Welcome to our website.  Please check out the events below; we hope to see you soon!

Events & Announcements

Location: All teachings and events unless otherwise specified are held at 2109 31st Ave. S. Walk up the long driveway, turn left, and climb the stairs to the porch. For teachings with both a morning and afternoon session, please consider bringing a dish to our potluck luncheon (vegan only please). Our deep apologies, but these teachings are not wheelchair accessible. Metro #14 bus stops a half block away. Sound Transit Link light rail, Mount Baker station – 10 minute walk. Take the pedestrian overpass across MLK and Rainier and follow Mount Baker Boulevard to 31st, turn left and walk about 5 blocks north (up gentle hill).


Yangsi Rinpoche – Fall Teaching Dates Seattle: Sundays, October 30, November 27.  “How to Meditate”

Location to be announced soon.. 10am to noon (morning session), vegetarian potluck at noon, 1:30 to 3pm afternoon.

Also, please note that Rinpoche is offering a weekend Tara retreat at Maitripa College on October 1-2. Registration details here.

All events open to the public and made possible by donations. Suggested donation $20 to $50 for day. No one turned away due to financial circumstances, everyone welcome.


Tsepal June 2016

Venerable Tenzin Tsepal

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 7 to 9pm. Venerable Tenzin Tsepal, Compassion and Bodhicitta, Essential Ingredients for a Peaceful World. Location: Audubon Center, Seward Park


 Sunday,  October 16, 2016, 10am to 3pm, The Wisdom of Dependent Arising (Location: 2109 31st Ave. S., Seattle 98144)

Buddha’s teachings describe with clear precision how to develop the wisdom realizing emptiness as the antidote to self-grasping ignorance – the root of cyclic existence. Wisdom realizing emptiness is the most effective purification practice. It is our key to knowing reality as it is and to being free of suffering forever. In this one day workshop, we’ll explore dependent arising as a potent method for refuting the object of negation, the inherently existent “I”. (Vegan potluck at noon).

NEW DATE: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7pm, Venerable Thubten Chodron at the American Evergreen Buddhist Temple in Kirkland. Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering?”

Why do things happen the way they do in our lives? How do we create the causes for a happy life? The Buddhist practice of mind training gives us the answer to these questions: it involves overcoming our self-centered attitude and replacing it with an attitude that cherishes others. This, in turn, leads us to act in ways that naturally lead away from suffering and toward happiness—in short, to create good karma. Thubten Chodron offers a commentary on one of the great Tibetan Buddhist poems, The Wheel of Sharp Weapons, which shows, clearly and practically, how to eliminate the causes of anxiety, fear, and depression and to create the causes of joyful liberation for oneself and all others.

Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron has been a student of Buddhism since 1975. She ordained as a nun in the Tibetan tradition in 1977 and received the full ordination of a bhikshuni in Taiwan in 1986. Venerable Chodron has studied extensively with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkhong Rinpoche, Zopa Rinpoche, and Lama Thubten Yeshe among many other Tibetan masters. With a clear, practical, and humorous style, she teaches Buddhist philosophy and meditation worldwide. Her numerous books, published in several languages, include Open Heart, Clear Mind; Buddhism for Beginners; Taming the Mind; Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path; and, most recently, Living with an Open Heart: How to Cultivate Compassion in Everyday Life and Don’t Believe Everything You Think. Venerable Chodron has been the resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Center in Singapore, and was the resident teacher and spiritual adviser for Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle for ten years. She is the Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastic community in Newport, Washington, which she founded in 2003 (www.sravasti.org). Many of her teachings are available on her web site (www.thubtenchodron.org) and on YouTube (www.youtube.com/sravastiabbey). You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Full biography here: http://thubtenchodron.org/biography/

Recent Events

Venerable Thubten Jigme

Venerable Thubten Jigme

Sunday – June 19. Venerable Thubten Jigme, The Object of Negation.




