Buddhist Nuns Urge Independent Investigation into Recent Allegations of Sex Abuse by Tibetan teacher
Dharma Friendship Foundation is committed to creating safe and inclusive spaces for participants at our events. In response to recent allegations of sexual abuse by a prominent male teacher, we express our strong support for a statement written by senior nuns in the Tibetan Buddhist community, requesting an independent investigation. Read the nun’s statement and consider signing the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/buddhist-followers-senior-nuns-call-for-investigation-into-allegations-of-sexual-misconduct-by-dagri-rinpoche
Insight Into Emptiness. Sunday, August 25, 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 August meeting will discuss Chapter 21. Time: 9:30am to 11:00am at 2109 31st Ave. S., Seattle, WA. (No Class in July).
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
Dr. Jan Willis – A Multi-media Exploration of Race and Racism through a Buddhist Lens.
October 19, 2019. 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Centilia Cultural Center, El Centro de la Raza
1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, WA 98144
People of color registration opens first on Monday, August 5 via Brown Paper Tickets on Monday, August 5. If you are white, please wait until August 19 to register.
Dharma Friendship Foundation is a non-profit with a financial goal to break-even on events. All are welcome for this event at any level of donation, from virtuous intentions (i.e. no cost) to $200 if you are able to be sponsor someone else attending in addition to covering yourself. Suggested donation reflects our expected attendance and hosting costs for teachers. For this event we suggest a donation of $100 per person. Registration Opens for POC folx first in August. Please check back then
Venerable Thubten Chodron
Awaken Every Day: 365 Buddhist Reflections to Invite Mindfulness and Joy
Sunday, November 24, 4 to 6 p.m.
East West Books 6407 12th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Looking for something to inspire your daily spiritual practice? Join Buddhist nun and author Venerable Thubten Chodron as she shares from her newest book, Awaken Every Day: 365 Buddhist Reflections to Invite Mindfulness and Joy, which offers a quick daily dose of everyday wisdom ideal for creating moments of peace and reflection in our chaotic world. Copies of Venerable’s books will be on sale at the event, with Venerable available to sign your copy immediately following the topic.
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 Courtin – Responding 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.
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.
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.
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)