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Summer 2019, Volume 32, #1

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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

NWDA Community Meetings: Join us in Revisioning and Community-Building

Here’s the tentative schedule for the next few meetings. Check back here often for updates. Ask your group to host a meeting!

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Film: Emanuel

The film is centered around events from the June 17, 2015 church shooting in Charleston, SC, when a white supremacist walked into Emanuel AME Church and massacred nine African-Americans churchgoers during a Bible Study meeting.    

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11th Global Buddhism Conference in Berkeley June 29-30

Northwest Dharma Association is partnering with the 11th Global Buddhism Conference to present: After Mindfulness Urban Retreat  at UC Berkeley – June 29-30, 2019 Mindfulness has become so popular, it’s now become a personal lifestyle brand. On June 29-30, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike from around the Bay Area and the World will join together in Berkeley to ask the question…

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Group Members

Blue Heron Zen Community

Blue Heron Zen Community practices Zen in the lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn, the first Korean Zen Master to live and teach in the West. Zen Master Jeong Ji (Anita Feng), Dharma heir of Zen Master Ji Bong, is the guiding teacher of Blue Heron Zen Community. Jeff Tipp, JDPSN,  and Eric Nord, JDPSN., teach, lead retreats, and teach...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

Kagyu Changchub Chuling

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Portland, OR

Shinnyo-en

Shinnyo-en is an international Buddhist community founded on the ancient wisdom and love embodied in the Buddha's teachings, and a place for Buddhist training that's open to all.. Shinnyo Buddhism is rooted in the 1,100 year old Dharma lineage known as Shingon Buddhism, one of the main forms of esoteric Buddhism in Japan. Laity and clergy are able to train...

Tradition: Esoteric Mahayanna || Location: Burien, WA

Nalandabodhi Vancouver

Please see our website for full description.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Vancouver, BC

Buddhist Global Relief

Founded in 2008, BGR's mission is to combat chronic hunger and malnutrition. Bearing in mind the Buddha’s statements that “hunger is the worst kind of illness” and “the gift of food is the gift of life,” we sponsor projects that promote hunger relief for poor communities around the world.

Tradition: nonsectarian || Location: Seattle, WA

Palchen Study Group Seattle

We are a Tibetan Buddhist practice group within the Terchen Barway Dorje lineage under the spiritual guidance of Venerable Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, the spiritual head of Kunzang Palchen Ling in Red Hook, New York.  We reflect Kunzang Palchen Ling’s non-sectarian mission and respect all religious traditions. Bardor Rinpoche has a close connection with the Northwest, having taught here for the past...

Tradition: Terchen Barway Dorje (Tibetan Buddhism) || Location: Seattle, WA

Walla Walla Dharma Sangha

Walla Walla Dharma Sangha is a non-sectarian Buddhist spiritual community. By joining together we can support each other and expand our resources to bring teachers and events to the Walla Walla area. Currently we offer group meditations weekly and day long retreats every other month.

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

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

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