Northwest Dharma Association



NW Dharma News

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…


Calendar of Events

View, Meditation & Action – Deepening our Practice

Twice monthly Tuesday evening get togethers with the intention of deepening our understanding of the view, meditation and action. With guidance from various Buddhist teachers we will explore how Buddhist teachings and the path of dharma inform and interact with our daily lives. We begin with a brief centering meditation followed by a 20 – 30 minute video/recording by teachers…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Bodhi House

Start: Tuesday, January 8 @ 6:30 pm
End: Tuesday, May 21 @ 8:00 pm
Event Type:

Tradition: Buddhist
Teacher: a variety of traditional teachers

7-Week Class Series: Essential Buddhist Teachings

2600 years ago Siddhartha Gotama, the future Buddha, was a prince in an area that’s now a part of northern India.  In spite of his comfort and security, he was unhappy and disenchanted with palace life.  He decided to leave the palace and begin a spiritual life of a wandering ascetic.  His spiritual journey ultimately led to his insight into…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Wednesday, January 9 @ 7:00 pm
End: Wednesday, February 20 @ 9:00 pm
Event Type:

Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Steve Wilhelm, Lyndal Johnson, Sooz Appel, Anna Ossenfort, Lauren Wilson, Jerry Harter

Buddhism Study Classes at the Seattle Betsuin!

Rinban Katsuya Kusunoki will be hosting Buddhism study classes starting in early January. The classes will cover a wide range of topics from the life of our founder, Shinran Shonin, to the life of Nembutsu followers today. The first set of classes will be held on Wednesday’s, January 9th, 16th and 23rd starting at 7:00pm in our memorial hall chapel….

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

Start: Wednesday, January 9 @ 7:00 pm
End: Wednesday, January 23 @ 8:00 pm

Tradition: Jodo Shinshu
Teacher: Rinban Kusunoki

7 Week Class Series: Essential Buddhist Teachings

This class will be led by Local Dharma Leaders, Steve Wilhelm, Lyndal Johnson, Sooz Appel, Anna Ossenfort, Lauren Wilson, and Jerry Harter 2600 years ago Siddhartha Gotama, the future Buddha, was a prince in an area that’s now a part of northern India. In spite of his comfort and security, he was unhappy and disenchanted with palace life. He decided…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Wednesday, January 9 @ 7:00 pm
End: Wednesday, February 20 @ 9:00 pm
Event Type:

Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Local Dharma Leaders

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What's Happening

Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy Training Program

Summer 2019 to Summer 2020. Environmentally Based Spiritual Care, Environmental Justice, Spiritual counseling, Practices, rituals and ceremonies for ministering ecological death, dying, grief and loss, Practices for (re)connection to nature, Cultural competency, Conflict resolution

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Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience in 2019

Upcoming classes taught by Diane Hetrick through the University of Washington Center for Child and Family Well Being

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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 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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Group Members

Three Treasures Sangha of the Pacific Northwest

Three Treasures Sangha of the Pacific Northwest (TTS) is a lay Zen group located in Seattle, Washington and affiliated with the Diamond Sangha, an independent lineage founded by Robert Aitken Rōshi, a dharma heir in the Sanbō Kyōdan (Harada-Yasutani-Yamada) lineage. Our form is derived from the Japanese tradition, favoring simplicity. While we focus on individual sitting meditation (zazen), we also...

Tradition: Japanese Zen Tradition || Location: Seattle, WA

Dharma Buddies

Dharma Buddies offers a safe space for gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer men to explore spiritual freedom and growth within a Buddhist framework. The group provides peer-led meditations, conversations, and book discussions on spiritual and practical themes. Dharma Buddies also offers annual retreats allowing men to explore the benefits of meditation in depth. Our meeting site, Cal Anderson House on...

Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Mixed, Mahasangha || Location: Seattle, WA

PT Sangha

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

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Port Townsend, WA

Birken Forest Monastery

A Canadian Theravada Buddhist Monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah.

Tradition: Theravada Thai Forest || Location: Knutsford, BC

Sorig Khang Portland

Portland, Oregon branch of Sorig Khang International ( to support the study and practice of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and the Yuthok Nyingthig spiritual tradition under the guidance of our teacher, Dr Nida Chenagtsang

Tradition: Vajrayana Buddhism || Location: Portland, OR

Pause Meditation

Pause is a modern meditation studio located in downtown Portland, OR. We teach individuals and businesses the art and science of mindful living through simple daily practices. Drop-in for a meditation class, take a mindfulness course, or bring mindfulness and meditation into your office with workplace trainings.  

Tradition: MBSR, non-sectarian || Location: Portland, OR

Creston Zen Centre

Creston Zendo is a lay practice centre in the Soto Zen tradition. Resident lay teacher, Kuya Minogue took lay precepts at Shasta Abbey in 1986, lay discipleship precepts with Kyogen Carlson in 1989 and received dharma transmission in the Zen Writing Practice tradition from Natalie Goldberg in 2006. She has recently joined the Silent Thunder Order and Creston Zen Centre...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Creston, BC

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

Go to the Group Directory page for more!