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Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Fall 2017, Volume 30, #3

Lots to Celebrate, as NWDA Opens New Doors Letter from the President and Executive Director

Northwest Dharma Association brings people from many traditions together in harmony, as it has for many years. This photo is of the 2005 Change Your Mind Day celebration, in Seattle’s Volunteer Park.

Everything changes…so the Buddha said. A cold winter becomes a wet spring becomes a dry summer. Northwest Dharma Association is changing too. We’re building inclusive communities, partnering with contemplative caregivers, co-sponsoring the international Buddhist Recovery Summit in October. And of course we maintain our online directory and calendar of Buddhist organizations and their events, across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and…

For the First Time, Washington Prison Inmates To Teach Mindfulness to Others Behind Bars

Nate, second from right, leads a mindful movement exercise, a component of every class.

Four Washington state prison inmates are making history by becoming the first inmates certified to teach Path of Freedom, an emotional intelligence program based on mindfulness meditation. As certified trainers the four are starting to teach the 12-week curriculum to other men behind bars. The Path of Freedom program was developed by the Massachusetts-based Prison Mindfulness Institute. These enthusiastic and…

Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Visits With Tibetan Community at Sakya Monastery

Abbot of Sakya Monastery Khenpo Jampa Tenphel, Congresswoman Jayapal and her husband, spinning prayer wheels outside the monastery.

U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal made a rare visit to Seattle’s Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in June, responding to an invitation from the local Tibetan community. Congresswoman Jayapal, a member of the Democratic Party, is the first Indian-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, the first woman to represent the 7th District in Congress, and the first…

Vancouver Shambhala Finds New Home Despite Fast-Rising Real Estate Prices

Practicing in the main shrine room: First row Zachariah Finley, Jerry Chapman, Sandy Brooks; second row Paul Belserene, Maria Stella; third row Mariel Gomez, Rolf Erni, Chantal Latendresse; fourth row Nicholas Talloni, Gabriel Latendresse.

We knew it was coming. The specter of homelessness for The Vancouver Shambhala Center was just over the horizon. Our mission statement is to Wake Up! We weren’t caught sleepwalking. Sensing an uncertain future we formed a group six months before we received the notice that our lease would not be renewed. The Vancouver, British Columbia building we were in,…

In India, Seattle Lama Presents on Links Between African Americans’ and Untouchables’ Experience

Martin Luther King III, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and others, during the inauguration of the Dr B R Ambedkar International Conference 2017.

Lama Choyin Rangdrol, a Seattle-based African American lama of Tibetan Buddhism, traveled to India in July as an invited presenter to the B.R. Ambedkar International Conference in Bangalore, India. Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, an important figure in India’s history in many ways, is best known among Buddhists for his mass conversion of hundreds of thousands of Indian people to Buddhism. Ambedkar…

Featured Events

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Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017

Buddhist teachers and leaders are developing innovative practices that support recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The Buddhist Recovery Network and the Northwest Dharma Assoication are bringing a dynamic group of these innovators together for a working retreat in Lacey Washington in October 2017. The Summit is intended to share the techniques and practices of various Buddhist Recovery models, and to chart…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Friday, October 20 @ 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 2:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Becoming Tara with Anne Carolyn Klein, Portland

 We practice Tārā to become her. This weekend retreat is for immersing ourselves in the blessings and vision of Tārā and to find Tārā’s pure land right with us in Portland. We sing and imagine in chantable English and Tibetan the poetic simplicity of Adzom Drukpa’s Tārā practice, from his famous Secret Luminous Vajra Treasury. We call this retreat a…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Samden Ling

Start: Friday, October 20 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 3:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Anne Carolyn Klein/Rigzin Drolma

Celebrating the Sangha

The Northwest Buddhist community is huge, and diverse, encompassing traditional temples from every Buddhist culture, modern practice and study groups, and a growing range of Buddhist-inspired applications by health professionals, teachers, social activists, and others. NWDA invites you to a day-long celebration of this vibrant, creative sangha on November 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. explore shared aspirations…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, November 11
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Rainbow of Infinite Light: LGBTQ and Shin Buddhism

Date:          Saturday, November 18th, 2017 Time:         10 am – 4 pm (check in begins at 9:15 am) Location:  Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, 1427 S. Main Street, Seattle, WA 98144 Ticket Price:  $40 (Students $20) which includes a box lunch (vegetarian option available) Please register by November 8th at rainbowbuddhists.brownpapertickets.com The Buddhist Churches…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Jodo Shinshu
Teacher: Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki

