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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

Eco Sangha Resources

Compiled by George Draffan for “In Touch with the Earth: Seattle EcoSangha Seminar” on Earth Day, April 20, 2019 at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple.

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Earth Day Eco Sangha April 20 Seminar

Learn how Seattle’s oldest Buddhist temple is intergating the Buddhist Pure Land tradition with the latest science and activism around climate change and other ecological challenges.

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Sept 5-8 : International Buddhist Recovery Summit

The Buddhist Recovery Network promotes the use of Buddhist teachings and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors and is open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths.

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Group Members

Ewam Sang-ngag Ling

Ewam is a member-supported organization relying on the generosity of our friends and sangha members. The most important benefit of membership is the continuation of the center itself. Membership helps support the mission of the center, the growth of dharma worldwide and the work of Gochen Tulku Rinpoche. Rinpoche's main project is building the Magadha Garden of 1,000 Buddhas in...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Arlee, MT

Manjushri Lineage Buddhist Group

The Nagavara Raja Lineage (Manjushri Lineage) is a Buddhist lineage in the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions. We have the good fortune to be guided in Buddhist cultivation by Lama Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche, a humble yet immensely accomplished yogi. Rinpoche is also a Lineage Guru of the Gelug Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. Rinpoche is reviving the essence of...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Corvallis, OR

Dharma Drum Vancouver Centre

The Dharma Drum Vancouver Center (DDVC) is dedicated to practicing the teachings of the Buddha through the Dharma Drum lineage of Chan Buddhism, as established by Chan Master Sheng Yen. We welcome all who seek freedom of mind and heart to practice Chan Buddhism with us. Our experienced monastic and lay teachers offer guidance in Chan meditation practice. While the...

Tradition: Chinese Chan || Location: Richmond, BC

Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji

A Rinzai Zen temple in an urban setting that includes a residential lay-practice that offers: Daily meditation services Beginning instruction Dharma talks Various practice-oriented classes and gatherings Quarterly week-long retreats (sesshins) An online electronic bookstore Weekly email updates and a quarterly newsletter There is an apartment unit available in the temple for housing guests and students during sesshins. It can...

Tradition: Zen (Hakuin/Rinzai School) || Location: Seattle, 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

Whidbey Island Insight Meditation Group

We meet most Thursdays at Healing Circles Langley and include a meditation period, a short dharma talk on a specific topic, and time for discussion. Introductory classes are offered in September. Everyone is welcome and all sessions are freely offered.

Tradition: Insight || Location: Langley, WA

Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

The Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple is affiliated with the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha (True Essence of the Pure Land, Temple of the Primal Vow) in Kyoto, Japan. Jodo Shinshu is a Japanese Pure Land sect (Mahayana) founded by Shinran Shonin nearly 800 years ago.

Tradition: Jodo Shinshu || Location: Seattle, WA

Friends of Lama Samten

We are an informal group of dharma practitioners who enjoy inviting Lama Samten to turn the wheel of dharma in the Seattle area. Lama Samten has been visiting Seattle since the early 2000s. About Lama Karma Samten Venerable Lama Samten was born in West Tibet in 1944. He fled his homeland with his brothers, sisters and parents in 1959 when...

Tradition: Karma Kagyu || Location: Vashon, WA

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