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Winter 2018, Volume 31, #4

NW Dharma News

Planning for 2019, but Only With Your Help

People from many regional Buddhist groups came together for the  opening convocation of the November Celebrating the Sangha event

Letter from Your NW Dharma Association From the depths of the Northwest winter, we’re looking forward to the renewal of spring. The Northwest Dharma Association relies entirely on the generosity of volunteers and members. We recently sent out our winter appeal. If you haven’t renewed your membership, now would be an excellent time. And if you have renewed recently, please…

Dharma Education

Joy in the Northwest, as Tibetan Buddhist Nuns In India and Nepal Earn Highest Geshema Degree

Ten geshemas wearing yellow hats take part in damcha, a formal debate process during which the graduating geshema nuns debate with the other nuns

In November there was rejoicing in the Tibetan Nuns Project’s Seattle office, with the news from India that 10 more Tibetan Buddhist nuns had made history by attaining their geshema degrees. The 10 nuns received their degrees at a Nov. 5 ceremony at Kopan Nunnery in Nepal. Headquartered in India, with the North America office in Seattle, the Tibetan Nuns…

Prison Dharma

Prison Dharma Grows and Deepens in Washington

Volunteers at Twin Rivers Unit in October. 2018.  From left to right: Jordan Van Voast, Jean Berolzheimer, Venerable Thubten Chodron, Jack Buce, Colette Janning, Eric Schmidt.

More people serving time in Washington state prisons are practicing the dharma, and doing so more deeply, as a growing number of volunteers offer a widening array of options. The increasing activities include more people taking refuge, more people doing retreat, and more people studying from the growing Buddhist library collections, and with the guidance of visiting Buddhist teachers. These…

Compassionate Action

How Two Black Women Utilize Buddha Dharma

Sharyn Skeeter meeting Sunita Ghosh at Agra University in India, February, 2018. (Charles Johnson is in background.)

I believe that there is something specifically in Buddhist practice for Black Americans.  How can there not be?  It’s about suffering and the end of suffering.  Our particular brand of suffering comes from being born into these black bodies, in a country that was forged, from its birth, in anti-blackness. How have other Black American women found their way to…

Dharma Healing, Arts

The Dharma Behind ‘The Compassionate Kitchen’

Ven. Thubten Pende and guest Rashika Stephens from Seattle strain chai together

Despite the title the new book, “The Compassionate Kitchen: Buddhist Practices for Eating with Mindfulness and Gratitude,” is a dharma book more than a food book. It is based on a series of talks I gave at Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in the northeast corner of Washington state, where I serve as abbess. The book describes different ways that…

Sangha News

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo Supported by NW Team

Caterina was the first English teacher for the first group of nuns that joined the nunnery in the days it was still based in Tashi Jong, northern India.

Two Northwest women are playing a key role in the global empowerment of Buddhist women, by leading the organization that is supporting one of the world’s best-known female Tibetan Buddhist monastics, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives, Inc., is a U.S. 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered in New York, comprised of a volunteer board of directors. Two of these directors…

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What's Happening

Buddhist Recovery Network Summit: Sept 5-8

Come join us at the intersection of Buddhist practice and recovery from addiction. The summit will be a global gathering of teachers, authors, healers, meeting facilitators and practitioners. All recovery paths and Buddhist lineages are welcome.

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June 8th community meeting: Calling all health professionals!

Participate in Northwest Dharma Association’s ongoing series of community meetings. Learn about different Buddhist traditions, and about how tradition is meeting and influencing the state-of-the-art.

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Open house at Whidbey Island temple

ema Kilaya Sangha welcomes the public to an Open House for its new temple on south Whidbey Island, June 9 & 10. The sanctuary beautifully combines NW architecture with traditional Tibetan elements, and the sacred space already resonates.

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Group Members

Lotus Speech Canada

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Sechelt, BC

Dharma Friendship Foundation

Our Mission Statement: To sponsor qualified Buddhist teachers to teach Buddhist philosophy, psychology, and meditation. To provide a mutually supportive spiritual community for Buddhist practitioners. To offer the public a variety of Buddhist educational programs ranging from lectures and class series to intensive retreats. To foster the spirit of peace, nonviolence, and compassion in our world, following the inspiring example...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Anacortes Mindfulness Community

The Anacortes Mindfulness Community practices mindfulness meditation in the Plum Village Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We welcome everyone regardless of experience. We enjoy sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, sutra study, and discussion. AMC is facilitated by Order of Interbeing member Jonathan Prescott.

Tradition: Plum Village Zen || Location: Anacortes, WA

Wise Caregiving

Anyone can learn to be a contemplative caregiver. All it takes is a commitment to serve with an open heart. Wise Caregiving is dedicated to helping professional and personal caregivers learn the art of meeting diverse needs with appropriate responses.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Guemes Island, WA

Co Lam Pagoda

Vietnamese Pure Land buddhist Temple. The Abbot is the most reverened Thich Nguyen An. We provide 1. Temple chanting and meditation 2. a Buddhist youth program (in English and Vietnamese),teaching values and moral behavior. 3. Fellowship 4. We have several monks who speak English. 5 We perform weddings, funerals, memorial, blessing, and hospital visitation services.

Tradition: Pure land || Location: Seattle, WA

Sakya Tsechen Thubten Ling

Sakya Tsechen Thubten Ling (STTL) is a centre for Buddhist meditation and learning belonging to the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Its activities are guided by His Holiness Sakya Trichen, the spiritual head, and its founder and resident spiritual director, Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche. The centre holds regular Sunday puja sessions and hosts teaching and other spiritual events conducted...

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism || Location: Richmond, BC

Whidbey Island Sangha

We are a many teachered sangha, on South Whidbey Island. For 20 years, we have supported and practiced the teachings of Lama Tsultrim Allione and the retreat center Tara Mandala in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We have also invited Lama Wangdor Rinpoche from Tso Pema India, and his translator Lama Lena to teach here for many years. We are also students...

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhist || Location: Langley, WA

Mindfulness Northwest

Mindfulness Northwest offers heart-felt, caring and insightful instruction in mindfulness and compassion to community members, health professionals, patients, businesses, and anyone with an interest. We currently offer classes and workshops to the Seattle, Kirkland, Everett and Bellingham communities, the University of Washington, Western Washington University, King County employees, PeaceHealth Bellingham, The Everett Clinic, Snohomish School District, and at many other sites...

Tradition: MBSR, MSC || Location: Bellingham, WA

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