unprofitable. Avoiding both these extremes, the Tathagata (The Perfect One) has realized the Middle Path; it gives vision, gives knowledge, and leads to calm, to insight, to enlightenment and to Nibbana.

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Group Members

Shambhala Meditation Center Seattle

Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center offers classes in Shambhala Buddhism, traditional Tibetan Buddhism, and open house meditation instruction and practice opportunities.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Ligmincha Northwest

We meet weekly to practice Bon Buddhist healing meditations. We also have the good fortune of listening to and participating with our teacher and the international sangha in a regularly scheduled monthly webcast. This is followed with discussion and potluck. The dates for the webcasts are posted at the website, The Olympia practice group also shares viewing films that...

Tradition: Bon Buddhist || Location: Olympia, WA

Buddhist Dharma

Our group follows the practice of the Buddha with emphasis on Tibetan Vajrayana and Mahayana Buddhism.

Tradition: Buddhism || Location: Seattle-Edmonds, WA

Kagyu Changchub Chuling

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Portland, OR

Vajra Body Vajra Mind

Vajra Body Vajra Mind is a human development podcast and home of coach/mentor Damien Abel. Damien offers coaching to help people develop a daily meditation practice, work with disturbing emotions and habits, train and tame the mind, and develop deep access to awareness and compassion.  

Tradition: Non-Sectarian || Location: , WA

Dharma Rain Zen Center

DRZC is a diverse group of people who come together to share the practice of meditation, and to study the principles of Buddhism. The purpose of the Center is to offer instruction in Zen practice and Buddhist teachings, and to provide a place where people can form a community that supports Zen practice in everyday life.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Portland, OR


Bringing the wisdom and teachings of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche to others through Kum Nye Relaxation (Tibetan Yoga). Quotes by Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche:   Information about Kum Nye can be found at  

Tradition: Tibetan, Nyingma tradition || Location: Seattle, WA

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

Go to the Group Directory page for more!