Family Dharma Conference

Seattle, January 22-23

Exploring the ways individual families and multi-generation sanghas can experience the Dharma, the Family Dharma Conference will offer presentations and discussions on Dharma school curriculum, family retreats, parent support, home rituals for and about children, and more.

Jan Chozen Bays Roshi, founder and co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, OR, will present the Friday evening keynote address. Bays is not only a beloved teacher of Dharma but also a well-known pediatrician specializing in issues of child welfare. She is the author of Jizo Bodhisattva: Guardian of Children, Women, and Other Voyagers.

The Saturday program includes morning and afternoon panels and discussion sessions as well as presentations by children. Child care—in the form of Dharma activities directed by experienced volunteers from several sanghas—will be provided.

The Conference will take place in Seattle at Nalanda West. For more information, please visit the NWDA website:

The Family Dharma Conference is co-sponsored by the Northwest Dharma Association and Nalanda West. Northwest Dharma hopes to sponsor additional family events in other locations in the near future.

2010 Annual Meeting: Buddhism & the Body

Seattle, February 20

Mark your calendars for the 2010 Northwest Dharma Association Annual Meeting. The location, which alternates between Seattle and Portland, is in Seattle this year at a venue to be determined.

The theme of this year’s gathering is “Buddhism and the Body”. Come listen and add to a discussion of the body as a support for Dharma practice and Dharma practice as a support for the body.

All are welcome to attend and the event is free as always. Check the NWDA website in the coming weeks for more details.

Northwest Dharma News Goes Quarterly for 2010

In the year ahead, expect to see four rather than six issues of the Northwest Dharma News. The News will appear in early March, June, September, and December.

The decision to go to a quarterly News schedule takes into account the very significant amount of volunteer labor that goes into producing each issue and also offers a small reduction in expenses for a straitened budget. The NWDA board will review the decision at its October 2010 planning meeting and make a recommendation whether to continue quarterly production or return to the bi-monthly schedule for the News.

Our Electronic Fall Appeal: Your Generosity is Needed!

In November we sent out an electronic message asking for your help in supporting the work of the Northwest Dharma Association. This will be the only form of request we send this year.

For the first time in many years—perhaps in its entire history—the Northwest Dharma Association will not be mailing a holiday season request for donations to members and other supporters.

Because of our concerns about expense and environmental impact, this fall you will not receive a letter and a return envelope for sending us your gift. We encourage you to offer your heartfelt donation online, securely, at

You may also mail your gift to:

Northwest Dharma Association
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

The Northwest Dharma Association depends on donations for more than half its annual revenue. Your generosity benefits many.

Please consider giving the gift of NWDA membership this season!

Sourcebook: Special Offer for NWDA Members & Former Advertisers

Sourcebook is a feature of the Northwest Dharma Association website—which reaches 1,400+ Buddhists and other interested viewers monthly.

A directory of businesses and services of interest to Buddhists, Sourcebook offers listings for Professional Services, Psychotherapists & Counselors, Wellbeing & Natural Lifestyle, Retreat Centers, Dharma Crafts & Gifts, and Dining & Lodging.

A full-year listing, including your graphics and link to your website, costs $45 for NWDA members, $60 for non-members.

As an incentive to NWDA members and former advertisers, we are currently offering 3 months of listing for free.

You can take a look at Sourcebook here and sign up online here. Enrolling is simple and secure.

New Member Groups, 2009

Membership is crucial to the survival of the Northwest Dharma Association. We thank, anonymously, all those who have joined as Individual and Teacher members this year. Listed below are the Dharma Groups who have become members of NWDA in 2009. We are very grateful for your support!

Buddha Jewel Monastery, Seattle, WA
Chagdud Tromge Ling, Anchorage, AK
Coming Home Mindfulness Group, Seattle, WA
Dechhen Ling - Chagdud Gonpa, Cottage Grove, OR
Dharmata of Olympia, Olympia, WA
Diamond Way Buddhist Center, Portland, OR
Garchen Sangha Northwest, Shoreline, WA
Kunpan Ling, Spokane, WA
Methow Valley Buddhist Sangha, Twisp, WA
Nalandabodhi, Vancouver, BC
Open Sky Shambhala Center, Springfield, OR
People of Color and Allies Sangha, Seattle, WA
River of Light Sangha, Eugene, OR
Seattle Dharma Punx - Against the Stream, Seattle, WA
Tergar Meditation Group, Gresham, OR
Treasure Valley Dharma Friends, Boise, ID
VajraNorth, Whitehorse, YT