Insight Into Emptiness. Sunday, February 24, 2019

This ongoing monthly class, led by senior students of DFF, will explore the profound Buddhist teachings on emptiness, using the textbook, “Insight Into Emptiness”, by Khensur Jampa Tegchok as our guide. This book, written in clear English (edited by Venerable Thubten Chodron) is available by Wisdom Publications here. or on Amazon.

Our February meeting will discuss Chapter 17, Refining Our Understanding of Emptiness. Time: 9:30am to 11:00am at 2109 31st Ave. S., Seattle, WA.

Some prior understanding of basic Buddhist concepts such as karma, the four noble truths, the altruistic intention (bodhicitta) will be helpful as a foundation, but not a prerequisite.

Classes will include traditional Buddhist prayer recitation, silent breathing meditation with guided instructions, a review of key concepts from the readings by students, opportunities for discussion and questions, and the opportunity to connect with spiritual community.


Venerable Thubten Chodron – Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

March 14, 2019 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the American Evergreen Buddhist temple in Kirkland.

Buddhist teachings give an honest assessment of our current life. We face seemingly endless problems which ultimately begin in our mind. At the same time, we have unlimited potential to bring peace and balance to ourselves and the world. Known and respected around the world for her skillful explanations of Buddhist teachings, Venerable Thubten Chodron’s latest book, co-authored with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, weaves together personal stories and insights in a way that can unlock that potential, if we can bring an open mind and willingness to look within. Don’t miss this special opportunity to listen to one of the leading minds in Buddhist scholarship and practice.

Venerable Thubten Chodron is an author, teacher, and the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, one of the first Tibetan Buddhist training monasteries for Western nuns and monks in the US. She graduated from UCLA, and did graduate work in education at USC. Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1977, she has studied extensively with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkong Rinpoche, and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche. She received full ordination as a bhikshuni in 1986. Ven. Chodron teaches worldwide and is known for her practical (and humorous!) explanations of how to apply Buddhist teachings in daily life. She is also involved in prison outreach and interfaith dialogue. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and is currently co-authoring with His Holiness the Dalai Lama a multi-volume series of teachings on the Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion. The third volume, Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature, was published January 2019. Visit for a media library of her teachings, and to learn more about Sravasti Abbey.

Dharma Friendship Foundation is a non-profit with a financial goal to break-even on events. All are welcome at any level of donation, from virtuous intentions if you are short of funds to $40 if you are able to be sponsor someone else attending. Suggested donation reflects our expected attendance and hosting costs for teachers. For this event we suggest a donation of $20 per person.. You can donate directly on our website or at the event. Pre-registration and payment is appreciated!

Book study class on Ruth King’s, “Mindful of Race – Transforming Racism from the Inside Out”.  

Tuesday’s  March 5 – April 16th. 7 – 8:30 pm  Wedgewood location (Seattle). We will be reading Ruth King’s Mindfulness of Race.  King addresses the emotional and spiritual impacts of racism that are critical to our personal and collective healing. She offers a core of practices, reflections and actions that support our Dharma practices. The class will run for 7 weeks.  There will be time for meditation,  discussion, reflection and homework.  Suggested donation (dana) is $5.00/evening. Class size limited to 10, with preference given to those willing to commit to all or most of the sessions.  All donations go towards programming at DFF.  To pre-register or for more information, please email MG at

MG Lentz, (She/they)  MA is a professional early childhood educator of over 20 years. MG currently teaches kindergarten, and collaborates with a group of independent service providers dedicated to providing individualized services to families, children and professionals to support child development.  MG offers workshops on gender diversity, and racial awareness through the lens of the dharma, has been with DFF for 23 years, and serves on the Board.  MG is also involved with Sakyadhita, the The International Buddhist Women’s Organization, and brings a social justice lens to the workshops and discussions at the International conference.


Recent Events

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)