Northwest Dharma Association



NW Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Summer 2018, Volume 31, #2

NWDA Launches Summer Funding Drive:Please Join Those Who Make This Work Possible

The Buddhist Recovery Summit, which brought together leaders in dharma-based recovery addiction from around the world, was co-sponsored by Northwest Dharma Association.

We need your help. Like many small non-profits, we rely on donations. Unlike many others, however, that’s all we have to depend on. We have no other source of revenue, such as advertising, product sales, grants, etc. So, please give. It’s easy. Just go here. We especially appreciate recurring monthly gifts, because they help us predict our revenue. Any gift…

Bhikkhu Bodhi Walks to Feed the Hungry Set in Seattle and Portland in Coming Months

A group photo in front of Portland Friends of the Dharma, before the Portland walk started.

Northwest people are planning to walk together to raise funds for the Buddhist Global Relief organization, in Portland on Aug. 18 and in Seattle on Sept. 15. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, a well-known Theravada monastic and translator, 10 years ago founded Buddhist Global Relief to promote compassion in action by improving access to food for people around the world. BGR does…

Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron Release New BookFrom Library of Wisdom of Compassion Series

In 2013 His Holiness the Dalai Lama met in Portland with student and co-author Venerable Thubten Chodron, to discuss The Library of Wisdom and Compassion series.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and Pacific Northwest author and Buddhist nun Venerable Thubten Chodron, have jointly released a second volume in the Dalai Lama’s definitive and comprehensive series of teachings on the entire Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion. The second volume “The Foundation of Buddhist Practice,” released by Wisdom Publications May 15, lays out the steps…

Cambodian, Lao and Thai People Band TogetherTo Build Temple in Lake Stevens, Washington

A monk robe-offering ceremony, symbolizing how the community supports monastic life

The members of Bright Buddhist Association, now in a converted house, are preparing to break ground for a much-larger temple complex. Nearly 400 sangha members are raising money to support the temple expansion project, on a 6-acre site north of the town of Lake Stevens, which is in turn north of Seattle. The region is largely rural with a sparse…

Tahoma Zen Monastery Plans for 1,000 Years

People doing retreat at Tahoma Monastery use traditional Japanese practice forms, such as this walking meditation around the zendo deck

The leaders of the Tahoma-san Sōgen-ji Zen Monastery, on Washington state’s Whidbey Island north of Seattle, are taking steps to keep the monastery healthy for the next 1,000 years. We’re planting of trees and building facilities to last a millennium. We’re also deepening the teaching and practice of realizing directly our original nature, at this traditional Rinzai Zen Training Monastery….


Calendar of Events

Introductory Meditation Class Series (6-Week Class)

Six-week class series on Monday evenings from June 18 through July 23, 2018 About Insight Meditation Insight meditation also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Monday, June 18 @ 7:00 pm
End: Monday, July 23 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tuere Sala

Joy in Everyday Life

“Every moment of our life is important.” – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche This 5-week course presents teachings on awakening the heart and cultivating a compassionate view. As our meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. While the challenges of our lives are always…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Start: Wednesday, July 11 @ 7:00 pm
End: Wednesday, August 8 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Shambhala
Teacher: David Parker

Day of Mindfulness: A Day of Insight Meditation Practice

Join us for a day of sitting and walking meditation in the vipassana tradition.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, July 28
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tuere Sala

Buddha Movie Marathon

On March 24, we began a monthly DVD Movie Marathon of the show The Buddha, a 55 episode magnum opus on the life of the Buddha. We will show 6 episodes in one go, serve popcorn, and order pizza as well. The screenings will continue every fourth or fifth Saturday in 2018, through November. You don’t want to miss this!…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Saturday, July 28
Time: 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism

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What's Happening

Arinna Weisman in Seattle

Lotus Sisters is happy to share these two events in July led by our teacher Arinna Weisman. Please join us!

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June 24 March with Seattle Buddhist Temple in Seattle Pride Parade

2018 is the second year the Seattle Buddhist Temple has participated in the Seattle Pride Parade. In 2017, nearly 100 Sangha members and friends marched in the parade.

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Festival Sundiata | Buddhism – Diversity & Liberation

Festival Sundiata / Buddhism / People of Color / Individual and Shared Liberation / June 16-17 / Seattle Center

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Group Members

Seven Thunders

We are an organization formed to support growth towards a deepening spiritual awareness and appreciation of life. Each of us has a unique path and we benefit from teachers and companions along the Way. We offer multi-day contemplative retreats and zen sesshins throughout the year, and have weekly meditation opportunities. In addition to this website, we electronically publish a newsletter...

Tradition: Zen || Location: , WA

Ellensburg Zen Group (Rai Un Zan Ji)

Weekly small group seated & walking meditation. Half-day retreats twice a year with Genjo. At least one of us regularly participates in retreats at these centers: Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji, Great Vow Zen Monastery, Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Ellensburg, WA

Rainbowdharma International

Rainbowdharma is a discreet organization of international Buddhist practitioners. The founder, Lama Rangdrol, is an independent teacher of Buddhism and meditation in the Nyingma Dzogchen tradition. Known for his clarity of insight, he has taught meditation in Buddhist, ecumenical, non-sectarian, Christian, Interfaith, and secular communities on three continents. He has authored five books on race relations in American Buddhism, two...

Tradition: Nyingma - Dzogchen; Navayana || Location: , WA

White River Buddhist Temple

Our monthly gatherings center on a dharma discussion of some aspect of Buddhist social activism. All are welcome to attend. Our intent is to make our monthly discussions alive and meaningful, open to new folks, and Buddhist in inspiration. The practice of listening as a way of healing and being present with the suffering of the world is the focus...

Tradition: Mahayana Buddhism - Pure Land Sect - Nishi Hongwanji Ha - Founder Shinran Shonin circa 13th Century || Location: Auburn, 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


We are a movement meditation group. Based on an ancient Tibetan Buddhist 21 Praises to Tara text, there is a modern choreography of movement making this a lived experience of accessing Tara. We are here to inspire and uplift humanity through the Sacred Arts. No experience is necessary; open curiosity is helpful!

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

Everett Insight Meditation

We are a member led meditation group formed to support the Dhamma practice and teachings in the Theravada Buddhist traditions. We meet every Thursday evening for 90 minutes. Our practice includes a 30 minute sit, with time afterward to listen to a recorded talk and/or share our experience of practice together. People new to the practice are welcome to join...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Everett, WA

Bodhi House

Two groups hold regular Buddhist practice at Bodhi House and we are blessed with wonderful visiting teachers. Our Nyingma teachers are Lama Pema Dorje, Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo, and Lama Tsering Gyaltsen. Our Kagyu teachers are K.C. Ayang Rinpoche and Ani Tsering Chodron.Check our events calendar at for teaching schedule updates!

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Olympia , WA

Go to the Group Directory page for more!