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Upcoming Events (all times West Coast/Pacific time)

Community Practice and Check In 

To register for a specific date, please email info@dharmafriendship.org, we will reply 24 hours before the event with the Zoom link and instructions.

April 18, 2021 09:00 AM (King of Prayers)

New Series co-sponsored by Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS):

Interdependence and Our Ecological Crisis

A series of online forums creating a safe space for honest, often difficult conversations about the climate emergency and related ecological, social and economic crises. Climate threats, biodiversity loss, threats to food and water supply, racial violence and injustice, deep economic inequality, war, refugees, homelessness, pandemics—these are all connected. This series has two aims: 1) To break through layers of denial and open to a more honest acceptance of the accelerating ecological breakdown, and 2) To present a variety of Buddhist, Indigenous, and other perspectives to inform and inspire wise, compassionate, action.

May 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Joel Levey, PhD.  Finding the Courage to Embrace the Climate Crisis with Wisdom & Compassion. Dr. Joel Levey, founder of Wisdom at Work, is an early pioneer in the global “mindfulness revolution”, “mind-fitness”, and “compassion-science” movements.  Joel was among the first to introduce Dharma inspired programs, bringing greater wisdom and compassion into mainstream medicine, higher education, organizational, and government areas medical, higher educational, sports, and government arenas, beginning in the mid-1970s. Joel’s work has inspired thousands of people in hundreds of organizations around the globe including. See: http://www.wisdomatwork.com/mindfulnessPioneers/.  To register for this event, please email: info@dharmafriendship.org.

June 12, 10am to 11:30am. Zhiwa Woodbury, M.A. Ecopsychologist will offer his reflections and lead a discussion on “Healing Climate Trauma, Touching the Earth”. Zhiwa Woodbury is a Panpsychologist and long time advocate for all things wild. With a background in science and law, he walked away from a successful career in environmental law at 33 to do spiritual retreat with a backpack in some of the world’s most beautiful mountains, which he credits with re-connecting his psyche to Nature and, thus, ‘human nature.’ Inspired by hospice service and initiation into Kalachakra tantrayana, Zhiwa returned to school at 55, determined to get to the root of both our collective spiritual crisis and his own dharma practice. While studying ecopsychology, he taught on the 3 turnings of the wheel and served at Zen Hospice in San Francisco, a project begun by Shunryu Suzuki in response to the AIDS pandemic. After training in spiritual counseling and hospice, Zhiwa was called instead to service of Gaia when Joanna Macy championed a paper he wrote entitled “Planetary Hospice: Rebirthing Planet Earth.” He presented the model for Planetary Hospice at His Holiness’ Mind & Life Conference, and subsequently began writing and serving as a guide on the topic of climate trauma.  Zhiwa blogs at Panspychology Now. 


REGISTRATION: To register for any of the above events, please send an email to info@dharmafriendship.org,with your name, indicating which event(s) you are registering for and we will reply with a link to the Zoom event(s). All events offered on a sliding scale ($0 to $35 per event). Please donate at the highest level you can afford so that we can meet our costs, generously compensate our guest speakers, and offer this event to all. Please invite your friends –  we intend for this to be an ongoing conversation.  Co-sponsored by Dharma Friendship Foundation and Seattle Insight Meditation Society.

*More events to be announced soon.

Maitripa College online offerings

(Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m; Yangsi Rinpoche of Maitripa College will leads online Dharma talk and discussion. Visit the Maitripa College website to register. Rinpoche continues his teaching and commentary on the 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo.

Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. – Vajrasattva practice. Register here.


DFF Video Library

Kritee Kanko, Ph.D. The Dharma of Resistance, April 24, 2021.

Fern Naomi Renville (Dakota) and Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha S’Klallam), Changer and the Star People. March 28, 2021.

Yangsi Rinpoche – Zoom Teaching: Interdependence and Our Ecological Crisis, February 28, 2021


Yangsi Rinpoche in Seattle, Washington on February 9, 2020

Yangsi Rinpoche in Seattle, Washington on January 12, 2020


Yangsi Rinpoche in Bellevue, Washington on December 8, 2019.

Yangsi Rinpoche in Seattle, Washington on October 18, 2019.

Yangsi Rinpoche on April 7, 2019 in Seattle, WA

Venerable Thubten Chodron on March 14, 2019 in Kirkland, WA


Yangsi Rinpoche on 2/3/2019 in Seattle, WA


Yangsi Rinpoche on 12/9/2018 in Bellevue, WA.

Venerable Thubten Chodron on 11/19/2018 in Kirkland WA:

Venerable Thubten Chodron on October 20, 2018 (morning session) in Seattle Washington:

Venerable Thubten Chodron on October 20, 2018 (afternoon session) in Seattle Washington:

Venerable Thubten Chodron on October 19, 2018 in Seattle Washington:

Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche in Seattle, Washington on October 14, 2018:

Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche in Seattle, Washington on October 14, 2018 (morning):




Feb. 15, 2018. Venerable Robina CourtinResponding With Wisdom, Buddhist Reflections for Difficult Times (YouTube)

February 4, 2018. Yangsi Rinpoche. Teachings on Emptiness. (Visit our Audio file – Resources page to listen).

On December 5, 2017, Yangsi Rinpoche gave a teaching on how to respond skillfully to the current negativity in the U.S. political climate, as well as adverse events in general. One of his students wrote this blog summarizing his comments and the thoughts of community members. Click here to read. Audio file: Click here.

Green Tara retreat with Yangsi Rinpoche. March 18-19, 2017. DFFers gathered at the home of Steve and Pam on the eastside and completed two days of auspicious Dharma retreat practice with Rinpoche. May the merits from this blessed practice radiate out in all directions and immediately remove obstacles to enlightenment for infinite sentient beings! Check out the photos below: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha.

Rinpoche with student

Explaining the Dharma

Rinpoche Arrival

Dharma Teaching

Wisdom Nectar Potluck

Green Tara Offering Blessed Water Practice

Lighting the Incense


Offering Blessed Water

Offering Blessed Water

Offering Blessed Water

Offering Blessed Water

Offering Blessed Water

Offering Blessed Water

Offering Blessed Water

With Dharma Friends

With Dharma Friends

Thank you Jan Willis, and to everyone who came to Kane Hall on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, for her inspiring talk on “Dharma and Activism”. Watch the video on YouTube.




Wisdom in Action. Buddhism and Social Engagement, with Venerable Robina Courtin

For those who missed this event (October 15, 2015 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 Thubten Chodron

December 4, 2015. 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.


DFF and Jinpa 2015

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)