Northwest Dharma Association



NW Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Summer 2018, Volume 31, #2

NWDA Launches Summer Funding Drive:Please Join Those Who Make This Work Possible

The Buddhist Recovery Summit, which brought together leaders in dharma-based recovery addiction from around the world, was co-sponsored by Northwest Dharma Association.

We need your help. Like many small non-profits, we rely on donations. Unlike many others, however, that’s all we have to depend on. We have no other source of revenue, such as advertising, product sales, grants, etc. So, please give. It’s easy. Just go here. We especially appreciate recurring monthly gifts, because they help us predict our revenue. Any gift…

Bhikkhu Bodhi Walks to Feed the Hungry Set in Seattle and Portland in Coming Months

A group photo in front of Portland Friends of the Dharma, before the Portland walk started.

Northwest people are planning to walk together to raise funds for the Buddhist Global Relief organization, in Portland on Aug. 18 and in Seattle on Sept. 15. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, a well-known Theravada monastic and translator, 10 years ago founded Buddhist Global Relief to promote compassion in action by improving access to food for people around the world. BGR does…

Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron Release New BookFrom Library of Wisdom of Compassion Series

In 2013 His Holiness the Dalai Lama met in Portland with student and co-author Venerable Thubten Chodron, to discuss The Library of Wisdom and Compassion series.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and Pacific Northwest author and Buddhist nun Venerable Thubten Chodron, have jointly released a second volume in the Dalai Lama’s definitive and comprehensive series of teachings on the entire Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion. The second volume “The Foundation of Buddhist Practice,” released by Wisdom Publications May 15, lays out the steps…

Cambodian, Lao and Thai People Band TogetherTo Build Temple in Lake Stevens, Washington

A monk robe-offering ceremony, symbolizing how the community supports monastic life

The members of Bright Buddhist Association, now in a converted house, are preparing to break ground for a much-larger temple complex. Nearly 400 sangha members are raising money to support the temple expansion project, on a 6-acre site north of the town of Lake Stevens, which is in turn north of Seattle. The region is largely rural with a sparse…

Tahoma Zen Monastery Plans for 1,000 Years

People doing retreat at Tahoma Monastery use traditional Japanese practice forms, such as this walking meditation around the zendo deck

The leaders of the Tahoma-san Sōgen-ji Zen Monastery, on Washington state’s Whidbey Island north of Seattle, are taking steps to keep the monastery healthy for the next 1,000 years. We’re planting of trees and building facilities to last a millennium. We’re also deepening the teaching and practice of realizing directly our original nature, at this traditional Rinzai Zen Training Monastery….


Calendar of Events

Introductory Meditation Class Series (6-Week Class)

Six-week class series on Monday evenings from June 18 through July 23, 2018 About Insight Meditation Insight meditation also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Monday, June 18 @ 7:00 pm
End: Monday, July 23 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tuere Sala

Joy in Everyday Life

“Every moment of our life is important.” – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche This 5-week course presents teachings on awakening the heart and cultivating a compassionate view. As our meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. While the challenges of our lives are always…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Start: Wednesday, July 11 @ 7:00 pm
End: Wednesday, August 8 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Shambhala
Teacher: David Parker

Day of Mindfulness: A Day of Insight Meditation Practice

Join us for a day of sitting and walking meditation in the vipassana tradition.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, July 28
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tuere Sala

Buddha Movie Marathon

On March 24, we began a monthly DVD Movie Marathon of the show The Buddha, a 55 episode magnum opus on the life of the Buddha. We will show 6 episodes in one go, serve popcorn, and order pizza as well. The screenings will continue every fourth or fifth Saturday in 2018, through November. You don’t want to miss this!…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Saturday, July 28
Time: 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Tradition: Tibetan Buddhism

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What's Happening

Arinna Weisman in Seattle

Lotus Sisters is happy to share these two events in July led by our teacher Arinna Weisman. Please join us!

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June 24 March with Seattle Buddhist Temple in Seattle Pride Parade

2018 is the second year the Seattle Buddhist Temple has participated in the Seattle Pride Parade. In 2017, nearly 100 Sangha members and friends marched in the parade.

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Festival Sundiata | Buddhism – Diversity & Liberation

Festival Sundiata / Buddhism / People of Color / Individual and Shared Liberation / June 16-17 / Seattle Center

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Group Members

Manjushri Lineage Buddhist Group

The Nagavara Raja Lineage (Manjushri Lineage) is a Buddhist lineage in the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions. We have the good fortune to be guided in Buddhist cultivation by Lama Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche, a humble yet immensely accomplished yogi. Rinpoche is also a Lineage Guru of the Gelug Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. Rinpoche is reviving the essence of...

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Corvallis, OR

Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji

A Rinzai Zen temple in an urban setting that includes a residential lay-practice that offers: Daily meditation services Beginning instruction Dharma talks Various practice-oriented classes and gatherings Quarterly week-long retreats (sesshins) An online electronic bookstore Weekly email updates and a quarterly newsletter There is an apartment unit available in the temple for housing guests and students during sesshins. It can...

Tradition: Zen (Hakuin/Rinzai School) || Location: Seattle, WA

Touching Earth Sangha

Touching Earth Sangha is a spiritual practice community dedicated to awakening the clarity, joyfulness, and compassion that is our full potential as human beings.  We understand that such an awakening is fundamentally nurtured by a responsible and caring way of life in harmony with all living creatures and with our life-giving natural world.  And such a non-harming and compassionate way...

Tradition: Zen/non-traditional || Location: Portland, OR

Chagdud Gonpa Amrita

Chagdud Gonpa Amrita is the Seattle branch of Chagdud Gonpa Foundation. Since 1983, it has provided a place for beginning students and long-time practitioners to gather for teachings and practice in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Edmonds, WA

Anacortes Mindfulness Community

The Anacortes Mindfulness Community practices mindfulness meditation in the Plum Village Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We welcome everyone regardless of experience. We enjoy sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, sutra study, and discussion. AMC is facilitated by Order of Interbeing member Jonathan Prescott.

Tradition: Plum Village Zen || Location: Anacortes, WA

Drikung Seattle

Drikung Seattle was founded in 2013 by HE Garchen Rinpoche, a remarkable teacher with a remarkable life story. Garchen Rinpoche was imprisoned during the Communist occupation in Tibet for 20 years in the prime of his life. There, he met his guru Khenpo Munsel and secretly practiced. After his release, Rinpoche spread the teachings of dharma to all corners of...

Tradition: Drikung Kagyu || Location: Seattle, WA

Ashland Zen Center

A Soto Zen temple in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi. Ashland Zen Center provides the opportunity to practice with teachers, priests and a sangha while fully, meaningfully engaged in work and family life. One-day sittings, sesshins and extended retreats provide students additional opportunities to deepen practice. Ashland Zen Center is a non-profit organization, maintained and supported entirely by donations and...

Tradition: Soto Zen Buddhist || Location: Ashland, OR

Lotus Speech Canada

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Sechelt, BC

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