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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

Introductory Meditation Class Series (6-Week Class on Monday Evenings)

Six-week class series on Monday evenings from October 1 through November 5, 2018 About Insight Meditation Insight meditation also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Monday, October 1 @ 7:00 pm
End: Monday, November 5 @ 9:00 pm
Event Type:

Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tim Geil

Retreat with Joseph Kappel

From 1971-1991 JOSEPH KAPPEL lived as a Buddhist monk as Pabhakaro Bhikkhu, with Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho in Thailand and Great Britain.  Since leaving monastic life in 1991, Joseph is active as a Dhamma teacher. There is a Thursday evening Service on October 18th 7-9 pm. With Chanting and Meditation with Thai Monks followed by a Dhamma Talk by Joseph….

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery

Start: Thursday, October 18 @ 8:00 am
End: Saturday, October 20 @ 5:00 pm

Tradition: Theravada
Teacher: Joseph Kappel

Tara Drupchen

In all wisdom traditions, including Buddhism, it is said that the antidote to fear is loving-kindness. In Vajrayana Buddhism, the figure of Tara symbolizes loving-kindness and compassion — and a strong resolve to dispel the fears of all beings. We joyfully announce the third annual Tara Drupchen to be held by the Nalandabodhi International sangha: October 19-21, 2018. All are welcome! The Nalandabodhi sangha,…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Friday, October 19
End: Sunday, October 21

Event Type:

Tradition: Vajrayana
Teacher: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Troma Chod Retreat with Sangye Khandro

Teachings on the view that accompanies the practice of Dudjom Tersar Chod. Concise Sadhana Feast Offering. Registration & details available at www.dorjelingportland.org

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Dorje Ling/Yeshe Nyingpo Portland

Date: Friday, October 19
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Type:

Tradition: Nyingma
Teacher: Sangye Khandro

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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

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 pszc.org.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Vashon, WA

Dzogchen Community Seattle

We are over a dozen people here following the teachings of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. We do not have a 'center' in the Seattle area. It's usually around 4-8 people practicing informally together. Practice dates are being posted below and updated frequently. In March 2006 we founded a Gakhyil in Seattle and started to invite teachers from the Dzogchen Community after...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Kirkland / Seattle , WA

Palmo Center for Peace and Education

The Palmo Center for Peace & Education is founded and directed by the inspiring vision of Venerable Naljorma Jangchup Palmo and her honorable sons, His Eminence Ngalo Rinpoche and Venerable Tulku Jigme Rinpoche. Understanding the global urgency for our world community, we are inspired to fulfill His Holiness the Dalai Lama's vision of global peace and happiness. The Palmo Center...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Springfield, 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

PT Sangha

We are a self-led group practicing in the Vipassana (Insight Meditation) tradition.

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Port Townsend, WA

People of Color and Allies Sangha

The People of Color and Allies Sangha (POCAS) is a Buddhist inspired, peer led mindfulness group. It meets weekly on Thursday Nights for a sit and Dharma discussion. All People of Color interested in meditation and Buddhism are invited to attend. Allies must be sponsored by a person of color and current member that can vouch for their level of...

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

Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery

Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery is a traditional Rinzai Zen training monastery on Whidbey Island. Osesshin (7 day intensive retreat) and Kosesshin (shorter retreats) emphasizing Zazen practice are offered with opportunity of sanzen with Shodo Harada Roshi and Daichi Roshi. Daily Zazen and Sutra chanting schedule is ongoing as well as mini weekend retreats, all day sits, and work (samu)...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Freeland, WA

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