Yangsi Rinpoche

Yangsi Rinpoche

On Sunday, June 12,  2016, Yangsi Rinpoche recently returned from retreat in Nepal and India. In his first teaching of the year in Seattle, he skillfully weaves together a broad range of topics including commentary on the nature of purification and an oral transmission of Geshe Langri Tangpa’s “Eight Verses of Training the Mind.” View the mp4 Video.






The Foundation of All Good Qualities, Three Principal Aspects of the Path, by Lama Tzongkhapa. Commentary by Geshe Thuben Phelgye

Saturday evening Dharma talk (mp4 Video); Sunday morning Dharma Talk (mp4 Video). Sunday afternoon Dharma Talk (mp4 Video).


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWisdom in Action. Buddhism and Social Engagement, with Venerable Robina Courtin

For those who missed this event (October 15 at Seattle Public Library) here are the videos: Note that it may take some time for your computer to download the file before it will play without interruption.

Dharma Talk

Question and Answer


Venerable-Chodron-04Ethics, Concentration & Wisdom—the Foundation of Spiritual Community

A Public Talk by Venerable Thubten Chodron

     December 1, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

American Evergreen Buddhist Association

13000 NE 84th St, Kirkland, WA 98033

Scientists and spiritual leaders both agree that our world is profoundly interconnected. The well-being of every individual, and the environment as a whole are all interdependent. How do we create and sustain spiritual community? Venerable Thubten Chodron, Abbess, author, and Buddhist nun for nearly 40 years, will share stories and insights on this topic in an evening talk you won’t want to miss.   This program is offered free of charge. There will be a donation basket for those who wish to support these teachings. View/listen to this teaching on YouTube.


nepalNepal Earthquake

Nepal is experiencing great suffering and need at this time in the wake of the devastating earthquake. Please dedicate prayers both for those who have passed, and those injured and without food or shelter.

If you are able to give, Yangsi Rinpoche recommends the following organizations: Tzu Chi Foundation Nepal Fund for general disaster relief, and FPMT Earthquake Support Fund to specifically help Kopan Monastery and other related organizations. Thank you.


DFF and Jinpa 2015

Thank You!
Geshe Thupten Jinpa

at Kane Hall
University of Washington
May 13, 2015

View/Listen to Geshe Jinpa’s talk at UW based on his new book: A Fearless Heart, How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives: You Tube

Speaking generally, Buddha taught two wings of awakening – wisdom and compassion. While the wisdom aspect, embodied by the practice of mindfulness, has been enthusiastically adopted in the west by the clinical health professions, and corporate leadership training programs alike, compassion has been relegated to a lesser role, perceived as too religious, too emotional, and possibly a sign of weakness in our hyper competitive culture.

Geshe Thupten Jinpa, through engaging stories, humor, scientific data, and offering personal reflections, inspired a capacity crowd of 400 at Kane Hall to confront our cultural biases towards compassion, and to consider that the first person to benefit through the practice of compassion is oneself.

Thank you to our precious teacher, Yangsi Rinpoche, for inviting Geshe Jinpa and physically bringing him to Seattle, caring for every detail of his itinerary and bringing the exquisitely beautiful Chenresig thangka. Thank you to Lauren Updyke and Margaret Murray of Whole U for answering and sending hundreds of emails and texts as we worked out the many interdependent aspects of the venue setup, and schedule. Thank you to Pam Cowan for loaning the beautiful furniture for the stage.

Thank you to Dr. Liliana Lengua and Dr. Bonnie Duran of UW for organizing the reception for faculty and local Dharma practitioners. And thank you to everyone who helped in countless other ways, and who came and listened and are now working on attaining realizations. May our practice of compassion alleviate the sufferings of infinite beings who transmigrate endlessly through the realms of samsara. May all these beings quickly awaken and be freed. Look for the video link to Geshe Jinpa’s teaching in our next e-blast.

If you didn’t get a chance to purchase Geshe Jinpa’s book, you can do so here. There were still a few autographed copies at UW Bookstore earlier today, but likely going fast. Hope to see you at the 5 week study group on Compassion beginning next Tuesday evening (see below)