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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

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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June 8th community meeting: Calling all health professionals!

Participate in Northwest Dharma Association’s ongoing series of community meetings. Learn about different Buddhist traditions, and about how tradition is meeting and influencing the state-of-the-art.

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Open house at Whidbey Island temple

ema Kilaya Sangha welcomes the public to an Open House for its new temple on south Whidbey Island, June 9 & 10. The sanctuary beautifully combines NW architecture with traditional Tibetan elements, and the sacred space already resonates.

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Group Members

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

Zenwest Buddhist Society (formerly Victoria Zen Centre)

Zenwest Buddhist Society is a dynamic community and offers a sustainable environment for the practice of living Zen in our families and in our world. Zenwest offers: Training for many non-residential members, and a few residential members. A variety of inclusive activities for the Sangha and broader community. Zenwest: Is located in Sooke on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Sooke, BC

Pacific Hermitage

Nestled in the Columbia River Gorge along a forested stretch of White Salmon's Jewett Creek is the home of a small group of Theravada Buddhist monks. The Pacific Hermitage is a branch of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, California. The Hermitage is a place of seclusion where the monks devote their lives to meditation and simple living. The monks...

Tradition: Theravada || Location: White Salmon, WA

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

Patacara Community Services

Mission: To offer compassionate and respectful care to those who are suffering. We provide services inspired by the philosophy and teachings of Buddhism. Our organization is a faith based and nonsectarian community that takes refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha and values service, generosity, compassion, interdependence, ethical conduct, equanimity, and kindness.

Tradition: nonsectarian || Location: Seattle, WA

Mountain Lamp Community

Mountain Lamp is a rural practice center located on 115 acres of meadow, lake, and forest lands nestled in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains about 45 minutes east of Bellingham, near Deming. It is a place of serenity and refuge which embraces the path of an engaged Buddhist practice in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh...

Tradition: Zen (Thich Nhat Hanh), Zen (Robert Aitken) || Location: Deming, WA

Portland Insight Meditation Community

Serving Portland OR for more than 20 years, PIMC is an experiment in American Buddhism - dedicated to the liberation from suffering through the teaching of mindfulness practice and the nurturing of mindful community. We are a 501c3 non-profit that welcomes people of all genders, orientations, religions, beliefs, ages, abilities, and racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. Founded by Guiding Teacher...

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

Pause Meditation

Pause is a modern meditation studio located in downtown Portland, OR. We teach individuals and businesses the art and science of mindful living through simple daily practices. Drop-in for a meditation class, take a mindfulness course, or bring mindfulness and meditation into your office with workplace trainings.  

Tradition: MBSR, non-sectarian || Location: Portland, OR

Go to the Group Directory page for more!