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Winter 2018, Volume 31, #4

NW Dharma News

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

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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Canadian University Launches Graduate Program in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning

Registration has just opened at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia for the September start of a groundbreaking, 10-month, part-time program in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning.
This is the first for-credit university mindfulness program in Canada and one of the first in North America.

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Calendar of social equity programs

Dharma teachings and practice hitting the real-life road of our self-created and socially-contructed suffering.

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Group Members

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

For people seeking spiritual and personal growth, Sakya Monastery provides access to the Buddha's teachings and guidance in a community of practitioners. Sakya Monastery provides a place to learn from highly qualified and spiritual Tibetan Lamas in a beautiful traditional setting. His Eminence Sakya Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche, the Head Lama of Sakya Monastery, Seattle, was born in Seattle on...

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism || Location: Seattle, WA

Friends of Chamtrul Rinpoche PDX

We support Chamtrul's teaching in Portland, OR.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Portland, OR

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

Portland Friends of the Dhamma

Portland Friends of the Dhamma is a Buddhist Meditation Center in Portland, Oregon affiliated with and advised by the Abhayagiri monastic descendants of the Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho lineage. This center is supported by the goodwill and generosity of its participants.

Tradition: Theravada / Vipassana || Location: Portland, OR

BodhiHeart Sangha

Bodhiheart Sangha is led by two resident teachers who have recently returned to the States after years of study and practice in Asia. They are both students of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and are trained in both the Tibetan and Vipassana traditions. They live in Seattle year round and, as Westerners, teach Buddhism in terms readily understood by Westerners,...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Seattle, WA

Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple

Tradition: Koyasan Shingon Buddhism (Japanese Vajrayana) || Location: Seattle , WA

Salem Insight

Vipassana practice (guided and unguided sitting periods and a walking period) with tea and dharma discussion before and after the practice. We meet at Oregon School of Massage's Salem Campus (2111 Front St NE) on Monday evenings 7-9 PM, with tea 30 minutes before and after. The two founders are Theravadan practitioners, but the group is nondenominational. Beginners and experienced...

Tradition: Vipassana || Location: Salem, OR

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

Go to the Group Directory page for more!