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Jordan Van Voast, Dharma Friendship Foundation,
Jordan Van Voast

Four Noble Truths. Saturday, February 17.  2024 - 6:00 p.m. Seattle time. Prayers, meditation and discussion. Online only. Email for Zoom link and to subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Class led by Jordan Van Voast, a student of Venerable Thubten Chodron and Yangsi Rinpoche since 1991.


Yangsi Rinpoche, The Harmony of Emptiness and Dependent Arising, Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 a.m. (in person only/No Zoom - a video recording of the teachings will be posted). Address: 2109 31st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144.

As part of our ongoing series on the Four Noble Truths, we are pleased to announce that our spiritual director, Yangsi Rinpoche, will give a teaching on understanding the truth of cessation from a Mahayana perspective.

Yangsi Rinpoche's biography can be found on the teacher page of our website:

The teachings will begin at 11:00 a.m. Street parking available or several public transportation options (Metro bus #14, Link light rail). We will have a vegetarian/vegan potluck after the morning session, followed by an afternoon session that ends around 2:30 p.m approx.

DFF does not charge a fee for sharing the precious Dharma teachings, but instead, offers everyone the opportunity to practice generosity by supporting the teacher and our Center with tax deductible donations which can be made either with a check (make out to "DFF") or via Paypal on our website:  Suggested donation $25 to $75. Nobody turned away due to funds.

COVID policy: We encourage everyone to exercise due diligence, monitoring their health, and not attend if they have symptoms of cough, sore throat, fever, etc. or have recently been in close contact with other contagious people. We encourage masking, but do not require.


***Other news - we are working diligently to schedule the following teachings in the near future:

We are in the process of inviting nuns from Sravasti Abbey to come to Seattle and teach on Equanimity.

We have committed to sponsoring the Jangchub Jamtse tour around the United States, with a stop in Seattle.  The nuns of Jangchub Choeling nunnery in South India practice in the Nalanda tradition using extensive reasoning and logic and in the tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama emphasizing teachings on compassion, tolerance and universal responsibility.

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Jhado Rinpoche - January 2022. Event Recap - Images and Video Links

Friday, January 28, 7:00 to 9:00p.m. Thought Transformation (Lojong).  Lojong (Tib. བློ་སྦྱོང་,Wylie: blo sbyong) is a mind training practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on a set of aphorisms formulated in Tibet in the 12th century by Geshe Chekawa. The practice involves refining and purifying one's motivations and attitudes in order to bring about the enlightenment of oneself and all other sentient beings.

Saturday, January 29, 11:00a.m to 1:00p.m. Medicine Buddha Empowerment (jenang). By invoking the Medicine Buddha, one is empowered to heal all physical and mental illness, and ultimately the disease of living in a cycle of never ending problems, thus enabling complete purification of all disease and their causes, leading to complete enlightenment. This practice is especially important now in this time of pandemic and environmental deterioration.

JHADO RINPOCHE (Tenzin Jungne) was born in 1954 to a nomadic family living in the area of Namtso Lake, 220 kilometers north of Lhasa, Tibet. At the age of three he was recognized and enthroned as the 6th incarnation of the abbot of Jhado Monastery.
From 1992 until 1996, Rinpoche served as a teacher at Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala, the personal monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1997, Rinpoche was appointed to the post of Abbot of Namgyal Monastery, and served the institution in that capacity until 2004.
Jhado Tulku Rinpoche is one of the most highly esteemed lamas in the Geluk lineage today. In addition to his excellent education in the Geluk monastic college system, over the years Rinpoche has also received many oral transmissions and empowerments from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his two main tutors, as well as from many great teachers from other traditions, including the famous Nyingma master Trulshik Rinpoche and Chogye Trichen Rinpoche.

Renowned for his keen intelligence and dynamic teaching style, Jhado Rinpoche is also highly acclaimed for his ability to engage Western students in ways that are interesting and personally relevant. In addition to these qualities, Rinpoche is also well known and loved for his gentle demeanor and his kindness.

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.

Learn More: Past events, register for future events.


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