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

Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple in the news

The Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple is involved in their community.

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Tibetan Herbal Medicine Talk and Consultation

Introductory Talk in Lacey WA on February 13. Consultations by appointment in Olympia on February 14-16.

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Holiday Sale of Tibetan Handicrafts and Baked Treats

Authentic Tibetan clothing, prayer flags, handicrafts, jewelry, art, and more Saturday, December 1, 2019  11:00 am – 4:00 pm at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. Come see the cultural hall and library transformed into a marketplace of Tibetan vendors. Items offered for sale include: blankets, jewelry, statues, prayer flags, incense, clothing, art prints, books, CDs, and Himalayan art calendars. Many…

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Group Members

Chenrezik Practice Group

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

Tradition: Vajrayana || Location: Port Townsend, WA

Beginners Mind Zen Meditation

Simple, Zen-style meditation for beginners and experienced meditators, led by Ellen Enmei Simpson.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Salem, OR

Northwest iBme Retreat

  The PNW iBme Teen Retreat will take place August 1st – 6th, 2019  at the Ananda Center at Laurelwood, in Gaston, Oregon. Note that we have never turned away a teen for lack of funds. The iBme Retreat Model   We teach teens proven awareness and concentration practices that have been used for thousands of years. Teens learn how to: settle a...

Tradition: Mindfulness || Location: Gaston, OR

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

Katog Choling Hillsboro-Portland Practice Group

We meet for study and meditation, temple mantra rolling project, Compassion in Action project.  Weekly Bodhichitta practice.  Monthly live webcasts of Khentrul Rinpoche's teaching.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Hillsboro, OR

Loving Kindness Qigong

Consciously melding Vajrayana practice with Yi Ren Qigong, we upgrade the quality of our vital energy through visualization and gentle movement. You are invited to meditate on loving kindness, compassion and wisdom as you experience them in the body. Having gained a measure of clarity and experience that very day, we focus on those energies and guide this Qi into...

Tradition: Vajrayana, Yi Ren Qigong || Location: Seattle, WA

Buddhist Institute of Universal Compassion

The Buddhist Institute of Universal Compassion is a part of the Universal Compassion Foundation. The purpose for which UCF is formed is to promote universal compassion and world peace through Buddhist wisdom and service.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Spokane, WA

Island Sangha

Mindfulness Community in the Plum Village tradition

Tradition: Zen || Location: Guemes Island, WA

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