Genpo Roshi: Discovering your true creativity and brilliance

A day long event with Zen master, Genpo Roshi.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Vajra Body Vajra Mind

Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Zen

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Calendar of Events

Steps to Enlightenment

An analysis of the Prajnaparamita by the Indian Masters of the past reveals the process that leads to Enlightenment.  These are the Five Paths which lead to Buddhahood and the Ten Stages of Bodhisattva practice in Mahayana Buddhism.  There is an essential body of commentaries related to the Paths and Bhumis.  This class is an introduction to some of these…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Wednesday, October 25
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: Ken Hockett

Rainbow of Infinite Light: LGBTQ and Shin Buddhism

Date:          Saturday, November 18th, 2017 Time:         10 am – 4 pm (check in begins at 9:15 am) Location:  Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, 1427 S. Main Street, Seattle, WA 98144 Ticket Price:  $40 (Students $20) which includes a box lunch (vegetarian option available) Please register by November 8th at rainbowbuddhists.brownpapertickets.com The Buddhist Churches…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Jodo Shinshu
Teacher: Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki

Book Talk: Touching the Infinite with Rodney Smith

Book Talk: Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, authored by Rodney Smith An afternoon SIMS Benefit with Rodney Smith offering a book talk, short sittings, Q & A and signing of his new book, Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. In the Satipatthana Sutta the Buddha unfolds the central practices…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Rodney Smith

The Benefits of Animal Release

Animal release is common in traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture. It is part of the practice of generosity. For this practice, participants must know the appropriate place, time, and suitable animals, and which prayers to use. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will explain in detail the correct way to perform animal releases. He has had the opportunity to perform animal releases many times…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhsim

Date: Sunday, November 12
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism
Teacher: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche

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What's Happening

Racial Stamina & Racial Justice Work: What’s Mindfulness & Compassion Got to Do With It?

Dr. Angela Rose Black will highlight the critical intersection between racial stamina, racial justice, and the utility of mindfulness and compassion based techniques in supporting both.

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Celebrating the Sangha on November 11

Join us on November 11 in Seattle for a Celebration of the Buddhist community. Music, art, food, discussions, info tables, and more — learning and fun for all ages!

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Dukkha and Liberation

Dukkha and Liberation September 27 to November 12 at The Columbia City Gallery Dukkha is a term that can refer to that which causes suffering, pain, sorrow, distress, grief or misery. As immigrants from India, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam we come to this country with things to unpack, to share and, sometimes, to put away. As children of immigrants, these…

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Group Members

Sorig Khang Portland

Portland, OR branch of Sorig Khang International (International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine): to support the study and practice of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and the Yuthok Nyingthik spiritual tradition under the guidance of our teacher, Dr Nida Chenagtsang

Tradition: Vajrayana Buddhism || Location: Portland, OR

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

Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery

Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery is a traditional Rinzai Zen training monastery on Whidbey Island. Osesshin (7 day intensive retreat) and Kosesshin (shorter retreats) emphasizing Zazen practice are offered with opportunity of sanzen with Shodo Harada Roshi and Daichi Roshi. Daily Zazen and Sutra chanting schedule is ongoing as well as mini weekend retreats, all day sits, and work (samu)...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Freeland, WA

SAMGardnerCenter

The Seattle Art Museum collection includes many important Buddhist paintings, sculpture, calligraphy, hand scrolls, and more—a selection is on view at its Asian Art Museum location. The Gardner Center hosts visiting scholars, writers, films, and artists for public events exploring Buddhist arts and cultures. Recent and current programs include the conservation of Buddhist sites in Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and...

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

Portland Community of Mindful Living, Thursday Night Sangha

Joyful practice of meditation followed by discussion based on readings from the Sutras and from Thich Nhat Hanh's writings. Dharma discussion includes shared experiences of members' practice and insights.

Tradition: Thich Nhat Hanh || Location: Portland, OR

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

No-Rank Zendo

A Rinzai Zen meditation and practice group meeting in SE Portland. We practice simple and direct Zen with an emphasis on settling gracefully into form and tradition with the encouragement that each participant develop the confidence to be the master of their own practice. The group is facilitated by Rinzan Pechovnik Osho and is affiliated with Dai Bai Zan Cho...

Tradition: Rinzai Zen || Location: Portland, OR

Dharma Ocean Seattle

We are a local sangha of Dharma Ocean Foundation based in Boulder. Dr. Reginald “Reggie” Ray is the Founder and Spiritual Director. For more information www.dharmaocean.org Our focus is to provide opportunity for local practitioners to come together for practice and to periodically do group retreats.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

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