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Spring 2018, Volume 31, #1

Northwest Dharma Association 2017 Annual Report

2017 Accomplishments Inclusive Communities: Northwest Dharma Association participated in a dialogue with a World Affairs Council delegation of Christians, Jews and Muslims from around the world (May 2017). Contemplative Caregiving: NWDA co-sponsored the Buddhist Recovery Summit for practitioners, teachers and clinicians, to collaborate and share resources and perspectives (October 2017). Dharma Arts & Culture: NWDA’s “Celebrating the Sangha” event at…

Seattle Teacher Bonnie Duran First NativeAmerican to Join Spirit Rock Teachers Council

Bonnie Duran

Bonnie Duran, a Seattle-based dharma teacher and Native American scholar, has joined the Spirit Rock Meditation Center Teachers Council. This makes Duran the first Native American, and the first Northwesterner, to join the council. The council sets policy for Spirit Rock Meditation Center, which is in Marin County north of San Francisco. Covering 412 acres, and serving 60,000 people annually,…

New Urban Centre for Dharma Drum Vancouver

Reflecting the honoring of Asian and Western practitioners

In March 2018 the Vancouver Chan Meditation Centre opened in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, dedicated to sharing the dharma with Westerners. The new centre is an offshoot of the existing Dharma Drum Vancouver Centre, which is in a southern suburb of Vancouver and which primarily serves Chinese dharma practitioners. The new facility, at 333-550 Broadway, will host meditation classes as…

Reflections on a Weekend of Radical Dharma

Reverend Angel Kyoto Williams

Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams, sensei, the second of only four black women recognized as teachers in the Japanese Zen lineage of Buddhism, visited Seattle this December to offer a weekend of radical dharma.  Reverend Williams based her offering on the book “Radical Dharma,” which she co-authored with Lama Rod Owens and Jasmine Syedullah. Co-hosted by 8 Limbs yoga, Rainier Beach…

Vietnamese Dia Tang Temple CelebratesLunar New Year with Lights and Lots of Smiles

Women with incense bowing to the Buddha, at Dia Tang Temple's Lunar New Year Celebration

With incense, prayers and blessings, amidst colorful lights, banners and lanterns, people of many cultures ushered in the Vietnamese Lunar New Year at Dia Tang Temple in Lynnwood, Washington. The Feb. 15 event marked about 20 years at this sprawling hillside property north of Seattle.  By 9 p.m. cars were squeezing into the last few empty spaces in the parking…

Three NW African-American Buddhist TeachersShare Their Perspectives (On the Way Things Are)

Jaye Seiho Morris, a Seattle Zen priest, taps his experience in his teachings.

It is with the utmost delight that I present small snippets of conversations I had with three African-American Buddhist teachers in the Pacific Northwest.  These started out as interviews and evolved into heartfelt exchanges on topics near and dear to my heart.  I am convinced that Buddhism has much to offer us Americans of African descent.  Some of our particular…

Featured Events

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Dzogchen Buddha Path Tara Drupchen

The Grand Blessing Ceremony of the 10,000 Offerings to the 21 Noble Taras The 2018 Dzogchen Buddha Path Tara Drupchen will commence at 10 AM on Friday, April 27, 2018 and conclude at 6 PM on Sunday, April 29, 2018. (Participants may attend one or more days.) This three-day public event will be held at the Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association’s…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Dzogchen Shri Singha of Portland

Start: Friday, April 27
End: Sunday, April 29

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Tradition: Nyingma
Teacher: H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

What Buddhist Recovery Has To Offer The World

What Buddhist Recovery Has to offer the World And how we create safer spaces for vulnerable people A talk a by the new President of the Buddhist Recovery Network Meditation, Talk, Q and A Dr Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John M.A (hon.doc) will talk about the success of Buddhist Recovery Programs like Refuge Recovery, Heart of Recovery, 8 Step Recovery and many…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Vancouver Buddhist Center

Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Ecuyana
Teacher: Vimalasara Aka Valerie Mason-John

Nonviolent Communication from the Inside Out

An interactive course in an intimate setting designed to offer participants an opportunity to learn and practice skills which reduce conflict and enhance human connection. We will meet for 4 Thursday evenings in May: May 3, 10, 24, 31. Attendance limited to 12. NVC from the Inside Out Course Outline: Nonviolent Communication is gaining recognition throughout the world as a…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: NVC
Teacher: Sura Hart

