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

Vajra Body Vajra Mind

Damien Abel is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher who teaches meditation methods and compassion practices. Damien's teachings are based on the Bodhicaryavatara and the Longchen Nyingthig lineage.   Damien leads retreats and offers phone and Skype coaching.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Auburn, WA

Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship

We are Buddhists from many different lineages and traditions, and we include non-Buddhist meditators. We come together as activists for whom meditation, in public and in private, is an empowering and unifying practice and strategy. Our three main purposes are to BE, that is, to strengthen our spiritual foundations by meditating and working together; to BUILD community and solidarity among...

Tradition: Pan-Buddhist || Location: Portland, OR

Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Seattle Chapter

We welcome anyone passionate about the living, breathing intersections between Buddhadharma and social justice. Our intention for the evening is to connect, listen, support, share resources, and inspire each other's commitment to liberation of all beings.

Tradition: Non-sectarian || Location: Seattle, 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

Chenrezik Practice Group

Chenrezik Deity practice group (Kagu lineage sadhana). Practice in Bodhicitta, kindness and compassion When:  Wednesdays at 11am Where: Unity Spiritual Enrichment Center  

Tradition: Vajrayana || Location: Port Townsend, WA

Bainbridge Bodhi Center

The Bodhi Center is located on nearly five acres a short walk from Gazzam Lake nature preserve on Bainbridge Island. The Center and the surrounding land offer the quiet and privacy conducive to personal growth and well being. We have a weekly peer-led Vipassana sit Mondays at 7 pm, Soto Zen sits led by Mark Johnson, a zen priest in...

Tradition: Mixed || Location: Bainbridge Island, WA


Do-it-Yourself Dharma is a peer-led Buddhist community of freaks, geeks, queers, trans folks, rebels, outcasts, stream-enterers, and friends young and old. Folks of all backgrounds, cultures, and traditions are welcome. We meditate together in East Vancouver, following the Buddhist tradition. We strive to create a space for kindness, mutual respect, and safety, free from violence and oppression.   We also have...

Tradition: all traditions and lineages || Location: Vancouver, BC

1Open Heart

We get together to learn how to live our lives with the goal of  liberation. After learning and discussing Buddha's teachings we practice mindfulness meditation and end with loving kindness and offering of merits. If you provide your e-mail address we can keep you on the distribution list.

Tradition: Theravada || Location: Shoreline, WA

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