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Northwest Dharma News

A Quarterly Online Publication
Fall 2017, Volume 30, #3

Lots to Celebrate, as NWDA Opens New Doors Letter from the President and Executive Director

Northwest Dharma Association brings people from many traditions together in harmony, as it has for many years. This photo is of the 2005 Change Your Mind Day celebration, in Seattle’s Volunteer Park.

Everything changes…so the Buddha said. A cold winter becomes a wet spring becomes a dry summer. Northwest Dharma Association is changing too. We’re building inclusive communities, partnering with contemplative caregivers, co-sponsoring the international Buddhist Recovery Summit in October. And of course we maintain our online directory and calendar of Buddhist organizations and their events, across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and…

For the First Time, Washington Prison Inmates To Teach Mindfulness to Others Behind Bars

Nate, second from right, leads a mindful movement exercise, a component of every class.

Four Washington state prison inmates are making history by becoming the first inmates certified to teach Path of Freedom, an emotional intelligence program based on mindfulness meditation. As certified trainers the four are starting to teach the 12-week curriculum to other men behind bars. The Path of Freedom program was developed by the Massachusetts-based Prison Mindfulness Institute. These enthusiastic and…

Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Visits With Tibetan Community at Sakya Monastery

Abbot of Sakya Monastery Khenpo Jampa Tenphel, Congresswoman Jayapal and her husband, spinning prayer wheels outside the monastery.

U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal made a rare visit to Seattle’s Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in June, responding to an invitation from the local Tibetan community. Congresswoman Jayapal, a member of the Democratic Party, is the first Indian-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, the first woman to represent the 7th District in Congress, and the first…

Vancouver Shambhala Finds New Home Despite Fast-Rising Real Estate Prices

Practicing in the main shrine room: First row Zachariah Finley, Jerry Chapman, Sandy Brooks; second row Paul Belserene, Maria Stella; third row Mariel Gomez, Rolf Erni, Chantal Latendresse; fourth row Nicholas Talloni, Gabriel Latendresse.

We knew it was coming. The specter of homelessness for The Vancouver Shambhala Center was just over the horizon. Our mission statement is to Wake Up! We weren’t caught sleepwalking. Sensing an uncertain future we formed a group six months before we received the notice that our lease would not be renewed. The Vancouver, British Columbia building we were in,…

In India, Seattle Lama Presents on Links Between African Americans’ and Untouchables’ Experience

Martin Luther King III, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and others, during the inauguration of the Dr B R Ambedkar International Conference 2017.

Lama Choyin Rangdrol, a Seattle-based African American lama of Tibetan Buddhism, traveled to India in July as an invited presenter to the B.R. Ambedkar International Conference in Bangalore, India. Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, an important figure in India’s history in many ways, is best known among Buddhists for his mass conversion of hundreds of thousands of Indian people to Buddhism. Ambedkar…

Featured Events

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The ground from which the path arises: From youth to aging, sickness and death

The beauty and joy of awakening, complete peace and release, do not come from a life of comfort and complacency. They arise out of directly facing the toughest challenges of human life. In this retreat we will explore the territory of deep life experiences, the wake-up calls, beginning in our youth. We will draw upon the tools the Buddha gave…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Bellingham Insight Meditation Society

Start: Monday, October 9 @ 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 15 @ 12:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Ayya Santussikka

Roots of Mindfulness: A 7-Day Silent Retreat

The Roots of Mindfulness: a week of extended Mindfulness Practice exploring the theme Beginner’s Mind. Join us for a full week-long retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle and 2 hours south of Vancouver, BC). The retreat will be a deep…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mindfulness Northwest

Start: Sunday, October 15 @ 4:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 12:00 pm
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Tradition: MBSR, Zen
Teacher: Tim Burnett

Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017

Buddhist teachers and leaders are developing innovative practices that support recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The Buddhist Recovery Network and the Northwest Dharma Assoication are bringing these leaders together in a working retreat in Lacey Washington in October 2017. While the retreat is invitation-only, you can participate in several ways. We are raising money to help cover the costs of bringing…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Start: Friday, October 20 @ 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 2:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Becoming Tara with Anne Carolyn Klein, Portland

 We practice Tārā to become her. This weekend retreat is for immersing ourselves in the blessings and vision of Tārā and to find Tārā’s pure land right with us in Portland. We sing and imagine in chantable English and Tibetan the poetic simplicity of Adzom Drukpa’s Tārā practice, from his famous Secret Luminous Vajra Treasury. We call this retreat a…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Samden Ling

Start: Friday, October 20 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 3:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan
Teacher: Anne Carolyn Klein/Rigzin Drolma

Celebrating the Sangha

The Northwest Buddhist community is huge, and diverse, encompassing traditional temples from every Buddhist culture, modern practice and study groups, and a growing range of Buddhist-inspired applications by health professionals, teachers, social activists, and others. NWDA invites you to a day-long celebration of this vibrant, creative sangha on November 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. explore shared aspirations…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Northwest Dharma Association

Date: Saturday, November 11
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Non-sectarian