Gathering of Buddhist Teachers and Leaders

Buddhist teachers, leaders, and monastics from around the region are invited to participate in a day-long gathering on May 5th, hosted by the Seattle Koyasan Temple. We’ll be introduced to Shingon Buddhism by our host Imanaka Taijo Sensei. We’ll engage in facilitated discussions about topics of interest to the day’s participants. Perhaps the challenges of Buddhism in the modern world?…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Taigen Shodo Harada Roshi Zen Calligraphy Demonstration and Dharma Talk

Please join us for an amazing event. Taigen Shodo Harada Roshi will give a talk and calligraphy demonstration. Sunday, May 13th @ 2 p.m. Bayview Hall 5642 Bayview Road, Langley Dharma Talk and Calligraphy Demonstration by one of the top calligraphers in Japan and the Abbott of Tahoma Zen Monastery in Freeland. Admission is free. Calligraphies, scrolls, and books will…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery

Date: Sunday, May 13
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Rinzai Zen
Teacher: Taigen Shodo Harada Roshi

One Day Retreat with Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Thubten Chodron will lead a one day retreat based on the book Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness: A Commentary on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland. (written by Khensur Jampa Tegchok, edited by Venerable Thubten Chodron). The retreat will feature traditional Buddhist prayers, guided meditations, and explanations on Buddhist philosophy. Some background in Buddhism helpful, but not required to attend. The event…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan-non-sectarian
Teacher: Venerable Thubten Chodron

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Calendar of Events

Gathering of Buddhist Teachers and Leaders

Buddhist teachers, leaders, and monastics from around the region are invited to participate in a day-long gathering on May 5th, hosted by the Seattle Koyasan Temple. We’ll be introduced to Shingon Buddhism by our host Imanaka Taijo Sensei. We’ll engage in facilitated discussions about topics of interest to the day’s participants. Perhaps the challenges of Buddhism in the modern world?…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Kindness Retreat

A Weekend Retreat to Cultivate Kindness with the Ven. Thubten Jigme and Ven. Tenzin Tsepal When His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, “My religion is kindness,” what does he really mean? Come explore kindness with Ven. Jigme, Ven. Tsepal, and the Sravasti Abbey community to see how we can bring more happiness into our lives. An excellent retreat for beginners…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sravasti Abbey

Start: Friday, April 27 @ 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, April 29 @ 2:00 pm

One Day Retreat with Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Thubten Chodron will lead a one day retreat based on the book Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness: A Commentary on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland. (written by Khensur Jampa Tegchok, edited by Venerable Thubten Chodron). The retreat will feature traditional Buddhist prayers, guided meditations, and explanations on Buddhist philosophy. Some background in Buddhism helpful, but not required to attend. The event…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Dharma Friendship Foundation

Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan-non-sectarian
Teacher: Venerable Thubten Chodron

LGBTQ+ Retreat

Join us Oct 19 – 21 for a Queer Dharma Retreat.  Meditation, metta, 12 step, Dharma talks, and group processes.  No one will be refused for lack of funds.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple

Start: Friday, October 19 @ 6:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 21 @ 2:30 pm
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Tradition: Thien/Chan/Zen

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What's Happening

Snoqualmie Dharma Film Festival on June 9th

Duvall Visitor Center, June 9th, 1:00 to 9:30pm

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May 5th Gathering of Buddhist Teachers and Leaders

An NWDA-sponsored daylong meeting for Buddhist teachers and leaders from all traditions, hosted by the Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple.

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Practices That Help Chaplains Embody Compassion: A Story and a Survey

An invitation to participate in a survey of about how caregivers embody compassion.

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Group Members

Great Vow Zen Monastery

Great Vow is a residential, Zen Buddhist, training monastery inspired and guided by Jizo Bodhisattva's vow to help all beings who suffer, no matter where they are found. The monastery's aspiration is to maintain authentic, whole-hearted practice while keeping the teachings open and accessible to anyone with a sincere desire to practice the Buddha-way. Our practice is a synthesis of...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Clatskanie , OR

Olympia LGBTQI Meditation

Seeing a need for a place of calm and safety for the community we offer meditation from the Buddhist tradition for the LGBTQI community. Specially invited allies are included. Peer led 30 minute meditation followed by a "check in" of how we are using meditation and other tools in everyday life.

Tradition: Buddhist || Location: olympia, WA

Go to the Group Directory page for more!