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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

Undoing Racism – White Buddhist Affinity Group

The vision is an affinity group of white folks (aka white caucus) as defined by Dr. Ruth King  across Buddhist denominations in Seattle involved in race equity. At the first meeting, these avenues of exploration and action presented themselves: 1) providing mutual support for our efforts in our individual Sanghas toward creating the conditions for authentic inclusion, seeing & undoing…

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The Passing of Robby Pellet (1956-2019)

by George Draffan With sadness I learned of the passing of Ryuzen Robby Pellet in August.  Robby was an early supporter of Northwest Dharma Association and a contributor in big and small ways. He gave several Dharma talks at NWDA festivals and events.  He was a big proponent of bringing Zen practice directly into daily life, having trained in an…

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Compassion Cultivation Training

Fall 2019 Compassion Cultivation Training Class Series  Facilitated by Diane Hetrick and Shayla Collins Select Wednesdays: October 16, 30, November 6, 13, 20 and December 4, 11, 18 6:30-8:30pm at Prospect Congregational UCC Church, 1919 E. Prospect St, Capitol Hill location Compassion Cultivation Training is an eight-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness for oneself…

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Group Members

Methow Zen Group

The Methow Zen group is a satellite of the Zen Center of Las Vegas, which is in the Kwan Um School of Zen.  KUSZ is an international organization of Zen centers and groups founded under the direction of the Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn.  KUSZ has more than a hundred centers and groups and over 40 authorized Zen masters (Soen Sa’s)...

Tradition: Korean Zen, Kwan Um School of Zen || Location: Winthrop, WA

Bellevue Dharma Group

We practice Buddhist meditation and the dharma. The facilitator of our group is Bill Cooper, who has practiced meditation for over 30 years. Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome.

Tradition: non-sectarian Buddhism || Location: Bellevue, WA

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

Katog Choling Hillsboro-Portland Practice Group

We meet for study and meditation, temple mantra rolling project, Compassion in Action project.  Weekly Bodhichitta practice.  Monthly live webcasts of Khentrul Rinpoche's teaching.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Hillsboro, OR

Foundation for Active Compassion

Our Mission: To empower people with profound, accessible spiritual practices that support their individual and collective work to become better people and to make a better world. We provide powerfully transformative practices from Tibetan Buddhism, adapted into new forms that can meet the hearts and minds of people from all backgrounds and faiths, so as to help them bring out...

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism || Location: Portland, OR

Clear Sky Meditation Center

Since 2005, Clear Sky has been growing and offering retreats and training for people with a heart for spiritual exploration who want to awaken more quickly and fully. These include retreats from our founding teachers Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat. The name Clear Sky represents the mind of blissful, non-clinging awareness – the still, clear mind always present behind the ever-shifting...

Tradition: Namgyal Lineage || Location: Fort Steele, BC

Friends of Lama Samten

We are an informal group of dharma practitioners who enjoy inviting Lama Samten to turn the wheel of dharma in the Seattle area. Lama Samten has been visiting Seattle since the early 2000s. About Lama Karma Samten Venerable Lama Samten was born in West Tibet in 1944. He fled his homeland with his brothers, sisters and parents in 1959 when...

Tradition: Karma Kagyu || Location: Vashon, WA

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

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