Northwest Dharma Association



NW Dharma News

Summer 2019, Volume 32, #1

NW Dharma News

From the Board: Turning Vision into Next Steps!

NWDA community meeting hosted by the Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple, February 6, 2019. From left: Riaz Khan, Washin, Imanaka Taijo Sensei, Sharyn Skeeter, George Draffan, John Guy, Susan Greenfield, Lama Rangdrol, Timothy O’Brien

Over the past several months, the Northwest Dharma Association team has been convening a series of community roundtables. We met with a wonderful cross-section of people and heard about what matters most to them. We’re pleased to report a growing sense of collaboration and mutual support, among many different Buddhist and Buddhist-inspired communities. These include practitioners and teachers bringing mindfulness…

Dharma Education

Strengthening Diversity and Inclusion on the Path

People attending the 2017 Awakening to Whiteness class, held at the Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple in Portland

Reflecting growing awareness of the need for the diversity and inclusion in the dharma, a friend and I developed a series of workshops called “Power, Privilege & Difference: How Buddhist Practice is the Work of Social Restoration.” Most recently in April I led one of these workshops at the Portland Shambhala Center, and Through July, August and September I will…

Compassionate Action

GenX Buddhist Teachers Gather at Great Vow,Find Comradeship and Support in their Variety

The Panel on Integrity and Enlightenment reflected the gathering’s diversity, including Grace Song, Brother Phap Hai, Roshi Chozen Bays, Lama Willa Miller and Singhashri Gazmuri

On an unusually hot day for the Pacific Northwest, some 40 Buddhist teachers converged on Clatskanie, Oregon, to attend the 2019 GenX Buddhist Teachers’ Sangha Gathering (GBTS). The June 12-to-16 gathering of GenX Buddhist leaders from North America and beyond was hosted by Great Vow Zen Monastery. In the rare company of other dharma teachers, of similar age and experience,…

Dharma Healing, Arts

Buddhist Contemplative Gallery Coming Soon With Seattle Asian Art Museum Renovation

A 12th century Japanese Buddha statue, made of wood with gold lacquer, will face the entry. It was a gift of the Monsen family

A distinctive new feature of the renovated Seattle Asian Art Museum will be a small gallery designed to invite Buddhist contemplation and meditation. The gallery, set off from the main visitor pathway, will exhibit only four Buddhist works of art, one on each wall, to allow for more empty space than the other galleries. The sparse art installation in the…

Sangha News

Consecration of Phagtsok Gendun Choling TempleBrings Essence of Tibetan Tradition to Northwest

Dza Kilung Rinpoche presiding over the consecration of the temple

Tibetan Buddhists came from around the world for the May 30 to June 3 consecration of the new Phagtsok Gendun Choling Temple on Whidbey Island, Washington. Supporters of Tibetan Lama Kilung Rinpoche funded construction of the wooden 5,000-square-foot temple, to support his teaching program in the West. Whidbey Island is in the Salish Sea, part of which is called Puget…

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What's Happening

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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Group Members

Eugene Insight Meditation Center

Eugene Insight Meditation Community is a group of dedicated Dharma practitioners located in Eugene, OR.  Our mission is to share the benefits of mindfulness and compassion for people of all ages, classes, colors, and creeds, facilitated through weekly meet-ups, silent retreats, study groups, and community activities.  Inspired and guided by the wisdom traditions of Theravada Buddhism, we come together as...

Tradition: Insight Meditation || Location: Eugene, OR

Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Our ongoing Monday evening class starts with a 40-minute meditation followed by dharma talk or discussion. Tim Geil and Tuere Sala are guiding teachers. Seattle Insight hosts many visiting teachers, such as Sharon Salzberg, Norman Fischer and Christina Feldman. See our website, for introductory classes and special events. The website has video and audio talks by founding teacher, Rodney...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Seattle, WA

Shared Heart Arbor

Do Shin Tei Kai focus of the study and practice of traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Along with learning the movements of Chado ~ the Way of Tea; they specialize in blending the traditional philosophy  with contemporary views of the Ceremony itself.

Tradition: Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony || Location: Portland, OR

Puget Sound Zen Center

The Puget Sound Zen Center is located at 15401 Westside Highway SW on Vashon. We offer a weekly Sunday morning service, Wednesday night discussions, and early weekday sittings. We also offer retreats, dharma classes, workshops and day sits. Newcomers welcome--please join us! For more information on upcoming events, see our website at

Tradition: Zen || Location: Vashon, WA


Bodhi Institute of Compassion and Wisdom 我們的宗旨是弘扬佛法,让佛法的慈悲、智慧甘露滋润人们的心田;消弭人们心中的烦恼、痛苦和压力。从改变自身开始, 令生命更有意义,促进社会和谐。

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Nangten Menlang Buddhist Medical Organization

Nangten Menlang is translated into “School of Inner Medicine.” Founded and directed by Tulku Lobsang, the organization offers many teachings and educations in Tibetan Buddhism and the Tantrayana (Vajrayana) healing wisdom. The headquarters of Nangten Menlang International is in Vienna, Austria, with several country-specific Nangten Menlang Associations. The Nangten Menlang USA is a non-for-profit organization with a mission to spread...

Tradition: Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism || Location: Seattle, WA

Whidbey Island Insight Meditation Group

We meet on Thursdays at Healing Circles Langley. From September to June, sessions include a meditation period, a short dharma talk on a specific topic, and time for practice sharing.  Everyone is welcome and all sessions are freely offered. In July and August, sessions include a meditation period and practice sharing only.

Tradition: Insight || Location: Langley, WA

Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple

Tuyết Sơn Thiền Tự  雪山禅寺 We are a small rural Thien (Chàn/ Zen) Temple in the Vietnamese Tradition. We practice "laughing farmer zen" with a strong focus on metta practices.

Tradition: Thien / Chan/ Zen || Location: Trout Lake, WA

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