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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

New Year Midnight Meditation

End 2018 and start 2019 with meditation  Starts at 11:30 pm and ends at 12:30 am.  Spend the night at our temple

Member Group: Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple

Start: Monday, December 31 @ 11:30 pm
End: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 @ 12:30 am
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Tradition: Thien (Chan, Zen)
Teacher: Thay Kozen

Dharma Talk w/ Oren Sofer: The Art of Mindful Communication

Mindfulness practice provides a powerful support for clear, kind, and effective conversations. Join author and Dharma teacher Oren Jay Sofer for this exploration of how our contemplative practice can provide a foundation for bringing more compassion, clarity, and connection into our speech and relationships. Oren will be offering teachings from his new book, Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, January 4, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Oren Sofer

TMI Half-Day Retreat: Portland OR

Portland The Mind Illuminated Half-Day Retreat January 5th, 2019 1:00-5:00 PM Yoga on Yamhill Welcome the new year with a half-day retreat hosted by Portland TMI, led by teacher-in-training Mary Hill. While The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa forms the backbone of our practice, we embrace all spiritual traditions, as well as secular practice. Registration To register, please email themindilluminatedpdx@gmail.com by…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Timothy2

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Class: What’s Insight Meditation?

This evening’s talk and discussion provides some background information and instruction about Insight Meditation as it is practiced at Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS). It also offers participants an opportunity to ask questions about the practice of meditation and to consider whether further exploration of meditation might be worthwhile. Insight meditation (also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation) comes from…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Monday, January 7, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Jerry Harter

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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

Eastside Insight Meditation

We are a mindfulness/Vipassana group, practicing primarily in the Theravada tradtition. We meditate for 40 minutes, then share tea and discuss the dharma together. Sometimes teachers visit. Eastside Insight Meditation is affiliated with Seattle Insight Meditation Society. We sit in the white chapel at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirkland.

Tradition: Insight meditation/Theravada || Location: Kirkland, WA

Bellingham Rime

"A true Buddhist cannot be but non-sectarian and Rimé in their approach." In trhis vein we are a Buddhist group that embraces practices and teachings from different schools and lineages withing Vajrayana Buddhism. We bring Masters and teachers from the different schools to the NW to do teaching and transmissions.

Tradition: Vajrayana Buddhism (Rimé) || Location: Bellingham, WA

Touching Earth Sangha

Touching Earth Sangha is a spiritual practice community dedicated to awakening the clarity, joyfulness, and compassion that is our full potential as human beings.  We understand that such an awakening is fundamentally nurtured by a responsible and caring way of life in harmony with all living creatures and with our life-giving natural world.  And such a non-harming and compassionate way...

Tradition: Zen/non-traditional || Location: Portland, OR

Natural Awareness

George Draffan has trained since the 1970s in the Tibetan and Theravada Buddhist traditions, and in body-based practices including taiji-qigong and Feldenkrais. In his teaching George emphasizes body-based awareness, stability (shamatha) and clarity (vipassana), and compassionate awareness of the habit-patterns that prevent us from being present and responsive. He encourages students to connect with their own situation and motivation. George offers workshops,...

Tradition: Non-sectarian || Location: Seattle area, WA

Methow Zen Group

The Methow Zen group is a satellite of the Zen Center of Las Vegas, which is in the Kwan Um School of Zen.  KUSZ is an international organization of Zen centers and groups founded under the direction of the Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn.  KUSZ has more than a hundred centers and groups and over 40 authorized Zen masters (Soen Sa’s)...

Tradition: Korean Zen, Kwan Um School of Zen || Location: Winthrop, WA

Mountain Way Zendo

We are a small Zen temple in Grays Harbor, on the Washington coast. Please see our website for details.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Grays Harbor, WA

Seattle Koan Discussion Group

We are two groups of Buddhist meditators interested in Zen Koan practice. We are following the teachings of John Tarrant that are much more open, informal and inclusive than the traditional Japanese monastic style of Zen. "We have an openly collaborative culture; we develop our understanding of Zen by practicing our spiritual methods and sharing our experience. It is a...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

Dharmata Portland

In the Nyingma tradition, affiliate of the Dharmata Foundation located in Point Richmond, Ca.

Tradition: Tibetan/Non-sectarian || Location: Portland, OR

Go to the Group Directory page for more!