Rainbow of Infinite Light: LGBTQ and Shin Buddhism

Date:          Saturday, November 18th, 2017 Time:         10 am – 4 pm (check in begins at 9:15 am) Location:  Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, 1427 S. Main Street, Seattle, WA 98144 Ticket Price:  $40 (Students $20) which includes a box lunch (vegetarian option available) Please register by November 8th at rainbowbuddhists.brownpapertickets.com The Buddhist Churches…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tradition: Jodo Shinshu
Teacher: Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki

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Calendar of Events

New Year’s Non-Residential Retreat

Welcome in the New Year with reflection and introspection at a week-end non-residential retreat at the Pine Street Sangha. At retreats there is ample time for sitting meditation, silent reflection, dharma talks and group discussion. New perspectives are discovered in interviews. Non-residential retreats are low cost, while offering an in-depth experience. Local participants can sleep in the comfort of their…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Pine Street Sangha

Start: Friday, December 29 @ 6:30 pm
End: Sunday, December 31 @ 3:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Nelly Kaufer

2017 Seattle Walk to Feed the Hungry

Buddhist Global Relief supports projects around the world focussed on feeding the hungry, providing education for young people, enhancing women’s livelihoods, and improving agricultural practices. We will be meeting on Saturday September 30th to learn about recent projects, raise money for BGR, and spread the word about our work.

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Buddhist Global Relief

Date: Saturday, September 30
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Book Talk: Touching the Infinite with Rodney Smith

Book Talk: Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, authored by Rodney Smith An afternoon SIMS Benefit with Rodney Smith offering a book talk, short sittings, Q & A and signing of his new book, Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. In the Satipatthana Sutta the Buddha unfolds the central practices…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Rodney Smith

Roots of Mindfulness: A 7-Day Silent Retreat

The Roots of Mindfulness: a week of extended Mindfulness Practice exploring the theme Beginner’s Mind. Join us for a full week-long retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle and 2 hours south of Vancouver, BC). The retreat will be a deep…

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mindfulness Northwest

Start: Sunday, October 15 @ 4:00 pm
End: Sunday, October 22 @ 12:00 pm
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Tradition: MBSR, Zen
Teacher: Tim Burnett

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What's Happening

Buddhist Global Relief 2017 Walks to Feed the Hungry

Buddhist Global Relief’s Walks to Feed the Hungry will take place in Seattle (Sept 30) and Portland (October 21). Join us for fun and fellowship as we raise money to support Buddhist Global Relief projects around the world!

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Khenpo Kartin in Portland & Trout Lake

Sept. 9-11 at at the NWTCA Bodkhang in Portland OR

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Buddhist Recovery Summit

There is addiction to indulgence of sense-pleasures, which is low, coarse, the way of ordinary people, unworthy, and unprofitable; and there is addiction to self-mortification, which is painful, unworthy, and unprofitable. Avoiding both these extremes, the Tathagata (The Perfect One) has realized the Middle Path; it gives vision, gives knowledge, and leads to calm, to insight, to enlightenment and to Nibbana.

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Group Members

Mahasati Retreat Association

The Mahasati Retreat Association is a group of over twenty volunteers, in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco Bay area, Southern California, and Houston, Texas, including several Theravadan Buddhist monks, who are dedicated to promoting the teachings of Ajahn Jamnian (also know as Luang Por Jumnien), a meditation master in the Thai Forest Tradition. Each summer, in June, Ajahn Jamnian travels from...

Tradition: Theravada- Vipassana (Thai Forest Tradition ) || Location: Olympia, WA

Shelton Prison Path of Freedom

Meditate with a committed group of volunteers and inmates, and support the Shelton Correctional Facility  group members  in meditation and developing mindful living.  Orientation and training is offered to new volunteers. The Path of Freedom program, developed by Fleet Maull and Kate Crisp, is a powerful  program for transformation. Information on the Prison Dharma Network and the Prison Mindfulness Institute, PMI, can...

Tradition: Non-sectarian || Location: Montesano, WA

1Open Heart

We practice loving kindness and mindfulness meditation followed by Dharma learning and discussion. If you provide your e-mail address we can keep you on the distribution list.

Tradition: Theravada || Location: Shoreline, WA

Seattle Koan Discussion Group

We are two groups of Buddhist meditators interested in Zen Koan practice. We are following the teachings of John Tarrant that are much more open, informal and inclusive than the traditional Japanese monastic style of Zen. "We have an openly collaborative culture; we develop our understanding of Zen by practicing our spiritual methods and sharing our experience. It is a...

Tradition: Zen || Location: Seattle, WA

Lotus Speech Canada

Tradition: Tibetan || Location: Sechelt, BC

Eastside Insight Meditation

We are a mindfulness/Vipassana group, practicing primarily in the Theravada tradtition. We meditate for 40 minutes, then share tea and discuss the dharma together. Sometimes teachers visit. Eastside Insight Meditation is affiliated with Seattle Insight Meditation Society. We sit in the white chapel at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirkland.

Tradition: Insight meditation/Theravada || Location: Kirkland, WA

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

SAMGardnerCenter

The Seattle Art Museum collection includes many important Buddhist paintings, sculpture, calligraphy, hand scrolls, and more—a selection is on view at its Asian Art Museum location. The Gardner Center hosts visiting scholars, writers, films, and artists for public events exploring Buddhist arts and cultures. Recent and current programs include the conservation of Buddhist sites in Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and...

Tradition: Non-sectarian || Location: Seattle, WA

Go to the Group Directory page for more!