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Winter 2018, Volume 31, #4

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Planning for 2019, but Only With Your Help

People from many regional Buddhist groups came together for the  opening convocation of the November Celebrating the Sangha event

Letter from Your NW Dharma Association From the depths of the Northwest winter, we’re looking forward to the renewal of spring. The Northwest Dharma Association relies entirely on the generosity of volunteers and members. We recently sent out our winter appeal. If you haven’t renewed your membership, now would be an excellent time. And if you have renewed recently, please…

Dharma Education

Joy in the Northwest, as Tibetan Buddhist Nuns In India and Nepal Earn Highest Geshema Degree

Ten geshemas wearing yellow hats take part in damcha, a formal debate process during which the graduating geshema nuns debate with the other nuns

In November there was rejoicing in the Tibetan Nuns Project’s Seattle office, with the news from India that 10 more Tibetan Buddhist nuns had made history by attaining their geshema degrees. The 10 nuns received their degrees at a Nov. 5 ceremony at Kopan Nunnery in Nepal. Headquartered in India, with the North America office in Seattle, the Tibetan Nuns…

Prison Dharma

Prison Dharma Grows and Deepens in Washington

Volunteers at Twin Rivers Unit in October. 2018.  From left to right: Jordan Van Voast, Jean Berolzheimer, Venerable Thubten Chodron, Jack Buce, Colette Janning, Eric Schmidt.

More people serving time in Washington state prisons are practicing the dharma, and doing so more deeply, as a growing number of volunteers offer a widening array of options. The increasing activities include more people taking refuge, more people doing retreat, and more people studying from the growing Buddhist library collections, and with the guidance of visiting Buddhist teachers. These…

Compassionate Action

How Two Black Women Utilize Buddha Dharma

Sharyn Skeeter meeting Sunita Ghosh at Agra University in India, February, 2018. (Charles Johnson is in background.)

I believe that there is something specifically in Buddhist practice for Black Americans.  How can there not be?  It’s about suffering and the end of suffering.  Our particular brand of suffering comes from being born into these black bodies, in a country that was forged, from its birth, in anti-blackness. How have other Black American women found their way to…

Dharma Healing, Arts

The Dharma Behind ‘The Compassionate Kitchen’

Ven. Thubten Pende and guest Rashika Stephens from Seattle strain chai together

Despite the title the new book, “The Compassionate Kitchen: Buddhist Practices for Eating with Mindfulness and Gratitude,” is a dharma book more than a food book. It is based on a series of talks I gave at Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in the northeast corner of Washington state, where I serve as abbess. The book describes different ways that…

Sangha News

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo Supported by NW Team

Caterina was the first English teacher for the first group of nuns that joined the nunnery in the days it was still based in Tashi Jong, northern India.

Two Northwest women are playing a key role in the global empowerment of Buddhist women, by leading the organization that is supporting one of the world’s best-known female Tibetan Buddhist monastics, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives, Inc., is a U.S. 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered in New York, comprised of a volunteer board of directors. Two of these directors…

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What's Happening

Oregon monastery-to-be

We have spent four years working on rehabilitating the elementary school campus here in our small community of Lorane. We are looking to find someone to shepherd this gem into the future. Although we imagine it to be a long shot, we are hoping to pique the interest of some group of Zen practitioners who might be looking for a monastery.

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June 8th community meeting: Calling all health professionals!

A roundtable discussion exploring how Buddhist practices are supporting health and well-being. Health professionals are especially welcome: psychotherapists, social workers, recovery counselors, and others that use (or are interested in using) Buddhist-inspired mindfulness and compassion protocols in their work.

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Buddhist Recovery Network Summit: Sept 5-8

Come join us at the intersection of Buddhist practice and recovery from addiction. The summit will be a global gathering of teachers, authors, healers, meeting facilitators and practitioners. All recovery paths and Buddhist lineages are welcome.

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Group Members

EcoSangha Seattle

EcoSangha is a Zen practice group grounded in Zen practice as an inherently ecological perspective. We are open to all people who would like to practice with us.

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

Friends of Chamtrul Rinpoche PDX

We support Chamtrul's teaching in Portland, OR.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Portland, OR

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

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

Nangten Menlang Buddhist Medical Organization

Nangten Menlang is translated into “School of Inner Medicine.” Founded and directed by Tulku Lobsang, the organization offers many teachings and educations in Tibetan Buddhism and the Tantrayana (Vajrayana) healing wisdom. The headquarters of Nangten Menlang International is in Vienna, Austria, with several country-specific Nangten Menlang Associations. The Nangten Menlang USA is a non-for-profit organization with a mission to spread...

Tradition: Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism || Location: Seattle, WA

Rigpa Seattle

Rigpa aims to present the Buddhist tradition of Tibet in a way that is both completely authentic, and as relevant as possible to the lives and needs of modern men and women. Open to all schools and traditions of Buddhist wisdom, and with the guidance and gracious patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rigpa offers those following the Buddhist...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Lotus Speech Canada

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Sechelt, BC

The Compassion Network (TCN Buddhist Center)

A western Buddhist nunnery in the Mahayana tradition that originated by way of China. A small center with a big wish to share wisdom and compassion with all beings. Contemplative programs and retreats, courses on sacred texts, community building, and engaged Buddhism are among the offerings intended to benefit the world. Everyone is welcome! Beginning and advanced practitioners, open hearts...

Tradition: Mahayana || Location: Seattle, WA

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