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Winter 2019, Volume 32, #2

NW Dharma News

Trains, Cats, and Dharma; A Great Man Gone

David was a great lover of cats…and they loved him

In September the Northwest Dharma community was saddened to hear of the passing of David Forsythe, the long-time volunteer leader of Northwest Dharma Association. For the past several years NWDA has been re-visioning and planning for the transition to a new generation of Dharma leaders and association volunteers. If it hadn’t been for David’s vision and skill, the organization might not have survived long enough to make those transitions. David came to Seattle from upstate New York, where he’d been managing online library catalog systems. He began volunteering for NWDA in 1996, and was unfailingly enthusiastic about rolling up his…

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Dharma Education

Mindfulness Retreat Transforms Teens in Oregon

Teens practice mindfulness while prone, a favorite during the retreat.

This past August more than 50 teens and adult mentors gathered at the Ananda Center at Laurelwood, just outside of Portland, to spend a week together practicing the art of mindful meditation. This was the 6th teen retreat held in the Pacific Northwest sponsored by Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme – “I be me”). Today’s teens report high levels of stress, anxiety and depression. Add to that family conflicts, the prevalence of drugs and alcohol use, and national problems such as overt racism and political adversity, and our teens need more support than ever. Inward Bound Mindfulness Education retreats for…

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Dharma in Canada

Retreat Center Offers Canadian Mountain Solitude

The Mahasiddha Retreat Centre provides a tranquil and inspiring environment for retreat and study

Less than a year after opening in the snowy Canadian Rockies, the Mahasiddha Retreat Centre is planning more retreats for 2020. Mahasiddha is the first rural retreat center to be operated by Seattle-based Nalandabodhi. That organization, under the direction of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, offers traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings tailored for contemporary practitioners. Mahasiddha Retreat Centre complements Nalandabodhi’s normal focus on daily practice, study and mindful activity. Since its opening last spring Mahasiddha Retreat Centre has supported several group retreats. We’ve also welcomed retreatants who found there the space and tranquility for individual practice of several days or weeks. We look…

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Compassionate Action

Pacific Northwest Peace Pagoda, a dream revived

Nipponzan Myohoji monks and nuns make an offering

In August people traveled from across the U.S. and Japan to Poulsbo, Washington, to celebrate the ground purification ceremony for what will be the first peace pagoda on the West Coast by the Nipponzan Myohoji Order. The 150 attending the ceremony witnessed a living prayer for peace; with a soft breeze moving the many colorful flags, and sunlight illuminating the grass, the trees, and the opened earth for the peace pagoda. The pagoda project is being led by Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist nuns, monks, and their supporters. The ground purification ceremony or Jichin-sai, is a traditional Buddhist and Shinto ceremony asking…

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Dharma Healing, Arts

What’s New and What’s Ancient With Your Mala?

People wearing malas celebrate a "Listening to the Sound of Silence” retreat at the Trappist Abbey in Carlton, Oregon. The retreat was taught by Jerry Braza from the Order of InterBeing.

Around the Northwest, Buddhist practitioners are using the strings of beads called malas in new and sometimes-surprising ways. And maybe not so surprising, here in 2020, some people are adapting digital devices to support their dharma practice as effectively as physical malas have since the time of the Buddha. As I reached out to Buddhist practitioners around the region, I was fascinated by the array of perspectives they bring to their mala use. Malas sold in Seattle empowering refugee Tibetan nuns in India Seattle-based Tibetan Nun Project in 1987 began raising funds to educate and empower nuns in the Tibetan…

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Sangha News

Female Leader Takes Over at Seattle Soto Zen

Outgoing teacher Eko Jeff Kelley prepares to bow with Kanshin Allison Tait, incoming teacher, in 2019.

Leadership changed at Seattle Soto Zen in September, with new spiritual director Kanshin Allison Tait replacing Eko Jeff Kelley as resident teacher. Kelley has retired after serving in the role for nearly 10 years. Shortly after the teacher transition ceremony Seattle Soto Zen conducted its annual September sesshin at Camp Indianola, west of Seattle. Tait and Kelley shared teaching responsibilities for a topic Kelley had chosen, “Impermanence Is Buddha Nature.” The sesshin participants were very aware of the truth of impermanence, as they said farewell to their beloved teacher. “Now things are changing,” said Kelley in his closing remarks. “That’s…

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What's Happening

Dharma Relief: Let’s get medical supplies to where they’re needed!

Several Buddhist groups are organizing a charity relief program to help deliver medical supplies to where they are needed. You can help by donating and by coordinating supplies. Visit DharmaRelief.org

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Buddhist Centers Respond to Pandemic

Responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are shifting rapidly. Many centers have suspended public events and are streaming programs via Zoom, YouTube, Facebook, and other video platforms. The following are a few announcements made in recent days. Check with your local center to confirm whether events are being held.

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Finding upsides in digital sangha when we have no choice

Practical tips on leading meditation and discussion using video conferencing.

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Group Members

Younge Drodul Ling (Washington)

YDL-WA is a local practice community of Tibetan Buddhism, studying the great masters of all lineages- Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug- under the spiritual guidance of Younge Khachab Rinpoche. Our main focus is on the meditation and teachings of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Pause Meditation

Pause is a modern meditation studio located in downtown Portland, OR. We teach individuals and businesses the art and science of mindful living through simple daily practices. Drop-in for a meditation class, take a mindfulness course, or bring mindfulness and meditation into your office with workplace trainings.  

Tradition: MBSR, non-sectarian || Location: Portland, OR

PT Sangha

We are a peer led group practicing in the Vipassana (Insight Meditation) tradition.  We meet weekly on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm for meditation and dharma presentations and discussion.  We hold 2 non-residential weekend retreats each year with an experienced Buddhist teacher:  one in the Fall and one in the Spring.  We also hold monthly Day of Mindfulness on the second Saturday of each month, except for the months when there is a non-residential retreat. All these events are announced in advance at https://ptsangha.org. To be kept informed, please go to our website and subscribe to our email list.

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Port Townsend, WA

Myokoin

Myoko-in Temple is an Independant Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temple directly affiliated with the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha Located in Kyoto, Japan.  Myoko-in Temple is also associated with the European Jodo Shinshu Community via Jikoji Temple in Antwerp, Belgium and the late Rev. Shitoku Peele.   Rev. Diane Jishin Dunn was ordained in Kyoto, Japan at the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha in 2003 and has served as the Residence Priest at the White Lotus Center of Anchorage, Alaska and now permanently located in Deer Island, Oregon with Myoko-in Temple. Services are held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday's of each month from 2:o0-3:30pm....

Tradition: Jodo Shinshu || Location: Deer Island, OR

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

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 three times a year and we maintain a list serve to keep members informed of Seven Thunders developments.

Tradition: Zen || Location: , WA

Pacific Hermitage

Nestled in the Columbia River Gorge along a forested stretch of White Salmon's Jewett Creek is the home of a small group of Theravada Buddhist monks. The Pacific Hermitage is a branch of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, California. The Hermitage is a place of seclusion where the monks devote their lives to meditation and simple living. The monks walk daily through the town of White Salmon to accept donations of food, and are available to the community as a spiritual resource. They also teach and lead Buddhist meditation locally and in the region.

Tradition: Theravada || Location: White Salmon, WA

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